Math, science, English, reading, writing, sports, drama, music, friends, socialization, and a job are all things that high school students do during their high school career. One more thing could you put you over the top, right? Studying for the ACT should be as important as any one of these events.
But instead students feel the ACT is too hard, too easy, or something you can just wing it. They would be wrong, because the ACT is not impossible to pass but does need to be studied.
Earning College Scholarships
The ACT can provide scholarships for college which helps students be successful in life. For example, one of my students took a practice ACT and finished it in 90 minutes but only answered half of the questions. After taking my course, he was earning $10,000 scholarships. Studying for the ACT can drastically change your outcome in life.
When you study for the ACT, you get more benefits than those who don't study such as getting to know the test, relieving test anxiety, reviewing what you already know, practicing what you still need to learn, and learning a strategy for acing the ACT.
Getting to know the test
The ACT is different than any other test you have ever taken. Colleges uses the test to determine whether or not students are ready for college. The ACT tests a student's problem solving ability. If you don't study for the ACT, it might be easy to take one look and feel it is too hard to ACE so you give up. The more you study for the ACT; the more you realize that it takes a strategy to ACE and that takes time.
Relieving Test Anxiety
One of my parents' biggest concerns is test anxiety which means they freeze up as soon as they see a test and don't do well on it. As a student studies for the ACT, test anxiety can go away because he or she knows the test inside and out. They know what to expect on the day of the test.
I used to have test anxiety as well. In fact I was in the middle of an essay exam for college and thought I was answering the wrong question. I panicked and switched my entire approach. However after the test I realized that I was answering the right question with the right answers the whole time, so my essay was twice as long as everybody else's in the class. After that experience, I realized that if I prepare and prepare well, I will do fine on any test that I take.
When I help students study for ACT, I teach them how to create their own test questions so they know exactly what to look for on the ACT. This helps aid their test anxiety because they feel more confident about their studying.
Reviewing What You Already Know
When a student struggles with reading or learning, he or she feels the ACT is too hard so doesn't even try. However if a student studies for the ACT, he or she finds out what is already know and that gains confidence. Reviewing affirms he or she has learned a lot during the high school years and keeps those skills sharp.
Practice what you still need to know
As a student studies for the ACT, he or she finds out what still needs to be learned and can practice those skills as well. These skills could be something that was taught in school but never mastered. The ACT focuses on skills necessary to be successful in college and requires higher level thinking skills. The more a student practices these skills, the more successful he or she will be.
Learn a Strategy to ACE the ACT
There are many resources out there that teach about the ACT and how to ACE it. Students have many choices to choose from, but until each student picks the strategy that works for him or her, they are not really ready for the ACT. Acing the ACT is all about strategy. Just like a chess player dreams about strategy day and night, so does a successful student that has ACED the ACT.
What are some way that you study for the ACT?
My name is Stena Schmitt.
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