SAT and ACT Mental Strategies
In general, there are two mental traps you can fall into with the SAT and ACT. One is to think too much, and other is to think too little. I call these “Overthinking” and “Underthinking.” You can easily sidestep these two traps by staying in the middle between these extremes. In order do this, remember the simple sentence: Stay Relaxed But Alert! Being relaxed means taking deep breaths into your belly, and focusing on the feeling of both feet grounded on the floor. Try this if you get nervous…simply put 20% of your awareness on your feet and take five slow deep breaths. You’ll be amazed how this little practice helps dissolve anxiety. Likewise, being alert means being fully awake and aware of your surroundings, whereas “thinking” often means being trapped in your own obsessive thoughts. So stay alert, pay attention to the words or numbers in front of your nose, and don’t think so hard!