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

Personally, I prefer an old school approach when it comes to studying. Using study guides or studying straight from a book doesn't work for me because I get so overwhelmed with information that I hardly retain anything. When I study I like to use flashcards, physical and digital, because it forces me to focus on the information at hand without letting my mind wander.
This school year I began taking psychology, and in the class I learned that listening to music, preferably instrumental, helps with memorization due to the rhythms in the music. This is why it's so easy for people to learn lyrics to a song, because our brains can remember the rhythms well. Some people opt not to listen to music when studying because most sources only reference classical music, but no source ever said the music had to be strictly classical, it just has to be instrumental. When I study I listen to what is called "lo-fi hiphop", which is instrumental music with a more modern approach. Research has shown that the music technique works best when listening to something familiar, which is why I listen to "lo-fi hiphop" because it similar to the music I listen to on a daily basis.
Along with listening to music and using flashcards, my last study technique is using mnemonic devices. Mnemonic devices work for me because it allows me to take lots of information and put it into fun words or phrases. It is much easier to remember a words that holds a lot of information than to try and throw random information in your head with no type of organization technique.
In all, the best way for me to study is to use an organized approach to retain the information, rather than trying to store everything in my mind with no sense of direction.

Zakarra from South Carolina
High School Senior
Wilson High School