3/1/17 9:32 AM // studying physics and SAT stuff this morning in my second study space I arranged yesterday. It has absolutely nothing around it, just a table, and I have to carry the things I need from my study room. So far it’s proven to be effective for maximizing concentration, maybe you could try it :)
Studying for long important exams like the DAT (me (’: ), the MCAT, or even the SAT/ACT requires a lot of time budgeting! Today I was scheduling DAT studying for the next 20 days, and I realized that a progress percentage chart would be really useful for mebecause it would allow me to plan goals such as “finish a 1084-page review book” or “watch 46 chemistry videos from the video playlist” long-term! It’s hard to put long arduous tasks like these onto a daily or even weekly schedule - for me, they seem to work better when measured by %-finished.
I made this to use for myself this morning, and then realized that it might be useful for some of you out there, too! So I’ve uploaded it to google drive so you all can use it if it will be helpful in your studies. They come in blue, pink, yellow, and grayscale (for black-and-white printing): >>DOWNLOAD HERE<<
EDIT: I’ve gotten a suggestion from a very nice anon to make the background white so the printable does not use as much ink when printed in color! >>HERE<< is the link the white-background version on GDrive :)
To use this chart, I filled out specific goals on the left hand column and colored in the progress bar in the right in accordance with the percentage of the task or goal I had finished. I also marked dates next to the progress bar so I knew when I should have finished 50%, or 75%, or 100% of a task, etc. Here’s a pic of how I used it:
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29/9/16 4:02 PM // the sun’s hanging lower in the sky and I’m still studying for the SATs with a glass of lemon water and motivational music (by motivational I mean the paramore and fob station on spotify) 🍋
i personally find the science passages the most difficult to comprehend. a lot of times i don’t even know what the hell is happening in the passage. so i’ve compiled a list of strategies that helped me improve my score.
skim the passage; don’t try to decipher every single line and every single word.
some prep books suggest otherwise. they tell you to take notes, make mental summaries, and try to connect one paragraph to the other. some even tell you to look away after each paragraph and and jot down the main idea. the tendency of using this strategy is you might end up focusing on details that aren’t even relevant to the questions. you’re wasting your time.
this is particularly tricky in the science passage. if you try deeply understand every line in the passage, you’ll end up getting lost in the swamp of convoluted descriptions and jargons.
what i found to be the most effective strategy is this: skim the passage. read it as fast as you can while maintaining a general understanding of what it’s talking about. if you can read it in 3 minutes or less, go ahead.
don’t focus on terms and processes you don’t understand!!
even if you’re not necessarily sure about what the passage is talking about, make sure you are able to locate where certain information is mentioned.
for example: do take note the terms mentioned. you may want to underline specific words and people mentioned.
now, read the questions. go back to the part relevant to the question. now is the time to read it thoroughly.
this way, you can guarantee that you’ll only be focusing on parts of the passage that are relevant to the questions. you’re not wasting your time trying to understand some complicated theory on DNA or whatever.
these tips also apply to other types of passages, i just found it particularly important for the science.
other general tips for reading passages:
watch!! out!! for!! extreme!! wording!!
you have to remember that there is only one correct answer from the choices
the SAT will try to trick you by phrasing the choices as weird as possible
but you can always eliminate answers by taking note of extreme wording such as being too vague, too specific, too strong, as well as unrelated as giving an unrelated concept
be ruthless in understanding the questions that you got wrong. ask yourself: why did i get this questions wrong? what can i do to avoid this mistake in the future?
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