Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
I first like to do a brief review session of the things I do and do not know. I’ll write a list of everything I know and then a separate list of what I need to go over, similar to a checklist. I’ll jump around from one topic to another to make sure that I can do it no matter what the order of questions, rather than in a specific order. If I study in a specific order, such as words, then I’ll only memorize them in that specific order, but if I jump around as I said before, then I am ensuring that I do in fact know the word and not just relying on a certain order.
When I study for a subject test I like to do practice problems, starting off easy and then increasing in intensity. This helps me to of course practice the material and get a better grip on what I’m doing. Another trick I use is that whenever I study I have to have a certain playlist on, preferably something that does not distract me but is catchy. I do this because when I study I have these songs on a loop and the songs stay with me through the test. I remember the songs and softly hum along which helps to jog my memory. On top of all that I guess you could say I have a photographic memory because if the page is laid out I’ll remember it later in the exact order and where I remember seeing that answer.
My personal favorite test preparation practice that seems to work for me every time is when I do practice problems. That way I can review what I did wrong so that I can try and correct it. On top of that method, I also use my song method of replaying catchy songs to remind me of what I went over. So as you can see, I have a couple of different ways of studying that work well for me.
Victoria from Virginia
High School Senior
Wakefield High School