Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
The first step is my least favorite but the most necessary. If I only know the general topic of discussion, then I can't complete the second step efficiently without narrowing the details down specifically. The goal of the first one is to make a more selective review. After, if there are any existing gaps in knowledge, I refer to the textbook to fill in the gaps. This step would approximately take from 30min to an 1 ½ hours.
Of course the next course of action is to research independently. This is to further understand the information. I know that when I only read the text and my notes, I’m only memorizing, not truly learning it. So in order to learn, I look up research videos on youtube and google to attempt to relearn all the information important naturally. This method is the most effective part of the review plan because I don’t often ever retain information that I don't find interesting. Things like history and certain aspects The next step is a final reflection on what you have learned.
After the first 2 steps, the last one is to reflect on what you have learned by a personal test. With methods through Quizlet and or hand make flash cards, it works well to review multiple times. But, if the person who assigned the test provides a test review, you should always base your final review off of their review. This ensures that your information is correct.
Without fail, whenever I committed myself to this method 100% it worked efficiently. But, there have been times where I only did step 2 and 3 without looking at 1. This resulted in a 70%or higher score ratio. I learned though that cutting corners doesn’t work with studying.
Timothy from California
High School Senior
Long Beach Polytechnic High School