Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
I then put that knowledge to a contextual test by using practice tests. Knowing a term and a definition in the abstract is one thing, but being able to apply it correctly in testing conditions is another. By stimulating testing conditions using a practice test, I not only prepare for the pressures of the test itself, but review content and make sure I can use it properly in context.
Finally, I prepare over a long stretch of time. That way, I can do a little bit a day, lighten my load, make it easier to study, and diffuse pre-test anxiety. Learning over a longer period of time helps store information in long-term memory, so in this sense, I learn in a much more holistic way, retaining the information rather than just keeping it in my short-term memory until the test is over.
Then I take the test! Thanks to my strategies, I learn better, ease my load (and my stress!), and retain information longer. I know the content and have simulated testing conditions, so I can approach any test with confidence.
Emily from Washington
High School Senior
Mount Vernon High School