Preparing For The SAT/ACT Based On Your

Learning Style

 That the SAT/ACT are standardized tests—that is, they measure performance based on standardized, or equal constraints—poses a challenge for many test takers as we all learn, study, test, and absorb information differently. One way to most effectively prepare for the SAT/ACT is by preparing in a way that most accords with your learning style. Whether you are a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner (people who lean by doing physical activities), there are several ways to prepare for a standardized test in an individualized way. Ultimately, finding the best way to study will lead to a less stressful experience and a higher score.

  • Visual learners absorb information best when they can see it. Visual learners should read study guides, make charts, and use flashcards to identify patterns, learn vocabulary, or memorize formulas.
  • Auditory learners study best when information is conveyed verbally. These students might be best served taking a prep course, doing one-on-one tutoring, or reading test prep materials out loud.
  • Kinesthetic learners often learn best when they are actively engaged in the study. Whether they are copying down formulas or notes, underlining, creating concept maps, or using flashcards, kinesthetic learners need to be moving.

No matter what type of learner you are, you can benefit from technology. Indeed, SAT/ACT study Apps tend to combine all three ways of learning and are thus beneficial to all types of learners (and often free!). Especially given the degree to which many students are tied to their technology, downloading vocabulary or SAT/ACT question Apps and flipping through them regularly—on the bus to school, sitting in a waiting room, etc.—will allow students to get additional practice. For families who can afford it, one-on-one tutoring or prep classes help students routinely learn and practice in a formal setting. Additionally, many tutors are willing to tutor over various technological platforms like Skype or Google Hangouts. 

Finally, regardless of how you learn it is important to be prepared for test conditions:  from the timing, to using #2 non-mechanical pencils, to sitting at a desk for hours on end, it is important for everyone to be prepared for what the test experience will feel like.

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