There are dozens of ways to study for the ACT/SAT—using practice books, taking online practice tests, attending review sessions, hiring a tutor. Different strategies work for different people, but there are certain things that all students should adhere to: namely, their space and time.
It’s important to manage your study space. Ideally, you should study for something in an environment similar to what you’ll be tested in. For the ACT/SAT it will be a quiet classroom. When you’re at home, aim for a study space at a desk or table, that’s quiet and distraction-free. Sitting on a bed or couch might be a bit too comfortable, and can mess with your focus.
Cramming for hours at a time, late at night doesn’t help you much. Instead, sit down and focus for twenty to thirty minutes, then take a five to ten minute break, and hit the studying again. The tried and true Pomodoro method is ideal for maintaining focus and giving your brain a refreshing break, helping retention.
Another important aspect of time is consistency. Create a study schedule for your ACT/SAT prep. An hour a night, every other night, every Tuesday and Thursday, whatever works for you. Consistency helps form habits, and can aid in memory.
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