Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Hello, before I get into my test preparation strategies I want to give you some insight as to who I am. The people who know me are aware that I am an anxious test taker. The thought of taking a test frightens me because the flexibility as to how you answer can be limited. At this point, you may be scratching your head in confusion wondering "ok but what does this have to with your test preparations?" Well, I am mentioning my background in poor test taking as a way to enforce my seriousness. With that being said, I am going to move onto my test preparation method. First step is to simply master the knowledge. There are a lot of different ways to do this step but I think the most effective and efficient is using Herman Ebbinghause's "memory curve." If you have ever trained a puppy/dog you know the key is repetition and repetition alone. A puppy/dog does not learn the material once and have it mastered later that day. It takes weeks before you can effectively get the puppy/dog to do as it is told. It is said that a dog's fully developed nervous system only reaches that of a 2 year old baby. Similarly, Ebbinghause's memory curve is very similar in the sense that it is pure repetition. My point is no matter your "intelligence" it is possible to learn and master anything. There are incredible things that people can make dogs learn despite them having the intelligence of a 2 year old purely through repetition! Moving on, I believe that the most important part of test prep is getting into the right mindset. A lot of people know exactly what to do before a test but come the actually test paper they blank out. For me this is a major issue because of how prevalent it is in my life. In order to counter this I do build confidence by not studying at the minimal the night before because if I have truly mastered the material I should not need the night prior. I also try to get as much rest the night before and I drink some orange juice to get my brain up and at em'!
Jacob from Rhode Island
High School Senior
South Kingstown Highschool