Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
I want to study smart. I am a firm believer that 30 minutes of studying can be better than hours upon hours of studying. When I study, I eliminate technological distractions from the environment. I put my phone away and only use my computer to look up things related to the content I am looking at. Distracted studying is ineffective studying. It is a waste of time to try to multi-task in this way.
Once the electronics are put away, I set goals for myself. Before I even begin, I make sure to understand what exactly I need to understand. I make sure to know which concepts will be tested, so I can maximize my time. I do not bother to study things that will not be tested, and focus my attention on topics that will be covered on the test. Then, I understand the why behind the concepts – not just memorization. This way, if I get stuck on a question, I can work through the problem instead of being stumped because I did not memorize a detail that I needed to know. The ultimate form of studying is truly understanding the material.
In conclusion, studying is putting in a little work everyday. The true reward is not necessarily a good grade or score, but true understanding of the material.
Morgan from California
High School Senior
Woodbridge High School