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

The power of our mind is remarkable. The neurons in our brain are able to transmit 1,000 nerve impulses per second. The power of our brains helps us to be able to remember vast amounts of information at a time. We utilize this ability when we study for tests, quizzes, and exams. But sometimes we work our brain too hard, We become overwhelmed with the information. Instead of our brain processing at rapid speed, our brain swells with the information to the point where we can't bear to learn anymore. I've had personal experience with this issue. I took multiple Advanced Placement courses in high school, as well as multiple honors classes. This meant that I was studying for multiple tests at a time. I became overwhelmed. I either had an AP Econ Test the same day as an AP French Test or I had an Honors International Relations test the same day as an Honors Physics test. Everything seemed more like a weight rather than a class to prepare me for college.I decided I had enough. I was determined to come up with a technique to help me study. I connect through music. All people connect through music. When you hear a song you like, your body and mind fall into the song. You remember everything about it. The lyrics, downbeats, the rhythms and the chords. Our bodies become in tune with the music. As a musician and an avid music lover, I knew I could use this to my advantage. I began looking over my study guides and pairing the vocabulary words with popular songs. For example, to remember the quadratic formula, I would pair the formula to the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel". I would repeat the song over and over until the lyrics stuck. I made sure that I could not get the song out of my head in order to memorize the formula. I started to use this trick with all of my classes. When I studied, I would know that I had a song to remember the information. I would write the lyrics down, increasing my muscle memory as well. By writing the lyrics down, I can save them for later exams.

Keri-Anne from Pennsylvania
High School Senior
South Park High School