While holidays are certainly a time for most of us to wind down from a busy work or school year and spend time with family and friends, the holidays can also be the best time to complete some standardized test preparation.
With the right discipline and schedule, the focused student can find a way to knock out a couple of good hours of test preparation each day during a holiday break (whether that break is a week long or over a month long) and still get to relax and hang out with friends and family. In fact, for many college students, in particular, they are given a month or more break during the winter holiday. While that is nice, many of these students find themselves bored out of their skulls.
Having a structured goal, such as studying for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT or MCAT not only alleviates that boredom but is a great way to get some good and focused preparation out of the way for one of these important exams.
Once a student is saddled down by several courses during a school semester, it can be quite difficult to not only muster up the time to study but the focus and the cognitive resources to learn the material and take the diagnostic tests well.
I have both taken advantage of the holidays to study for my own important entrance examinations such as the LSAT and the MCAT but also tutored my way through the holidays.
This holiday I am saddling up to get some tutoring students prepared for the upcoming SAT and ACT exams. I enjoy tutoring during this time because I feel I get more of the student’s attention and therefore can make more of an impact on his/her score.
If you are one of those individuals who have already put aside time this December and January to prepare for your future goals, Bravo.
If not, but are curious about what exams you could knock out with some of your extra time, here is a list of exams offered in January and February of 2013:
- SAT – Test Date is January 26, 2013 and the Registration Deadline is January 11, 2013
- ACT – Test Date is February 9, 2013 and the Registration Deadline is January 11, 2013
- MCAT – Test Dates are January 24th and 26th, 2013 with respective Registration Deadlines on January 10th and 12th, 2013
- LSAT – Test Date is on February 9th and the Registration Deadlines is on January 8th, 2013