Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Here are my secrets for studying success. Step 1 start at least 5 days before the test and plan for what you are going to study. I get my planner out and write what I am going to study each day. Step 2 make sure you have all the materials beforehand and use the Pomodoro technique. First, you set a timer for 25 min and study without any distractions such as shows, lyrical music, checking your phone, and I don’t even go to the bathroom. Then, you take a 5 min break. You repeat this cycle 4 times. After the 4th time, you take a 30 min break. This time is usually when I either get lunch, do some exercises, or do a fun task. Then, you return and repeat the cycle. I typically plan on 1 cycle for each day and then I switch to another subject. By studying early, I often feel prepared for the test before the 5 days are up. It also allows the information to sink in because your brain stores information in your memory during sleep. Lastly, while studying I do practice tests and flashcards instead of reviewing the information. This allows you to recall the information instead of just recognizing it.
Overall, I am so glad that I learned about studying and proper techniques. It has brought me academic success finishing high school with a 3.8 GPA and I currently have the same as a junior in college studying Mechanical Engineering. One does not have to dread tests if you know how to study.
Lindsey from Minnesota
North Dakota State University