Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
My first result for studying is a change of scenery. I often go to the library, Starbucks, outside, or anywhere quiet. For me, when I change my surroundings it gives me a better sense of focus. I am able to work and study without the interruptions from my younger siblings or my mom. I even find myself studying longer, while covering more course work.
Active recall would be my next resort for studying methods. I personally love this one above all the others. With active recall you close your book and recite everything you remember up to that point. This method helps with your long-term memorization skills, preparing you for test day. I find that this study resource helps me figure out what I’m not prepared for.
Another option for me is making and taking practice tests. I specifically use this method for math but, sometimes I use it for other subjects as well. This allows me to take tests that give me the feel for the real deal. Also, it lets me know if I actually know the material I studied. This method as well as Active recall, plays hand in hand with one another. Both assisting with what I need to study.
Last but not least, I enjoy making connections. When I study I think of acronyms and ways to remember the information. This allows for me to relate to these things during the test when I don’t have materials in front of me. Also, with this method I feel it makes your brain work even harder. Your brain is working by trying to recite information as well as relating different things.
Through all the good habits I learned NOT to procrastinate, it only leads to more stress.
Iyonia from New York
High School Senior
Clarence High School