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

Over the past years in High School I have developed a study and test preparation system that works really well for me. First I take notes of the lecture or material that I learned in class. After class I go through and highlight anything important that I will need to know for the test. I use Red for things that I do not know well, Yellow for things that I have an idea about but I'm not super confident on, and I use green to highlight any information that I have down and do not need to spend a lot of time on. This technique allows for me to manage my time and determine what needs the most time, and what needs the least. I keep this up to date and spend 30 minutes every day going over what is highlighted. This way, when time gets closer to the test I am not scrambling to memorize all of the material that I need to know. I use the same color coding method with any study guides I receive and use them every day until the test day. I also feel that it is important to manage your time and give yourself breaks every now and then. If you cram nonstop for a test, you will overload your brain and not remember as much information. I like to study or do work for 30 minutes with no interruptions, and then take a 5-10 minute break. I do this until everything is done and this way I'm more focused and productive while I'm working, and I don't overload my brain. There are many study and preparation practices that prove to be very effective; however these techniques work the best for me and my work ethic.

Kaylee from Colorado
High School Senior
Chatfield Senior High School