Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Three days before a test I like to briefly go over what we have done in class for the that unit. I will not give myself a brain aneurysm on memorizing every single word of the notes, because being stressed out can actually cause more harm than good. Once look at them briefly I look at them more carefully studying each notation and trying to remember the events that took place for the particular unit. I do this for about thirty minutes.
Two days before the test my teacher gives the study guide. The study guide is a student’s best friend and should be taken in the utmost regard. I try to complete the study guide without the notes because this way I can see what I need to pay more attention on. If it comes to a part where I can’t complete the study guide without the notes, then I takes out my notes and fill in the rest of the holes. For the best results I try to do this an hour. The second day is the longest day of studying and prepping. This is also the day I go over vocab and review flashcards I make in the beginning of the unit.
The day before the test. The pressure is high. On the last day I try to limit my study time to 30 minutes to 45 minutes. On this day I go over the study guide, but I rewrite the study guide because writing it down commits it to memory. It also give me a chance to review the weak questions that I didn’t get before and commit it memory. If I still feel iffy on some events I like to watch videos on the subject and right notes on it because again writing things down make you remember it better.
On test day I try not to stress because stress increase anxiety which can increase your heart rate and can decrease good blood flow to the brain. I do this for all other subjects I tweak a bit for math and science increasing the times but it fool proof. I finished my Honors US History class with a 90.
Oumou from Georgia
High School Senior
McEahcern High School