This is by no means a comprehensive list of the qualities your test prep calls upon, but I believe that these five qualities provide an excellent foundation and also encapsulate other attitudes that facilitate a student's experience.
Watch this video to find out what five qualities I most often observe in students who get amazing results from their SAT and ACT prep.
Now that you've watched the video, I want to talk to you about how to use this list so that it's helpful for you during your test prep.
It would be easy to think that with this list, I'm setting another group of expectations that you either meet or miss completely. But that isn't the case.
I think of these qualities as happening on a continuum. You'll feel anywhere from out-of-your-mind frustrated to patient. Anywhere from complacent to proactive.
The higher up the scale you're at (such as the more patient you feel), the more productive you'll be. On the flip side, when you're on the lower end of any of the continuums, you'll probably make less progress than you would if you were higher.
Identifying your target attitude gives you an opportunity to observe where you're at and reorient in the direction of where you want to be. In a sense, it's analogous to what you do with your scores: you take a practice test, see where you score on the scale, and see how you can move higher up the scale.
When you start feeling off, take a breath and ask yourself which quality you aren't practicing at the moment.
Then, ask yourself "What thoughts or actions might move me closer in the direction of [quality]."
Or, perhaps, ask yourself, "What would I think about this situation or what would I do if I were feeling [quality] right now?"
Then go do that action or sit with that mindset.
All that said, you’re allowed to have moments of hopelessness before the resilience kicks in.
You’re allowed to feel closed-off one day and curious the next.
Again, these attitudes are fluid. They happen on a scale. Some days you will be more aligned with the productive attitudes than others. But by practicing and fostering these qualities, you will begin practicing them more easily, effortlessly, and consistently.
And simply by trying again, you are showing yourself to be someone who is proactive, curious, patient, and resilient. Go you :)
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