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

As a current graduating senior, I have had my entire grade school life to create good test preparation techniques. I have used the following for AP tests, SATs, and all minuscule quizzes above and below, and I hope others find them helpful. The number one skill to learn to get a good grade is to be curious. Don't take what you learn at a surface level, because it will usually pass through one ear at out the other. When you learn something new, immediately write it down in a notebook or type it in if you're a tech person to have notes to refer back to later. Make every day into a Vsauce episode where you learn the secrets of the universe by also writing any furthering questions. I took the advice of Michael, the creator of the YouTube channel, when he said that he "camps out with the subject" and asks "why?" and then, "if this is true, what else is true?". Arranging your notes so that different kinds of topics are easily found for reference makes a world of difference in the long-run. When I start taking my notes, I never scribble everything down into big paragraphs; I use dashes, bullets, and indentations because I assigned a meaning to each one. For History tests, bullet points on the margin line highlight where a date is written, like a dot on a timeline. When a math test is at the end of the next week, I utilize textbook questions and review practices done in class with classmates. A well-rested mind for study sessions and the week of testing is crucial for your highest performance so your body is accustomed to a healthy mindset. Check for testing material requirements at least two days prior. You never know when you may be allowed to use open notes or be required to supply your own calculator and pencil.

Jeffrey from Texas
High School Senior
Carl Wunsche Sr. High School