Watching the world unfold from behind the computer screen late at night with the blue haze shadowing everything in a murky glow, a teen bent on going to college on scholarship slumps as dread sets in.
Being a high school s with aspirations of going to college is already a lofty goal, but during a pandemic with record-high applicants and minimum standards and requirements consistently rising, that goal seems akin to bowling a perfect 300.
Couple these minimum standards and requirements with the pressures of high school life and athletics, the goal becomes as unfathomable as particle physics. However, with proper preparation and discipline, something an athlete understands implicitly, a scholar-athlete can accomplish that goal.
One of the best ways to prepare for that goal is to perform beyond excellent on the SAT which has been known as one of the top college entrance exams. A scholar-athlete can conduct a quick internet search for “best ways to prepare for the SAT” or even “how to get a good score on the SAT” or even “what is a good score for the SAT,” but they will more than likely be bombarded with link after link without any guidance.
SAT Practice Tests with textbooks on a desk.
Tips To Help Lead The Scholar-Athlete
CollegeBoard is the organization that sponsors the SAT and other various tests such as the PSAT, NMSQT, and AP colleges. They release a new, up-to-date study guide based upon the previous year’s test. Purchasing this guide for a nominal fee straight from the entity that oversees the exam can allow the scholar athlete a glimpse into the mind of their opponent’s game-plan that is the structure of the test.
This study guide will highlight detailed descriptions of the math and evidenced-based reading and writing sections, targeted practice questions, and even guidance on the essay. Any scholar-athlete would enjoy having their opponent’s playbook in their hands, and this study guide is no exception.
Khan Academy is a multi-media platform that offers online an abundance of videos, tutoring, and practice for a plethora of subjects. Though Khan Academy primarily focuses on the STEM subjects such as algebra, statistics, and biology, history, language arts and more help can also be found on the site.
The platform is completely free, though there may be some premium options offered at some point in the student’s studies and navigation with the platform. These premium options may offer a deeper look into the subject of note.
The most helpful part of Khan Academy is the ability for the student to create their own learning plan. A student can set up the plan to notify them to complete a certain amount of student-selected questions a day to prepare for the SAT.
3. Prep Experts
A scholar-athlete may be predisposed to a certain sport or athletic event, but that does not mean that they know everything about the sport or event. No, an athlete has coaches and other trainers around them guiding them to become the best athlete they can be. Similar to the athletic aspect, the scholar aspect can be guided through the investment into experts. For the preparation for the SAT, investing in prep experts will be the coach equivalent to the scholar-athlete.
Prep Expert and Prep Scholar are two examples of prep expert resources. A simple internet search will provide any number of other prep expert resources available. Nevertheless, prep experts are those that specialize in the test they are covering. Most of the experts have earned a top score of either perfect or within the top 1%.
Prep experts will know and be able to show the scholar-athlete various tricks and techniques to speed through the SAT and answer each question methodically and efficiently. Prep experts should provide the scholar-athlete with a toolbox of techniques to utilize for each question akin to how a coach would provide techniques for kicking or throwing the ball at certain moments during a game or match.
Scholar athletes have a seemingly exorbitant amount of duties and responsibilities, these tips will hopefully allow them a fighting chance at performing beyond well-enough to enter into the target school.