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

I realized early on in my schooling that good study habits can make or break how well you do in school. Through a lot of trial and error, I found that layering a variety of visual, written, and repetition methods helped me in my studies.
One of the most helpful types of visual learning I practice is looking at diagrams. I’m a person who really likes to see how everything fits together before I can understand smaller details. Diagrams offered a little bit of organization so that I could make more sense of large bulks of information. They allowed me to make unique connections that wouldn’t form otherwise. It has brought a sense of order to things that would otherwise seem overwhelming.
I also learned quickly that few things worked better for me than writing things down. By taking handwritten notes, my brain was forced to go through things twice, boosting my level of understanding. Something about seeing things in my own handwriting also seemed to make things stick better. I’ve probably written out specific math equations and their memorized integrals thousands of times as a way to study, and now my hand seems to move on its own when it sees a certain function. Handwriting has been my go-to when learning or memorizing material.
Most importantly, I found that practice is the best way to study for anything. Taking practice tests and doing preparation problems really helped me to get familiarized with the format, the composition of questions, and prioritized material. This way I could tailor my knowledge to each individual test and bost my potential of scoring better. I used this with countless school and federal standardized tests and the results were always drastic.
Ultimately, I’ve found that organization, handwriting, and practice have all worked the best for me when studying. Even though these may seem like classic methods, they're tried and true, and I can attest to that.

Valerie from Utah
High School Senior
Timpview High School