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

When my Physics teacher asked me why I had shown none of my work, I explained to her that my work had been done by gas. Safe to say that’s a battle I lost and my grade reflected it. However, I now know that work done by gas is negative, and work done on a gas is positive.

In order to better solidify information in my mind before tests, I create stories like my physics blunder and/or phrases to not only make learning fun but also to help expedite the recall process. For example, instead of attempting to remember if Teddy or Franklin Roosevelt led the New Deal, I recall that in my “frank” opinion the New Deal wasn’t perfect but a step in the right direction. In Psychology, I remember the structuralists psychological perspective was the first group to study psychology in a lab as a natural science, was founded by Mr. Wundt because I “Wundt” want to be one of his test subjects.

Another strategy I use when studying is recreation. When given a graph or script (Ex: statistics assumptions) I will try to recreate the entire graph on a blank sheet of paper. This is the last thing I will complete on my studying agenda. I know that if I can redraw what I’ve learned, then I will recall the material on a test. So instead of staring at the same chart for what seems like ages hoping to sear the graph into my mind only to forget it on the test, I practice doing what I will do on my test - recreate the information.

Now that my studying is complete it’s time to get in the zone. This can look different for everyone, but for me I take a moment to assess why I’m taking the test and to remember what matters to me. I say a prayer, take a deep breath, and remind myself there is more to life than a test grade. After that I walk into the exam with confidence because it’s not that I’m unready for the test, rather the test isn’t ready for me.

Kaleo from Texas
High School Senior
Plano Senior