You’ve probably heard of their existence back in elementary school, forgot all about them in middle school, only to find yourself in your freshman or sophomore English class being told that vocabulary is important because these words will be on the SATs! As if you weren’t already busy enough trying to get a part-time job, your homework done, a varsity position, your bedroom cleaned, and enough leadership roles to make you a well-rounded potential college student! Check out these tips on how you can painlessly study for the SATs.
SAT Prep Classes
Let’s be honest. Nobody wants to wake up early on a Saturday morning for six weeks to learn SAT material for three hours. Unfortunately, SAT classes just happen to be the very best way to prep. So if you’re going to put yourself through it, you may as well make it the best experience you possibly can by getting a whole group of your friends in on the action! Take turns car pooling, and stop for iced coffee and bagels on the way. Show up in your pajamas if you’re allowed. Go shopping or hit the park when you’re done, since everyone’s together anyway! Use this as a spring board into your weekend plans, and you’ll find yourself (for the most part, anyway) painlessly preparing!
The best part about physically making the flash cards is that it can be done with your best friend by your side and a new box of Sharpies while you watch a line up of your favorite Netflix movies! Spend a whole afternoon doing it, and don’t even feel guilty about it! If crafts aren’t your thing, buy pre-made cards. The important thing is that you use them. Take ten of them with you and use them while you wait for class to start, on your ride home, while you’re standing in line at the store, or just before bed. The following day, add five more. Then another five. By using flashcards whenever you get the chance, you’re avoiding the stressful, time-consuming ritual of sitting down with a prep book and studying.
Merging It with Class
You know how great it feels when your teacher gives you the last fifteen or twenty minutes of class to work on your homework? You know that when you get home from school that day, your work is either completely done, or there’s a good dent in it? Studying for the SAT can be the same way. If your teachers don’t have SAT prep as part of their curriculum, ask if there’s a way they can fit it in at the beginning or ends of classes. Go over a real SAT problem, or familiarize yourself with an SAT word. In general, teachers want to help their students any way they can! By covering some of the material while you’re in school anyway, you’re taking a little bit off of what you would have to do when you get home!