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

Test preparation isn’t just an activity, it’s a science. Throughout my education endeavor I have created an excellent test preparation method proven to work on all types of students. One key component is organization. My method specifically works better for individuals who are organization savvy. Materials such as post-its can help strategically categorize the information of the test I am studying for. By dividing the information up into categories based off a specific lesson, your mind will easily remember the information. Your brain will see it as parts of a cohesive whole, rather than unconnected ideas. My favorite tactic when studying is envisioning my notes while test taking. Although this technique is better for those with a photographic memory, it can be used by any type of student. By simply drawing a dot or shape next to specific words or ideas that you have trouble remembering, your brain will take a mental picture of your notes. When it comes time to take the test, that red heart or blue dot that you drew on your notes will remind you of the content you had to memorize. If you aren’t much of a visual learner, creating acronyms that can be recited or catchy jingles to remember detailed information is an excellent strategy. Even taking your favorite songs and altering the lyrics to be related to the test topic is very beneficial to those who lack studying skills. The most detrimental factor of a successful studying session is the presence of distractions. Whether it may be your phone constantly buzzing or the sun’s rays shining through your bedroom window, any sort of disturbance must be avoided.
By clearing your learning environment of potential distractions, you are clearing your mind in preparation for studying. As a future educator, I will encourage everyone to prepare for a test to the best of their ability to achieve a favorable outcome. After all, Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Morgan from New Jersey
High School Senior
Montgomery High School