Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
My first step is always to sit at my breakfast table. It is my designated study area, and my brain is signaled that it is time to work. I then pull out my notebook and make a list of everything I need to do or read during that study session. This puts my workload into perspective and allows me to prioritize my tasks. If I need to memorize basic terms, I will often write them on flashcards and quiz myself, shuffling after every couple of rounds. If I need to grasp general concepts, I will read my textbook and summarize each section in a short paragraph. These can be used as a study guide in future study sessions. I always take a ten minute break every hour to prevent myself from burning out, and if I am extra stressed, I will make myself a cup of tea or have a snack.
This system works for me because it is focused on my wellbeing and concentration rather than my immense workload, which allows me to get more done. I would encourage anyone with anxiety issues to at least try something similar to this. I would also tell them to put their mental health first, and the success will follow.
Zyra from Georgia
High School Senior
Lanier High School