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

When preparing for tests I have created a very specific study strategy just for me. I have dyslexia so the popular study strategies don’t work great, but what I do now is the best solution for me. When I know I have a test coming up I will first go over all the information that is going to be on the test and write down each section in a bullet point list. Once I know what is going to be on the test I go over the sections from my notes and write out all the information that is needed. If I don’t understand what I’m writing I will do more research about the topic or do a practice question that relates back to the subject. When I think I understand the information I will rewrite it once again but this time as if I am teaching someone else the information. If I can explain how to do a whole math problem or the full concept to a science question without looking back at my notes then I know I completely understand the information that I will be tested on. If the test involves a lot of vocabulary words I will use a similar technique of writing out the word and the definition multiple times until I can do it without looking back at what it means. Throughout my four years in high school, I have come to the conclusion that the best study strategy for me is writing out what I need to learn for the test. I have tried many study strategies but when it comes to writing information down with fancy pens and bright colors, it’s the most fun and effective way for me.Sometimes when I am unmotivated to study for my test I will listen to music while memorizing the information. When I do this I will listen to the same song or type of song for each section, then when I’m taking the test I will be reminded of the song and my brain will go back to the moment when I was studying and I will be able to remember what I was writing during that part of the song. This strategy doesn't always work perfectly because sometimes I get distracted and daydream, but when it does work I’m very impressed.

Paige from California
High School Senior
Helix Charter High School