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

During your years of education, it is imperative that you develop an effective strategy for test preparation. After all, tests usually hold the most weight in the grade book. Many students have at some point have felt test anxiety, but with my testing preparation strategy, it doesn't have to be that way! My most effective strategy for test preparation is making a "cheat sheet" in the days leading up to the test.

What I call a cheat sheet isn't actually cheating, but it is a great way to prepare for even the most difficult test. Here's how it works: as you begin to review your materials the days leading up to the test, keep a blank piece of copy paper next to you as you review. If you come across an important topic, idea, equation, or anything else you think will be tested, write it down onto your cheat sheet. It's important that you keep information concise. Only put the most important information on your cheat sheet. After you're happy with the information on your cheat sheet, read over it several times to help engrain the information into your head. Then, the night before the test, do this one more time to get a final review on the topics that you will be tested over.

This method has proven to be an effective way for me to study for my tests throughout high school. I believe it's effective because it's a fantastic way to identify the information that will be on the test. It's easy to get overwhelmed with all of the information covered in a unit, and sometimes it's hard to know where to begin when you start studying for the test. The cheat sheet provides you with the information and ideas that you really need to know to do well on the test. It's also highly effective because you can review important information in a much smaller time. Since the cheat sheet is supposed to be concise, you can review it many times and not get bogged down by notes upon notes.

The cheat sheet is my preferred way of studying, and a great and easy way to do well on every single test!

Ryan from Oklahoma
High School Senior
Edmond Memorial High School