If you recently tuned into the Olympics (which means most of you), you may have noticed a constant presence on the swimming stage—Michael Phelps. Like any Olympic athlete he was able to mount the podium not only because he is physically gifted but also because he trained unrelentingly. Had he pursued such a grueling regimen, only to slack off in the months leading up to the Olympics, Phelps, notwithstanding his massive wingspan and super lats, would probably not have won any medals.
Many students spend the summer cramming for SATs. There is a slight problem. The first SAT offered after summer is usually in the beginning of October. If you are one of these students, what that means is all that hard work you put into sharpening your SAT skills will most likely go to waste. Unless, that is, you continue training until Oct. 6th, the day of the SAT. Much like Phelps, you must continue honing your skills till game day.
Unlike summer, however, the month of September means school. And school means homework, activities, and a bunch of other time consuming activities. While you will not be able to keep up with an Olympian style SAT schedule, make sure to cover a full-length test each week. You may do this in one sitting, which I advise you to do at least one. You should also break up the section throughout the week, a good idea considering that even that period of time can lead to a slackening of skills.
Of course how you break up your SAT studying depends on your schedule. The key is not to let up, but to push for your best score test day, just as Phelps has swum his best times on race day. If you’d like, check out this not-so-Olympian One Month SAT Study Schedule.