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

Throughout the years I have tried everything to improve my test scores. I have tried taking notes, watching videos, going through flash card after flashcard, but for me none of these methods showed up in my test scores. Testing is a big part of our world especially for the teenage and early twenties group. Your future can depend on a test score. School scholarships and admissions are dependent heavily on test scores. If you want to "beat the system" you need to earn how to prepare for tests.
When I entered high school and started taking AP classes was when I found out I needed to find out a way to study for tests that works for me. It took me three years of high school before my friend helped me figure out what works best for me.
I learned from AP Physics C Mechanics. I decided to take this class with two of my friends because I had enjoyed physics and it was one of, if not the most, challenging classes offered. I was in for a treat. Shortly into the school year our teacher adopted an exotic grading technique. He based ninety percent of our grade on tests and only ten percent on assignments. What was even more crazy is that because his tests are so difficult you only had to have forty percent in the class to obtain an "A". I struggled to come up with an effective way to study for his tests.
My friends in the class were also struggling so one of my friends decided to assign each other certain topics of the section to master and then we would come together and teach each other the topic we learned. It was amazing the difference that it made in my test scores. It worked because I was responsible for learning a topic so well that I could teach two of my friends. They also were responsible and because we have the same background we were able to teach with understanding. Albert Einstein once said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." I would agree with this statement because of my experience teaching my friends physics simply.

Tyler from Utah
College Freshman
Brigham Young University-Provo