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

There is no question in my mind that much of the success I have achieved in high school tests is because of my study practices. In my time in high school I have utilized every form of studying I can think of and find online, however there were a few that helped me succeed greater than I thought they would. These include creating rhymes or acronyms and talking through information with another person.
As funny as it may sound, creating rhymes or acronyms in order to memorize a diagram or in a matching test is unbelievably effective. I believe this is one of the best ways to study because it is very apparent that the rhymes and connecting ideas of a song make it easy to learn the lyrics of a song. Utilizing this for studying operates in the exact same way. Creating that “song” or rhyme for a diagram or matching pieces allows it to remain in the back of your head. There are connecting pieces to the “song” and when put together for studying, it will all be understandable. Therefore, when I have used this tactic for quizzes or tests, I was able to refer to the rhyme or acronym I created and repeat it in my head during the exam.
The other great tactic I have found is to simply talk it out with another individual, whether they are studying for the same test or not. A constant issue I find when studying is the fact that there are pieces of the information that I do not fully understand which usually come back to haunt me. However, I discovered that explaining all that you are studying to someone else provides the opportunity to reason why exactly that specific part is confusing you. For me, this has been in classes like AP Calculus where I get caught on a specific formula and do not quite comprehend how it yields the result it does. By talking other classmates, I often leave the discussion fully understanding the process and formula and ready for the test. In my opinion, these are two of the best ways to study because they allow for easy memorization and comprehension.

Darius from Washington
High School Senior
Northwest Christian High School