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

Hello! I am a brain. Yep, that’s right I am the brain of a 17-year-old soon to be college freshman! I am here to tell you about the best test preparation methods that will help me! Why me? I am the star of the show when it comes to tests. So here goes!

First, feed me! Good stuff that is. Nutritious food will help me work to my optimal potential so eat right! Not just right before a test, although eating a good breakfast the day of an exam is awesome advice, but feed me and this body I control good healthy food. ALL.THE.TIME.

Next, start thinking of that test on the first day of class. Did we learn to ride a bike with just a day or two of intense preparation? No way! It’s no different, for new topics and courses. I need time to process and learn new information. Start from day one on trying to learn concepts by asking questions, reading, and testing yourself.

Find what work for your brain. We brains are all different and what works for one of us does not always work for others. My student is a visual learner. She is constantly drawing things out, making flashcards, and utilizing online tools. The more variety the better, but find what works best for you. This takes practice, practice, and more practice! Keep looking for ways of studying that work best by trying them all.

Lastly, take care of me! Mental health is just as important as physical health. Are you stressed, anxious, or nervous? Practice meditation, some deep breathing, or just take time to step away from your studies when you feel overwhelmed!

Take it from me, a brain. I know how much you want to do well in your educational goals. I am here for my student and your brain is there for you! Just take the time to treat me and the other organs in your body well, start early, and practice good habits that you know work for you!

Emma from Ohio
High School Senior
Marysville Early College High School