How to Stick to Your SAT Study Plan
Finding time to study for the SAT can be difficult. Here are some suggestions on how to stick to your SAT Study Plan.
- Believe it or not, about 20 minutes of aerobic exercise is a great warm-up before you sit down to do your homework. Exercise doesn't help just your muscles; it also helps your brain. When your brain is well oxygenated, it works more efficiently, so you do your work better and faster. If you don't already have an exercise routine, try to build up to a good 20- to 45-minute aerobic workout — running, rowing, swimming, biking — every day. Your routine will also help you enormously on test day; exercising on the morning of the SAT will help you to relax, focus, and perform!
- If you start to get nervous when you think about the SAT, try learning "focusing" exercises, like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. Such exercises will also help enormously on test day.
- Prepare your space. Many students waste a lot of study time because they don't prepare their work space properly. Find a quiet, clean place where you can stay focused for a good stretch of time, away from the TV and troublesome siblings. Sit in an upright chair at a table or desk with good lighting. Also, make sure that all the tools you will need are within easy reach: a dictionary, note cards, calculator, and pencils with erasers. Turn off your cell phone and close the door!
- Sit up straight when you work. Don't work on your bed, on the floor, or in a reclining chair. When your body tilts, your brain goes into "sleep mode" and has to work harder to focus.
- Whenever you feel fatigued from studying, take a 10-minute break. Get a quick snack or listen to a couple of your favorite songs.
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