Study Group Kickoff

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Use your kickoff meeting to set the stage for a successful SAT study group.

Before You Meet

Here’s what every member should do before the first meeting:

  1. Set up a free College Board account and a free Khan Academy® account for access to personalized SAT study.
  2. Watch the Khan Academy introductory video.
  3. Identify strengths and weaknesses. If you took the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, share your scores with Khan Academy. If not, take four short diagnostic quizzes in math or in reading and writing at Khan Academy.
  4. Email the group to let them know which skills are your strongest and which are the ones you need the most help with.

Set Ground Rules

A positive atmosphere goes a long way. During the first meeting, agree on ground rules. Here are a few to consider:

  • Treat every member with respect.
  • Welcome all questions. You’re here to support each other and benefit from each other’s strengths.
  • Participate fully. Ask questions, give answers and explanations.
  • Stay focused—no phones except in support of the meeting.
  • Don’t be shy. If you have a question, others might have the same one.
  • Show up prepared: put in the time and practice between meetings.

Designate a Timekeeper

Some questions take longer to answer than others, but if the discussion becomes unproductive, the timekeeper can get the group back on track and ensure everyone gets a turn.

Agree on a Study Plan

You’re off to a good start, but to do your best on the SAT, you’ll need a schedule. Here’s a hint: Use the full-length practice tests as anchors since they’ll help everyone measure their progress and know what to focus on.

We recommend taking practice tests every three or four weeks; it depends on how much time you have before test day. The important thing is to review the questions you missed after each test.

In between tests, you’ll have time to practice on your own, watch Khan Academy videos, and come to group meetings with your questions.

View a sample study plan.