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5 Tips for Staying on Top of Your PCAT Prep During the Holidays

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, turkey in the oven, and silver bells ringing—the last thing you want to think about during the holiday season is PCAT prep. Unfortunately, with the January PCAT Test Window falling literally days after New Year’s Day, now is not the time to slack off. With the right prep strategy, studying during the later parts of November and December might be difficult, but not impossible.

1. Schedule Your Time Wisely

No one wants to do content review after Thanksgiving dinner or while watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. That’s why if you want to successfully study during your break, you need to whip out the daily planner and map your study plan out. Keep in mind any family obligations, parties, shopping, events, and everything else packed into the months of November and December. An online course gives you incredible flexibility and allows you to take your PCAT prep on the go. Tutoring students have the advantage of a PCAT instructor to modify their already-custom study plan, but any student can tweak their plan to fit their needs and social calendar.

2. Set Up A Reward System

Studying is tough, no matter what time of year it is. Add a bit of joy back into your life with a reward system! Whether you settle on a slice of pumpkin pie after you finish a section or a piece of candy after each question you tackle, there’s no greater motivator than knowing you have something waiting for you at the end. You’ll find treating yourself makes your study experience a much more positive and engaging one.

3. Redefine “Studying”

PCAT prep doesn’t have to be limited to poring over practice questions or books. Solving Questions of the Day on social media, tuning into free webinars, or even reading a PCAT blog are ideal additions to any study plan. You’ll still be digesting helpful information but in a low-pressure way.

4. Start Your Day with a Study Sesh

While it may not be the most ideal way to wake up on your vacation, there are real benefits to studying first thing in the morning. It’s much more effective than staying up late and losing sleep. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and take a free PCAT diagnostic test. Then you can have the rest of the day for yourself.

5. Take a Break

Above all else, remember these weeks are a time to reconnect with family and friends and recharge for the new year and everything to come. If you need a break to take a calming snowy walk or go shopping for an hour, don’t feel guilty. PCAT Prep can be stressful, and so can November and December. Definitely try to fit in as many relaxing moments as you need.

There’s no denying the January PCAT is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you should lock yourself in a room until then. Balance and time management are key, and can make for both a productive and fun season! Next Step Test Prep is here to help you kick off your holiday prep on a brighter note by offering our online PCAT course for only $199 or save 15% off a practice test bundle with code CYBER18 through Monday, November 26th (Cyber Monday!) as part of our Cyber Week Sale!

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