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

One of the best ways to learn is repetition. When learning a language everyone says that it is just practice, practice, practice. Write down new words, use them as much as you can when speaking, listen to examples that use the same vocabulary. I feel like this is the fundamental of education today, whether it comes to history or math, everyone uses repetition. While this is effective in the short term education that we have today, I feel that more can be taken from it. Whenever I try to learn something I try to let my sub-conscience get a full grasp of the topic. I used to struggle with Spanish, I just couldn't get a grasp of it, no matter how much time I spent on Quizlet or talking to the teacher. The next year I decided to get a tutor, this helped a lot, but I still wasn't able to understand the language. I started downloading Spanish podcasts and songs to play in my car while I drive. I then began to listen to them when I went to bed or when I was taking a shower. It took about a month of doing this every night, but I started excelling in Spanish. My teacher and my peers began to notice as I became more fluent, got better grades, and the class, in general, became easier. I hope when I go to college that I will be able to find the same resources for my other classes so I can continue to use this strategy. I would recommend to anyone who is having trouble with a language to try it out, it really changed my life.

Justin from Iowa
High School Senior
Lewis Central High School