Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

In order to receive the test scores back that you’re aiming for, it’s crucial to try different study habits and to find out what works best for you. I’ve gone through trying different techniques and little ways to help organize my focus until I found what helps me thrive in my studies. Since a lot of the time, like many other sleep deprived students, I feel brain dead and too out of it to study, I like to do different things to help stimulate my brain and get me thinking efficiently. I make sure I’m in a well lit environment that gives my eyes the light they need to keep me awake and alert. My most effective technique is listening to classical music; this keeps the silence from being to loud and helps my thoughts flow and my brain to succumb to the information that I’m committing to memory. It’s also very important to plan out when your studying and what for. With many different classes and tests, it’s smart to plan when you’re going to study since waiting till the last minute won’t do much for you. Preparing minimized study sessions over time before a big test will help you the most and give you the most confidence to perfect your work. Once you start studying, decide how you are going to organize your specific studying habits. I view studying as a more intense way of learning so I’d recommend figuring out the best way you absorb and understand information: visually, auditory, or kinesthetically. I learn best visually, with graphs, pictures, or drawn out examples. Auditory learners can maybe study better through reading out loud or listening to videos with different explanations. Kinesthetic learners might find ways to turn the info they are trying to memorize and turning into something psychical they could work with or acting out a certain concept to understand it fully. It’s a special aspect of studying to be able to take what you’ve learned and transform it into a concept that you would better understand which could dramatically benefit your results.

Elliot from California
Woodrow Wilson High School