There are certain exams that scares us more than others and the SAT is one of them. For many people the period of examination is probably the hardest part of the school year. Changing the method of study and revision habits can increase your chances of success for the SAT’s but also for your future. Here are some tips for preparing for the SATs.
For a difficult exam to go smoothly, it is important to know that you can rely on notes taken in class throughout the semester. It’s almost impossible to write everything you hear during the courses, but it is essential to learn to write down only what is most important (keywords, main ideas). Do not hesitate to strategically place yourself each course (in the first row, why not?) You can hear as well what the teacher is saying and you avoid being distracted (by a more talkative classmate). Meanwhile, grab a marker with and start outlining main ideas that are considered to be the most important.
If you start early to prepare for a difficult exam by learning after each course or at least 1-2 months before the test, the chances of passing without difficulty are much greater. Besides, if you start to learn early, you’ll have more time to prepare for exams. While assimilating information, make sure that you understand it completely and not only learn it by heart. Some students have no problems learning, but the fear of exams distract them and they are no longer able to assimilate information. So set your fears aside and clear your mind before studying. You must be confident, this is essential in achieving objectives you have set
Accelerate the pace of learning in the days leading up to the exam
Instead of organizing study sessions throughout the day take some days in advance to settle your knowledge. The main goal is to remind you what you already know and to read additional information so you can rest assured that you’ve done everything you could. At this stage you can consider group studying- no need to ask more than a colleague to help you test your knowledge. . Choose a place where you feel comfortable and where nothing can distract you from the study. The best time of day to learn, is the morning when it is quiet and you can concentrate more easily.
Relax before exam
The evening before the SATs take some time to relax and simply have a break from studying. Get enough sleep and, if you are anxious, wake up early to look over study materials. Under no circumstances try to learn by heart in the hours leading up the exam, review only what you already know. In the morning, eat a power breakfast (milk with cereals, for example) and hydrate yourself. During the exam, take a deep breath and read the questions. Relax and do not forget to read the text a couple of time and write down the main ideas. You have to rest, especially the night before the exam, this will have a big effect on the exam. Do not forget to drink a glass of water before going to bed because it improves concentration.