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

In today's day and age, tests are all about the memorization. Students spend most of their time studying just reading line after line off the textbook, only memorizing the words. Instead of doing this, I prefer to relate the concepts back to everyday life.
For example, while learning elements, I like to think of what each of the elements can make up in my life. For example, bananas have lots of K, so I associate K with bananas. Also, things like salt are made up of Sodium and Chloride, NaCl, so I remember salt every time I see Na or Cl.
However, for things that require pure memorization, I like to relate them to other things that I know. For example, while studying for vocabulary tests, I came upon the word "reticle", which means a series of fine lines or fibers in the eyepiece of an optical device, such as a telescope or microscope, or on the screen of an oscilloscope, used as a measuring scale or an aid in locating objects. To learn this word, I realized that reticle looks like retina, which is part of the eye. Reticle is also used in optical devices, which you see with the eye. Now that I realize Reticle is related to optical devices, I realize that there are fibers that make up the eyepiece of the device, which is what the Reticle is. This way of connecting the dots is much easier for me to remember things than straight up remembering the definition.
Everyone has their own way of studying, and this is just mine. It has helped me maintain a 3.8 GPA in school, and will help me in my future goals of learning new skills and knowledge.

Kevin from Texas
High School Senior
Memorial Senior High