Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
First, I make sure I get plenty of rest the night before. I turn off all electronics, my cell phone, iPad and my Mac Book. That alone can be stressful for a teenager, but it's got to be done with a full 8 hours and nothing less, for success. On the day of the test I get up early and meditate. Learning to clear my mind of all the negative mumbo-jumbo trying to invade my inner-peace, is wiped away like a chalk board.
Sitting in that Yoga position and being completely still, breathing deep breaths and emptying all my fears about the outcome of the day, fall off me like a weight. Next, I shower washing away the pre-test jitters, visualizing my nerves going down the drain and prepare myself for a healthy breakfast. I know if I don't feed my body, my brain will be hungry and not function properly. I don't try to fill up on the foods I know will make me sluggish or weigh me down, but opt for a slice of whole wheat toast, a hard boil egg and some sliced fruit. Not much of a milk drinker, but I recently found I like drinking Almond Milk and it satisfies the pit of my nervous stomach.
And last, but certainly not least, I pray. I ask God to give me the ability to change the things I can change and the peace to be ok with the things I can not. I recognize that the Test does not own me and has no power to defeat me. I thank God for the Test knowing it might not be the last one I have in life. I'll either fail it and survive or pass it and thrive. Most of all I like knowing I did the best I could do to be ready.
Khayla from Illinois
High School Senior
Warren Township High School Gurnee Il. 60031