We are at that time of the year when both students and teachers agree that it’s time for a well-deserved break. As a student intending to take the SAT, you should use some time during the summer to strengthen the skills that will be assessed on the SAT.
Below are some pointers that will help you structure your summer study sessions:
- Create a Study Plan: Creating a study plan helps you organize your time as well as articulate objectives that you would like to achieve from you study sessions. To help you create a plan, review the SAT Mathematics content and our sample study plan.
- Have Summer Study Parties: Summer studying does not have to be dull, and attaining a good score on the SAT requires the key skill of creative critical thinking. You should try to keep your mind as agile as possible, and that requires thinking through problems in various ways.
The best way to gain such experience is through group study. This is usually an underestimated strategy that has a lot of positive benefits. Consider this: You have five friends in a group study, and collectively you come up with three different variations of solving the same problem. You may have missed those two other perspectives without this collaborative effort.
- Study with a Goal in Mind: A main goal of engaging in exam review is to improve your score. Assume you already have a smart study plan, reviewed all the materials diligently, and are seeing some gradual improvements. As you look forward toward taking the actual SAT, you need to assess your situation. Take a timed practice exam and adjust your study calendar to spend less time practicing items that have become easy and more time on areas that are in need of improvement.
The above strategies will help you use your time efficiently. As your summer ends, make sure you leave time to take three timed exams in a condition that mimics the test day environment. Just like any activity that requires conditioning for success, SAT prep includes building the stamina it takes to sit for almost four hours. This will really help you to refine your focus.
Lastly, it’s summer vacation! Make sure you set some time aside to relax. All studying and no play will make you an exhausted student!