Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
The plan is the most essential aspect, because without some semblance of a plan you have no idea when and where to put your efforts, making the process seem overwhelming. A good practice is to have a planner (I use a bullet journal) that allows you to break any assignment or class into its smallest components, using teacher recommendations and learning objectives, in order to work on a little bit everyday.
I think that your physical and emotional states also have a massive impact on your quality of studying. Confidence and faith are crucial: without them, you will never push yourself because deep down you do not believe in your abilities. I cultivate this confidence by reciting phrases that affirm my ability: “I am limitless.” I also meditate and clearly visualize myself doing the task and feel how great it will feel to have done it to the best of my ability. This way, when I sit down to work, my brain is already familiar with the situation and knows what to do.
In order to manifest this confidence and increase focus I take good care of my body and my mind: if you do not exercise any muscle, it will atrophy. So I try to read, eat healthy, exercise regularly, and get a lot of sleep in order to maintain a high level of energy and mental clarity.
While actually sitting in my chair and studying I use a few strategies that I adopted from my psychology class. These include classical conditioning insights: we learn from association. As a result, whenever I learn something new, my instinct is to relate it to something I know well already. Even if it is a class with no bearing on your future goals, imagine it as an opportunity to improve self discipline.
Learning is a skill that must be mastered through consistent application of yourself.
Elijah from Colorado
High School Senior
Denver East High School