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

Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t know it well enough.” I heard this my freshman year of high school and it shaped my study habits. Rather than making flash cards or holing myself up in my room, I seek people out to teach them the topics I need to make sure I know for an approaching test. I annoy my friends, family, and classmates by attempting to explain concepts they might not need to know to them. By explaining the concepts to people, it shows me what I know and what I do not know in an irrefutable way. If they have questions I cannot answer, or if I am stumbling and backtracking over my explanation, I know I need to go back and review the information again. If I can explain it and answer all their questions, then I know I can move on to the next topic. The discussion solidifies the information in my mind, as people tend to remember information they interact with better than information they merely hear or read. Additionally, my way of studying is a great way to help my classmates. I listen for their questions and insert myself into their conversations if no one has an answer and I think I might. Their questions get answered, and I get to become more familiar with the information. Another way it benefits me is through potential short answer questions on the test. I tend to write very similarly to how I speak, so if I have the opportunity to talk through a practice question, it becomes easier for me to answer it on the test. Discussing topics with people is not always easy or practical for me, but I have found it to be the most useful method of studying for me because I remember the information better and cannot get distracted while doing it.

Jordan from Texas
High School Senior
Oak Ridge High School