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

When preparing for a test there are many tools and strategies that I use. The first strategy is flashcards that use a color coding system. I use this strategy because it allows me to consistently review the topics for my upcoming exam while at the same time presenting them in a random order in the same manner the test will. The color coding system is an enhancement of this as it helps me differentiate between questions. Very often questions have similar answers, whether it be the dates, names, or etc. The color coding system allows me to separate these answers by essentially assigning a color to it and making it easier to remember in the long run. The second strategy I use is studying with my peers. The people around me are like living flashcards who will quiz me the same way but also explain and help when I am incorrect. Sometimes simply talking it out with someone makes the material so much easier to understand. On occasion I have taught and explained things to my peers while studying and through this I felt that my understanding was also supplemented. The advantage of group study allowed me to grow alongside my classmates in the way that Albert Einstein suggested it to work when he said “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Each of these strategies has given me the opportunity to learn the material and be able to explain it simply and with them I plan to be successful in my future academic aspirations.

Bryan from Nevada
High School Senior
Valley High School