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

Over the course of my high school year, I have tried many different test preparation strategies, but the one that I found works the most is studying with friends for at least 2 hours out of the day and 3 days a week. Depending on the type of test we were taking we would study together weeks in advance. For example if we were getting ready to take the SAT in late October we would start our study group as soon as school started so we would have a little over a month to prepare. I believe that studying with my friends has not only helped me physically, but emotionally, which is why I think that it is such a great test preparation practice.There were times when I would go through things and felt like I was alone, but just being able to be around people who genuinely love me and want to see me do well, gave me a sense of comfort and made me want to push myself. I think it’s good to find a group of friends who are all goal-oriented and are willing to put in the necessary work. Whenever we study together we have this rule where we all have to sit our phone on the table and the first person to touch theirs has to treat everyone to lunch, so that of course results in none of us even looking at our phones until the 2 hours are up. While we study we love to have fun and come up with songs to help us memorize the information that we just went over. For me, and many other students out there that had to prepare for a test before, studying can be really boring and tiresome. Although reviewing tons of notes, spending hours on Khan Academy, quizzing yourself using flashcards, and rewriting all of your notes word for word until it is stuck in your head have been very helpful for me, I find that making songs have helped me retain the information a lot faster and in a more exciting way. Music allows people to express themselves while reducing their stress which is also really important. In conclusion I believe that studying with friends is a great test preparation practice.

Seyani from Pennsylvania
High School Senior
Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber