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

Tests, finals, and reading quizzes are the backbone of a teacher's arsenal to teach students about the material. Each teacher then has their own study guides or study methods of learning the course. Through the variations many students get confused and end up preforming poor on the assessment. This is where I found myself in my freshmen year; I had a 3.0 and was failing many tests because I didn't know how to study. By my sophomore year I started to learn the tricks and was finally hitting my stride and getting into the swing of things. This is where I learned that flash cards, especially hand written ones, were starting to work for me. Through a little more research I found out that the process of hand writing items makes it so you remember the material better. My final step was to introduce color theory and how opposing colors make learning material better as well. So now for many of my classes I have a blue and an orange section for each study set. Blue is the material that is 'chilly' and easy and then orange is the 'fire' and harder section. With these study habits I have found that they work because I then get attached to the color and to the physical hand writing and it has significantly raised my test scores to the point where I am a 4.0 student.

Austin from California
High School Senior
Bellarmine College Preparatory