Note: It's one week prior to the July 14, 2018 ACT and I thought I would give you tips to prepare for this Saturday's ACT. So I am updating this blog from September 9th 2017.
You have decided to be proactive and take the ACT during the summer. You want to be ready to sign up for college scholarships in October when they are released. Good for you!
A week prior to the ACT can be a stressful time for high school students especially during the summer. Students want to have fun, not figure out how to study for the ACT. When you are short on time, most students feel they should cram right up to the test. In fact your parents studied the same way.
How to Learn Best
Cramming right up to the test is not how to learn best. Instead, you are creating test anxiety by studying this way. Test anxiety happens when you put too much pressure on yourself to perform a certain way. Cramming puts undo pressure on yourself to remember information. But you don't learn anything by cramming like this. Instead, you dump information for the test, and forget it later.
You learn best by giving yourself time to process information. Processing information takes time and energy. Cramming the night before a test is not taking time to process.
Use these study tips a week before ACT
You should study using the following steps to remember that studying for tests can be fun and anxiety free. I will show you how.
Three days before ACT
Take a full length ACT. Remember to take the test under the same parameters as the real ACT. Use the tips that you have learned from your studying so far.
Two days before ACT
Go over the results of your last ACT practice test. Analyze the questions you got wrong and create a strategy to help you remember how to solve it. Look for any easy points you are missing such as detail questions in a reading passage.
Figure out where you are going for the test. You may want to come the night before if you can.
*Do something fun to get your mind off the test. This would be a great time to get some exercise with friends.
*Get a good night's sleep. Go to bed early so you get plenty of sleep and don't over sleep.
The morning of the ACT
Eat a great breakfast that is not too heavy. You are going to be nervous during the test, so you don't want to feel stuffed. Read a newspaper article or something to stimulate your brain.
Dress in layers in case the room is too cold or too warm for you. Get to the test early so you can find your seat.
During the ACT
Remember that you have prepared yourself well for this test. No matter what happens now, life will move on. You have the ability to retake the test. Relax and do your best.
After the ACT
You have done your best today. Don't stress over it. Go and do something fun and relaxing. In a few weeks you should get your results in the form of an email. This will be the time you decide to take another test.
Need More ACT Help?
How do you study for tests? I would love to know. Feel free to use these study tips before any test, not just the ACT.
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My name is Stena Schmitt.