On the first Monday in September, Americans celebrate Labor Day. It’s a day to celebrate work and workers. It’s a time to pause, and then get back to work.
For students it’s often the first day off in the school year, or a last hurrah before school starts. For most of America it’s regarded as the unofficial end of summer.
For many people Labor Day is a milestone day. It’s a way that we mark time and keep track of its passage. And milestone days are important.
In your progress toward your test you undoubtedly have one milestone day on the calendar: test day. However, there’s definitely room for others. Milestones are important because they help you set goals and monitor your progress. Here are 5 examples of milestone days you should consider adding to your study calendar:
1. Goal-Setting Days- One of the most important days to put on your schedule is a goal-setting day. It’s a time to sit down and access what it’s going to take to get you where you want to go. It’s a day to be excited about what’s to come.
2. Review Days- The companion to every goal-setting day is a review day. It’s a chance to give yourself accountability and see whether you’re making the progress you set out to make. If you’re not meeting the standards you set out for yourself, it’s a chance to make changes so that your next review day is more satisfying.
3. Practice Test Days- You need to test yourself on a full scale test before the real thing. These are dates you want on your calendar so you can look forward to them, anticipate them, and feel a little bit of the anxiety that test day will bring. It’s healthy!
4. Rest Days- It’s important to take a break every once in a while to make sure that you’re keeping good balance in your life. Rest days are a great motivator because they can keep you going strong knowing that relief is in sight!
5. Dress Rehearsal Day- One week before the test it’s important to have a practice test that you treat like the real thing. Get up at the same time, wear the same clothing, eat the same foods, etc. Simulate the real test day experience as much as possible. It helps prepare you for the real things.
Put these milestones on your calendar to give you something to look forward to and keep working hard!