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

Test taking has always been a struggle of mine. I start questioning and challenging myself which causes doubts. Our middle school and high school has moved to an Ipad curriculum where the majority of our classwork is preformed on the Ipad and many of our books are electronic. This is the way of the future and I have loved having the technology and being able to communicate and track grades in real time. However for me I have found that test preparation takes a lot of work. I find that rewriting, yes the old fashioned way by hand, my notes helps me to retain the information better. I'm not sure if it's because I'm thinking as I'm writing but hand writing my notes or test cases has helped me tremendously. It's not always fun to do and it can be very time consuming. I have also developed a love for note cards. I take my notes, and test materials and try and create acronyms for items that must be memorized or learned in a specific order. They are handy for using to study when I find 10-15 minutes of free time (riding the bus, or waiting on a class to start). The repetitive nature of reading the note cards, speaking the terms or information back to myself helps establish it within my memory. The biggest test preparation practice is taking the time to truly study, don't skimp don't procrastinate. Truly using time management to allow plenty of time based on the size and magnitude of the test is the most vital test preparation skill. You cannot believe that you can learn three chapters of tough material with only allowing one to two hours of studying/preparing for a test. As a busy millenial it is hard to force myself to stop and truly study, but I have learned first hand that nothing beats devoting the necessary time and good solid note taking in order to be completely prepared for a test. Thank you in advance for reading my submission and for your consideration.

Haley from Kansas
High School Senior
Perry Lecompton High School