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

The first thing that is such an important test preparation is managing your time wisely. I have been on both sides of the fence, one side being procrastination and the other being preparing for a test days or even weeks ahead of time. I found that on the first day of receiving new material in class, reviewing the lecture notes or other material afterwards, even if only for 15 minutes, really helped me in the long run when doing it after every single school day. In order to keep information in your brain long-term, you need to refresh your memory once in awhile about the material you learned, so studying a little everyday helped tremendously. Another helpful tip is to be familiar with the format and kind of test your teacher makes. By that, I mean you should be aware if most of the test's content is based on the textbook, lecture notes, or other materials. I've had classes where I didn't even look in the textbook once because I didn't need to, everything was from the lecture; the textbook just had a lot of extra information I didn't need. However, it is also a good idea to look in the textbook to review the sections actually brought up in class; sometimes, the textbook can give you a more detailed and structured explanation. In addition, it's good to be familiar with the format of the tests. Do you know if there's lots of essay questions? Then prepare by writing short essays for possible topics. Do you know if there's fill in the blanks? Then make sure you got your spelling down if your teachers are picky about that; sometimes, I scan over the material so much but don't event think about how it's spelled. Another test preparation practice I use is called active recall. I like to type questions on a doc after learning about the content that day; then, everyday my list of questions grow and everyday I practice answering those questions without help of my notes or textbook. It helps you be prepared to recall information on demand, just like in a test setting.

Aimee from Ohio
High School Senior
North Ridgeville High School