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

As a native Spanish speaker living in the United States, I have struggled with learning new material throughout my school career. Therefore, my test preparation was and is the key to success. When I moved to the United States my first test was in sixth grade and of course, it was in English. I was extremely terrified because I barely spoke the language. I remember I had to use flashcards, and on the flashcards I would write the things that were going to be on test. I also drew pictures to connect the answers and the questions. Another useful thing that helped me a lot was my knowledge of Spanish. Whenever I didn't know a word in English I substituted it with a word in Spanish. All of these things really helped me to understand what the questions were asking and what would be the correct answers. We could say that I'm a visual learner because I like to see pictures and relate them to the specific subject I'm studying for. I also believe that repeating the questions and answers throughout the days helped me to remember the test material. There is a specific test I remember. A Social Studies test in eighth grade. It was very late at night and I was studying with my mom at the table. My mom asked me to go to bed and rest but I refused to stop studying. Finally she convinced me to take a shower and go to bed, but what she didn't know was that when I was taking a shower I was constantly repeating each question and each answer in the tub. The next morning I woke up and begin to repeat everything over and over again. The way I see it, it's like riding a bike, the first time you jump in it and start riding it you fall, but then you do it a 100 times over again regardless of how many times you have to repeat it. Well, the same thing is for studying for a test, I believe that repetition is the key to succeed on a test. Humans have a cerebral cortex which helps the human brain retain information for a long time. But without repetition the brain would not remember those things.

danine from New York
High School Senior
Mount Morris Central School