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

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~Benjamin Franklin.
Many do not prepare for tests because they haven’t found a strategy that fits them. Some may have googled ‘best strategies for preparing for tests’, tried to use some but don’t succeed. Instantly, they believe they did something wrong or it wasn’t carried out correctly. The truth is that what may work for me may not work for the next person. We are all different, with our brains functioning in various ways. The key is to prepare the right way, then put the rest in God’s hands.

My number one strategy I use is getting ahead of the game. If my teacher is at topic number one in teaching, I ensure I am at topic number three in reading. If my teacher points at me to answer a question, I am standing up to teach the rest of the lesson and introduce the next one. If everyone in the class decides not to go to the lab to learn, I go and ask as many questions as possible that would help me on the test. Being two or three steps ahead aids in covering the material faster, with the chance of going back to the unclear topics before test day. This can also give you an upper hand if any surprise quizzes are given. This works a lot for me as the Nigerian school system gives position according to your grades so this technique helped me to obtain the 1st position and maintain it.

The other strategy I heavily rely on is jotting down while reading. When I am reading a textbook, I read until I understand, then I summarize the text in similar words or in my own words. Once I reach my goal for that day, I go back and reread the notes I made. This helps me as sometimes during tests, I can visualize my notes and sift through for the answer I need. I do this for almost all my subjects. On exam day, you won’t see me reading my textbook but a small notebook, where everything I need to know to excel is there.

Through these strategies, I am fully prepared for any test. So take it from me, try things until something works.

Onyinyechukwu from North Carolina
High School Senior
Federal Government Girls’ College, Owerri