Yes, your teenager should still study for the SAT while schools are closed.

With schools closed and the May and June SAT cancelled, it might be tempting to throw SAT prep out the window along with all other semblance of normality. However, even with the SAT cancelled, it is important for students planning on applying to college next fall to continue to prepare for their exams.

Even for schools that are completely test optional, a good SAT score can bring some balance to weaker grades or extracurriculars.

The good news is that with exams cancelled until at least August (if not later), there’s more time for students to study. The bad news, of course, is that with classes moving online and the daily stress of being at home in isolation, many students may not feel that they have the bandwidth to focus on something as far away as a distant August test date.

Focus on consistency over intensity

People always overestimate the amount they can get done in a day and underestimate the amount they can do in a year.

This is a time to create a habit that sticks, not a time to sit in front of a book or a screen and grind out practice problems.

Treat studying for the SAT as a way to be together… Or apart

One of the worst parts of pushing education online is when it turns into a solitary exercise. Think about the best classroom experiences — they aren’t just with a teacher who lectures at you nonstop or builds around studying on your own. A lot of learning happens both in on-topic classroom discussion and in the incidental chatter between classes as students are trying to finish their homework as quickly as possible with the help of their friends.

But more than anything, focus on the process

A great (and easy-to-implement) strategy for helping your teenager focus on process and build self-accountability is called habit stacking. According to author James Clear, “one of the best ways to build a new habit is to identify a current habit you already do each day and then stack your new behavior on top. This is called habit stacking.”

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