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

Depending on material, there can be many different ways to study. But one practice that I think is very efficient and helpful is quizzing yourself. There are many ways to quiz yourself from flashcards to mock tests to having someone else ask you questions. I feel that testing is the best way to prepare yourself for a test because it is preparing you for exactly what you are going to be doing. Personally I am an athlete and the best way to get better at a sport is to practice playing that sport, not reading about the sport or watching it. The only way to truly improve at something is to actually do whatever it may be. This is why quizzing yourself is the best way to study, because you are testing yourself on the knowledge that is going to be on the test. I know that this is a very simple way of studying but I feel that it helps the brain remember topics better that way. I also suggest doing this quizzing periodically rather than trying to cram it into one session. This is because of how the brain actually works. Whenever we perform an action, we create a new pathway to for the neurons in our brains to take. The more often we perform that action, the stronger that pathway gets and the easier it is for us to perform that action again. Thus if you quiz yourself on a set of information over and over, it will make it easier for your brain to access that knowledge by the time of the test.

Connor from Arizona
High School Senior
Maricopa High School