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

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do “(Pele). Studying is something that we all have to master in order to either pass a test or just in order to remember certain topics. Personally, I rely heavily on studying in order to retain some of the materials that are taught. In my experience, there are 4 methods of studying that work for me.

The four methods of studying are repetition, connecting learning to life, writing, and reciting. Repetition is one of the biggest tools I use to study or even to remember a speech I need to present. I’m not a student that can look at my notes and instantly retain them. I need to see them many times in order for the materials to somewhat stick in my mind. If repetition doesn’t work I connect the word or phrase with something that makes me remember it. The class that this helped me most in was Anatomy and Physiology. Every night I would study with my flashcards I made and when it didn’t stick I associated every word to their definition by finding a trigger word that would bring me to the answer. When you are dealing with the human body and the weird names for the bones you can’t just remember it or associate if you need to know how to spell the answer. For things that require you to remember the spelling, I think the best thing to do is write it out as many times as it takes you to remember it. It seems to me that if you write an answer enough your muscle memory will remember how to write it or that you will spell it enough you will remember it. The last studying method is to recite the question and the answer. After a while of studying the materials can get a bit monotonous and sometimes it just doesn’t stick but when that happens I just have my study buddy make me read the question and say the answer. This method makes me remember things when I have no clue what the materials are. An example of when I used this method is when I had to take Spanish and I wasn’t retaining anything. Every time I got it wrong I just read it over and over till I got all the terms right. All of these methods helped me throughout my whole high school career and I can honestly say that without them I wouldn’t have done as well in all my classes.

Kelsie from Idaho
High School Senior
Homedale High School