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

I have always admired people who could sit down, open up a textbook, and read the material until something “clicks” and then they understand everything from the origins of the content to the applications of the material. This strategy has not worked for me, personally, but the way I prepare for tests has yielded similar results. I find that the best way to prepare for tests is to simply create a story from the material you are trying to learn. Everyone remembers the stories they are either told or experienced, so why not apply this to academics? While this approach to learning may seem unorthodox to most people, it has proven to be one of the most memorable approaches to learning. If people can create stories from the material they are trying to learn, they are finding creative ways to conceptualize information and present it in new, unique, and memorable ways. This approach to learning utilizes some of the most beneficial methods of learning-i.e. analyzing the data and presenting it in one’s own words-and puts a creative twist on it to further increase its effectiveness in learning and retaining new material. For example, one of the stories I created to learn the diatomic molecules of the periodic table involves a piece of “broccoli.” The “broccoli” (which represents Bromine, Oxygen, Chlorine, and Iodine) is jumping on an “H” shaped trampoline (which represents Hydrogen) and having “fun” (which represents Fluorine and Nitrogen). Stories like these help to visualize the material and have fun with learning new content, and why are we learning new things if we cannot have a little fun with them? Learning should be fun and informative, and by using this approach, every new thing a person has to learn will be a new story in the making.

Vijay from Pennsylvania
College Sophomore
Temple University