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

For most of my classes, I like to take notes. This can be tedious, boring, give you hand cramps, and induce excessive doodling; but it is such a lifesaver before finals. It is important to take the time and energy to pay attention and record information in class. It is impossible to remember everything, so just take the notes. The worst that can happen is a waste of paper. However, if it is recycled, it really is not a waste at all.

Before a major test, I go over all my notes from the course. When I come to a concept that is challenging or forgotten, I stop and study it. However, I try not to get completely distracted by the one or two brain-draining problems. It is far more important to be familiar with all the material from the course.

Talking to teachers, as daunting as it may seem, is a great idea, too. Even if they do not announce what to expect on the test in class, they may offer information when asked personally. Teachers, in general, want to be helpful and have all their students succeed. They are not giddily conniving how they can pass out F's on the final report card. That would be cruel, malicious, and out of a Roald Dahl book. Instead, they are thoughtful, hardworking individuals with a love of teaching. Ask them questions. Ask them what is going to be on the exam.

Take notes, study them, and talk to the teachers. These are three surefire ways to improve studying and testing. Try them out. They will change your life

Marietta from Washington
High School Senior
Olympic College