Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Time is one of the crucial elements of preparing for a test because it reduces pressure. I set aside a few hours a day for a week before the test, so my studying is consistent. This ensures I do not skip over something important due to a lack of time. Moreover, the longer the knowledge sits in my brain, the more connections I make between different concepts. It is much more difficult to decipher the meaning of a concept when it only has two hours to sit in my brain before a test. These are the reasons it is important to set aside plenty of time for studying before a test.
Self-care before tests is vital to me. One week before a test, I jog and lift weights more than usual. On test weeks, I double the amount and intensity of my workouts. The main reason for a more rigorous exercise regimen is its stress-relieving properties. I have more confidence and less performance-anxiety. Along with exercise, it’s important for me to get enough sleep. 8 hours of sleep has me feeling rested, energized, and motivated. My concentration suffers severely with any amount of sleep less than that. In short, I take great pride in caring for my body and mind with exercise and sleep before tests.
My test strategies will work for anyone, and I challenge all students to try more time and self-care before their next test. Time allows less to be skipped over while studying, and more concepts to be connected. Meanwhile, self-care in the form of exercise and sleep are universally recognized for the positive effects they have on well-being and focus. I’m happy and confident with my performance on tests and my preparation strategies have everything to do with it.
Akeem from Washington