The ACT or SAT can take its toll on families. Frazzled nerves create sharp edges and parents can easily butt heads with their children and vice versa; however, the SAT and ACT season of life doesn’t have to be too challenging. It can also be an exciting time as possibilities open up for students and future decisions become realities. Here is how to survive the ACT or SAT.
A Balanced Approach
As a student, it is important to recognize that this is only a test that you will take on a single day (or maybe two). It can impact your future, but it is not everything. As you prepare for the exam take a balanced approach that allows you to accomplish all of your goals, including excellent grades, extra curricular involvement, and a social life. Zoning in only on test prep could have a negative impact on all these other areas of your life. Plan out regular chunks of time to spend on test prep and stick to the schedule.
As a parent, work to be encouraging. Encouraging your child will build up their self confidence. Confidence can be one of the most significant factors that will help a student do well on the test. Provide a healthy work environment. Offer verbal praise. Regularly use the question, “how can I help you?” Using this question will help your student feel supported rather than pestered regarding their test prep.
Ask and Expert
When it comes to the SAT and ACT, there can be tough decisions about which test to take and when. At Mr. Test Prep, we have encountered every kind of student. We can advise families on which test and test prep strategies are best for their students. It can be overwhelming to navigate college entrance exams on your own. When you feel like you are drowning in weighty decisions and looming exam registration deadlines, turn to Mr. Test Prep for knowledge that comes from over 20 years of experience with entrance exams.
When It’s Over
When the test is over, life will go back to normal. Planning and prep will help eliminate some of the anxiety that comes with entrance exams. Maintain a healthy respect for the exam without letting it take over your life.