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

Beads of sweat roll down my face while my knees shake and my voice quivers as I give a class presentation, even though I know that more than half of the class is either too focused on their upcoming presentations, or simply daydreaming in their realms. Although this practice of standing before large groups of people and presenting them with my work is nerve-wracking and disquieting, to prepare for a test I often place myself in this scenario.

In order to succeed, I must step out of my comfort zone and take the measures needed to accomplish my goals. To prepare for a test, I first learn and understand the material before preparing a format for a presentation in which I will make sure to cover all the key points and provide deep and logical explanations for each topic/concept. Reading my sources and notes, writing down keep points, making formats and templates for the organization of ideas, and quizzing myself on the material in a presentational scenario are all different ways in which using this study habit repeatedly familiarizes me with the testing topics.

During class presentations, one of the most terrifying things is forgetting what to say and standing there in agonizing silence while the rest of the class glares at me with judgemental stares. However, when I verbally practice presenting my study materials in my room, there is nothing to be afraid of, and each time I make a mistake, I have the chance to go over everything as many times as I want. This study technique not only helps me prepare for an upcoming test, but it also helps practice and builds confidence for any future in-class presentation.

Kimberli from California
High School Senior
Grover Cleveland Charter High School