Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
To start with, and I think this applies to all students, the best way to be prepared for a test is to pay attention in class. There is a noticeable difference in my testing scores when I am not focused to when I am taking clear notes and participating in class, most often by answering questions asked by the teacher. Besides working hard in class, doing homework is a huge factor in succeeding. Homework is assigned for a reason and for me, doing it diligently every single night reinforces the learning and helps me to remember it better.
Often times in class, because I have been following the guidelines mentioned above, many of my classmates seek me out for help on assignments and test preparation. Not only do I help them because I want to see them succeed also, but because teaching others is one of the fastest and easiest ways for me to begin to have a deeper understanding of the material I am learning. This understanding, that is not simply memorization, plays a large factor in my success on tests as I am able to use critical thinking and application instead of memorized words that I have no grasp of. Not only will this help me on tests, but also in real life when I need to use this material again.
Lastly, in order to succeed on tests I rely on a solid set of index cards to check my skills. Most often I prefer to make these myself as writing them helps to really imprint the material on my brain. I will carry these around school during the day of the test in order to make sure I am as prepared as I can possibly be, because succeeding in high school leads to succeeding in college and my future career.
Marissa from Washington
High School Senior
Gov John R Rogers High School