Studying for the ACT can be daunting. With four sections and 215 questions to prepare for, you might be feeling overwhelmed as the October 29th test approaches. But with the right attitude, a little help from efficient tutoring services from The Whole Kid, an appropriate approach, and study techniques, you’ll arrive at test day prepared and confident.
Our study tips will give you the tools you need to come up with your own study plan, while our awesome customizable study calendar will help you implement your plan. We’ll help take the guesswork out of ACT prep so that you can focus on what’s important – preparing for success.
ACT preparation isn’t “one size fits all”. Instead, when, what, and how you study will depend on three things: where ACT prep falls among your other priorities, what concepts you already know (and what you need to brush up on), and the amount of time you can spend studying without exhausting yourself. These conditions will vary immensely from student to student, which is why your ACT preparation should be flexible and based on your circumstances. Going through these steps will ensure your test prep is efficient, useful, and realistic.
We suggest you go through these steps in order to make a study plan. This process will give you a great idea of what to expect from yourself as you budget time to study, what subjects and skills you need to improve, and how to maximize your study time without overwhelming or burning yourself out. After making your study plan, you can create a study calendar to organize your time and studying.
Expectations: Success on the ACT probably isn’t your only priority right now. If you’re juggling school work, family responsibilities, and extracurriculars, you should determine how much time you have for ACT prep. For example, three hours of studying a day isn’t very realistic for most people, especially if you also have practice, dinner, and schoolwork to get done! Once you know how much time you’re willing and able to dedicate, you’ll be able to rearrange your schedule and commitments or necessary.
What you know and what you need to know: Your study time is valuable. Why waste time studying the concepts you already excel in when you could be mastering the material you actually struggle with? In addition, different subjects require different skills and a variety of study techniques. By pinpointing your weaknesses, you’ll know exactly what you need to work on, as well as how to work on it. Your study schedule will change and shift depending on what you need to work on, so figuring this out as early as possible will make your preparation more efficient and save you time.
Now you have a study plan! You know what you need to study and how much time you have per day to study it. The next step is to create a study calendar for the month leading up to the ACT. To help you out, we’ve gone ahead and created a customizable calendar for you. You can adjust the amount of studying each day depending on your own schedule as well as choose what subjects you’d like to focus on. Rather than telling you exactly what to do without regard to your abilities, schedule, or availability, our calendar provides the structure and information for how to study effectively and efficiently in the month before the ACT.
For more tips on preparing for the ACT, reach out to our tutoring services, so you can get prepared. You can also download a calendar to help you study below.