Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
I begin preparing for a test by writing the date down in my agenda as soon as I am aware of it. From there, I carefully plan out over the next weeks how best to study. I'll review any assigned readings two weeks before the test, and do little practice quizzes to make sure I am not just memorizing the material, but also understanding it as well. Then, I review old exams from previous years (if available) as well as older tests I have taken in that course to see what kinds of questions might be asked and any old topics that could reappear that I may need to revisit.
I will also go see my teachers during Office Hours in order to cover any topics I am still unsure of and to ask about what kinds of materials I should really be focusing on. I'll also study with friend groups and do flashcards/talk through subjects together as well as work practice problems with them.
The night before the test, I lightly review any material I struggled with just to ensure I have it down. I make sure I go to bed early to get a good night's sleep. I wake up early enough to get ready without being rushed/stressed, to eat something, and get to my testing site early. I always come prepared with my lucky pencil, and I try to sit in the same spot each time. I picture myself doing well, say a little prayer for peace, and then smile to stay in a positive mood.
Finally, after the test, I review any questions I missed and try to figure out why I missed them. I also go visit my teachers and have them help me with the ones that I can't work out myself, and carefully file away old notes with the tests so that way I have them on hand for future tests. I never cram the night before or pull an all-nighter, and I only let myself think happy thoughts before the test in order to ensure success!
Rachael from South Carolina