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

As a child, one of the best feelings in the world was when I brought home a good grade and mom put it on the refrigerator for everyone to see! Later, classes became more strenuous, some ended up at the bottom of my book-bag rather than on display in the kitchen. The demands increased and at times studying was a daunting task. Here are a few techniques have made my studying most effective:
1. Taking notes during lectures. If the teacher repeats a phrase or statement you probably will see it again on a test. When you write down notes, you are more likely to recall information. Personalize them! I use symbols or even mnemonics that are easy to recall during tests.
2. Review your notes each day. This will also help you recall the information when needed on test days!
3. Practice Exams, when available, are great keys to success. In high school I took several AP Courses. Initially my test score was a 2, not what I needed to receive college credit. However, after utilizing and practicing mock exams, my final score was a 4. They improved both my problem solving and time management skills.
4. Finally, consider listening to Classical music when studying. It may sound odd, but studies have shown classical music relaxes, helps boost mood, and maintain focus. Personally, I can attest that listening to symphonies have made a 4-hour study session fly by. I was in band during middle and high school and while performing pieces from Beethoven, Bach, and or Chopin, the audience visually distresses and became lost in the music. This is a great tool!
Certainly, there are several other methods and study tips out there to try besides my recommendations. These worked for me and were useful in all subjects. Studying is not the most exciting activity on the planet. It took a bit for me to find methods that worked, but when I did, it made all the difference. I graduated Salutatorian in my High School. If you have a plan, and follow through, you can improve your study habits and skills.

Bailey from Alabama
College Sophomore
Chipola College