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

Surprisingly, my test preparation practices are not that extensive or rigorous. I’ve never been a student that studies a ridiculous amount, but I’ve always been one that tries to learn as much as possible. I find that simply memorizing things is not the easiest way to make them stick in your brain. It’s far more effective to engage with the subject material as much as possible and try and give it connections in your brain. I learned this because I usually did better in classes I enjoyed more, and I also engaged with subjects I enjoyed more. So I tried my best to engage with subjects I found boring or uninteresting and I found that I actually ended up doing much better in those classes too. When you simply memorize information you don’t attach it to anything, you just try to shove it into your brain. But when you engage with it you attach it to things that are already in your brain so it has an easier time sticking in there and a harder time getting lost in your vast memory. I’ve always been horrible about memorizing things, so if anyone ever tells me that I must memorize a math formula I always try to memorize how to derive that formula an why it is the way it is so that when it comes time to use it on a test I not only know the formula I need, but also the conceptual information of why I need it so that I can check myself more easily. If there is ever a scenario in which I must simply memorize a few names of people, or certain numbers, I find that it is best to write it down as many times as possible. Writing it down over and over again not only engrains the information into your brain, but also into your hand. Sometimes I can write down the name of someone purely from muscle memory and I don’t even have to think about it.

Brianna from Texas
High School Senior
Clear Lake High School