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

When preparing for an exam, staying organized and avoiding procrastination is just as important as the studying itself. If I have an upcoming, large exam like a final, the first thing I always do is to write down each topic I need to study and roughly how long it will take me to relearn it so I can figure out how many days I need to study for. Then, I get a calendar and work backwards from the day of the exam, filling in a topic for each day, so I can plan the day I need to start studying. Doing this allows me to know what I need to do each day, and it breaks down the studying into bite-sized pieces so it does not feel so overwhelming.

For actually relearning the information, a study strategy I like to use is making a mini “poster” on some cardstock with information that I need to know. I reorganize the information into different groups and use different colors for each group to help me remember them. This strategy is great for visual learners, and if you like art or graphic design like me, it can help make studying more enjoyable. Another thing I like to do is to incorporate the information I need to know into a little story. It doesn’t have to make sense, and the weirder, the better because weirder is more memorable. These techniques have really helped me to study for AP exams, finals, test and quizzes, but the main thing I recommend is to figure out the type of learner that you are (visual, auditory, or kinesthetic) and to tailor you studying to that.

Sarah from Pennsylvania
High School Senior
Nazareth Area High School