More Interesting ACT / SAT Prep Tips to Try

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When it comes to ACT / SAT prep, every trick is worth trying. Some work better for certain students than others, but that’s why it’s important to test a few different methods to find the ones that work best for you.

We’ve given plenty of ACT / SAT prep tips before, but here are three more to consider.

Check out ACT / SAT prep workbooks at your library

Big bookstores often have huge sections dedicated to ACT and SAT prep, but why buy when you can rent? Save some money by visiting your school or local library and checking out a few prep workbooks. This way, you get all the benefit of the assignments without the high cost. And if the workbook turns out not to work for you, no sweat! Just return it.

Use ACT / SAT prep apps for studying on the go

We live in a smartphone era, and some aspects of the ACT/SAT are changing with the times. There are a number of ACT / SAT apps available for download (some free, some not) that can move with you. When you’re riding the bus, during TV commercial breaks, waiting in the lobby for an appointment, in study hall, wherever you have a few minutes to burn. Of course, these shouldn’t be a replacement for sit-down study sessions, but rather a supplement to them.

Set up incentives

Sure, upping your acceptance odds and earning scholarships are pretty good incentives already, but studying can still be a drag. To make it a little more bearable, set up incentives at different mile-markers. If you’re using the Pomodoro method, watch funny videos on YouTube or Facebook during your breaks. If you score well on a practice section, give yourself a candy or snack that you love. Even these little prizes can help make studying more bearable.

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