After having a disappointing glance at the previous SAT’s scorecard one might feel lost or hopeless. But the truth is there exists no such “Dead End” what one feels to have reached ultimately. There’s always the next step that one can take to rectify the situation. However, this next step is not a child’s play. Owing to the previous hit, students are burdened with the thoughts of failure and standing up against all odds seems to be a daunting task. Many of them even opt for giving up that work and later realize that it was never an option. Giving up is a dangerous pitfall which is more catastrophic than failure itself.
The key ingredient, undoubtedly, is hard work and being practical i.e. knowing your strong suits. By remaining motivated, you can achieve what seemed to be impossible at the first place. So, some options need to be evaluated at this point to be aware of the do’s and don’ts at the moment.
Self-study is a one-day fad amongst the repeaters. The power of a self study is undisputable, but the real problem is study without any kind of supervision can lead to undesirable consequences. Buying a big book doesn’t necessarily solve the problem. If the failure was caused mainly because of lack of practice, then self-study is the way to clear them.
a) Procrastination: Procrastination is at power play at times of self-study and hence performance drops exponentially over the days and then producing nothing. People tend to blur their goals and eventually slowing down and never reaching them.
Some disadvantages are:
i) Some concepts are not thoroughly understood or missed altogether.
ii) Concepts are not revised regularly and hence forgotten.
iii) A false feeling of getting command over the subject when you are getting none.
b) Expectation vs. Reality: The quality and level of the article being read by the student also needs to be reviewed and updated accordingly. This gap generally occurs when individual keeps on reading some publicly recommended books that many times don’t cope up with the expected level. So the student generally ends up with incomplete knowledge of the topic which could mean the difference between passing and failing in these crucial examinations.
c) Advantages: If you had proper training the previous time and you believe you were “almost there,” the self study can give you the nudge you need to jump the last barrier between you and success. Self-study to supplement class based learning is the ultimate antidote to the failure.
No other combination could beat the mix of hard work and guidance. With the world getting connected to the Internet, obtaining information of tuitions as well as online classrooms have brought guidance to an arm’s length.
A) Classrooms: In the classroom environment you might be needed to cope up with the speed and quality. You might feel the class being slow and tedious and sometimes you might feel everything going too fast and might need to work hard to keep up with the pace. The classroom environment increases a spirit of competition amongst the peers and pushes the individual to outperform his own hard working abilities.
B)Private tuition: You can opt for something more costly but customized and more focused toward the individual. Private tutors completely focus on the progress of one as compared to the class. It boosts the performance, and the training is well delivered. Since the focus is not distributed amongst every student of a class, every problem faced by the individual is tackled. Introverts who find it intimidating raising their doubts in public can find private tutors more compelling.
3) Practice Practice, Practice!:
Scoring in SATs is not solving everything but deciding the correct questions to be solved. SATs demand this decision to be made in a jiffy. Such an instinct like command over the selection can only be achieved by huge coverage over the subject and a massive amount of practice. So solving lots and lots of severe problems is definitely going to help. Firstly, training can be started by joining some online or offline test series. Choose those test series which set question papers based on topics and give a detailed synopsis of the performance. The second step would be giving tests which emulate SATs in every possible manner. It makes you comfortable with the environment and helps you deal with exam time anxiety. These two primary issues when resolved can bring noticeable elevation in performance. Emulated SATs increase the confidence level of the candidate and also give a practice of the concepts studied.