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

Everyone has had the feeling of that upcoming important test looming over them like a dark cloud at least once in their life, especially in their senior year, and everybody has a different way of addressing this impending doom. I have found what I believe to be one of the simplest and most effective methods for finding the sunshine through these tests. To prepare for a test effectively three things must be done: find what topics will be addressed on the test, divide and conquer, and take a break.
First thing’s first, in order to prepare for a test, you must first know what the test is about. I like to find out every topic that could possibly be on the test a few weeks in advance. By doing this, I can avoid any unwanted surprises on test day, and avoid a last-minute panic attack. Not only will doing this make sure you cover all the topics necessary for the test, but it will also prevent you from wasting precious time on studying topics that you will have no use for on the test.
Next, I divide and conquer. This is not only effective in battle strategy, but also in test preparation strategy. It can become overwhelming to try to address every topic all at once, and ultimately not as productive as you might think. By addressing each topic individually and breaking up your study time under a schedule, you can not only make your test prep more manageable but also more effective.
Finally, and arguably most important, it is essential to take breaks. After studying one topic for a while, you should take a brief thirty minute to hour break and do something you enjoy. I personally like to practice guitar during these breaks. In addition, you should also stop and take the day off after completing a topic, and take a whole day off before the day of the test, because it is not much you can learn more in the last 24 hours, and you might just cause more stress.
Although everyone has their own personal way of preparing, I have found this one the most effective.

Michael from Texas
High School Senior
Colleyville Heritage High School