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

In the midst of frustration, relaxation is the best alternative. Too much of anything becomes detrimental, and when faced with mounting exasperation, I turn to a distraction.

As I attempt to understand the applications of laws proposed by Newton and grasp the mathematical reigns of theories formulated by Leibniz, I often remove myself from the complicated task at hand and focus on something entirely different.

Sometimes, this academic method causes me to cook a steak and garlic mashed potatoes while studying for the next AP Calculus exam. Or, it might cause me to go outside and practice basketball until I make 10 free throws in a row while preparing for an upcoming AP Physics exam.

Yes, the concepts are difficult, but, by temporarily relinquishing them, I can give myself time to absorb the material subconsciously. It’s not uncommon for the Parallel Axis Theorem to click while I dribble my sun-bleached Spalding basketball. Personally, I believe that nothing is learned until a true understanding is developed. By giving myself time for the information to permeate the inner workings of my mind, I am doing exactly that: deconstructing a complex idea into something I can digest. Only then can I share it with the world, using the newfound knowledge to impact others.

Justin from Georgia
High School Senior
Columbus High School