When it comes to preparing to take the ACT or SAT, one handy way of studying is to try and form a study group. Tackling such a daunting task as studying for these exams is easier in a group rather than on your own.
These tips and tricks will help you make the most of studying for the ACT or SAT with a partner or group.
Find an Appropriate Place and Set a Schedule
Try and set a schedule, as well as find a comfortable, quiet place to work where everyone can be comfortable. Ask the school librarian or guidance counselor if there are certain areas of the school that may be open and available after-hours, or find out where your local library has a small study area.
Strengths and Weaknesses to Help One Another
We all have strengths and weaknesses. Use your strengths to help someone in the group who struggles in that subject, and vice-versa.
Math geniuses can help group members who are less gifted with numbers, and future English majors can help those who dread the written and reading comprehension sections of the test. The entire group should focus on reading maps, graphical interpretations of data, and help each other with the science sections.
When in Doubt, Ask a Teacher
Some teachers may be willing to sponsor a group study session in the library after school or during the teacher’s planning period. Though teachers are often busy on their planning periods, many are willing to help students who are earnestly studying for exams such as the ACT or SAT. If it is a subject they aren’t comfortable with, they may enlist the assistance of other faculty members for help as well.
Practice Good Study Habits Together
Just because you work well to heavy metal doesn’t mean the other group members do. Another group member may feel they must have the TV on while studying but the others find it more distracting than conducive to studying. Be considerate of one another.
Keep your study area comfortable, somewhat quiet, and productive by minimizing noise, distractions, pets, and younger siblings while your group studies. Review often, take notes, and ask for help when you need it.
Collaborate with Goals
Each member of the study group may have slightly different goals from the others. Some may want to just pass the test to get into a less competitive school, while others may want to ace the test to get accepted into a prestigious private college. Some group members may be interested in specific schools, while others may only be interested in their dream college. Don’t let the different goals get in the way of your group study. Instead, seek out a common goal among yourselves and encourage one another to not only reach that goal but exceed it.
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