You know what they say - it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Whether you’re full of holiday cheer or feeling a bit Grinchy, there’s no denying that November and December are always busy. There’s family, travel, shopping, feasting, and festivities all competing for a finite amount of focus and attention. It is in these moments that it can be easy for you to take their eyes off the ball when it comes to keeping pace with test prep goals.
Sure, distractions will abound this holiday season (just like any other year). That said, by planning, setting realistic expectations, and making smart choices you can ensure that you still work towards improved scores this winter and spring.
The schedule is one of the most important test prep tools there is. No matter the time of year, test day looms large as the ultimate target for the entire test prep experience. Regardless of the season, it is less stressful to plan for conflicts ahead of time than scramble to make up for lost time. While the holiday times are meant to be with family and enjoy the time, it is also a really great time to prepare for the SAT or ACT. It is the time with no school homework or stress. So make a schedule to separate your test prep and family time to make the best out of your free time. A planned schedule would allow you to be ready for the upcoming test while also giving you the time to spend some quality time with family.
If you know you are usually visiting families or on vacation during the holidays, plan out what your game plan is for your test. It is not necessary that you have to study even if you are travelling. But planning out how you are going to make up for the time lost would save you a ton of stress later on. Prepmedians.com is a useful website that would help you through the test prep process without requiring you to be present for tutoring or carry a ton of prep books. You can access these lessons from anywhere, allowing you to be entertained and ready for the upcoming test without any commitment!
It is not necessary that you have to cram everything you need to know for the test. Few weeks of break is not the only time for you to prep for the test. Don’t stress yourself into studying for the test by taking away your time with your family or a vacation. Keep in mind, you can prepare for tests without sacrificing time with your family if you just plan ahead.