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

When most people think about taking a test, the only thing that they think about is getting a good grade. They study all day and night to get that A on their test. But thinking about tests as a way to obtain an academic number is the wrong way to study. Why do we study? It is to understand a concept or subject that we might need later in our lives. Therefore, I think of tests as a method of measuring how much I understand a subject or concept.
When thinking about tests this way, then studying becomes so much easier to do. In my mind, there are two types of academic learning. One is learning about a subject. The other is learning about a concept. Each type of learning requires different ways of studying. The first type of learning is for a subject. This is more focused on memorization. This is more geared towards topics such as history and biology. The best way to study these types of topics is to completely understand them. Make sure you know it inside and out. For example, if you are trying to memorize a historical event, it is best to know exactly what happened, to the point where you can tell it like a story. For topics that are more concept focused, such as math, practice is of extreme importance. Taking practice tests, doing practice problems, those are the best ways to learn a concept. This will enable someone to be able to take the test in their sleep.
However, these will not work for people with the wrong mentality. The reason why these methods work for me is that I approached education with the right mentality. Students should not go to class so that they can get a grade and raise their GPA. Students should be going to class so that they can get the opportunity to learn something new. Tests are just a way for teachers to truly show how much you have learned in their class. This mentality made studying so much easier for me when preparing for a test.

Jeemin from New Jersey
College Sophomore
Bergen Community College