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

Throughout high school, like most other students, I’ve had some tests go really well and others go really badly. Of course, now that I have finished high school I realize what helped me prepare best for tests: being busy. I know that sounds weird, but when I am most busy, I set a time to study and I follow the schedule. Specifically, during the fall when I have field hockey, I thrive academically. Usually practice goes late, so I don’t get home till 6:45- 7 at night, then I eat dinner, shower, and start homework. As someone who likes to get plenty of sleep, I work as hard as I can for a set amount of time. I put my phone away so that all of my focus is on the work in front of me.
Knowing that I have no other time to study and get my homework done keeps me intrigued and determined to get my work done. Staying busy helps me plan out my week as well. If I know I have games two nights a week, I adjust my homework load to get more done on the nights without games. Or if I have a test next week, I plan to get the majority of my studying done over the weekend so I don’t have to stress about it during the week.
A packed schedule works for me because it forces me to plan out my studying schedule and stick to it. I strive for success so I will do anything needed to feel prepared for tests, even if that means spending most of my Saturday studying for a test instead of hanging out with friends. Additionally, I believe in working for a goal, so I reward myself when I finish my work or feel I am fully prepared for a test. If I finish early, I allow myself to go to bed early and get some extra sleep or spend extra time with my friends on the weekend. Of course, I work hard to get good grades, but the motivation for other rewards helps me stay focused and study hard in the time I have dedicated to schoolwork.

Reese from Colorado
High School Senior
Kent Denver School