To most students, spring break is the time to truly take a break from any type of studying. It’s meant for chilling with friends, watching too many movies, and doing everything besides studying. Forgoing fun times for test practice during spring break may seem like the ultimate form of torture. But it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. With some planning, you can get in a decent amount of ACT test practice and still have a spring break to remember.
Make a Study Schedule
One thing’s for sure, if you don’t make a schedule, you’re not going to get any studying done. It will slip your mind. You have other more fun things to do. You’ll do it tomorrow… and that tomorrow never comes. Making a schedule increases the odds that you will get at least some studying done.
Of course, you want to make sure that the schedule you set is a reasonable one. Don’t be over-ambitious and make a timetable that involves studying for 5 or 6 hours every day. It won’t happen. Worse, it will only set the stage for you to feel guilty and defeated.
Your study schedule should leave you with plenty of time to do everything else you planned to do. And of course, plenty of time to catch up with your sleep too.
Set Aside Time in the Mornings for Studying
There are several benefits to setting aside time in the mornings for ACT test practice. Whether it’s going to the movies or meeting up with friends, most fun activities tend to happen during the second half of the day. At this time, the temptation to ditch your studies and go have fun will be too strong to resist. Just knowing that everybody else is out enjoying themselves while you’re stuck indoors studying will make you miserable. There’s a higher chance that you won’t stick to your schedule if it involves studying in the evenings.
Another huge benefit of studying in the mornings and is that you get it over and done it for the day. This frees up the rest of the day to do whatever you want without feeling guilty. It will also give you a sense of accomplishment and you won’t feel sad about missing out on anything exciting.
Organize Group Study Sessions
Know other friends who are also preparing for the upcoming ACT test? Organizing group study sessions at least a couple of times a week can be a good idea. Studying with a friend can motivate both of you to keep going. It also helps you stay focused. Not least of all, it feels good to know that you’re not the only one studying during the spring break!
Getting in some ACT test practice doesn’t have to ruin your spring break. The tips above will help you get the test practice you need while still having plenty of time to indulge in fun activities.
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