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

Growing up with ADHD, OCD, and Tourette’s, it has always been extremely hard for me to concentrate. Because of this, I have had to come up with strategies to try to overcome the difficulties presented to me.

That being said, I have a good memory once I get started studying. I will spend hours memorizing terms and repeating them until I know all of them. If I am memorizing word for word definitions, then I will repeat them out loud until I can properly and accurately recite them. If I need to memorize processes or concepts, I will write them down by hand and look over them repeatedly until I am able to state them from memory. Writing things down and saying things out loud helps to keep my ADHD under control because it gives me a physical way to keep my attention on my studies.

When available or permitted, I also use technological resources. I like to use Quizlet to help with this process, because it offers a simple and streamlined way to memorize terms. It can include flashcards as well as practice multiple choice questions. Quizlet also has a matching game, where the goal is to match a group of terms to their definitions in as little time as possible. The competitive aspect of the game will help to keep me engaged while I still learn.

Finally, I am able to work more efficiently and concentrate much better at night. So whenever I have a test, I will usually end up staying up late the night before to study. I might take a nap in the afternoon so that I can stay up later without losing quite as much sleep. During the night, the environment is more quiet and peaceful, and there are fewer people and sounds to distract me.

Studying for tests can be difficult, but there are strategies you can employ to overcome those difficulties. For me, these strategies include verbal and written repetition, technological resources, and finding the time of day that is easiest to concentrate.

Maksymilian from Illinois
High School Senior
Rolling Meadows High School