Aside from our tips below, the PSAT is another great way for students to prep for the SAT and ACT, and even offers opportunities for the National Merit Scholarship.
Varsity sports, prom, graduation. Of all the exciting events that happen in the final two years of high school, there can be one aspect more foreboding than the rest: The SAT and ACT tests.
And while your high school aged student likely won’t sit down to formally take these tests until their junior and senior years, early preparation for the exams can help ease the anxiety about what the scores will be.
At Keene Academy, we offer an array of tutoring services specifically designed to help students prepare for these oh-so-important exams. However, here are a few additional, at-home tips for help your underclassmen at home prepare early and well.
Read, read, and read some more
There’s no doubt about it— reading comprehension is an essential part of high ACT and SAT performance, regardless of the subject area being addressed. The ability to read well, and comprehend even better, is of utmost importance.
To get a jumpstart on this crucial skill, encourage your ninth and tenth grader to get into reading in a big way. Aside from their assigned coursework, encourage reading of anything and everything your student seems to enjoy— from young adult fiction to comic books.
Studies show that beyond improving comprehension at the crucial test taking time, reading well and often will help increase analytical skills and focus and might even reduce stress.
Mind the gaps— early
Chances are your child has areas of academia addressed on the SAT and ACT where they really shine, and a few where they made need a bit more polishing up. While its important to build on your student’s strengths, it’s also a good idea to take those areas where their learning might need a little leg up and find a way to get a boost.
Keene Academy offers subject specific tutoring that can not only help improve overall grades but also get students ready for test day by focusing on the specific types of questions your child will need to answer.
Big or small, take advantage of opportunities to practice
At Keene academy, we offer courses in SAT and ACT prep that include practice tests. These will help your underclassman get an idea of what the real exam will be like. In addition, your high school may offer such opportunities.
But you don’t have to stop there. From e-mail newsletters and websites to games and apps, there are a multitude of ways to get practice in smaller bites. You can find daily questions or mini quizzes that span the whole arena of either exam, or hone in on specific areas with opportunities to test vocabulary or math skills.
Folding in the subject matter that will likely present on these tests down the road will help make that official test day less daunting.
Address Test Anxiety Early
Test anxiety is no joke, and more common than you would think. Helping your student discover ways to alleviate this anxiety, including study methods and relaxation techniques for test day, will reap big rewards on ACT or SAT test day.
At Keen Academy, we’re dedicated to helping parents and students on the track to academic success through our specialized tutoring and test prep programs. Find us online at www.keenacademy.org, give us a call at (678) 908-0023, or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re located at 3555 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd #402 in Suwanee, and we’d love to talk to you about ways we can help your high schooler continue their path to academic success.
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