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

I believe that I have great test preparation practices that have proven to work for me-and everyone else I have given them to! My number one tip is to study in short, timed intervals. After trying many different versions of this, the one that works for me the best is studying for 25 minutes with no distractions, that includes, no phone, no friends, and no music(!), and then taking a 5 minute break in between every interval of 25 minutes. During the 5 minute break, you can choose to do whatever you wish, but I do not recommend to look at a screen in any way. I think that puts you in a different mindset rather than the work that you are working on, and that can disrupt your brain and cause you to start thinking off track, which can kill your progress very quickly. I speak from personal experience! I choose to do four sets of 25 minutes on, 5 minutes off, resulting in a grand total of 2 hours; and then I decide how long of a break I should take before I start all the way over. That solely depends on how much work I got done within my first 2 hours. When I began studying like this my junior year of high school, I was astonished at how much work I had gotten done in such a short period of time. I had never been able to be in a mindset where I was trying to "race against the clock", and that put me in a competition with myself, and I am a very competitive person when I need to be, and I feel as though this feeling of competition makes me get so much more done in a short period of time.

This method is proven to work for me and everyone else I have shared it with, and I strongly recommend everyone to simply give it a shot and see if it works for them!

MADISON from Arizona
College Sophomore
Arizona Christian University