Life is busy. You have school, extracurriculars, a social life, hobbies, parents to keep happy, homework to complete, TV to watch, etc., etc. It’s hard enough to balance all this, having to add standardized test preparation to the equation can be overwhelming and chaotic. It doesn’t have to be. It’s a long road to a great score on the ACT, but with enough preparation, this road doesn’t have to be a tough one. Here’s how to create a study schedule that works for you.
Get out ahead of the test by creating a study schedule early. OK, this is easier said than done. Some of us are procrastinators. We wait until the last minute to get things done, we stay up all night the day before a big assignment is due instead of spending an hour every night on it in the week leading up to the due date. Again, that’s OK. We’re all human, and we’re all different. If you know that you’re a procrastinator, this is the time to finally start something ahead of time. Studying for a couple hours every weekend is much more valuable than cramming for eight hours every night the week of your test date. As we discuss in our online course, one of the worst mistakes students make is pulling an all-nighter the Friday before the test, trying to cram in math equations, science terms, and punctuation rules. Being well rested is essential for success, don’t put yourself at a disadvantage.