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

Throughout my high school career, I have found writing out the notes in class to be the first step to success in test preparation. Many teachers have allowed us the option of typing our notes, but as an aspiring journalist, I have chosen hand-written notes as the best option. Writing the notes allows us to remember the content longer than quickly typing without a thought. Test preparation also takes time, and not just the night beforehand. I prefer to take two to three days to prepare for my tests, and begin my preparation by making flashcards. This study tip is very helpful as I find them easily portable throughout the week of studying. I can usually be found studying in between dance classes, or flipping through the note cards between rounds at archery practice. The more you read and see something, the more likely you are to remember it, this is why I find it so important to begin early, and repeat the information. For most tests, I tend to have a term or equation that I struggle to remember. To overcome this challenge, I rewrite the term and definition or equation around four times, reading it aloud each time. The constant writing and verbal connection between me and the phrase helps me keep it in my memory.
As I am planning on journalism for my major, I sometimes find a play-on-words helpful for test studying. Finding connections with these sentences can seem weird at first, but in the end helps. When memorizing the table of elements for Chemistry, I had helpful little sayings that ended up benefiting most of the class. For example, to remember Pb for Led, I thought, Pb as in peanut butter; I eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while doing my homework; I do homework with my pencil; my pencil has Led, so therefore, Pb is Led. They only got crazier from there. Like Fe for Iron; A giant says fe-fi-fo-fum; the giant lives up a beanstalk in the clouds; his castle has a gate made of iron, so Fe is Iron. I know it's weird, but yet I still remember it a year later.

Alyssa from Nebraska
High School Senior
Lincoln Southeast High School