How to Form an SAT Study Group, and ways to prep for the SAT
Studying for the SAT is no easy task: often, students feel like all their hard work is in vain, or they become frustrated with ambiguous study concepts. A common symptom of SAT studying is “burnout,” when students lose motivation to keep working hard. One of the best things to do in the face of burnout is to form an SAT study group.
Study groups for the SAT go beyond motivation—teaching others is one of the best ways to ensure that you understand important concepts. There are clear advantages to adding a study group to your test preparation regimen. You must, however, think carefully about the dynamic you want to form when assembling your study group. Here are some important things to think about:
1. Keep your study group limited to 4-6 members. More than this and you will get bogged down with each student’s weakness.
2. Try to work with students who are aiming for a similar score as you. This will ensure that you achieve a balance of learning from others and helping others learn.
3. Make sure that everyone brings a different strength. Try not to have a study group where all four of you are math whizzes, but no one knows the definition of “coincidental.”
4. Meet consistently, and have a schedule. It is easy to get distracted when you are hanging out with a bunch of friends, and it is often difficult to find a time that works for everyone to meet. Find a specific time and discuss a “study plan” at your first study group meeting. Stick to it! Generally, it is a good idea to meet for 1-2 hours once per week.
5. Try to do a “homework task” every week. This will ensure that you all are doing the same preparation, and that week’s homework can illuminate weaknesses that your study group can work through together.
Good luck, and most importantly remember that a study group is there to create a change of pace from solo studying. Keep at it on your own, and use this as a tool to continue motivating your progress!
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This article was written by Beryl Manning-Geist, an admissions counselor and private tutor with Top Test Prep.