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

I am a planned procrastinator. I, like anyone else, am a huge procrastinator; but I have come to realize that it is okay to be a procrastinator as long as I know when to start working. In my sophomore year of high school, I started getting more and more workload from school. Worrying about what to do, I began to plan. I went to look online about the following subjects that we will be learning about in class. I assembled a list that included all the topics of my classes. Next, I looked at all the upcoming dates for tests, quizzes, projects, and papers. I wrote down all the due dates onto my calendar. Then, I started to look over which class I was struggling with the most and started prioritizing based on the date and how confident I was in the topic. Once I figured out which class I needed the most help with, I started attending free tutoring that a program I am in called TRIO Upward Bound provided, after school for about two hours every Tuesday. As for Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays, those were the days that I allowed myself to procrastinate and do what I wanted to do. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays were for studying. When I study for a test, I always make sure to have a week in advance to study for it. I make sure to write down on a piece of post-it note the overview of what I will be studying and what I should be able to do after that session of studying. I make sure to study for about two hours. Within these two hours, I allow for 30 minutes to review what I studied last time and the rest of the time I review and study the concepts we went over in class. The last 10 to 20 minutes were for me to look over what it was that we will be discussing the next class. The reason why this planning style of studying works for me is because I am a very organized person and like to have everything be in an orderly fashion.

Phoua from Minnesota
High School Senior
Washington Technology Magnet