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

My test preparation is a mental method. Sure you can do the classic study, eat a good breakfast, and sleep plenty the night before, but my test preparation is all in the mind. I psyche myself up. I tell myself how smart I am. My brain is a sponge and the knowledge I am about to study will be absorbed and retained. All I have to do is learn it. When I study, I focus solely on what I am learning. I then picture my brain soaking up the information. My brain feels heavier from the new knowledge. I now have that knowledge. After reviewing, I go for the hardcore practice. I do problem after problem, but once again, I work on my mind. I read in-depth, making sure I understand what the problem is asking for. Then I do a quick solution schematic in my brain. The answer is like a puzzle in my mind. I seize all the necessary pieces of information and assemble them. Then I translate that image to paper. I am the expert. If I get it wrong, I review the topic. Then I analyze what I did wrong, how I did it wrong, and why I did it wrong. As important as it is to know the information, you need to know what you don't know. Find your blind spot and bring it to the light. When all is said and done, I feel confident. Then I imagine myself doing well on the exam. I have studied and practiced. I have the knowledge in my mind. I am ready. All these things I tell myself the night before. With these test preparation practices, I perform to the best of my ability.

Mercedes from Pennsylvania
High School Senior
Central Bucks High School South