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5 Ways to Make Studying for the SAT Suck Less

Studying for the SAT and having fun!?!? Might seem like a crazy idea. Might seem like the SAT is only tedious and lame. But actually it makes a lot of sense. Learning is super easy when you are having fun. So why not try to make things more fun to get ready for the SAT.

Not-so-sucky Study Tip #1

Find a quiet room, with no Internet access, preferably no windows or air flow, an uncomfortable chair that causes you to shift positions constantly, and a desk that rocks back and forth every time you take something off of it or lean against it. Don’t bring anything to drink. Hopefully, it has been eight hours since your last meal. And you might be lucky enough to have a room with a broken thermostat that keeps the room a sweltering 98.6 degrees. Maybe if you are lucky there will be a really bad smell, like moldy carpet or rotten food in that corner, that makes your nose burn. Make sure to never move while studying.

Actually, these are horrible suggestions! Who thought of these? Don’t do any of these things ever. Do the exact opposite of all of these things to have more fun while studying.

Not-so-sucky Study Tip #2

Use Twitter to keep track of math formulas. Every time you learn a new formula, snap a pic, or type it in as a tweet and post it to Twitter. Add a hashtag that other people won’t be using so that when you search for the your hashtag, it won’t be a cluttered list. Now you have an easy, searchable way to keep track of all the math facts you learn.

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For example, say you learn about when a number will be even or odd when added or multiplied. Make a tweet:

Not-so-sucky Study Tip #3

Learn vocabulary with Instagram. Once you have a list of vocabulary words to learn, pick 15 or 20 to work with each day, and make it your goal to take a picture of something that relates to all of your words. Upload the picture to Instagram. Tag the word with a hashtag that will make it easy to find later. Now you have a bunch of pictures that relate to your words.

For example, if your word is “lethargic” take a picture of a cat sleeping in a window and tag it #lethargic #mySuperSpecialSATVocab.

Not-so-sucky Study Tip #4

Study with your friends. Seriously, get some friends together and work through math problems together or review vocabulary together. Break up into teams and set a timer for answering questions. Quiz each other on grammar and reading passages. Being in social environment with friends, everyone engaged in the same pursuit, will absolutely make studying more fun. Then after an hour or two of studying, go do something else. Making studying for the SAT just the first part of your hanging out.

You should not do all your studying this way. Time should still be spent working through stuff on your own. You aren’t taking the tests in teams, right?

Not-so-sucky Study Tip #5

Make a meme of your math fact, grammar point, or vocabulary word. This is yet another way to take a break from studying and have some fun. But you are still learning skills that you will need on the test. You also have the added benefit of sharing this with others and help them learn.


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There are a lot of options for making memes. A few easy ones to use are Meme Generator, ImgFlip, and QuickMeme.

Good luck out there and have fun! You’ll learn more that way. And if you need more ways to make studying for the SAT suck less … I’ve got you covered.

About Kevin Rocci

Kevin helps Magoosh students by making sure none of their questions go unanswered. A UC Santa Cruz graduate with a BA in Politics and a minor in Film, he loves education, bluegrass, the Sierras, and the Pacific. The vastness of the universe does not deter him from hoping to meet an intelligent life form from another planet one day.

4 Responses to “5 Ways to Make Studying for the SAT Suck Less”

  1. Tenzin Dechen says:

    How can you come up with such cool ideas? Your blog was superb.

    • Kevin Rocci kevin says:

      Glad that you found it useful. 🙂 I’ve been a teacher and tutor for over 10 years and have lots of experience with standardized tests. These tips were developed over time as ways to make the material more interesting for my students. I hope that these suggestions help you to be successful.

  2. how much time is needed to get fully prepared for SAT ?

    • Kevin Rocci kevin says:

      Great question! Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. It really depends on each student, their skill level, and their target score. Some students spend a whole year and others spend a month or less. I recommend finding out the average score at the universities you want to attend. Then take a practice test. You’ll see real quickly what you need to do and how much time you’ll need to study. You will have a goal and a place to start working from. Most students spend a couple of months studying an hour or two today to achieve their target score. Good luck on your journey to SAT domination!

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