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SAT Independent Preparation

Just realized the SAT is right around the corner and you have no study time logged to show for it?

Below you'll find a quick (and not entirely painless), independent study plan for those with about one month to go.

Remember: This plan is not necessarily the best for long term retention; this is a crash course to improve your SAT score.

Time: You'll probably need about 15 hours per week for 4 weeks. No whining. 15 hours x 4 weeks = 60 hours, and then you're done.

Again, remember: Your score is important to college and scholarship boards (and your parents).

Good news? This study plan should help power you through the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT.

Bad news? You still have to figure out a study plan for the last third of the test, Math. I'm not a math tutor, so I have zero guidance on this subject. Sorry.

1) Vocabulary
Flash cards are portable and pretty; they're also pretty useless. Learn words in context. In fact, learn as many words in context as possible over the next month. Buy 2 books: Improving Vocabulary Skills by Sherrie L. Nist. Complete 2-3 sections per week (each "section" will take roughly 1-1.5 hours). Then, Advancing Vocabulary Skills - same drill.

2) Kaplan SAT Critical Reading Workbook
Complete 1 section per day (30 minutes x 5 days per week ) until book is complete. Sections vary in size, but 30 minutes of focused work should help you get through the entire book. The most important part of this book is reading the explanations of EACH question after you have attempted them by yourself; otherwise, you are wasting your time.

3) Kaplan SAT Writing Workbook
Complete 1 section per day (30 minutes x 5 days per week) until book is complete. Sections vary in size, but 30 minutes of focused work should help you get through the entire book. The most important part of this book is reading the explanations of EACH question after you have attempted them by yourself. Again, don't waste your time.

4) CollegeBoard SAT Book
Take 1 practice test per week(minimum of 4) prior to the test. This should be done under timed test conditions (quiet, focused, no "breaks"). The next day (not the same day as the brain needs time away from the material), return to the test and look up all of the answers to which you responded incorrectly. Without doing this, you will not learn from taking practice tests. Doing this will also help you find a pattern to incorrect responses so you can better tailor your study/ focus efforts.

This is not the most "fun" study plan, but it is pretty effective. Let me know how it works for you.

If you still have questions about your study plan, please do not hesitate to contact me.

$55p/h

Karina G.

Nationally Certified Tutor; Certified Academic Coach; K-12 & College

300+ hours
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