This is a great follow-up to the debut SAT Test-Taking Tips article, as this specifically shares tips how to study more efficiently and effectively as homeschoolers. We were already doing some of them, but these creative tips have definitely come in handy at our home.
SAT Prep Tips for Home-schooled Students
Historically, home-schooled students score higher on the SATs than traditional students. Don’t let your overconfidence be your downfall! You still need to get your head in the game and study for the test so you can get the highest score possible. A high score will help to open the door to many of the most prestigious colleges. Here are some helpful ways to get your studying in.
- Create a study calendar. While this may not be the most fun way to get ready for a test, it will help keep you motivated. Put up a big calendar in a central part of your home, and make a big “X” on each day that you study for at least an hour for the SAT. When you get 20 “X’s” reward yourself. Go see a movie or get a pedicure. Having a reward in mind will keep you motivated along the way.
- Take a practice test in a distracting location. Instead of sitting at your desk or the kitchen table, get out of the house for your practice tests. The new environment will simulate the distracting test center so you’ll have a better idea of how you’ll do on the actual test.
- Play word games. If you ever needed an excuse to play “Words with Friends,” this is it. Games like scrabble and word games will bring new words to your vocabulary. If you come across a word you don’t know the meaning of, look it up and try to use it in your everyday speech at least three times in one day.
- Read the newspaper. Not only will reading the newspaper keep you up to date on current events, but it will also help your reading comprehension and vocabulary. Try reading sections of the newspaper you wouldn’t normally to get access to more words you are unfamiliar with.
- Read classic literature. Many of the vocabulary words in the SAT can be found in classic literature. Put the textbooks down for a while and spend some time with the classics. You will get lost in a great story and learn along the way. The classics became classics for a reason.
- Take advantage of practice tests. There are several sites online that will allow you to take a practice test of the SAT and score it for you. Use these sites to learn what sections of the test you need to focus on the most.
- Study in a group. You’ll be able to socialize with other students in the same situation as you, and you’ll be able to pick up on some of their knowledge.
- Download a flashcard app. Never be too far away from your study materials. There are a variety of apps you can use to create your own flashcards or download a set of pre-made cards.
We’re curious, how is your homeschooling SAT Preparation is going? Haven’t started yet? Are you a pro & have some more creative tips to share? Please comment below, so we can all support one another along the way!
About the Author
Cec S. is a writer for BecomeaPoliceOfficer.com. This site is great for you if you want to learn how to become a police officer.