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

My favorite way to study for tests is to make flashcards and also to highlight the textbook. I always start with reading the material first and then highlighting the book and lastly move on to flashcards. The reason I do this is so that I read all the content twice and, so I know what parts are essential to highlight. I am lucky enough to have a good memory, so typically, reading it twice is enough to remember all the needed material. After reading the information is when I write the flashcards so I can test myself to make sure that I do know the content. I try to think of as many questions as possible, and I never make multiple choice questions because that tends to lead to remembering the letter the answer is versus the answer itself. As I ask myself the questions, I keep a stack of the flashcards that I got right and a stack of flashcards I got wrong. If I get several questions wrong, then I will go back and reread the material and ask myself the wrong questions again. This method works well for me because it lets me gauge how well I know the content, and if there are specific sections that are especially weak.

Mikayla from Colorado
High School Senior
Enlightium Academy