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

During high school, I have studied and prepared for numerous tests in many different subjects. The study method that works best for me is reading from the textbook and taking notes. I make note of the key terms, big ideas, and important dates or people that I need to remember. Using my notes, I am able to create a study guide that outlines and organizes all of the material. I focus on the most important concepts and ideas.
In my study guide, I list all of the key terms and their definitions, and I highlight the terms to make them stand out. I always utilize different colored pens and highlighters to make certain points and words stand out. I also use headings and sub-headings to make sections and group common topics together. I think that reading and writing is the best way to learn and remember the material and I have found it to be helpful when taking tests.
Research shows that handwriting information helps you retain it. With my method, I write the information twice, once in my notes and again in my study guide. When I create a study guide and learn the information I feel prepared to take tests, and I perform well. I think that other students would benefit from making their own study guides.

Anastasia from California
High School Senior
Trabuco Hills High School