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

I love school. I love to see my friends and teachers. I love to do fun group project and sometimes I even enjoy homework. In my eyes, school is a near perfect palace for me to learn. The only imperfect thing about it (besides the cafeteria food) is all the tests. When I hear my teacher say the words "You're going to need to know this for the test!", my eyes widen and my brain freezes for a second. I am not a good test taker, tests make me nervous and very stressed out. At least they used to before I figured out the right test preparation practices for me.

First, I always take notes in class. This is vital for me to actually learn something instead of the information going in one ear and out the other. Secondly, when my teacher mentions a test, I ask a lot of questions to make sure I really understand what's going on. There were many many times that I visited my trigonometry teacher during study hall to get help on the homework. Thirdly, I make flashcards. Flashcards are probably the best invention known to mankind. They're so helpful to me because it makes me feel like I'm playing a game while studying instead of stressing on a school night.

Flashcards are the main resource I use to learn information for a class. I believe that they can help you learn a huge amount of information in very little time. I remember my first grade teacher used flashcards to help us learn our colors, In seventh grade I used flashcards for a test over the state capitals, (Shout out to Jefferson City, MO!) and in high school I've used countless amount of flashcards for my math, history, and science tests. They've helped me succeed so far, and I can't wait to use flashcards for the adventure that is higher education.

Elena from Missouri
High School Senior
McDonald County High School