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

My first test preparation strategy is to take handwritten notes. Handwritten notes help your brain remember material better. Also, it's a great idea to get ahead in chapter notes over the weekends. Getting ahead will help you be more prepared during class, which means less time getting anxious or stressed if you get called on to answer a question. My next tip is to read your notes a little every day to keep the information fresh in your mind. During my AP US History class, I read a few of my notes every night to prepare myself. My third tip is to take advantage of your teacher. Teachers are there to help you, so you need to use that to your advantage. If you are struggling, ask them for advice. If they offer study days, go to them. They helped me out a ton during the stressful second-semester exams. My final tip is: try to put things you are attempting to memorize in a song. Songs are powerful. I am confident that I can rap the lyrics to Hamilton better than I can recite the periodic table of elements. If you use a popular beat and put the information you're trying to study to that beat, you should get a catchy tune stuck in your head that will help you on your test.

Anne Marie from Tennessee
High School Senior
Lebanon High School