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

Testing is always a nerve-wracking experience. Grades depend on students doing a good job and scoring well. So when we hear “test”, naturally, we begin to panic. But we don’t need to. If we take the time to develop and learn healthy and productive test preparation practices, the anxiety surrounding tests will dissipate.
The most important thing one can do is study. To get the most out of studying, technique and quality should remain consistent. Our brains remember things easier when it’s in a familiar environment or doing familiar tasks. Try to keep as many things as consistent as possible. Use the same writing utensils and if you listen to music and chew gum when studying, then you should listen to music and chew gum when testing. Take notes yourself. Each and every person interprets information differently, and that could affect how well you do on the test. Some tests allow notes and what I have observed is that a lot of my peers take advantage of this and will cram as many notes as they can on their note sheets. The time it takes to look through the notes to find the answers takes away from the time they could use to double check their work and give thorough and complete answers. Note sheets should only contain the information they don’t know. Break information down into memorable things such as acronyms and catchy sayings. Ask yourself questions that force you to think. Find a study buddy and quiz each other. This will make it easier to retain the information. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to study. Don’t start studying two days before, but rather weeks in advance. The longer you wait, the more pressure you have to distract you.
Make sure to get a good night's rest the night before and eat a good breakfast. I have found these practices very productive. I use these on a daily basis and it has helped me tremendously. Study plans should be individualized, however, these are some guidelines you can use. Happy studying and I wish you good luck!

Eve from Washington
High School Senior
Omak High School