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

Before coming to high school I was a less than average test taker and when large exams came up I stressed, crammed, I always did well but the process before was more than flawed. So I did what my generation is known for, I googled it. It took me a while to come up with a system that worked for me but eventually I did. Before I start any study session I put my phone on "do not disturb" and place it out if my eyesight. If I'm studying with other people it is up to me to determine whether my group is going to be productive or counterproductive.
I start studying three to four weeks before a large exam and one to two weeks for a basic test. First I go over my test material, if the test is general knowledge like the ACT or SAT then I use an online practice test, other than that I use my course syllabus or whatever material my teacher provides. Then I read through my notes and I make sticky notes color coded by importance. I use sticky notes to avoid highlighting, because normally that leads to accentuating unnecessary information. After I make the sticky note I keep them in their color groups and re- read my notes to determine whether to add or discard some of them. It helps to study in a group because it can help you stay focused and retain information quicker.
One to two weeks before the test I go over important vocabulary and non-vocabulary words that may be on the test, this helps because even if you don't know the answer to the question you can narrow down the answer choices because 1/2 is better than 1/4.

Chandrea from South Carolina
High School Senior
Eau Claire High School