Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
First, you must be familiar with the terminology that is present in whatever you are being tested on. For example, you will want to know what entropy means before jumping into a chemistry test on thermodynamics. Flashcards are extremely helpful, and one of the least time consuming ways that help me memorize all the terms needed. All it takes is 5 minutes out of a day, for a few days, to review a couple definitions and formulas needed on a test for familiarization.
The next step is to go deeper and learn how to apply this information to reality. Simply knowing a formula is useless if you can’t use it properly. To accomplish this, I like to complete practice problems and study guides. This habit lets me apply what I have memorized and understand its function better. Any homework that I am given from a class must be done seriously as well, as it is a good source for these practice problems.
After getting to know the essential information that I need for any class’s test, I need to also understand the test that I am going to take. It is incredibly helpful to be familiar with a test’s format and to know what to expect before taking the test. Practice tests are greatly appreciated and like a beacon of hope in the test taking world. With them, I am able to be as prepared as I can be for upcoming tests.
Test taking is not something that one can just rush and hope for the best. It is a lengthy process that requires proper cultivation and practice. With the right techniques, like the ones I use above, tests can become less of a burden and more of a guide to help oneself learn as much as they can!
Heidi from California
High School Senior
Los Osos High School