Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

To prepare for a test I make that I am first engaged in the class. Before any test you should make sure that I have been taught the knowledge by my teacher. Engaging in class is the best way to do this. If something does not make sense to me I make sure to raise my hand and ask questions. Taking notes while they are talking also helps. For me writing something down vs. typing it helps commit what I want to remember in my head. I will review the notes after I have taken them. If my class has a text book I make sure to read it. The teacher may explain something one way and the textbook another. This helps me get a vast amount of example on the content. When the test is coming up I will ask the teacher "What should I be studying" or "Is there any study guide I could have". In my math classes this is fairly simple. I just go to the problems that the test will be over from the time I get home to the time I go to sleep. Regardless of how well I feel I have mastered the content, I believe it is about time spent on task rather than until I get it. Feeling over confident will get the best of me. When I study for this long, it leads to good results. If I can not meet with the teacher to ask a question about a problem, or need someone to go through them with me, I make sure I schedule a person to help me. All of these methods combined have led to me being successful on my tests in most of my classes.

Taia from Ohio
High School Senior
Akron STEM High School