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

I struggle with test anxiety and tend to get very jittery before tests. I soon realized that I needed to find a way to study that would help calm me down before a test. For me, using pneumonic devices works great. If I need to remember events in a specific order or even just a list of things, I find this is the most helpful for me. I also like going through textbooks and making my own study guide of things I find important within the text. Pretending to be a teacher has also helped me achieve high grades on tests. I pretend that I am a teacher and I need to teach my imaginary pupils about the topic that I will be tested on. I go over the material and read-aloud things that would be important. If the test would involve equations, I do a set of practice problems and teach how to do the problem. This helps me remember the most amount of content and actually understand what is happening in the content. The best piece of advice, even though everyone says it, is do NOT cram. Gradually go over the information the days prior to the test. Make a layout of a study schedule where you go over a specific topic/s on different days. Make sure to review what you did the previous day as well! You don't need to sit in front of your material for 3 hours straight!!!! Give yourself some breaks! I have found that I need to study in about 30/45 minute increments to take away the most amount of knowledge. Study for 30 minutes, take a 15-minute break, then come and continue to study.
While walking into the test, one of the most important things you can do is have confidence! The more you believe in yourself the better you will do on the test and less you will second guess the answers you write down. I have also found that if you have confidence and you stumble upon an essay you do not know, you can easily come up with a logical answer for it.
These are just my study tips. Everyone has their own ways of learning and you need to try things out until you figure out what works for you!

Kylie from Minnesota
High School Senior
Morris Area High School