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

Early in my high school career I didn’t prepare for

tests often because I felt like I didn’t need to. However, as I progressed

into high school, I developed study habits that have seem to help me. I

tend to procrastinate a lot and I’ve grown to acknowledge that so one method

that has worked for me is to make sure I set a calendar of when I will study

for the test so I don’t end up having to cram my studying into the day

before the test. Having the test date written down also prevents me from

getting too caught up in other work and forgetting about the test entirely

until it’s too late. Another method that helps me is, if the test requires memorization

of terms, to write the terms on a piece of paper and read them out loud to

myself. I separate about 10 of terms and

repeat that process until I can recite them without looking at the paper, then I

move on to the next set of terms and so on. My next strategy I use specifically

for tests regarding math or sciences, where the test involves numbers and/or formulas.

I make sure I know what types of problems will be on the test, then I find

problems similar to those and make sure I understand how to complete them,

not just complete them. These three strategies are the ones that have worked

the best for me over the years and as I continue to grow and enter the

The University of Pennsylvania for college, I will continue to use these strategies

and hopefully add new ones to my repertoire.

Joshua from Maryland
High School Senior
Landon School