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

Preparing for a test is not fun. It can get boring and stressful. However, the best way to prepare for one is by studying days before the test date. Repetition is key, and practicing improves the retention of information. What helps me the most to study is finding the motivation to study the subject. Convincing my mind that the subject I'm studying is interesting helps me retain all the information. For science classes, I can do this by pretending I'm the one teaching the topic. And for history classes, I pretend I'm watching everything as if I was watching a movie or living during the events and experiencing firsthand. Memorizing information has helped me earn straight A's in school, and repetition is the only way to go.

If there is something that I still don't understand after studying and trying to figure it out by myself, I turn to Khan Academy. They have many videos and lessons that explain the subject in detail. At the end of the video, there are questions to answer to practice. They have many courses for students from elementary school to college—even practice tests for the SAT. Khan Academy works well for me because every practice assignment is different and gives an explanation of the answer. Creating flashcards or using flashcards from Quizlet can also be very helpful because they contain key terms that easy to memorize. Taking breaks when studying for hours is also essential. The brain needs a small 10-20 minute break to feel refreshed and wake it up. Physically moving or looking at another scenery can help.

Andrea from Georgia
College Freshman
Georgia State University