CCP- ACT Tips and Tricks

Hi guys, haven’t been here for awhile…

It’s exam week. Need I say more? My classes have not slowed down. On the contrary, they are speeding up and up AND UP. I took my history final on Monday, but that was my easiest class so that wasn’t a hard exam. I just have two more exams to take as my Latin final was last week and my two writing classes don’t have any exams at all.

My two hardest classes’ finals are tomorrow. Go figure. I feel like I haven’t had a chance to take a breath for the past several weeks. And if one can’t breathe then one surely can’t blog. Right? …

I have finished as much studying as I can for today. I will refresh my memory tomorrow morning. I have to get up by 6:30 in the morning. My stats class is having a review session at 8:00am with the exam starting at 9:00. Yes! I am really relieved for that.

I will then have some time to resume studying for chemistry. Let me just say that I will be overjoyed when this chemistry class is over. But I will miss my other classes.

Last Saturday, I took the ACT for the first time. (Last Spring I took the SAT.) I think I did fairly well for my first time however I won’t get my scores for another 8-ish weeks. I discovered tips and tricks that I would like to share, and that I will be remembering in the Spring when I take it again.

#1- Wake up in plenty of time, but not too early. You don’t want to be rushing around getting ready, but you also don’t want to wake up so early that you are a zombie 30 minutes into the test.

#2- Eat a slightly larger breakfast than normal. I should have eaten a larger breakfast than I did. Make sure that you get some protein in there! However, don’t eat a breakfast a lot bigger than you normally eat so that you don’t get sick. You are already nervous, no doubt, and eating a ton of food on a nervous stomach is not good for anyone.

#3- Bring snacks. And eat them. You must bring snacks for thyself! Believe it or not, sitting in a desk taking a strenuous test makes you hungry. I took snacks with me, but I didn’t eat very much during my break. I paid for it for sure. I started getting hungry during the second to last test and couldn’t concentrate as well. Eat! Please!

#4- Use the restroom during break. Enough said.

#5- Bring the right pencils and calculator. I didn’t realize that I had to use a SOFT LEAD #2 pencil. I thought any #2 pencil would work. Apparently not. And double check that your calculator is allowed. The last thing you want is to have your calculator taken away when you need it most.

#6- Print out your admissions ticket ahead of time and don’t forget your wallet at your babysitting job the night before.

#7- Start studying at the beginning of the semester and study regularly. Make sure that you set aside time each week that is just for ACT studying. It will make your life a little bit easier. I will definitely be doing this next time round. So…starting in January:) Think of it as studying for your college applications not just for your ACT. It puts into perspective and makes it not so tedious. It really isn’t just some annoying thing that your parents or guidance counselor are telling you to do. You do need a decent score (the SAT as well) to get into college.

#8- Final tip for now. Don’t plan your ACT the weekend before Finals. Just don’t. Trust me on this one. You will be very stressed out anyway because it is final exams (I mean, who isn’t stressed? Ha, if you aren’t, then more power to you!) and you will have to get in some last minute studying for your ACT plus start studying for exams. Be smarter than I was.

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Random side thought: This time next year I will have finished applying to my colleges of choice and might even have received some decisions. I have waited so long for this to come (My Junior year and obviously Senior year!) and now it is here. Junior year is the ‘official’ year to start college searching, but I am relieved that I started my Freshman year. I would be even more stressed out trying to start a college search on top of learning how to cope in college. But anyway, all of a sudden life is flying by, and I don’t like it!! That’s not true, I love it!! But it should slow down!! A little bit!! Now my exclamation marks and I will leave you in peace:)

 

Goodnight,
Becca<3

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