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

Studying is practically a science and each person must find the technique that works for them. Since entering the doors of a college prep school in sixth grade, I have been forced to figure out and refine what works best for me. The best form of study habits I’ve found has been simple. Of utmost importance is attendance. This may not seem like a form of studying, but it truly is. It puts the information in your brain in a clear, laid out picture that helps with quick recall later. The next is to review. For me, my brain remembers information rather quickly, but it is still important to go back through your notes and review the information. This guarantees that you didn’t miss any key concepts in class and is a form of teaching yourself, which helps solidify information in your brain. When studying, I have found that sitting for long periods of time doesn’t work for me. Instead, I have to study for 10-20 minutes and get up to do something that has absolutely nothing to do with what I was previously studying for 5-10 minutes before going back to studying. This helps me chunk information and guarantees that there is no “middle” to the information I am learning that would otherwise be easily forgotten. Probably the two most important study techniques that I utilize now I didn’t discover until this Spring 2020 semester. Because I am now taking Anatomy and Physiology 1 (an advanced college bio class), I have found that study groups are helpful. While being in the group doesn’t necessarily teach me things, it helps reinforce the information I have already learned and by listening to other people’s questions, helps me understand the “why?” behind it. The other tip is to go back through exams and make every answer right. By this I mean, on a multiple-choice test, not only choosing the right answer but going through and making every answer right or explaining why it’s wrong. This helps you learn more information and have a better understanding of the material.

Sydney from Idaho
High School Senior
Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy