Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
It always seemed that no matter how long or how hard I studied, when it was time to take an exam, I had forgotten most of the information. It wasn’t until this school year wherein my AP Psychology class I learned how to retain the information I was learning using the spacing effect. The spacing effect refers to learning new things in spread-out sessions rather than cramming everything all at once to enhance our memory.
I have found it best to practice the spacing effect in combination with the Pomodoro Technique. This technique is a time management method where one works in 25 minute intervals with breaks in between. I dedicate time to study for every subject every day, this way I do not overload myself with work the night before. With this, I ensure to stay completely focused on one task for 25 minutes, then give myself a 10-minute break. I repeat this with every subject until I am confident with the material.
These methods have helped me retain information much better. I began to notice that not only was I remembering the material during tests, but I would also remember it during class discussions and study sessions. I became more confident in my classes and when it was time for exams. So now when I am the one giving others advice, not only do I tell them to not procrastinate, but I am sure to mention my step-by-step process to confident test preparation and success.
Guadalupe from California
High School Senior
James Lick High School