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

My many years in school have allowed me to perfect my studying techniques. The test preparation that works best for me is simply rewriting my notes. I have found that it is not too time-consuming and, since I am more of a visual learner than an auditory learner, it helps me to remember as much information as I can for as long as I can. An added bonus of this study technique is that I have at least two sets of the same notes, so I usually try to make the second set look much more organized. It is a great way to insert more information as I need it or as I learn more in class and through my own research. Also, rewriting my notes is helpful because I can compare my original notes to the improved version to see how much I have grown in just the short time it takes to redo them.

This technique can apply to handwritten notes on paper as well as notes done on a laptop. In fact, both of these mediums could be used together, such as writing the original on a computer program and then transferring those notes to paper, which could be helpful because the computer allows you to change documents without wasting extra paper.

This brings me to another technique that I use all the time to help me remember information for tests and exams. After I have written my notes the way I want them, I quiz myself on that material (or get someone else to quiz me if I can) until I have everything memorized and am able to explain the concepts and connect them together. The best part about these two techniques is that they work for every class I have this year. Some classes are more abstract which can make it difficult to keep detailed notes, but this technique is effective nonetheless. On top of all this, I have noticed that it helps other students as well. Some of my classmates ask me for help, and all I have to do is use my notes to quiz them on the topics they may not understand, and then they are ready to take their tests.

Kylah from Florida
High School Senior
Q. I. Roberts Jr.-Sr. High School