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

I personally believe everyone has their own method of studying. Whether it's just flashing through your notes minutes before an exam or studying for hours the day before an exam, everyone has their own methods. For me personally, it's a little bit of both. I genuinely believe that the best test preparation practice falls somewhere in between those two. The reason for that being that everyone wants the easy way out, everyone wants the "quick" answer, but damaged of having the "quick" answer is not learning the material to the best of one's ability. So how is this useful, you ask? Well, the thing about the "quick" method is that the question will stick around in the back of one's head whether they are conscious of it or not. For example, if there is math question with a really long logarithm that might take about half an hour worth of studying, the "quick" way would be to just zoom through the process, look at the first step, two middle steps, and then the last one. This method has proven to be effective for me simply because it leaves a lot of open gaps that I have to fill out, and in the process of having to fill it out, the process becomes easier and soon enough I have learned the problem, I have solved it on my own, with all steps.

Brian from New York
High School Senior
Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics