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

When I prepare for a test, I treat it the same as an athletic event. It is Important to me to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and to have practiced beforehand.
Everyone functions better on a good night's sleep. This fact is supported by many scientific studies, and anyone who has tried to do any kind of activity after pulling an all-nighter. In order to make sure I am well rested, I eat a large dinner and go to bed at nine, and get up at seven the next day. When I get up, I feel well rested, and am usually in a good mood, which is an added bonus.
I then eat a healthy breakfast, usually eggs, some form of fruit or vegetable, and a grain, usually either toast or rice. I also try to drink a glass of water with breakfast, and some milk. Since a meal like this is healthy, and devoid of artificial sugars, I have a consistent energy level throughout the day, and don't have to worry about a sugar crash. It also has the added bonus of getting my mother off my back, since she's a little bit of a health freak.
Before all this though, I make sure to practice. In an athletic event, which for me is swim, I would practice and train in all four strokes, especially the ones for the events I had chosen. For a test, this training is the homework assigned by my teachers. I make sure to do all of it, and any questions I may have I ask my teacher or research on my own, sometimes both. I do not take notes in class, though that is something I should improve on. I don't take notes because I tend to absorb information quickly, unless it's a difficult concept or a series of formulas I have to memorize. I take notes then. For me, just doing the homework is enough to solidify my knowledge of a subject, especially if that subject is something I enjoy.
My three test preparations are to practice and do the homework, to get a good night's sleep beforehand, and to eat a healthy breakfast the day of. I treat my tests the same way I treat an athletic event.

Kale from Arizona
High School Senior
Mesa High School