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

My test preparation practices include the following steps. First, I find a quiet place where I feel relaxed and comfortable. I find it easier to focus listening to the sounds of nature, so I usually sit on the couch in my back patio. I be sure that I have my phone notifications on silent, and that I have water and snacks to keep me from getting sidetracked and distracted. Initially, I do a quick read-through of my notes on the test material. This helps me get into the studying mindset needed in order for me to effectively focus and recall information. After I read through my notes, I write down all of the definitions, formulas, terms, and concepts that I have trouble understanding or explaining and make a set of flashcards for memorization. I prefer physically making flashcards as opposed to creating a digital set because I am a kinesthetic and visual learner, so I am able to remember information better when I write it out. I usually spend 15 minutes going through my flashcards before I move onto my next strategy: I search online for practice questions on the topic I'm studying. I usually target Khan Academy first because they explain the problem step by step. Often times, I can find practice tests on the College Board website, which are particularly useful if I am studying for an Advanced Placement Exam. Once I feel like I have done a sufficient amount of practice, I get a parent or sibling to quiz me with the flashcards I made to make sure I retained the information I memorized earlier. I repeat this whole process 2-3 days leading up to my test, making sure to get between 9-10 hours of sleep the night before. The morning of the test, I read my notes once through during breakfast and study my flashcards again, but then make sure to put my materials away while at school so I can ensure my brain stays focused and energized for the exam.

Saylor from Texas
High School Senior
Stephen F. Austin High School