With the seemingly endless selection of ACT study materials on the market, it can be difficult deciding which ones are best for you. But before you start buying up every resource you can find, you should first come up with an action plan to help guide your decision making process. Before you decide how to divide your time, take an ACT practice test. Score your answers and determine which subject areas you need the most help with. Map out your study plan early and set realistic expectations for yourself. Don’t plan to study for 3 hours a day if you can only truthfully do 1. The plan should be personalized to your individual needs and learning style. Do not rely on what may have helped others because, as they say, what is good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander.
The first part of formulating your study plan is to determine the time frame you have to work with. The amount of time you study each day will be different if your test is scheduled in a week or 3 months. Ideally, you should plan for at least 2 months, if at all possible. Once you know how long you have to study, map out a strategy for what subjects to study each day. You will also need to schedule days dedicated to taking practice tests and questions. This will help you monitor your progress in all of the different subject areas. If you have the time, schedule a day off every once in a while to prevent mental fatigue. What’s important is that you stick to your study plan as much as possible and don’t procrastinate.