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

Do you want to receive that A on your math test? To begin with you need to put in the work. It all starts in the classroom, take good written notes that fit your style and pay attention in class. Ask any clarifying questions, it can be scary but do it for you. Find any clubs related to the subject you're having trouble with, it can give you more time to practice with your peers. If there's any tutoring available in your school take advantage of those opportunities.
In order to have a productive study session start weeks before the actual test, by cramming in information right before a test it won’t be any use to you. Find a location where you feel the most comfortable to study in, it can be a library or a park but don’t study in bed it will lead to you falling asleep. Once you find the right place that works for you begin to go over your notes, find what material you are having trouble with. From there find online sources that can clarify the material. Personally I enjoy learning from different online sources because each source is different and each source has something new to learn about.
All of these techniques have been really useful to me personally. I don’t feel rushed or stressed out when I study weeks before a test. I feel well prepared and confident when it's time to take the test. By finding a location I feel comfortable in, I feel motivated and relaxed to study especially out in nature. When I work with my peers I feel that it is really useful to quiz each other rather than quizzing yourself.
Being in highschool you might have other concerns going on and don’t feel motivated to study everyday. Don’t force yourself to study every minute or second of the day. Start off with a goal for the week, for example studying 2-3 times a week for 30minutes to 1 hour. From there expand your goal to a further time. Don’t make studying a chore make it a habit!
Don’t worry if you don’t get the score you wanted go back to the drawing board and fix your mistakes.

Angie from California
High School Senior
Grand Arts High School