There’s a lot of pressure put on high school students surrounding “big tests” like the SAT and ACT. It seems that these tests are what will determine college acceptances, and are therefore a huge deal. Luckily we live in a world where we are given tons of resources to use, and the same is true for test prep for the SAT/ACT. No matter which test you choose to take (or both!), this blog post will help you find the best test prep online and also give you actionable study tips to use.

Psst! Are you a high school senior looking to attend college next year? Check out my other blog posts for you like how to pick a college and where to find scholarships for college.

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Best Test Prep Online for Studying for SAT/ACT

Practice Makes Perfect

As annoying and redundant as it may sound, practice is really the vital factor that is going to help boost your SAT/ACT score. Although the practice tests may be super long and boring, it’s worth it to go into the real test knowing the format of the test, and some sample questions.

The first time I ever took the ACT, I hadn’t done any prep before it and I really regretted it. Of course, I learned from this mistake and quickly invested in hiring an ACT tutor, but it was very expensive and took a lot of time away from me. While my tutor did eventually help me raise my test score, I know that there are better test prep online resources available now than there were even a few years ago when I took the test.

Magoosh.com

Magoosh is a test prep online resource that I seriously wish I knew about a few years ago when I was in high school prepping for tests. Magoosh isn’t specific to just the ACT test, but rather offers test prep online for multiple common tests (see below.)

Magoosh Test Prep

The best part about Magoosh is that you can log into your account anytime, and anywhere since it’s all online test prep. I love being on my laptop, and I know that I would’ve preferred to do my ACT test prep in the comfort of my own home on my laptop, rather than traveling to my ACT tutor’s house once a week.

Magoosh has a simple design that makes it easy for students to navigate through online test prep. With over 700 questions, you’ll feel ready for whichever test you end up taking. And, if you ever get stuck, you have access to support from online tutors who are highly educated and trained in test prep!

Magoosh is an inexpensive option for students wanting to improve their test scores, but still get quality time with trained tutors who know what they are talking about. I wish I would’ve had Magoosh and saved hundreds of dollars!

And guess what the best part is? Magoosh guarantees that you will increase your ACT score by 4 points or increase your SAT score by 100 points and if you don’t then you will GET YOUR MONEY BACK. How awesome is that?!

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Study Tips for ACT/SAT

  • Skip hard questions on the ACT and come back to them if you have time at the end of going through the test. Time passes fast during the ACT and it’s important not to waste too much time on just one question.
  • Consider using the process of elimination on questions that stump you. It’s a better plan of attack to narrow down your options and then decide between one or two answers, rather than just randomly bubbling in an answer and hoping for the best. The process of elimination is especially great to use on the SAT test.
  • Make sure the bubbles you fill in are dark and clear to read.
  • Trust your gut when trying to answer a difficult answer. Your gut is practically your brain’s first reaction and reasoning, so go with that on especially difficult questions.
  • Remember that the ACT test does NOT penalize you for answering and guessing. Try and get an answer filled in for EVERY question on the ACT.
  • Keep calm the night before the test. Go to bed at a reasonable time, try and de-stress, and get the test out of your head. Worrying yourself over the test will inevitably make you more nervous and shaky for when it comes time to take the test.
  • Always double check your answers (especially on the SAT test) if you have time to do so at the end.

What are your favorite test prep online resources? How do/did you prepare for taking your ACT/SAT?

Don’t forget to sign up for your 7-day free trial of Magoosh + let me know how your results turn out!

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit a Chicago hair salon called George the Salon in order to try out a new service they offer. The service is called the Digital Detox and I’m here to review the service and go more into detail about my experience!

George the Salon: My Digital Detox Experience

I got to visit the salon on a Saturday morning, and let me tell you…it’s beautiful. George the Salon is located in the Gold Coast, (which is already gorgeous), and I felt like a queen even just being at the salon.

Chicago Hair Salon
Chicago Hair Salon

Everyone who worked at the salon seemed super nice and friendly, offering me coffee/tea/water and were making sure I was comfortable and well taken care of. I waited for my appointment in the little waiting area, and then when it was time, Jodi came and got me!

Jodi is the woman who gave me my massage, and she was also friendly and delightful to be around. She always made sure I was comfortable, before, during and even after the massage. She really made my experience amazing and the massage itself was to die for.

While the salon offers different types of massages, I was there specifically to try out The Digital Detox massage. The Digital Detox massage concentrates on the upper body for 25 or 55-minute sessions, working out the tension in your scalp, jaw, temples, face, neck, and shoulders, while moving out to arms, hands, and fingers. 

This massage was perfect for me because of how Internet and tech-based my life is. Since I work from my laptop as a freelancer, I am constantly online and hunched over my work. Jodi helped work on trouble spots and muscles that get overworked and overused when we use our laptops/phones/etc. I was so relaxed and zen during the massage that I probably could’ve fallen asleep!

Chicago Hair Salon

I felt amazing after the massage and my shoulders/neck felt a lot less tense. Jodi gave me some tips and tricks I can use at home to help relieve tension in my upper body from always being online, which I really appreciated it.

I truly didn’t want my experience and time at George the Salon to end, and I can’t wait to go back sometime soon to see the staff and especially Jodi. I would like to personally thank George the Salon for allowing me to try out the Digital Detox and for being so hospitable!

If you are interested in the massage I got, or even just George the Salon, click here to be taken to their website and learn more.  Click here to read all of George the Salon’s Yelp reviews. Appointments are available for the massage and I would DEFINITELY recommend this Chicago hair salon.

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If you ever want to see a college student at their most stressed out, visit them during finals week. Although finals are made to truly test your knowledge and learning in a course, they have somehow turned into an all-out stress inducer for college kids across the nation. However terrifying college finals may seem, you do seem to always get through them, and the sun rises the next day. But do you know how to study effectively for a final?

Knowing how to study effectively is important as you can spend less time studying, but get more from your sessions, which will help you perform better on the test. Below you will find some of my best tips for killing it on your next exam. These are my tried and true tips that I personally use myself during finals!

Psst! I have another post about more general study tips for college. Click here to read that post about 25 study tips for college.

How to Study Effectively for Your Final Exams

How to Study for Finals

Get a Study Buddy

Be sure to take advantage of the other peers in your class when approaching a final. Chances are, they are just as freaked out about the final as you are. Because of this, you have the opportunity to possibly study with someone from the class.

A practical way to find a new study buddy in your class is to just simply ask someone in person after class! Perhaps there is a person you sat next to all semester long or even a new friend you might have made. If you are too shy to ask in person, think of emailing them (check the class roster) or shooting them a Facebook message.

Having another person from your same class to study with is so beneficial, as you can help quiz each other on course topics, and also clear up any misunderstandings about the content of the course. While you could just study on your own or with another friend, having someone who sat alongside you in the class will prove to be more helpful as you know they are in the same boat as you! Strength in numbers, right?!

Revisit Course Content

Let’s imagine that in an ideal world you have been staying on top of your course-work all semester long, and have been reading your textbook every night. Wow! That’s great.

Now, let’s take a look at reality and realize that you probably missed an assignment or two, and haven’t been hitting up that textbook as much as you’ve been hitting up that new season of Scandal on Netflix.

The great part about finals week is that you have time to revisit old course content that you may not have fully understood when first learning it, or might not have even read/studied it the first time around. Professors are looking to check your comprehension of the course in final exams, and will probably be pulling questions and content for the final from the entirety of the course.

Make sure to flip through your textbook and familiarize yourself with all of the course terms, theories, and concepts. You don’t want to be kicking yourself the day of the final when you realize the answer to a question was straight from the textbook! Also, ask to meet with your professor during their office hours to ask any questions or for further clarification on the course.

Prioritize Studying

I’ve heard people in my classes complain before that they were “too busy to study” or “wish they could’ve studied more.” While yes, there are sometimes physical and immovable limitations on our schedules, studying should really become a priority for you during finals week if you want to perform well.

A favorite way of mine to prioritize studying is to physically plan out and write in my planner the times that I will be studying for my test throughout the week. Having a set time written out and blocked off from the rest of your activities will protect your precious free time, and prepare you for when it’s time to take the test. Don’t be the whiney girl that’s upset with herself when final grades are returned!

Find Your Study Spot

Having somewhere sacred on campus (or in the surrounding areas) for you to study is key during finals week. Whether it is in the campus library or the nearby Starbucks, having somewhere to go where you can clear your head can really help you get into the studying “zone.”

It’s imperative to have a quiet place to study at where you feel comfortable and free from distractions. Sure, your bed might be comfy, but will you be tempted to doze off during studying or pull out your computer to Netflix + chill by yourself? Take an honest look at where you normally study (and with who!) before you go to study for your next final. Personally, I like to go to a coffee shop that is off-campus so that I am in a quiet environment, surrounded by other people that are usually doing work or something of the sort. Studying in the library on my college campus personally stresses me out and makes me feel more overwhelmed, but every person’s preference is different! 

Give Yourself a Break

I know, this may sound like a paradox. Give yourself a break?! On finals week? No way.

Yes way. I believe that you should study and prepare for tests as best as you possibly can, but also realize at the end of the day that exams are somewhat out of your hands and there is only so much you can do leading up to them. Give yourself a study break every now and again, and remind yourself that the result of this final will not alter the rest of your life significantly. If you follow the tips in this post on how to study effectively and try your best, you really can’t be too mad at yourself 😉


How do you prepare for finals and finals week? Share any of your study tips in the comments!

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As some of you may know, I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I love Cleveland so much, and while I currently live in Chicago, I’ll always think of Cleveland as my home. Last weekend, I got the opportunity to travel home to Cleveland and spend time with my family. I had such a blast and it’s always nice to get away from the city sometimes. Plus, I just went through midterms, and definitely needed a break! This post details my time back home and tell of some of my favorite things to do in Cleveland.

I’m also sharing an exciting opportunity and contest with you all at the end of this post with Megabus!

Things to Do in Cleveland Ohio

My Trip Itinerary

Thursday: Megabus trip from Chicago (4 pm) to Cleveland (11:30 pm)

Friday: Downtown Clevland for lunch, explore West Side Market and Ohio City.

Saturday: Pedicure appointment, attend CAVS game.

Sunday: Attend church downtown, brunch, Megabus trip from Clevland (1:30 pm) to Chicago (7:00 pm)

My Favorite Things To Do in Cleveland

One of my favorite feelings in the world is when I’m riding the Megabus, after a long 6-7 hour ride, and we finally pull into Cleveland. I love knowing that I am “home”, and seeing the familiar skyline. I’m sharing all of my favorite things to do in Cleveland below so you can maybe try them out if you get to visit.

West Side Market

The West Side Market is in Ohio City and has been around since 1912 (say what?) There are TONS of vendors at the market that sell everything from baked goods, to fresh meats, etc.

I love going to the West Side Market to grab something yummy (macaroons, croissants, fresh brewed coffee). It’s also fun to just walk around and see all the different things that are sold (and usually, made) right in Cleveland.

Here is a couple of photos from the market:

Things to do in Cleveland - West Side Market Vendors

Things to do in Cleveland West Side Market Above

TownHall

I love this restaurant in the heart of Ohio City and on West 25th street. TownHall is a restaurant that supports and serves Non-GMO food. The food is absolutely DELICIOUS and fuels you with clean and healthy food.

Things to do in Cleveland TownHall restaurant

Credit: Tomorrowsantique.net

Some of my favorite things to get at TownHall are the Kickstarter coffee, food truck tacos, and Thai peanut bowl. Check out TownHall’s menu here. Literally, everything on the menu in TownHall is amazing. Trust me.

The Q/Cleveland Cavaliers

If you know me at all, you know that I am a huge Cleveland Cavalier’s fan. Basketball is my favorite sport to watch and I absolutely love my home team (and Kyrie Irving.)

Things to Do in Cleveland

Things to Do in Cleveland

If you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do in Cleveland, check out the sports scene. I was able to go to the Cavs/Denver Nuggets game last weekend with my mom, and it was a blast. The energy is electrifying at the arena and being a part of a big fan-base is a great feeling. I love being in the presence of some of the world’s most accomplished athletes (hello, LBJ) 🙂 Attending a Cavs game is definitely one of my favorite things to do in Cleveland.

And then some…

While I was home, I also took my mom out to get a pedicure with me. I love pampering and treating the people closest to me, and getting a pedicure is one of my favorite things to do in Cleveland (or really, anywhere.) We headed to get our nails done on Saturday morning.

Things to do in Cleveland Nail Salon

 


So…what is a Megabus?

As I previously mentioned in this post, I took the Megabus last weekend to travel to Cleveland. I regularly take the Megabus to save money on traveling and find it takes the stress out of getting home.

Megabus is a service that I have been using ever since I first moved away from home to Chicago. They offer low-cost and inexpensive travel from city-to-city that is safe and convenient. Megabus is currently in over 100 different cities in North America, which I love! (See if they have your city here.) I’ve taken the Megabus many times myself traveling from college back home, and other members of my family take the Megabus when traveling, also.

Things to Do in Cleveland

What I love most about Megabus is how easy it is. I can easily book my Megabus ticket on my laptop (or on my smartphone). It’s a lot easier than booking a plane ticket or other alternatives. Plus, Megabus buses are awesome because they provide Free Wifi on board, and have power outlets! This is super convenient, as I usually can get homework done while I’m on the bus or update the blog 🙂

Marry Me on a Megabus

Things to do in Cleveland Marry Me on a Megabus

Megabus.com, the company that offers express bus service to more than 100 cities across North America, is providing a free wedding – on a Megabus – including honeymoon transportation (2 round trip tickets) and $2,500 to spend celebrating. How cool is that?!

The winning couple will receive transportation to and from their Megabus wedding, a free ceremony onboard complete with music, flowers and an officiant, as well as two round-trip Megabus.com tickets for honeymoon transportation viaMegabus and $2,500 in cash. To enter, share the story of how you and your loved one met and why you want to get married on a Megabus. The winner of the contest will be announced on March 15, 2017.

I hope you will enter the contest! Follow this link to enter for a chance to win: http://woobox.com/zcid6y


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