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

Studying isn't my favorite hobby, but it's a lot less of a hassle for me now than it was when I didn't have my own strategy. Everyone has a personalized way of absorbing information, and it took me a while to figure mine out. It's a combination of repetition to get it into my brain, and seeing examples of the information in action to make it stick. And of course, some nice relaxing background music to keep my brain engaged.
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