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

For anything school related, I am a firm believer of not overworking or trying to cram to much information. Therefore, if I need to prepare for a test, I'll divide it into parts and study that part one day at a time. For example, let's say I have a history in 7 days. The test has 3 parts: a vocabulary section, questions section, and a map section. I would take 2 days to study and learn the vocabulary. Two days is enough to make sure I learn it and understand it. The questions will take a day to learn. The map section will take a day or two to comprehend fully. That leaves 2 days to review everything to make sure I know everything. Also, if new information is presented in class, these 2 days allow me to review them without a problem. This is also the approach I take for essays and projects. Just do a portion of the work little by little and you will finish without having to force yourself to sit down and do the work. When you just cram information in, you do not actually learn. You are just memorizing and that is not an effective way to study. Sitting down an actually trying to understand the material helps you learn better the material. The process on working on it little by little is effective for me because my schedule is usually busy and I do not have the time to just sit a whole day and just do the work. I have an hour or two everyday to nibble down the work. And when I finish it all it does not feel like I did that much work. I like to balance work and play. It brings peace into my mind and it is just the way I am programmed.

Jorge Xavier from Florida
High School Senior
Avant Garde Academy