SATs, possibly one of the most important tests that someone will take in their life. Parents, you may be wondering how you can help your teen prepare for this great undertaking and do well on the test. There are several simple ways to be prepared and ready for the SATs, and you’ll probably have seen them before in multiple places, but that’s because they work. Remember parents, it’s important that you encourage your teen to study and do some of these things listed below, but try not to hassle them as that will stress them out more. The best things you can do are make some helpful suggestions and be supportive.
1. Get enough sleep. You’ve heard it over and over, but the truth is, getting enough sleep really does help. That’s right, no late night study binging right before the test. It’s best if your teen studies during the day. Getting a decent amount of sleep over an extended period of time (say, right before your big test) will help them to be even more alert than if they had just slept well the night before.
2. Eat right. Also one of those tips you’ve probably heard everywhere. The thing is, it’s true. Try not to have them eat breakfast cereal or other sugary foods the morning of the test, as this will give them a boost of energy for a little while and then possibly make them crash and become tired and unfocused during the test. It’s better to eat foods that will stay with them longer. Fruit is good as well as eggs. Consuming excess sugar and fat will leave your teen tired as the morning goes on.
3. Take the PSAT. The PSAT is a practice test that will help your kid prepare for the SATs. It will cover many of the subjects in the test and is actually the qualification program for a college scholarship program. A certain number of high scorers receive money from various sources (it depends on who offers to pay) to fund their college educations. So not only do they get practice with an actual test, but they also have a chance (depending on the year that you graduate from high school) to earn money to put a dent in that tuition! (and save you some money)
4. Study daily. It’s important to regularly study to get materials into your head, and the same goes with the SATs. Studying math and English skills (and possibly others, you may want to ask your teachers what’s going to be on the test) daily for a set amount of time is a good way to prepare. Studying for a week before the SAT may help your teen to have the skills you need ready for utilization and use on your test. Just don’t have them study binge late at night, this defeats strategy number 1.
Overall, there are a variety of things you can do to help your kid(s) study and prepare for your SAT. Do more web searches and see if people have any other suggestions. Hopefully this helped you a bit. Thanks for good reading, and wish your kid good luck on their SAT!