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

My primary test preparation practice is to listen to alpha wave audio the day prior to taking the test. This audio propels me into a state of relaxation and focus, and allows me to block outside noise much easier than I'm accustomed to. Without the audio, I have to take a 5 minute break every 30 minutes when studying for long periods of time, but with it I'm able to reduce that to a 5 minute break every 45 minutes instead. These shortened breaks add up over time, and give me the extra finish I need to my study sessions. Furthermore, the alpha waves dramatically heighten my ability to retain finer details in my notes, ones that can be a big difference come test day. For example, the first time I tried using alpha wave audio as a studying tool was in my AP World History class; I needed a way to remember key dates, since I've always been bad at recalling what events correspond to what dates in history. Sure enough, the audio helped me to visualize the notes in my notebook, so I could remember not only what the date looked like in my head, but also the notes that went along with it. I saw a significant score boost for my tests after using the alpha wave audio, and have been utilizing it as my main studying tool ever since. In addition to the audio, another test preparation practice I use is flashcards; but not the regular flashcards, I make a game out of it. I really enjoy cracking codes and solving puzzles in my everyday life, so I decided to implement this into my test preparation practices. I turned studying into a mental game for myself by taping flash cards onto my room door, and not allowing myself to get into my room unless I answered one of the flash cards correctly. Once I answer a flash card correctly, I remove it from the door and put it into a pile in my room. The game is easy at first, but gets increasingly difficult as the number of flash cards to choose from lessens. The flashcards and alpha waves have become my new favorite study methods for any subject.

Braxton from Nevada
High School Senior
Advanced Technologies Academy