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Thomas Broderick

ACT Study Hints

“If you catch a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you’ve lost your market base.” Similar is the world of ACT prep. Seriously, if there were some silver bullet for ACT success, I’d hand it out in a heartbeat though it’d mean the end of my illustrious blogging career. At the very least I’d earn a little good karma.


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If anyone offers you a ‘silver bullet’ for your studying troubles, stay away.


Since there is no silver bullet, we must continue doing battle with the ACT the old fashioned way. In this article I’m handing out my best ACT study hints. So if you’re preparing to take the ACT for the first time, or are getting ready for a retake, don’t miss out on these hints!

Have a Routine

Just about every morning my day starts with coffee and writing a Magoosh blog post. Like exercise, showering, and chores, these posts have become part of my daily routine. For you, studying for the ACT needs to become part of your routine as well.

I understand that your schedule must already be packed, but there are ways to find time for my ACT study hints. Chart out your daily routine. What days have openings for some study time? Make an ACT study plan and stick to it. Pretty soon studying for the ACT will feel like any other activity.

Visualize Success

Even if studying has become part of your weekly routine, it can still be difficult to focus even if you’ve eliminated all the outside distractions. If ‘everything else’ is trying to vie for attention during your study time, here’s a hint on how to stay focused.

Take a moment to visualize success: receiving your target score, getting a scholarship based on your ACT score, or having a great college acceptance decision day. Putting your studying in perspective should keep those other distractions in check.

Analyze Missed Questions

It’s easy to set aside a practice ACT after you’ve calculated your composite score. Yet even for students whose practice test scores are improving, it’s always a good idea to analyze missed questions.

When you’re taking the ACT, the only thing on your mind is finding the correct answer. Analyzing missed questions after the test will educate you on the topics where you are still struggling. The questions you continue to miss may have easy fixes. Investigate the cause(s) of your mistakes and your time will have been worth the effort.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of more ACT study hints out there, ACT scholars. Whichever you choose to adopt, apply them regularly to your study routine. See you next time!

Also, check this video post out for our top ACT hacks!

About Thomas Broderick

Thomas spent four years teaching high school English, social studies, and ACT preparation in Middle Tennessee. Now living in Northern California, he is excited to share his knowledge and experience with Magoosh's readers. In his spare time Thomas enjoys writing short fiction and hiking in the Sonoma foothills.

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