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

Testing can be quite intimidating considering if it is a subject that is in itself difficult by nature. Maybe it's not the subject but the teacher who does not have the competency to prep the students for such a test. Well even though the test is either complicated or not, or that the teacher is excellent or not, there is always a solution. This solution incorporates some tips and methods that I find myself utilizing on getting ready for tests and actually yielding successful results. First off, the key to taking the first step is to always take notes from the topic of discussion that is going to show up on the test. If it is a unit, then either take your own notes or get the notes that the teacher has provided. If the topic is hard to comprehend which is normal, then it is best to look up the material on YouTube to get some answers. Most of the help I get are from educational videos such as Khan Academy, The Organic Chemistry Tutor, AK Lectures, etc. Of course, it depends on the type of subject whether it would be math, physics, English, history, etc. Secondly, after taking notes, then the cliche saying goes, "Study, study, study." However, do not do it in the conventional way by which you study for long periods of time in one sitting. Do not study longer, study smarter and you can do that by studying for 30-45 minutes and then take a 15-minute break and then continue studying for another 30-45 minutes until you feel satisfied with knowing the topic. Now another essential detail is that you have to study at small increments two weeks prior to the actual test. If you do not know when the test is, then make sure to study the material right then and there after taking notes. It should be studying small gradually until the test and not the way that most college students approach the typical studying method which is studying the whole night before the test and not receiving enough sleep. That is the worst way possible to study. Overall, these are the methods I use.

Timothy from Texas
High School Senior
Frenship High School