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

As a full-time student struggling with ADHD and dyslexia, studying can be quite a challenge. I tried memorizing through repetition for several years without much luck. However, that changed as soon as I started trying word association. For me, word association is where I create funny phrases or stories to help memorize whatever I need to for an upcoming assessment. In French, I create elaborate tales to learn vocab words, and in Psychology, I come up with jokes to remember each type of hormone. One of my most memorable phrases was one I constructed during an assignment for a civics class in middle school. We were required to memorize all of the states and their capitals. The one I struggled with remembering the most was Lincoln, Nebraska, so I coined the phrase, "Lincoln would never wear a bra." This worked because I could imagine the Ne in Nebraska standing for the word "never," and the word "bra" followed right after, which allowed me to associate the name Lincoln with Nebraska. It is bizarre, I know, but it does work, after all, it has been almost six years, and I still remember that the capital of Nebraska is Lincoln.

Hattie from Georgia
High School Senior
Chamblee Charter High School