Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
I start with writing down the facts. Simply seeing it does nothing for me because I get distracted easily and the words go over my head. When I start by writing it down or typing it out, I'm forcing myself to focus on what is says exactly. Even if I'm not 100% sure what it means yet, I at least become aware of the general idea. Once I've finished writing down everything, I move on to reading. If I'm studying the definition of terms, I like to read it over a couple of times, then try and go off on memory. It's pretty much the same strategy with specific dates and events. I repeat it until I get tired of it, but I could recite the entire paper if I wanted to. Then, the next step. I need to see the application of the information. For example, if I'm studying all the bones in the human body, I have to know the significance of that bone and why it's there. Without that information, I just know what a bunch of bones are called and that registers in my head as trivial knowledge that doesn't need to be stored for longer than a day. Finally, and this is the most important step, I turn up that background music and reward myself with a little dance/sing along sesh! It's a great way for me to de-stress and hype myself up for the upcoming test.
I try and use this method at least a week in advance, but even in a pinch it's extremely useful for me. Now, I rarely fail my tests and I don't feel as bitter when I have to study.
Nya from Arizona
High School Senior
Cactus High School