Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Songs & Rhymes—Most students use songs and rhymes to help them memorize facts at some point in their educational career. In third grade, my cousin taught me this chant, “I ate and ate and got sick on the floor. Eight times eight is sixty-four.” It has been over ten years, and I still remember the words.
As students get older, we often think of this method as silly or childish, but it is truly effective. Difficult dates, math facts, definitions and details can be memorized this way—no matter how old you are. I often found educational songs online or I made up my own by using a tune I already knew and changing the words. It really helped me learn, plus it’s pretty fun… and usually good for a laugh.
Flashcards—Traditional, cheap and easy. This was my favorite way to study vocabulary words for biology. I wrote the vocab-word on one side of an index card and the definition on the other side. Then I would take a few minutes each day to go through my stack of cards. By Friday, I was ready for those college level biology tests!
Teaching Others—This is by far my favorite way to learn. People often say that the best way to learn is to teach. It’s true! Unfortunately many students don’t use this kind of study method because they think they have to be a teacher in order to teach.
In high school, I learned “teaching” doesn’t have to be that complicated. When Mom made dinner in the kitchen, I often sat and told her about all the things I’d learned in school that day. She enjoyed asking me questions, and as I explained my lessons to her, the facts settled in my mind. I remembered them, and I didn’t forget when it was time for a test.
Tests can be daunting, but they don’t have to be. When I took the time to study, I found I was more than ready. I graduated with highest honors, and I still love to learn.
Jamie from Idaho