Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Practice writing. You may decide to write a summary of each theory you have been discussing, or a short description of the historical or contemporary events you've been studying. Focus on clarity, conciseness, and understanding the differences between the theories.
Memorize key events, facts, and names. You will have to support your argument with evidence, and this may involve memorizing some key events, or the names of theorists, etc.
Organize your ideas. Knowledge of the subject matter is only part of the preparation process. You need to spend some time thinking about how to organize your ideas. Let's say the question asks you to compare and contrast what regime theory and hegemonic stability theory would predict about post-cold war nuclear proliferation. The key components of an answer to this question must include:
A definition of the theories, sa brief description of the issue, a comparison of the two theories' predictions, a clear and logical contrasting of the theories (noting how and why they are different). In the exam,
Many students start writing furiously after scanning the essay question. Do not do this! Instead, try the following... Perform a "memory dump." Write down all the information you have had to memorize for the exam in note form.Read the questions and instructions carefully. Read over all the questions on the exam. If you simply answer each question as you encounter it, you may give certain information or evidence to one question.
Jeffrey from Texas
High School Senior
Valle Verde Early College High School