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

One of the biggest tips that I can give, that helped me graduate high school in the top 10% of my class and get my AA degree with a 4.0, is take notes as if you were taking them for someone else who knows absolutely nothing about the topic and needs to learn everything about it from your notes. Write down as much information as you can and if you use abbreviations make a key for them, because as sure as you are that you will remember what they mean I can guarantee from experience that you won't. This will really help you prepare for a test because by the time the test comes you will most likely have to re-teach yourself some aspect of the topic because you have covered so much information. After that my next best tip is to put yourself in a situation where you are forced to study. I like to go to my school's library because so many other people are studying there that I feel obligated to study too. From there I find practice tests for my subject if the teacher or professor hasn't provided one. I attempt the problems without using my notes then double check my answers by going through them with my notes and use my notes to go through the problem I struggled with to find my mistakes. Learning from your mistakes is incredibly useful because it makes you more aware of them and thus less likely to make them. Overall, you need to set your future self up for success by taking detailed notes, putting yourself in situations where you feel obligated to study, and not being afraid to make some mistakes. If all done properly your future self will thank you.

Macey from Florida
College Junior
Polk State College