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

I have tried many different test preparation practices over the years and with many different techniques I have come up with a pretty good strategy that has worked well for me. First and foremost, I have figured out the importance of not cramming for a test. In order to not cram, I have decided to never procrastinate. Cramming seems to sacrifice sleep time in order to study which then can ultimately be detrimental on academic success. I have made it a habit to complete my reading assignments on time and frequently review lecture notes. I also make sure I plan my study time by preparing a weekly and daily schedule. Sometimes this does have to be amended but it gives me a good foundation. I have also noticed that most teachers provide clues and I have become very good at picking up on these. I always ask questions if I need to. Teachers are usually very receptive to being asked for direction and this proves to them that I do care about my learning. Sometimes I will review the material with a group and work off of an outline. Sleep is very important too as previously mentioned so I make sure I get plenty of rest especially the night before a test.

By incorporating the above strategies, I have been able to do very well in high school with a 3.5 GPA and ranked #10 in my class out of 58. I plan on continuing this type of preparation when I am in college as it has worked well for me so far.

Traiton from New Mexico
High School Senior
Tularosa High School