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

I have come to realize that the best way to prepare for tests is by engaging in active learning through online study resources. This allows me to feel more interested in the material, use reward systems to motivate me, and see the results of my learning. In particular, I enjoy using Quizlet, Kahoot, and Quizziz. I think that using the Internet to our advantage in school is one of the best things about my generation that previous generations did not have access to.
On these websites, I first input the information that I need to know. Occasionally I can find existing study sets on these sites that pertain to my material, but I usually find it more helpful to make my own sets to become familiar with the material. Then, the sites give me a variety of online flashcards and games, which work very well for me as a visual learner. Being able to see the terms, definitions, questions, and answers in different sequences helps me retain the information, while also putting me in the right mindset for a test. The repetition of review games is also helpful, as it gives me the same question over and over mixed in with other questions until I am completely comfortable with the topic. Some of the games allow for the option of having a timer, which tests how quickly I can recall information, just like I would need to do during the actual tests. The instant gratification of passing “levels” in these games motivates me to continue studying even when I would normally have grown tired of the material over time through alternate methods. Using online resources has made studying so much more enjoyable for me, and I would highly encourage students today to take advantage of them.

Mark from Georgia
High School Senior
Pope High School