Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Knowing where to begin paralyzes me every time. However, throughout the years I have learned that the most important step to preparing for a test is to take a deep breathe and make a plan. Without a plan, I’m stuck. Without a plan, I start to procrastinate. But when I have a plan, I feel as though I can do anything. So, I sit down and get to work. My favorite place to study for a big test is somewhere with little to no distractions. I also find that planning when I'm going to study is extremely useful. That way, I know I have to put aside all other distractions and focus on preparing for my test. With big goals and dreams in mind, I lay aside the stress and anxiety, and focus on taking one step at a time. As I am preparing for a test, there is one thing that is extremely important to me: allowing myself to take breaks. Studying for extended periods of time always leaves me worn out and grumpy. Instead of feeling energized and prepared, I feel tired and less prepared. When I take care of myself and give myself rest, I feel more motivated and prepared. Spending 30-minute increments of time each study session truly makes a difference in the outcome. One of my dear teachers taught me that it is not the amount of time you study, rather, it is the quality of your study. When I am studying for 30-minute increments, I am not passively reading. These short study sessions take active focus in order to be effective. However, I find that the key to sharp focus is giving myself time to rest and breathe. Sure, studying for tests can be difficult. But with a little motivation, test preparation can be conquered one step at a time.
Micaiah from Texas
High School Senior