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

The best way I found to study for a test was not to cram the night before but rather to study three days prior to the test. After the first study day I then make a mock quiz or questionnaire where I tired to simulate what is in the chapter and or section that I was being test over. Once I take this quiz I then go and quiz colleagues and do a group study section where a person ask questions and the others answer. I find studying in a group to help tremendously because it not only is better to have the company but also it helps others as well as being beneficial to myself because I am able to hear others opinions on certain questions. I also try to stay as motivated as possible since I tend to get off task, I always try to ask my teachers for help as well as if they can answer any of my questions prior to taking the test. I have heard that brain strengthens new memories and puts them into long-term storage if knowledge is obtained before sleeping so I try to review flashcards and read some of the context in hopes that I will remember it better.In addition, I use a technique called technique called “spaced repetition” which involves breaking up information into small chunks and reviewing them consistently over a long period of time. I have also heard that the dual action of seeing and hearing information at the same time helps seal it into your memory and I found that it actually works and I try to study out loud in a different accent just to ensure that I remember it since I am talking differently. I also try to take breaks after every hour of studying to help my brain relax so I will do some simple calisthenics like push-ups or sit-ups or even some light jogging to help me relax and sharpen up my thoughts. The day of the test I make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before then I eat a protein rich breakfast and study flash cards before going to take the exam. I try to to stress over an exam for the reason that I put so much work into it.

Travis from Ohio
High School Senior
Mapleton High School