Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
I spend approximately 20 minutes studying every day. 10 in the morning and 10 at night. It has become effective for me to study at night because I go to sleep thinking about what I studied and when I wake up in the morning I review what I went to bed thinking about causing it to remain in my long time memory. I repeat this for three days because I’ve found that if I review certain information for a longer period of time, it does not stick in my head because of outer circumstances that drive what I studied away from my mind. Now, I’m a shorter period, less events are prone to occur meaning I can “keep my head in the game” and focus clearly on the topic I am trying to memorize. I say memorize because tests are about memorizing information rather than learning it. I believe one learns with experience and reading rather than lectures and being constantly tested on the topics out of memory and not what remained in your head. If the information stuck in one’s head there would be no necessity for studying.
Prior to the test, I give myself small quizzes or rewrite notes to capture a mental picture of the information. Also, I stare into “space” and rethink everything I learned on the last three days. Not many might do this, but I usually relate the information to real objects or real life events. For example, if I’m learning about history, I make mental timeliness and remember the dates through sounds or mental rhymes I create in my head. As to the political influences, I learn their names by relating them to other names, per say Dorothea Dix, her name reminds me of Dora Tea and her last name reminds me of a Twix. I think of Dora Tea Twix and rapidly remind myself of Dorothea Dix.
Although my studying strategies might not make sense, they have been effective.
Angela from Texas
High School Senior
Valle Verde Early College High School