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

I am a firm believer that having a good night's sleep and a decent breakfast can immensely help kids take tests. While this is most likely the most common answer, I can also offer a different answer- confidence. Going into a classroom with a pretty good understanding of the materials you have learned can wipe the nervousness right out of a person. While I haven't tested this, I believe that people who are less nervous about a test have the ability to greatly surpass their classmates who are out crying in the hall. Confidence is no easy thing to muster up, however, as confidence demands preparation and determination. Both of these elements are key in determining whether or not someone is truly ready to complete a task. The same ideology holds true to actors and actresses. During my time in theatre, I discovered that a person yawn as they get more nervous or anxious. This is due to our rate of breathing shortening into more shallow breaths. This leads to the body but not receiving enough oxygen to oxygenate the blood. It is the body's natural response to inhale deeply (or yawn) in order to get more oxygen in. This was the first tale-tale sign of stage fright. Our first lesson was how to counter this. In order to truly counter stage fright, or test fright, one must be completely aware of the situation and focus on what is at hand. Prepping to complete the task can help keep nerves subdued as well. In a perfect world, no one would get nervous on first dates, theatre shows, or even tests;however, that is not a world we live in. The only way to remedy this is to become prepared for anything that might come your way. In the wise words of Benjamin Franklin, "By failing to prepare, we prepare ourselves to fail."

Samuel from Texas
High School Senior
Center High School