Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Now that I’m a much more seasoned test-taker with years of experience under my belt, having gone through the more stressful crunch sessions than I can count, I can reflect upon the culmination of tricks I’ve subconsciously implemented into my study routine. For example, I always make sure to write down notes that I will understand. So, I will record information in my own words with definitions that make sense to me. Furthermore, physically writing or typing notes myself works wonders--what I mean is that copying and pasting is a no-go as I’ve learned that the information just won’t stick if I do so. Additionally, before a big test, I will write down the major topics and then list ALL of the information that I know about them without looking over my notes. Then, I would be able to see which topics I hadn’t felt too strongly about in order to determine my areas of focus for the study session. Then, I'd rinse and repeat as repetition truly helps. Overall, I believe that memorization used to be my secret key to succeeding on tests; but, of course, that is now a thing of the past. I found that all of those test preparation practices I've developed over the years have helped me not just to memorize, but to solidify my understanding of the content.
Mila from California
High School Senior