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

Preparing for tests used to be so dreadful and boring for me, but once I started taking AP classes I knew I had to find a way to keep me motivated. I came up with effective and creative ways in which I could prepare for my tests. One of my most common ways of studying is by preparing my own study guide. First I start by reading over my notes and highlighting, in different colors, the most important points. Once I collect all the key points I prepare my study guide and review it with a group of friends. By having someone whom I can discuss and interchange thoughts and ideas with, I am able to understand the material better. This takes time though. As a senior the most important lesson I took from AP classes and SAT's is how valuable time is. Cramming for an exam the day before it takes place is probably one of my worst habits, so I developed a document where I set up goals each week on the amount of time I needed to study for a particular test. Setting up these goals helped me become more organized and responsible with my time management. Unfortunately I was not able to stick with most of my goals so I had to come up with a new idea. This idea has been the one that I currently depend on and it is probably the most effective one. For each hour I dedicate to my test preparation, I reward myself with one episode of my favorite show. Ever since I implemented this reward system (credis to AP Psych) I've become more responsible and diligent with the time I spend studying for my tests. Just by knowing that I'll be watching an episode of "The Office" after I finish the first chapter of my AP Government text book, I have gained the motivation to study and work.

Anais from Florida
High School Senior
Marjory Stoneman Douglas