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

Ever since back in high school I always had trouble focusing on my academics, and only studying down to the last minute for a test. Unless they were on subjects that I like, I usually did the bare minimum work required. I'm older now, and experience has taught me that I have to do work even when I'm not enthusiastic to do it.

I've about tried and tested every thing that could help me focus and be more productive in studying. None has ever been effective on me than the Pomodoro technique. It's a focus method where you focus for a specific length of time, for example 25 minutes, and then you take a 5 minute break after. What makes this so effective on me is how it tricks my brain into starting the work since to me 25 minutes of work is a lot easier to digest than, say, an hour's work of studying or even four hours worth. Having breaks in between also helps me avoid accumulating brain fog from studying too long, and makes me feel I deserve the rest for focusing for 25 minutes straight.

I disliked studying and preparing for tests but with this technique, I've become a studying, productive machine! Just this week alone I managed to get in 1000 minutes of studying and I've never been more satisfied. I've got a long way to go, but as long as I keep up by good studying habits I can surely ace any test.

Nathanielle from New York
College Freshman
University of London