Do you worry about succeeding on the ACT? Do you dread even starting the process of studying? Any successful person will tell you that starting something new is a scary process. I am here to help.
Hi this is Stena Schmitt from Saints Training and Tutoring. I want to help you be successful with the ACT by showing you step by step how to study. I received the inspiration for these steps from Stephen Covey's book, "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People."
Studying like a Millionaire
Millionaires like Steve Jobs, Stephen Covey, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg will tell you they all have a process when starting something new and scary.
Just because they are successful now doesn't mean they don't worry about new things in the future. They just don't let fear stop them, so it shouldn't stop you. If you follow my steps and stay consistent, you can and will succeed on the ACT. I am including an info graphic to help you follow along. Let's get started.
Begin with the end in mind
Before you start studying for the ACT, you must believe in yourself. If you don't have confidence in yourself, you'll never win at anything.
Imagine you already took the test. What did that look like, feel like, sound like, or smell like?
If you have never taken a large test like this before, I will help you. Close your eyes. You are sitting at your home computer taking deeps breaths because you are nervous. Your parents and family members are anxiously waiting with you. You took the ACT about three weeks ago and now you are checking your results in your email. You have looked at the same inbox at the message from the ACT company for 20 minutes now. You open the email and it says "Congratulations! Your score is 36" You got a perfect score! Your studying paid off.
You are so excited and start applying for colleges and scholarships. You get the college you want along with the scholarships you need to pay for it.
Put first things first
Now that you have confidence to start studying for the ACT, it's time for the next step. You need to take a practice test to see how much studying you need.
You haven't even signed up for the ACT yet. Get yourself a comprehensive study guide with lots of practice tests to help you. If you need help check out this post on my website: "Want a $10,000 Scholarship? One Teacher's Opinion on ACT Materials." Make sure the study guide you use will analyze your right and wrong answers. This will help you focus your area of study.
As you come up with your study plan, allow enough time before scheduling the real ACT test. According toPrepScholar.com you need to study 10 hours for every point that you want to increase. Don't freak out if you have a lot of points to increase. The earlier you start, the better off you will be.
As you plan, be mindful of your activities such as schoolwork, job, friends and family. Plan to study around these activities.
Seek first to Understand
Using a study guide, find your strengths and weaknesses. You will not use the study guide for all of your ACT test prep. Instead, figure out ways to use the knowledge from it daily including your schoolwork.
The more you study for the ACT, the easier the test becomes. The ACT is all about problem solving and using some of what you already know.
Practice, Practice, Practice
As you study, check on your progress by taking full length practice ACT tests. The study guide you use should have several tests. But you can also find tests on the ACT.org website as well. I recommend that you take at least three full length ACTs before the real test.
As you take each full length test, analyze your results. Find your strengths and weaknesses. Ask yourself questions as you analyze your such as:
Since you are reading this, you are already ahead of the game. When preparing to write this article, I talked with several educated adults about the ACT and what I do. Many of them didn't realize studying for the ACT was a thing. They took it once and prayed they did ok.
The more you know how to attack the ACT the more relaxed you can be. You are able to take it more than 1x and colleges encourage you to do just that.
If you would like more tips or help with the ACT, please contact me, Stena Schmitt at saintstrainingandtutoring.weebly.com, @tchr121 on Twitter, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 641-257-9530.
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