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

My test preparation usually consists of reviewing notes, then re-writing the notes that I have most trouble remembering, as well as the information that I expect to be on the test. I find that when I write something down, rather than just hearing or even typing, I tend to recall it much more easily. When possible, it is also incredibly helpful to create a mnemonic of my own or put the information to a popular tune, which makes the information easier to recall in the proper order. When available, practice questions go a long way. If I am expecting a daunting test, I complete 10-20 practice questions each day leading up to the test. I find that, for me, repetition is the strongest tool in the box. If I have the time and devotion to drill information and put it to use over and over again, I can remember it for far longer than I would otherwise. Environment is another incredibly impactful factor. Silence is golden. Finding a quiet area to study without interruption is a crucial factor in studying well. The biggest distraction is the cell phone. It is inevitable that, if you keep your phone at hand, it will consume all of the time set aside for study. Most importantly, make time! Waiting until the last minute is a sign of near certain failure. Memory must be trained. In order to remember everything needed to ace a test, you must work for it. Take the time to memorize the important stuff. Put it on the schedule, and don't procrastinate! If there is an area where you struggle more than normal, don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many people available to help you study, whether they be a teacher, a fellow student, or even a tutor online. There are so many options available to you, all you have to do is use them!

Gavin from Texas
High School Senior
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