Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
There are a few universal things I do to prepare. The first is that I begin preparing by not preparing at all. I clear my mind first. I normally start by meditating for about 10 minutes. This allows me to get in the right mental space. I then create an agenda for studying that details the time and length of time I will study each section and the time that I will take a break and eat. I do these two things first because I feel it is important to enter the “preparation” stage relaxed and prepared. There is a lot of stress that comes with preparing for a test, and by relaxing and preparing myself, a lot of that stress is mitigated. This allows me to peacefully focus. The other thing that is universal is the application portion of preparation that I incorporate. I take time after each section to create my own scenarios where I can apply the concept to everyday life. A lot of times concepts are presented in school in ways that are not common to the person reading the information. I take the concept and make it applicable, and this helps me, more than anything, fully understand the information. As for frequency, I try to start studying at least a week in advance to prevent cramming. These steps work for me when I prepare, and I hope they can work for someone else.
Jelani from New York