Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
In the last few years, I’ve used the Pomodoro method to study for tests, and it has worked wonderfully for me. The method centers around dividing work into 25-minute segments with short breaks in between. Like interval training amongst athletes, the Pomodoro method promotes complete focus during the 25-minute period. When a student distinguishes between free time and work time, their work ethic improves dramatically. As I write this, I have 21 minutes left on the timer.
The Pomodoro method works well for most classes, but for Spanish, I have a distinct practice that always prepares me for a test. In the hours leading up to a test, I’ll immerse myself in Spanish - listen to music, watch shows, translate notes, plan out my agenda in Spanish - until I’ve started to think in Spanish. There’s some point where I find myself trying to translate English songs in my head in ways where syncopation isn't lost. This is the perfect headspace to take a Spanish test.
When I chatted with college students in preparation for the college life, I always asked: “What should I keep in mind as an incoming freshman?”, and they’d always remind me to join clubs. However, when I spoke with my uncle and aunt, they had interesting advice. They put a big emphasis on studying, mentioning that incoming freshmen could get through high school easily without studying and that college isn't like that. I needed to have better studying habits, and so this year, I’ve studied sufficiently. I’m glad for this and inspired to go into college with effective study habits and a strong work ethic.
Taylor from Illinois
High School Senior
Glenbrook North High School