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ACT prep in Sugar Land, TX

01/19/2015
Taking the SAT is a crucial step in your child’s college application, and securing a good score will give them a great advantage in getting into the college of their choice. The following brief guide, courtesy of The Tutoring Center in Sugar Land, will offer a few general tips on securing a good result in the SAT.

Recently, plans to modify the SAT starting from 2016 have been announced, but at the moment the test is 3 hours and 45 minutes long, consisting of three sections (math, critical reading, and writing).

Practice

As with any other discipline, practice will improve your child’s SAT-taking ability no end. 3 hours and 45 minutes is not an inconsiderable amount of time, and taking practice tests will help your child adjust to the length and the time pressure. Getting familiar with the structure of the test is a great way to improve their pacing; your child doesn’t want to spend 2 hours on the writing section only to find themselves out of time before they finish the others.

Pace

Cramming study into every hour of the day is a surefire way for your child to burn themselves out. Instead, sit down with them and draw up a study schedule that includes a couple of hours a day dedicated to study, but also allows them time free for sports, extracurricular activities, and a little social time too. Pacing individual study sessions is important as well; studying in blocks of around 50 minutes interspersed with 10-minute breaks has been shown to be far more effective than attempting to study for hours non-stop, as everyone needs a little time to refresh themselves and clear their head once in a while.

Relax

Nothing can damage your child’s test scores like anxiety. Make sure you encourage them to take it easy before the test; if they’ve studied for weeks beforehand, they don’t need to cram until the early hours the night before the exam! If they seem stressed, try to suggest that they get some exercise (a great natural stress buster) or even take them out to a movie or to eat their favorite food. Teach them some relaxation techniques in case they find themselves panicking during the test, too; closing their eyes and focusing on their breathing for a slow count of ten can work wonders.

If you feel your child could benefit from one-to-one help with exam preparation, contact The Tutoring Center to take advantage of our SAT/ACT Test Prep program. We can also provide support with any academic areas in which your child may be struggling. Call (281) 980-1242 to organize tutoring for SAT in Sugar Land today.

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