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Kevin Rocci

More Ways to Make Studying for the SAT Suck Less

Need more than 5 ways to make studying for the SAT suck less? You’re in luck!


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Listen to Dr. SAT Squirrel Esq. Stop torturing yourself with long, boring, unproductive study sessions. Jump start your studying, ignite your mind, and learn something along the way, especially when you are forced to prepare for a standardized test, like the SAT. These are the situations that demand a little creativity and dedication to inject fun into your studying. But it’s this demanding scenario that will lead to fruitful studying and retention of information.

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Bring your Pets!

Dr. SAT Squirrel does not feel so strongly about this tip, but that’s because it’s life and death for him when cats are around. And I know that this seems like a crazy idea. What cat is going to help you understand combinations and permutations? What dog can teach you when to use “that” and “which?” Fish can’t explain how to brainstorm for an essay, right? Right!

But pets are great for keeping things stress free and lighthearted. Having a cat in the room purring is a soothing, rhythmic sound that can help you focus. A quick study break to pet your dog will deflate any stress from the tough material you are reviewing. Watching your fish swim around in the aquarium is a quick, pleasant distraction that draws your mind away from vocabulary or math problems. So don’t neglect your pets when you are studying. And if you don’t have a pet, find a study buddy who does.

Songify your Studies!

Any song can quickly become an educational tool. Take one of your favorite songs and write new lyrics about something you are studying. Write a vocabulary song with synonyms and antonyms. Or write a song about number properties or prime numbers. Make it silly and fun. And not only is this great for you, but you can also share it with others and potentially help them learn something new or remember an important fact for the SAT.

If you need a little inspiration, or you are doubting how far you can go with a song and something educational, check out these videos about Statistics, Organ Systems, Cell Division, and Circulatory System. My favorite is a rap about the parts of cell.

Even successful rock groups have made songs that educate, like They Might Be Giants, who have a plethora of songs that are instructive: Istanbul (not Constantinople), Roy G Biv, and my favorite, The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas.

Doodle + Video = Doodeo

Little did you know that all those doodles and drawings that you’ve been doing actually have some value. Well, not the ones of your teacher bowling or of carnivorous plants, but with a little tweaking and focus, your doodles will quickly become educational tools that are fun to make.

I don’t throw a lot of guarantees around, but I will give you one now. Make a Doodeo and you will never forget. Take a doodle, turn it into something that relates to a concept on the SAT, and then make a video about it. I guarantee you will not forget the concept on test day. Do you think that this girl forgot what an Ulam spiral is? Do you think she could still tell you a couple of things about pi?

If you make a Doodeo and forget the concept, if my guarantee turns out to be fairy dust and unicorns and I was totally wrong, let me know. I owe you one. So leave a comment below with a link to your video, and I will make a personal apology video in the form of song about any topic of your choosing.

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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.

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