Studying for the SAT and ACTs can be an extremely stressful time for high school students looking to get into their dream college. A lot can be at stake, but it’s important to relax and focus on creating an effective study plan. Here are some tips on how to study for the math section in exams:
- Take practice tests and time yourself. This will help identify weaknesses, and will get you used to the test format. When you’re ready for the big day, there will be no surprises.
- Review the questions that you got wrong and do them again.
- Memorize formulas – this will help you come to the answer quickly, which is important on a timed test.
- Strategize – if you’re struggling to solve a question, try back-solving by plugging in the answers provided in the multiple choice.
- Practice basic math calculations to prepare you for the no calculator section.
- Try to not become overwhelmed by the time limit, or you will make careless mistakes.
- Come up with a time table for studying, and study in a quiet place free of distractions.
- Take 10-15 minute breaks every hour while you study to improve concentration.
Parents and students should also consider hiring a tutor. On average, students who utilize private tutors see an increase in college entrance exam scores. Tutors provide an individualized learning experience and can target problem areas that the student struggles with. They create study plans and provide a distraction free environment for the student to focus.
Catherine Sheridan is a finance professional currently working with Race Rock Capital LLC. She offers tutoring sessions for all levels of mathematics, but specializes in SAT, ACT, and GRE prep. Her tutoring services can be found on her website.