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

I have multiple studying habits that help me prepare for a test and it really depends on the subject I am studying for. For example on top of regular high school I decided to take college courses at my local community college because they are free for us. I took a nurse aid course and the professor would assign us 5 chapters to read and a quiz to complete by the end of that week. There was so many different definitions and a ton of medical terminology there was no way I could memorize it all, so what helps me study is making color-coded flash cards. Writing the words and definitions helps me with spelling the words correctly, using different colors help me organize the words which helps me organize my thoughts in a sense. For instance If it was a disease I would use a red pen to write the word on the front and the definition on the back. If the word was an abbreviation like NPO which means nothing by mouth then I would use purple to write on the flash cards. So using different colors and making flashcards helped me with my nurse aid class. Its not the same for math, a lot of people say you can't study math but I don't think that's true. My parents call me Dory (from Nemo) because they say I have short-term memory loss. This makes learning things really difficult, I could go to math class and 2 hours later when i'm trying to do my homework I can't remember anything we learned in class. My math teacher suggested listening to Youtube videos, but listening to someones monotone voice explain how to use Sine, Cosine, and Tangent is boring and doesn't help. So when it comes to formulas that I need to know by heart for math I write the formula over and over and over. First I write it 20 times, then I keep increasing by 10 until I get to 60. I repeat this process twice at home and if I have a test that day I usually go to the library during lunch to begin this process and refresh my memory before taking the test.

Lili from North Carolina
High School Senior
William G. Enloe Magnet High School