Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
One of my favorite study habits is rewriting all my notes and things I need to study using pretty ink colors and stylized lettering. Because I am a visual learner, rewriting my notes makes them easier to read and reinforces what I have learned. Since I am an artist, using pretty colors and neat lettering just makes me happy and makes studying more fun. In addition, I like to use flashcards, timelines, flow charts, and other visual diagrams when appropriate. Flashcards are especially helpful as I can easily see which things I need to study more. Sometimes I write out my flashcards, but I also like to make them on Quizlet so I can study them anywhere.
For standardized tests like the ACT, SAT or AP, I take as many practice tests as I can. Then I analyze the types of questions I get wrong so I know where to focus my energy. Taking multiple tests also helps me figure out the pacing I need on test day and just makes me more comfortable with the whole process. Finally, getting a good night sleep before test day makes a big difference because I remember things better when I am well rested. My test prep routine helps me minimize stress and maximize success!
Emma from Pennsylvania
High School Senior
Wyomissing Area High School