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SAT Chemistry Instructor Samantha shows you how to tackle the correct explanation portion of relationship analysis qs. on the SAT Chem subject Test.
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SAT Physics instructor Stephanie shows you some tips on what to do if you forget the equation on the SAT Physics exam including:
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SAT Instructor Dan M. shows you a how to solve math questions involving radians on the new SAT.
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SAT Physics instructor Stephanie shows you 3 smart ways to study for the SAT Physics including using:
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SAT Chemistry Instructor Samantha shows four essential flashcards you want to make for the SAT Chem test including:
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SAT Instructor Terri K. shows how you to tackle paired multiple choice questions on the SAT Reading Test by following some basic strategies.
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WATCH my interview with Stacey Howe-Lott, Videocast here:
On episode 116, Alexis Avila talks to SAT tutor and educator Stacey Howe-Lott. Stacey took the SAT about 45 times, answered approximately 10,000 questions, provided 20,000 explanations, and, has helped more than 500 students improve their scores.Stacey graduated from University of Puget Sound, with a B.A. in English, and has a Masters in Education from University of Virginia.
On today’s episode Stacey talks about her experiences working as an online SAT tutor and gives us a peak into the world of test prep, revealing the good and bad!
Great free SAT resources: PWN the SAT (challenging math), and The Critical Reader (reading and writing)
Advantages to online tutoring: most kids are comfortable online and you spend less time commuting to appointments
Best way for a student to increase his score? Know yourself and your weaknesses, then work on addressing them
A good tutor is: empathetic and an expert
How to avoid getting a bad tutor? Ask for references and talk to both parents and students
Take home tip for parents: Breathe, and choose one test to take (ACT or SAT)
Words of wisdom for teens: You can do anything you put your mind to, find your areas of improvement and work on them.
For another related conversation, check out my podcast w Debbie Stier,Episode #30, DebbieStier: Meet the Woman Who Took the SAT Seven Times in One Year
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On this tutoring tips episode of The Prepped and Polished Podcast, SAT Instructor Anooj shows you how to ace your SAT Subject Test in Chemistry. Anooj scored an 800 on the SAT Chemistry Subject test, so pay close attention to his tips! In this video you will learn the following:
1. How to study, take practice tests, and use flashcards
2. Memorize key chemistry formulas
Memorize important chemistry facts
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It’s 24 hours until your SAT or ACT test. Here’s what to do.
Standardized testing can be stressful & worrisome, but worry no more! Alexis Avila, Founder of Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation goes live on Mass Appeal Channel 22 NBC Springfield to tell us what to do the day before and day of your SAT or ACT Test.
Pack all your stuff that you’ll need for tomorrow including:
5-6 Sharpened number two pencils
calculator with fresh batteries
snacks and water
Know how to get to the testing site.
In other words, don’t get lost or may start the test late. If necessary, plug the address into your GPS and drive from your house to the test site.
Eat an enjoyable meal and relax.
Feel free to catch an EARLY movie or watch a movie at home. Don’t go to a late movie or a party.
Don’t cram the night before the test and do a bunch of SAT or ACT practice test sections. Cramming will fry your brain and stress you out. Instead, do some leisure reading or memorize some math formulas to keep your mind sharp.
Rest and Get to Sleep early.
Get to bed a little earlier than you usually do so you can relax your mind and body and give yourself plenty of energy going into tomorrow morning’s test.
Wake up early.
By waking up early you give yourself ample time to get into your morning routine. Plus you’ll wake up in a good mood and stress-free knowing you not you already packed your backpack the night before!
Eat a good breakfast full of protein and carbs.
Don’t eat fried or high sugar foods! Instead, a protein and carb enriched breakfast will give you sustained energy over the course of a four hour test. Pre test breakfast suggestions include:
Two scrambled eggs with whole grain toast, and glass of OJ
Steel cut oats with skim milk topped with berries
Whole grain toast with a thin layer of peanut butter and sliced bananas
Do a couple of easy math problems while eating breakfast.
Doing some math in the morning will wake up the brain and keep you sharp.
Leave for the test site early.
If you get to the test site late you may wind up in the worst seat, or even worse, may miss a section of the test.
For a test break snack, eat dark chocolate.
A dark chocolate bar is a really good thing to have if you feel like you’re in a slump. It gives you a burst of energy without the crash.
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Check out the Four Things the SAT and ACT Test Creators Will Never Tell You. Alexis Avila, Founder of Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation told us more.
1. You can learn to beat the test. By practicing and learning test-taking strategies (such as back solving questions on the math section or answering reading questions as you read the passage), you won’t only improve your test score, but can ace the test.
I had a student who practiced SAT problems each day, got tutored, and took the test 5 times, and then after super scoring his results (combining his best sections from multiple sittings), he improved close to 500 points and got into Brown University.
2. The essay graders spend no more than several minutes reading and grading your essay. The SAT graders are trained to do a masterful job of glancing through hundreds of essays in a sitting. Therefore, it’s critical that you make a great first impression on the judges by taking care of the basics.
Qualities of a cosmetically appealing essay include:
Legible handwriting (not cramped, enough spacing between words)
No cross-outs (erase all mistakes)
3 to 5 indented paragraphs (introduction, 1 to 3 supporting paragraphs, conclusion)
The longer the better (minimum 1.5 pages. In general, scores decrease as the length decreases)
3.The SAT is probably a harder test than the ACT test.
For years, students have come to my office to take my Test Prep Selector Practice Test which is an ACT SAT Hybrid Test comparing your ACT score to your SAT, and find that the majority of students do better on their ACT sections than on SAT sections. Why is that? The ACT is a more straightforward, less trickily worded exam; with fewer answer choices, no guessing penalty, and best overlaps with the school curriculum.
The SAT, which is getting redesigned starting March 2016 is trying desperately to look more like the ACT. The SAT got rid of the guessing penalty, there are fewer answer choices, and made the essay optional, but still the SAT exam questions look harder than ACT questions! So when applying for colleges, consider taking the ACT.
4.The SAT and ACT tests will help you get into college but not predict how successful you will be in college and post-college.
A good SAT or ACT score may get you into a better college on paper. But it’s proven that an accurate predictor of success is not the college you go to but how you utilize your time while in college.
A recent Gallup poll surveyed nearly 30,000 college graduates last year and found the percentages of students, who were thriving in all aspects of their lives, did not vary whether the grads went to a public or private four-year college.
I have students who got descent test scores, didn’t get into a top college but are doing amazingly well. What is their secret? These students maximize their time while at college. They find great programs and professors to partner with, they take advantage of the many internships available to them, and make great social and professional connections.
Overall I know students who didn’t ace the SAT and they are now young adults running their own businesses, working in careers that suit their passions, and best of all these students are happy. Just don’t tell the SAT that!
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