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

As a high school senior taking several rigorous courses, tests have become a normal occurance in my life. Unfortunately, this does not make them any easier when there is new material on each test. When I am taking any test that I have to remember vocabulary, I make a list of all of the words, highlight them in different colors, and create a storyline. By creating a sequential plot, I can remember the defintions, no matter how obscure they may be. Additionally, I have always struggled with math and remembering formulas, but if I write down all the formulas and create a jingle to go with them, then I am more able to remember mass amounts of formulas that would otherwise "mush" together in my mind. If I can hear something while I am reading it, and then have the chance to write down main ideas, I am much more apt to remember it. This is because my brain works in a way that puts everything into a storyline, and I tend to remember how the teacher said something and funny sidebar comments students make in the middle of a lessons. I am then able to go back in my mind to remember what was being said, why they said it the way they did, and the comments that were made that help me to decipher context. Our brains are amazing creations with many capabilities, we must first understand how to use them!

Kacee from California
High School Senior
Coastal Christian School