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

I love music. Especially when it's loud, when every beat enters the bloodstream and the bass drop depends on you remembering the definition of idiosyncrasy, or the capital of Romania, or whatever subject at hand.
While others might need absolute silence to study, I thrive in the midst of a rap verse, dancing around the room as I review the steps to a successful literary analysis. When my body is active, my mind is racing, the neurons are long lost friends who embrace each other enthusiastically, brilliance is forming like sparks of electricity.
Go on a walk, or a run if you want to spice things up. Let your brain breathe; let your mind think and work. Do this the morning before a test, and I believe it's one of my best secrets to effective test preparation. Another hot tip: know yourself as a student. I study best during the early hours. I wake up before the sun and start grinding right away. I work out calculus problems on my whiteboard, I draw diagrams of government structures or physics vectors. I pretend I am the professor, and I teach the test material to an invisible audience of eager listeners. On particularly important testing days, I have a little heart-to-heart with the person in the mirror: YOU GOT THIS, you are Einstein and Emerson in one person, you are the genius the world doesn't know it's missing.
How you think about the test changes the game. Anxious? Worried? Filled to the brim with chaotic energy? One philosophy that I adopted years ago goes like this: You can either do the thing and stress about it, or you can just do the thing. I'll take the latter option. Put the test in perspective. This exam does not define me as a statistic, it does not encapsulate the incredibly talented person I am, and it will not, I repeat, will NOT, dictate the fate for the rest of my life. I've failed tests before, and I think I'm still doing ok.

Ashley from Florida
High School Senior
Community School Naples