Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Interestingly, this method of pursuing understanding instead of memorization benefits my friends around me as well. Before tests, I seek out friends who need help and tutor them. This solidifies my own understanding of the content, as I often have to find creative or alternate ways to explain tough concepts.
On my own, a key method that I ensure I have properly understood the lessons is asking myself why something is the case. If I can explain it to myself, then I know I have learned the concept properly and will be able to recall it during a test.
Using this method, I was able to break out of the cycle of memorizing, then forgetting, facts before tests. Through freshman year of high school, this often frustrated me as I began to feel that classes were pointless if I could not recall what I had learned even a few weeks later. Now, although I have not taken a physics class for nearly a year, I can still pick up a book and help one of my younger friends any time.
Renee from New Jersey
High School Senior