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

I happen to have a Calculus 1 test coming up. For this test, I’m reviewing by going through Khan Academy’s AP Calculus AB mission. This shows me how much progress I’ve made while bringing old topics back into my memory (right now I’m at 44% mastery). I think Khan Academy really shows how technology can help in the classroom, and I think their algorithm which shows how far in the course you are is just one example.
Another thing I do is go through Crash Course videos. The project was started by the Green Brothers and their goal is to help people learn about different topics from history, to psychology, to computer science. I used this when I was reviewing for AP US History and I think I learned more from them than I have from my actual teacher. Their videos are not only informative but also entertaining, but I’d recommend watching each video a few times to make sure you understand it.
Practice tests are nice because they can give an idea of what the test will be like. That’s why every teacher assigns practice tests to prepare for the final exam. If you need extra practice, then doing a couple on your own might be helpful. Although, keep in mind that you can only do so many, so make sure to do other practice first, and just use the practice tests as a guide to how well you’re doing so far. Then you can see if you need more help in certain areas or not.
The most important thing though, is to just relax. Being mentally stable is probably the most important part of the test. It’s not going to do you any good if you’re distracted or tired, so sleep well and don’t stress out. Chances are that you’ll do great.

Michael from New York
High School Senior
Michael R White