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

Studying for an exam can seem daunting at times, especially when it comes to studying for a subject I might not feel very comfortable with. There are a few ways I have discovered to study that have not only helped me learn the required content, but have also kept me focused for the duration of my study time. Having a good study plan in place is imperative in order to have success on any type of exam.
First of all, not all exams require the same type of studying. I certainly do not approach studying for my Spanish exam the same way I would approach studying for my math exam. For different types of content, there are different types of studying that have more benefits. For example, when I study for a Spanish exam, I tend to utilize flashcards a lot in my study routine. This is because that subject generally requires me to memorize lots of new vocab. In order for me to get the most out of my time studying Spanish vocab, I write each word and its definition on the front or back of a set of flashcards. I then set a timer for 20 minutes and study the cards. Many times, I come back to the card set at a later time and do 20 more minutes of studying. This form of studying is also good for other classes that require memorization, such as English or history. Not to mention, writing things down is always a great way to learn and memorize content.
A good rule of thumb I utilize when sitting down to study is putting my phone where I cannot see it. When I am able to have easy access to my phone while I am trying to study, I am constantly distracted by notifications that appear. Another good way I stay on track is by writing out a timed study schedule, where I list how long I will spend studying one subject before I move on to another for an amount of time. This gives me motivation to continue studying as I watch the clock near the stop time. It also allows me the opportunity to give my brain a rest, because every so often I add a 15 to 20 minute break in my study schedule.

Megan from Georgia
High School Senior
Ola High School