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5:02PM // 25th May, 2015

So sorry for the lack of original posts this past month! May is essentially hell month for me, what with AP exams, finals, band concerts, and end of the year portfolios (a thing my school does).

Today I ate lunch with my friends at lovely little sandwich place and we walked around downtown, but then it started to pour. So now I’m home, going to read a little bit of Contact by Carl Sagan, and then prep for SAT!! The day is not yet over but it’s already been so good:’)

Happy Memorial Day, studyblr!!! Xoxo:’))

hey guys!! eggcm requested sat help sooooOoo here are some resources i found online to help!! ~ disclaimer: i have not taken the sat yet but am currently studying for it ~ 

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hope this helped u guys out xoxo sareena

10 Study tips Exams/Finals

It’s almost summer and I’m sure you guys have exams/finals coming up so here are my top ten study tips to help you pass!

1. Plan ahead whenever possible. 

If you know your exam is in 3 weeks, mark it on your calendar and plan out what to study on certain days. That way, you won’t be cramming and burnt out by the time finals roll around. I usually like to use sticky notes to create a calendar and plan at least three weeks before the exam & write down what to study on what day. (sticky note calendar)

2. Eat the right foods

I know this might sound hard to college students and high schoolers, but eating healthy will improve your brain function and energy levels. I know when I eat something with a lot of empty carbs, I’ll usually get really tired quickly and lose the motivation to study. Also, plenty of water! (Power snacks!)

3. Make a study playlist

Classical music in particular has been shown to improve memorization, reduce anxiety, and relieve tension. It doesn’t necessarily have to be classical music. As long as it’s not distracting you, jam out to your favorite tunes while you study! The site I found the best for study tunes is Spotify. They have many pre-made playlists for studying including white noise, nature sounds, and classical music.

4. Study out loud

What I found that really helps is to say the information out loud like you’re teaching someone. Imagine you are trying to teach a friend about the subject you’re studying and tell them what you think they would need to know. After doing this, I memorize the information much better and can sometimes easily recite information when I’m doing household work. When I study something complicated like math, talking through the problems helps me a ton! 

5. Take breaks

Set a timer on your phone to go off every 30-40 minutes and take a 5-10 minute break. If you study for too long you’ll burn out quickly, and it will be harder to retain the information. During my breaks, I like to check the news or watch funny BuzzFeed videos. Sometimes, I would even watch an episode of Friends.

6. Study with a friend

Sometimes it’s nice to study with a friend and have them quiz you on information. If there is something you don’t understand, you could ask them and vice versa. Just make sure they’re serious about studying, because it would be frustrating if you’re trying to learn and someones there distracting you.

7. Get resources from your teacher/professor

If you couldn’t get all the notes down from a certain powerpoint, ask your teacher if they could give it to you on a flash drive or email it to you (they’re usually happy to do so). That way, you could study, and write down notes at your own pace. If you still don’t understand something don’t be afraid to ask. The worst answer you’ll receive is no. They’re your teachers for a reason. 

8. Rewrite your notes

When I’m taking notes in class, they are usually very messy, so I like to rewrite them in different ways to study them. You learn the information as you rewrite them, and the new set of notes will look neater so it’ll be much easier to study. (ways to write notes)

9. DO NOT pull an all nighter

Although it might seem like a good idea at the time, all nighters will impact your memory and performance the next day. They’ve been linked to poor cognitive performance, and sensitivity to stress. On days leading up to the exams make sure to get your full hours of sleep. (5 ways to fall asleep faster)

10. Eat a great breakfast

I know. We’ve all heard this before, but it really does help. Eat a nice big healthy breakfast with good fats, and carbs to help you power through the exam. Eating a healthy breakfasts has been shown to improve your memory during exams, so you can recall more things. For me, I can see the difference on my performance during exams when eat breakfast. If you don’t have time, try to get a granola bar, or a banana. (Healthy breakfast for busy mornings)

This summer I’m going to be self-studying for the SAT so I decided to compile a masterpost of SAT resources I’ve found. None of these belong to me. I will add more as I find them.

- google drive folder with sat and ap prep books by (x) + another tumblr user

- another drive folder with sat prep books (x)

- sparknotes to the rescue

- work on your vocab + give free rice

- practice with collegeboard

- how to score high on the test (wiki)

- 50 words the SAT loves

- free collegeboard practice test

- find sentence errors

- ace that SAT essay

- 10 grammar errors to beat the SAT

- SAT vocabulary

- more SAT vocabulary

- SAT word lists

- SAT question of the day

- creating a study schedule 

- SAT passage-based reading tips

- SAT practice

- SAT essay prompts

- hot words for the SAT

- SAT roots, prefixes, and suffixes

- 5 sources for SAT prep

SAT PREP ADVICE

I just got a 2320 SAT, here’s some advice for other rising seniors.


Don’t bother with the prep classes. Everyone I’ve talked to has gotten the biggest score increases from one-on-one tutoring. I know that’s really expensive, so here are some suggestions if that is not an option (or hell, even if it is, because tutors vary so much in quality):

Get the Black Book of SAT Prep. My tutor recommended this to me and I love this book. it really deconstructs the test and explains the reasoning behind it.

To use along with it, also get the College Board’s Blue Book. The information in this is pretty much useless but the practice tests are the only official practice tests released by the makers of the test. They are all previously administered SATs. The practice tests released in other manufacturer’s books are not accurate to what the actual tests.

If you are doing this alone, work on as regular a schedule as you can. It helped me to do individual sections at a time, rather than take an entire practice test at once. Provided you have taken math classes up through Geometry and you have a college-ready reading level, the SAT does not test you on anything you do not already know, it just asks the questions in weird ways. The Black Book of SAT Prep explains this better than I can, go get it and read it!

Some other general tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to write on the test, marking up the test helps a lot in keeping track of your thinking. Mark up the writing and reading passages and sentences, it will help you keep track of your thinking. Underline the parts of the reading passages that the questions ask about. Draw diagrams for math problems if it will help you conceptualize the problem.
  • Make sure that you look at the list of the math concepts that are necessary to answer the questions, it’s easy to complicate simple problems if you don’t know what the test expects you to know.
  • Don’t be afraid to slow down, especially if you keep finishing early.
  • Skip questions that you don’t know when you go through a section the first time, then come back to them at the end when you have extra time.
  • Don’t be afraid to check “No Error” on the Identifying Errors bit of the Writing section, most sections have at least 2 but sometimes more where the answer is “No Error”.
  • Spend up to the first 5 minutes of the essay brainstorming. Write out all of your ideas, then boil it down to two or three and open your essay. Write a hook and a thesis only for the intro, then develop your points in your body paragraphs. Make sure that every sentence in your essay serves to argue your point.

if you have any more questions, feel free to ask me at my blog.

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anonymous asked:

so i got a 1390 on my SAT... any tips on studying for that? i'm re-taking it in May so I have a month to prepare

Disclaimer: I’ve never studied the SAT so these tips aren’t based on any first hand experience, and I’m not sure if I have accurate information about the SAT structure. However, these tips should still be applicable.

  • Make a plan now what you’re going to study and when. Here are some study schedules. Here is another study schedule.
  • Make a timetable so that you’re dedicating the right amount of time to each subject.
  • Use your current score as a baseline that you want to improve on.
  • Get a SAT questions book to help test yourself as you study.
  • Set a goal for your study. Make your goal Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Action-oriented, Results-oriented, and Time-phased. SMAART.
  • If you have the option look into getting SAT tutor.
  • Take practice tests. Here’s some information about free test questions. Some more prep tests.
  • Get a friend or family member to keep reminding you to study; you’re accountable for your own studying.
  • Make sure that you understand the different sections.
  • Learn from your mistakes; find out what you did on the last test that you can improve on. 
  • Focus on your weak areas. Do this by identifying any problems you might have in the test.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and have a good breakfast before the test.

During the test:

  • Use the process of elimination; get rid of as many wrong answers as you can before answering. Looking for extremes like “never” and “always” is a good way to do this.
  • Slow down. Answer fewer questions correctly than many wrong.
  • Choose which questions to answer first; easier questions will build your confidence.
  • Cross check your answers at the end of the test.
  • Stay calm and keep a cool head.
  • Make sure that you have some water with you.

Sentence completions on the SAT:

  • Work out if the sentence has a positive or a negative vibe to it.
  • Read the sentence in your head and think of any logical words which might fill the blank.
  • Compare the words that you’ve come up with, with the multiple choice answers.

Reading Comprehension:

Maths:

  • General study tips for maths.
  • Familiarise yourself with your calculator.
  • Know the style of questions; multiple choice and grid-in.
  • Answer the grid in questions last because you’ll need to do some calculations. Plus there are only 10 of these questions so it doesn’t matter too much if you don’t get too all of them.
  • Learn basic maths terminology for the multiple choice questions.
  • Answer the MCQs first; you have choices to choose from and they’re quicker to answer.
  • Answer the MCQs in order. I think they get more difficult as you go, so again, the easier questions will increase your confidence.
  • Try some Maths SAT practice questions.

1 May 2015 // starting the month strong by studying german. 

I finally finished an intensive exam session so it’s time to do some studying not related to school. Which is filling me with great joy because doing everything at my own pace and how I like it is just the way I love to study! <3 

Things that need to be tackled: 

  • Spanish 
  • English vocabulary 
  • World History 
  • SAT prep