Setting up good study habits will start you off towards success on the SATs. You don’t have to start intensively studying for the exam, but starting to form these habits will help you in the long run. Get started with these habits so that you won’t be stressed in the weeks before the exam. With good habits in place, you will be able to approach the exam with confidence and ease.
Reading is a great habit. Reading comprehension and vocabulary are a major part of the SAT. Even the math portions require reading and interpreting word problems. The more you read, the more practice you will have comprehending different types of material. You will also build up your natural vocabulary, so you won’t have to use up time learning new words. Try to incorporate a variety of material so that you will have plenty of practice reading fiction, non-fiction, poetry, history, scientific studies, journal articles, and more. Reading can be fun, and incorporating it into your daily routines is an excellent habit that will serve you well for the SATs, as well as everyday life.
Doing practice problems gives you an understanding of the exam. When you do a lot of practice problems, you will broaden you understanding of the exam. With every practice problem you try, you experience a new format of question. When you do a practice problem every day your knowledge of the exam will be extensive and no question will catch you off guard. You can easily do a single practice question daily with the College Board’s app.
Make your time count by prioritizing which subjects need the most focus. Do you struggle with interpreting data? Do you have a hard time working out word problems? You just can’t remember the grammar rules? Start with your hardest subject areas first. Allocate daily time to those pesky trouble spots. When you have larger chunks of time, do some broader review. You should see progression over time in your trouble spots. Get started with these challenges early so that you can master them before the exam.
Simply spending a little time each day will help you be prepared for the SATs. Don’t with for the last minute to cram. Cramming will cause stress and it is not likely to help. Instead, pace yourself. Focus on the trouble spots, practice daily, and make time to read, if you do these three things, you are on your way to success on the SATs.