Though school will be out, winter break can still be chaotic. With the holidays, family, shopping, travel, and whatever else you have planned, SAT prep is probably the last thing you’re thinking of. However, if you’re taking the January 23rd SAT, a little prep over the holidays can help you approach the test with confidence.
Studying for the SAT over your break doesn’t have to be as terrible as it sounds. In fact, finding some private time and space to study may provide a welcome retrieve from the bustle of the holidays. Here are a few times on how to make it as painless as possible.
1. Plan how much to study before break starts
Don’t wait until you’re in the middle of break to start thinking about studying. By then, the temptation to put it off will be too great. Instead, try to set a goal for how much studying you’ll during break before school is out.
How much you should plan to study will depend in part upon what you’re doing (or what you’re family has planned for you to do) and how much studying you’ve already done. Try setting a daily or weekly goal such as spending an hour or two every day reviewing and prep material.
2. Find your own space
Visiting or hosting family is one of the best parts of the holidays, but a crowded living space is less than optimal for focused studying. Try to find a quiet spot away from your family and other distractions. It could be an empty room upstairs or the neighborhood café – anywhere you can find space where you won’t be constantly interrupted or distracted.
3. Study first thing in the day
Just as you’re more likely to put off studying if you don’t plan ahead, you’re also more likely to put off studying if you make it the last thing you do each day. Make SAT prep the first thing you do in the morning (or afternoon if you sleep in late). The beauty of doing it first thing is that as soon as it’s over, you don’t have to worry about it – the rest of the day is yours. There’s also less of a chance that other activities will get in the way.
4. Tell your family your study plans
People are more likely to complete their goals when they let others know about them. If you’ve set a study goal for over break, let you’re family know. Not only will they be more mindful of not distracting you, but also they’ll help you stay on track.
5. Keep the big picture in mind
We get it. No one enjoys spending some of his or her time away from school studying. But keep the big picture in mind when you need the motivation to keep with it. You’re studying for the SAT to help you get in to college, likely a particular college or you’ve set your sights on. Use this as fuel. And besides, you’ll have plenty of time to relax during your college’s winter break in the coming years.