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

I always dreaded walking into class. I dreaded it not because I thought it would be another lack-luster class period, but because I hated feeling lesser than. I would watch my teacher form shapes and patterns on the whiteboard. As she spoke, I listened carefully. Only a portion of her speech I could understand, everything else foreign. Trying to peace what she already said together, she would continue with her lesson. I could never interpret her words fast enough. Left in the dust, I felt alone. I felt like I was stupid. While my classmates continued learning, my mind spiraled.

If I can’t figure this out and everyone else can with less effort, then I am lesser than. If I am lesser than, then where does that leave me? Where do I end up? On the bottom. Continuing in life, I’ll be the least successful person to come out of this room. Realizing that my thoughts were dripping down my cheeks onto my blank page, I quickly wiped my face hoping no one noticed.

This happened on a daily basis. It’s how most of my class time was spent. As a result, I needed to work outside of school frequently. I would sit down with my teachers one on one and they would walk me threw. Once they helped me get that grip on a subject then I was allowed to pound the pavement at home. Over the years I finally found what tactics work for me. Using flashcards, websites that generate practice tests, and remembering things by using acronyms. These methods along with the repetition of methods helped me to achieve my high school diploma. And at my graduation, I wasn’t at the bottom. I was in the top 1/3 of my class with a 3.4 GPA.

Along with my patient teachers, the studying skills I utilized allowed me a second chance to learn at my pace. Without those resources, I would not be where I am today. Looking back, I realized that I only would’ve been a failure if I allowed myself to be. If I had given into my thoughts. Because you never know what you're capable of until you give it your all.

Danielle from Kansas
College Freshman
Highland Community College