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

In my experience, there are two kinds of tests, some require you to interpret information provided to form a conclusion using previously learned knowledge. These tests require minimal research or memorization, you will typically find these tests in classes such as math and english. Other tests require memorization of specific facts, such as events that happened at an exact time and who or what may have been involved. These tests will typically require a significant amount of research or memorization. Most of the work for these tests happens before the test. These tests will typically be found in classes such as history and government.

For tests that require interpretation of data provided in order to draw a conclusion, I will make sample questions for myself, and use my knowledge of the subject to form a conclusion. For example, if I were to have a test over finding an unknown variable in an equation, I would form my own questions and solve them. I repeat this process until I feel confident in my ability to solve these questions.

For tests that require memorization of specific details, I go over notes I have taken that could be important for the test multiple times. After this, I will ask another person to test my knowledge of the notes to see if I am prepared to take the test. Another strategy that works for me is forming a connection between a fact and something that I find memorable.

I think the reason these strategies work for me is that if I repeatedly review something I’ll absorb the information eventually. There are many strategies for preparing yourself for a test, but the ones listed above are some of the simplest and most effective, in my experience. However, the most important part in preparing for any test is being self motivated to start studying, since that is half the battle after all.

Ryan from Texas
High School Senior
Denver City High School