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

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” -Albert Einstein

When I read this quote, it reminded me of how I study for tests. Most people study for tests by skimming over their notes or the chapter the night before the test. The most important thing about studying for a test is being prepared. It is important to read the textbook thoroughly and complete homework on time, but studying for a test at least a few days in advance makes remembering the material on the test a lot easier. Over the years, I have discovered that I study best by teaching or explaining. By explaining a topic, I understand it much better. Often times, I partner with a friend in class that does not get the topic as well as I do. If I was not able to find another student in my class to study with, I grabbed one of my family members and made them suffer through hearing about what I was learning. Being able to understand the material is essential to explaining it. By teaching the material to someone else, I reinforced my knowledge of the material.
Another great test preparation practice I have is competition. I love competing whether it is in sports or in academics. Competition is a driving force for me. My friends and I compete over who is going to get the best grade on a test. Sometimes we wager a little something like buying food or something of the sorts, but usually it is just for bragging rights. It is an extra motivator to study harder. Besides test grades, we compete when we study. In study groups, we split into teams and try to be the first to answer a question correctly. This has especially helpful in math, working on our speed and accuracy. Healthy competition has significantly improved how I study.

Paul from Florida
High School Senior
Pasco High School