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

It is interesting to have the opportunity to write on test preparation. Throughout all of my schooling, test taking has never been one of my strong suits. I have always been able to understand the material, and even explain it out loud, but I have always had an issue with putting it on paper. Over the years I have had many different types of studying techniques introduced to me. As I mentioned, explaining the material out loud has always been something I have been able to do, and I have found that it is one of the best ways for me to study as well. When I say the information out loud, not only am I repeating the information several times, I am also hearing it several times as well. I plan on going into a medical career, therefore, I have taken many science classes, some relating to the human body, where there can be hundreds of vocabulary words that look and sound similar. I have found that using old fashion flash cards is a great tool for vocabulary words. Another type of test preparation is teaching someone else. You find that sometimes, understanding material and teaching material are two completely different things. It is sometimes harder to teach, therefore, if you are able to teach it, you must have a pretty good understanding of it. Also while you are teaching it, you find new ways of describing it, which may just help you understand it better. As I mentioned earlier, studying for exams have always been a struggle for me. I am fortunate enough that I have been able to find some tools and techniques that work best for me.

Gavin from Pennsylvania
High School Senior
Waynesboro Area Senior High School