Did you take the SAT on Saturday? Are you freaking out about how confusing it was, and feeling like you had no idea what you were doing? Never fear; many people take the SAT's multiple times, and if you get a little tutoring help in between (from yours truly) you can radically improve your score on the second go-around. Here's the remaining test dates for the 2013-2014 school year: November 2 December 7 January 25 March 8 May 3 June 7 I recommend you start studying for the SAT at least one month in advance, longer if you plan on going it without a tutor. If you'd like to work with me for the November or December test cycle, send me an email ASAP. The sooner we can get to work, the higher your scores will be!
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One of my biggest pet peeves that I have with my students is their notes. If I'm working on schoolwork or regents prep with a student, they usually have a makeshift binder that looks like it was force fed miscellaneous papers. My SAT and ACT student follow along well when we do examples and can even follow the steps to arrive at a correct answer at practice, but I highly question their initiative to go back to one question on a worksheet or in a book to review. What I find to be working well is to force my students to take a blank sheet of paper and split it into 4 boxes. The top right (or top left w/e makes you happy) is reserved for the important "stuff." I have them put steps, key things to remember, little tricks or common mistakes. They have to write it out. The rest of the page is reserved for 3 similar examples (1 per box) so you have steps and examples all on one paper. I have students keep a dozen or so on hand for easy reference when they get stuck. You... read more
Here is an overview of my 5 BEST TIPS for realizing your highest potential on the SAT: Read and Write Daily- Do not read just fluffy stuff from internet sites or think that your emails constitute all the daily writing you need (join a writer's group and keep a journal). Most importantly, read thoughtful, intelligent articles from reputable sources (like the Wall Street Journal) on a daily basis on topics that stimulate your thinking and challenge your vocabulary. This is the best approach for long-term improvement in reading and writing. Study High-Frequency SAT Vocabulary Lists- There are many of these word lists obtainable on the Internet. The problem is that you may not retain the words using a crash-course study approach. This won't be helpful for long term unless you pace your study of the words and see words in their context. I recommend a 7 day study approach. Study 30-50 words each day for two days in a row using flash cards, review the list of... read more
The SAT messes with your head. Don't feel embarrassed, it messes with everyone's head. It's designed to. The SAT is a test of your critical reasoning skills, meaning it's actually far more about logic and figuring out the correct course of action than it is about actually knowing the material. This is nowhere more evident than on the Math section. The SAT Math trips up so many students because they expect it to behave like a math test. The truth is, the SAT Math is about figuring out how to answer each problem using as little actual math as possible. It's all about working quickly, and the questions are structured such that they conceal the quick logic and context-based route behind the facade of a more complicated math question. They're trying to psych you out; to make you think the problem is harder than it is. In math class you're taught to be thorough, to show your work and not leave out any steps. On the SAT, it's not only possible but downright preferable to... read more
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