Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
“The grade written in red is your curved grade, they’ll be put into Powerschool soon,” she said. My heart dropped. This is when I knew that the way I studied for exams in the past was not going to cut it.
If I am being honest, school has never been a struggle for me. I always understood the concepts of each subject, so I never felt a need to do in-depth study sessions. I did a quick refresher through my notes the night before, and that was it.
However, after receiving my AP Biology midterm, I started choosing new tactics. When a test was upcoming I spent a week preparing. I re-read chapters that were based off of the test material and began to color code my notes. For Math I would write practice questions in my notebook, retake old quizzes, and come into school early to meet with my teacher. I create my own quizlets, study them in the ‘Learn’ section, and then once I master that section I do the ‘Write’ section. In order to prepare for the test I also answer my fellow classmate’s questions, explaining to them the concepts, in order that everyone is prepared.
These methods work for me because I am a visual learner and I also learn through explanation. Drawing pictures or underlining key terms is a way for me to see the big ideas closely. Quizlet works for me because it feels like a fun game. When I master a card set I feel like I won, making learning more entertaining. Lastly, explaining the concepts I studied helps further encode the information into my brain. I not only get to help those around me, but I also can prove to myself that I truly understand the concept.
Candace from District of Columbia
High School Senior
St. John's College High School