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

My first step for preparing for a test is checking my school calendar for tests/quizzes or events that I have coming up in the upcoming two weeks. My teachers use google calendar to share with their students the dates for tests and quizzes throughout the whole school year. I take advantage of this by keeping the calendar tab open on my computer so that I can always look at it to plan out the current week and future weeks ahead of me. This way, I have a headstart on studying, and I know how to prioritize my time for other assignments.
Specific preparation strategies depend on the subject area for which I’m being tested. If I am being tested for memory-based subjects such as languages or history, I usually make flashcards using Quizlet. Using these digital flashcards, I’m able to study them on the bus or in the car, as well as at home. If it is a subject that requires me to learn processes such as math or science, then I sit at my desk and learn the process by practicing a problem in math, or drawing out the process in sciences. These practices work well for me because I learn through repetition.
Learning is defined as the process of acquiring new understanding, knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, and preferences. It is most effective with repetition, especially for me. The more information that is repeatedly studied the more that is learned. One who studies material not only more than once but over a longer period of time will most likely retain the information better. This is why I make an effort to study material over a span of two days or more, instead of cramming the night before.
My test preparations include knowing when my tests are and learning through repetition. These strategies work well for me because I am not caught unaware of a test, and I am effectively prepared.

Kaylyn from Georgia
High School Senior
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology