It’s traditional that at the end of one year we look back and think about what we would like to do better the next year, and form New Year’s resolutions as goals for improving our lives in the twelve months to come. For students like you, a few resolutions related to study habits might be a good idea. Here are a few tips from the experts at Test Masters that will help prepare you for the SAT, PSAT, and other standardized tests:
- Sign up for College Board’s Free Daily SAT Problem (and don’t ignore the emails!). Practice makes perfect, and one of the best and easiest ways to raise your score is by simply doing one practice problem each day. You can sign up to have College Board’s SAT question of the day emailed right to your inbox here.
- Come up with a study plan. It’s easy to say “I’ll study before I take the SAT,” but if you don’t make an actual study plan, before you know it it will be the day of the test and you won’t have done anything. Identify which date you plan to take the test on, then make a study schedule, mapping out when you will study what subjects.
- Use proper English in your real life. Make an effort to follow the rules of English grammar in your everyday speech, writing, emails, texts, tweets, and facebook posts. If you get in the habit of using correct grammar, you will begin to develop an ear for it, and the Writing section of the SAT will begin to seem a lot easier. Just take one rule at a time; as one becomes a habit, try another.
- Read more. Turn off the TV and read! Reading comprehension is one of the key skills tested on the SAT, and one of the hardest to improve quickly. Get in the habit of reading a book every day, and try to choose books that aren’t too easy for you. If you have to work at reading a little, then you know you’re getting better at it. Reading is also secretly fun!
- Make vocab flash cards. Whenever you come across a word you don’t know, whether its on our website, in a book, in a movie, or in school, write it down and make a flash card for it! Learning vocab is one of the fastest and easiest ways to raise your score, and making flash cards is one of the most effective ways to learn new vocab words. If you’ve taken a course with us, you know you have our Test Masters Vocab list of top SAT Vocab words. We told you to make flash cards for the ones you didn’t know; don’t you think it’s about time you did?
- Don’t reach for the calculator. Whether you’re in math class or at the grocery store, don’t reach for the calculator immediately! Stretch and strengthen your brain with a little mental math each day. Remember, you don’t need a calculator to answer any of the questions on the SAT Math section, so if your mental math muscles are in shape, it could save you time on the test.
- Take a Test Masters course!