Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
What works for me is that I first ensure all my notes are in a word-processing document such as Microsoft Word. Although some may enjoy the traditional pen and paper, I prefer online applications as they allow me to edit text easily without the worry of running out of space or accidentally damaging/misplacing notes.
As soon as a deadline for an exam is set, I then set up a priority list of which topics to learn. Without a schedule, my study sessions would feel aimless and become unproductive. After I create a plan, I skim over my notes and divide all of them into sections. By organizing the texts, I simultaneously absorb details that will allow me to grow familiar with the subject. If I fail to break everything down, my mind would feel overwhelmed at consuming so much information at once.
Afterward, I often transfer my notes into flashcard sets through a website called Quizlet. Quizlet is highly useful because not only does it allow a person to create cards, users can study their notes through various forms such as multiple-choice quizzes, matching games, and written questions. This versatility makes memorizing easier, and since Quizlet is also available as a mobile application, there is the convenience of being able to study anywhere without the bulkiness of papers or a computer.
Once I feel confident about my knowledge retainment, an issue I face is the dullness of reviewing notes repeatedly. To mitigate, I often tutor people, and since that requires a thorough understanding of topics, the lessons will further cement into my mind. Plus, teaching also feels rewarding. Because of my test preparation practices, I can help others stress less about tests.
Angelina from Texas
High School Senior
Itasca High School