The college process is known for being extremely stressful, tiring, yet exciting. If you are struggling with balancing your time, don’t worry—you’re not alone! Between interviews, SATs, your GPA and applications, many students find the increase in responsibilities during the college process very overwhelming. Time management is key. I find that mapping out my time and sticking to a schedule can be very helpful. If I know that I have set apart time each day to study for the SAT, I do not feel the need to worry about it when I am doing school work or spending time with friends. ExamTime offers a great and easy way to practice time management with the Study Planner, you should check it out!
One important thing to keep in mind is that, in general, admissions counsellors look more carefully at grades than at SAT scores because they are a better example of your overall strength as a student. So don’t stress too much! SAT scores can be very useful for colleges when comparing applicants in large volumes, but your grades and essays are usually better indicators of your strength as an applicant. That said:
- Make sure you do a bit of SAT study each day
- Create Mind Maps to review Math concepts
- Test yourself through SAT flashcards
- Map out a GPA study planner and stick to a schedule
Setting aside a bit of study time every day will benefit your score much more than cramming the week before the test, and you will still have plenty of time to study for your GPA if you aren’t cramming for the SAT. After all, the SAT is an aptitude test and just that; when you are working on your GPA, you are, in a way, studying for the SAT at the same time. Finally, don’t forget to relax once in a while! Best of luck!