Parents frequently ask CPC the question – when should my student start preparing for the SAT/ACT? The less obvious answer is to start working on study habits now to be able to prep down the road.
“Students who have not made the shift from middle to high school study habits will miss the boat even if they are fortunate enough to have resources for more advanced test prep or curriculum tutoring.” Dr. Larry Patterson
CPC has opened a study resource center as part of our freshman and sophomore college planning support. We assess each student to help them understand learning style, preferences, and mindset and then use that information to develop a program to study smarter not harder.
Below details the content we review with our students. Click Here to schedule a free information session on how we might support your freshman or sophomore student.
- What senses do you learn with – auditory, tactile, kinesthetic and/or visual?
- What is your best learning environment – early in the day, the temperature of the room, walking around or sitting, quiet or sound in the background?
- What is your attitude towards learning and how do you function best – independent or collaborative, more or less structure, low or high teacher motivation
- Recommendations on leveraging your strengths and improving your weaker areas in the classroom, with your teachers and while studying
Leveraging Your Resources
- Defining and using existing school resources available to the student (office hours, study halls, tutoring)
- Using your school’s learning management system effectively
- Bookmarking useful resources outside of the classroom
- What devices to use and when
- Strategy on bringing textbooks and resources home
- Defining and removing distractions
- How to read a textbook – spoiler alert – read the back of the chapter first
- How to make notes
- Understanding what the teacher wants
- Tools to improve reading comprehension –
- Keeping a calendar
- Study difficult subjects first
- Leveraging your school’s learning management system
- Assigning time per subject, using a timer to take breaks
- Defining time per week for simple review
- Making an outline and draft
- Review and revisions
- Asking your teacher for feedback
- Divide and conquer
- Setting early deadlines to avoid stress
- General Test Prep Tips
- How to memorize
- “Dos and Don’ts”
- Test Day Strategies
- How to avoid test anxiety
- Specific tips for type of test
Will Warpinski, Tutor