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

I am not the person to sit hunched over a table, furiously scribbling notes with a pen until my hand cramps. It's never been my style. Whenever I have tried to do it, my brain ends up throwing everything out the window in five minutes, if it even survives that long. Then I tell myself it's fine, because I still put the effort into studying and that I can stop for now, even though I have not learned anything. So instead, I have my own way of doing things.
While I was in high school, admittedly I was not a student that put a lot of effort into studying for myself. However, one day I was sitting with some friends at a McDonald's playing on my phone as they poured over their geography textbooks, as we had a big test the next day. After some time had passed, and after becoming a bit bored I decided to start asking my friends questions. After about two hours, we called it quits and went home. The test finally came, and I found myself able to remember everything. Every question on the test I remembered asking my friends, and I could recall their answers. It was like my study session had become a movie where every question and answer was a scene that played out in my head. We got our test scores at the end of the week and the box office had not failed me, instead, it gave me an A.
Since then, I have made it a habit to always study with friends, that way I can make experiences that help me remember the material. Of course, I still read through textbooks, work on practice problems, and make flashcards when I need to, but they are more like supplementary material. For me, it’s all about the experience, which is something I simply cannot get from books and notes. In the end, I think it's important for everyone to find their own way of studying, whether it's with flashcards, textbooks covered in highlighter, or a late-night at McDonald's with some friends, we can all find paths to success.

Takuto from Georgia
College Junior
Kennesaw State University