Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Step 1. I create the title, make it big and bold and often related to the subject.
Step 2. I create an outline. But this is no ordinary outline. This one has the category, vocabulary words relevant to the category, and helpful hints within it. I then expand on the next bullets with deeper notes and key phrases.
Step 3. Each category gets a different color marker/pen for memory purposes. When recalling the information, I can then associate the pink phrases with the pink titles, etc.
Step 4. When studying I go back and recall the information, coupling it with additional texts from the book or online article, adding in color coded boxes to accompany.
Step 5. Depending on how intense the study session is, I'll use my erasable highlighters to highlight some pertinent info that my instructor has noted will DEFINITELY be on the test.
When it's time to go back to the notes from mid-term to finals, I can then access the notes, and include color coded post it flags to assist in going into my notebook to quickly access the information. This method has carried me through my entire school career and I can't wait to implement them as I enter college.
A. Joelle from Georgia
High School Senior
Druid Hills High School