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

Before taking a test I like to have a good setup or process. Making sure that I have all the correct items in order to study for the test allows me to use my time properly. First I have to be in a comfortable place such as my room or an empty class. This will help me get away from all the distractions and have our focus on the material that I need to study.

Depending on the material that I will need to study, I must prepare properly. But they all have one thing in common and that is that I must have the order of the material. I first have to have the first material that talks about the topic first and it all the things in chronological order in order to review all the material and not miss out on anything. This also helps me by letting me see how the work develops over time and be able to see why it's used the way it's being used.

When I am done reviewing the material in chronological order I then will create notecards. By making the note cards I am able to write the information down and increase my memory of the material. When I am done making the cards I will then ask someone to test me and based on the results I will study the cards that I keep on getting wrong. Those cards will get the most focus but it doesn’t mean that I won't study the other cards. I have to make sure that I keep using the cards in order to have all the information in my brain and constantly study them.

The day before the test I will then create a presentation that will show the overall work that will be on the test. By making the presentation I’m able to see the reason and overall process that I had to remember. I also like to present this small presentation to my little sisters who are in middle school. I am able to present to them and they understand it then it means that I was able to study the process correctly and that I am ready for the test.

Dante from California
High School Senior
Samueli Academy