As most of you will have noticed I’ve been away from blogging for a while. My wife and I welcomed our second child, a baby boy recently and while it’s been wonderful it’s also tossed my routine into upheaval.
In my career as a tutor I find it much more challenging to concentrate and give my students guidance when I’m working on just a couple hours of sleep. In short, it’s a good thing that I’m not taking the test myself anytime soon!
What relevance does this have to you who are childless and blissfully sleep through the night? It’s all about planning. Our little guy’s arrival was fairly predictable. Plus or minus two weeks we were pretty confident about when he was going to arrive. When I went to schedule my test date, I would have known when my life was and wasn’t likely to be amenable to doing my best work. I’ve worked with high school students who have signed up to take the SAT the morning after homecoming, the morning after the end of a play they’ve been working on and the morning after they return from a trip. I’ve worked with grad students who have scheduled tests immediately after intense business trips or family vacations.
There are some things in life that come up unexpectedly and can’t be planned for. Occasionally those things will seek to derail your otherwise solid study plan. But don’t sabotage yourself. Make sure that you’re scheduling your test at a time when you can give it the attention it deserves. Take a good long look at your life and what distractions you can reasonably expect before you make a commitment.
Now that we’re getting used to having two kids around here, I’m planning on seeing you more often.