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

Tests are the bane of my existence. Though I understand that they are necessary for ensuring that I am learning the material properly, I can not help but dread every day I have a test. However, these days can be made easier with the right studying habits! I find that a combination of studying techniques combined with an ample amount of time is key to doing your best on a test.
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