Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Before pursuing any challenge, instituting a positive mindset is essential as it will push you to overcome hardship and continue your pursuit of success. This principle applies to studying as well. If I ever struggle with studying, I use positive affirmations such as: “I can do this”, “I can solve any problem”, “I will overcome whatever challenge is ahead.” With these statements, I am able to stay on target and use failure as a tool for success instead of a reason to give up.
Once my positive mindset is sound, I like to “gamify” my studying process. I find it is more fun for me to create a challenge to solve, so why not make practice testing and flashcard memorizing more challenging? In order to do this, I start by timing myself on how fast I can finish a practice test that scores at least an 80% or seeing what is the maximum amount of flashcards I can define in succession. With each round, I must try to beat my previous score in various aspects (increased test score, decreased timing, etc.). Once I have beaten my previous score three times, I use that as an indication that I am successfully mastering the material.
Of course there are more studying tools at hand as studying can be whatever you want it to be. I did not fully grasp this during my freshman year, but now I have fun challenging myself while studying which makes it easier to reinforce the topics I strive to master.
Jeremy from New Jersey
High School Senior
Teaneck High School