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How to Self Study for the New SAT® Test

hey guys it's Brooke with super tutor TV

and today I'm going to tell you how to

self-study for the new SAT if you're

here I assume that you are interested in

improving your SAT score in some way

what I'm going to recommend to you is

actually the exact same process that I

do as a private tutor

you go you take a practice test so even

if you already took the PSAT you can

either take that PSAT and do this

process on the PSAT or you can take a

new practice test either way you go over

each question you got wrong and you ask

yourself why did I get this question

wrong and what can I do to get it right

the next time those are the questions

that you're going to be asking yourself

over and over again but also in that

process what you want to be asking

yourself is what is the fundamental

problem that I'm having that is causing

me to get this type of question wrong

and how can I fix that problem I'm going

to talk about four different categories

that I see is a private tutor and how I

address those categories so the first

category I want to talk about is if

you're rusty a lot of times what might

happen on a question on the SAT is you

look at it and you go oh my goodness I

totally used to know how to do that but

I forget how to do it now so if that's

kind of what's going on one of the best

things that you can do is review usually

my first line of defense is doing basic

review and what I mean by basic review

is going back and finding worksheets

that are very simple and very

straightforward and aren't as complex as

a normal SAT problem one of my favorite

sites for very basic review is a

worksheet site called CUDA software they

have free worksheets your teachers might

use them at school even you can go there

you can just review your basic skills

the other place that I go for a review

of basic skills is actual math books so

sometimes with my students depending on

how much review they need if they're

really really rusty and they really

totally spaced and forget the math

principles that are behind the question

itself we will go back to their math

book so if you get a hold of your

algebra 1 algebra 2 geometry book you

can also go to the library to get a hold

of those or you can look for some online

and you can go and look up the chapter

on whatever it is that you're rusty on

so you can review it maybe even do the

odds and then in the chapter and look up

the answers in the back of the book and

check yourself that's another thing that

I do as a tutor to try to help people

get less rusty and get sharp enough to

be able to do this test

even the complex questions on the test

now once you're less rusty on the basics

you can also get a little bit less rusty

on the more complex questions and that

you can do through drills on the Khan

Academy website the Khan Academy website

basically in the math section

everything is subdivided by individual

question type which is amazing and you

can go and just drill down whatever it

is that you're having trouble with um

you can even import your PSAT into Khan

Academy and it will tell you what level

you're at on all the different questions

and then you can address the stuff that

you're on movie level one or level two

one first and then move up to the higher

levels obviously math is something that

people are more rusty on usually than

reading or writing but sometimes I see

that people are rusty on their grammar

skills meaning they kind of know grammar

but they kind of forgot it so if you're

rusty on your grammar skills you can

also go and get a grammar book of some

sort I recommend getting a book that's

by say like an independent tutor or

something like that where they really

delineate it out each rule that you have

to know and then giving you a little

practice set to help drill into your

head what that rule is the next area

that you want to be aware of or

sensitive to as you're going over your

practice test is if you are too slow if

you're not reading fast enough you

should check out my video on speed

reading not all of it applies I wouldn't

really listen to the stuff about not

some vocalizing because that's like a

skill that takes forever to learn but

you can build some better habits in

terms of reading and if you take a look

at that video there's some ideas there

that might help you out another tip that

I have is before you just start timing

yourself and getting out a stopwatch and

trying to speed up sometimes that's not

actually the best way to speed up

imagine if you're playing a musical

instrument and you have a really

difficult challenging passage right

let's say you play the piano you're

going to slow down and you're going to

play it really slowly over and over

again until you build that muscle memory

and you know exactly how the passage

goes and then you can speed up speed up

speed up speed up right and suddenly you

can play it at full speed and then you

can play it perfectly if you try to

speed it up immediately what's going to

happen is you're going to make mistakes

and the same thing can happen on the SAT

so I know it's counterintuitive but one

of the tips that I have is if you're

having trouble finishing something in

time slow down first so that you can

build familiarity with the test and

really understand it

once you have mastered the test a little

bit on that slow

angle you can get out that watch or that

stopwatch that you've got and start to

do little times drills the other thing

about timing is you don't just have to

time yourself on the whole expanse of

the exam you can break the exam up into

little sections in the math section you

can even timeout each question itself in

the reading section you might figure out

how long does it take me to take to read

the passage subtract that off the amount

that you have for the passage and then

figure out how much you should be doing

per question there's all sorts of little

things you can do if you just use your

math mind and start meeting things out

into little pieces so that you can drill

yourself and that's something that I do

with my students as well so if you're

slow there are some ideas for how you

can work on your speed next if you're

confused so really what this is about is

content if you're having trouble with

content the best way to work on content

is to learn the content again Khan

Academy is a great resource for going

over individual problems but sometimes

the explanations aren't all there and if

you find that their explanations aren't

good enough for you you might need to

get a supplemental book or something to

help you in terms of the reading section

when it comes to not understanding

material if you're scoring below about a

600 on the reading overall and you know

you're having trouble with the passages

with reading passages I would actually

recommend that you work on your

vocabulary I know you think oh this test

isn't supposed to be about vocabulary

it is about vocabulary you have to have

enough of one to read some pretty

difficult passages so if that's you um

check out our new monix video that is a

great resource for vocabulary ideas and

there's several book series you can also

take a look at one is called vocabulary

workshop another is called worldly-wise

another thing that might be confusing

for you if you're doing some of these

drills on Khan Academy and you've got

the grammar rules you might get to some

of the explanations and it'll say this

is a modifier of blah blah blah or this

is a subject verb agreement error you

might not know what those things mean so

if you're confused by that kind of stuff

one of the best things that you can do

is get ahold of a strategy guide for the

writing section on the SAT a strategy

guide is a little bit different from

like a general test book like this book

is 8 practice tests for the sut that's

not what I'm talking about if you're

gonna get a book I recommend you get

something more like this this is the

college pandas SAT writing I'm working

on a book too eventually it will be out

but go get a book

some sort of independent tutor that goes

through every single grammar rule on the

SAT and that will help you out you will

have more of an idea of what's going on

finally the last area that you want to

try to address potentially is careless

errors I know I make careless errors

that's like the one kind of area that's

the toughest to get rid of so if you

find yourself making a lot of careless

errors or thoughtless mistakes you need

to practice on either building your

focus or building out safety nets for

yourself and there's lots of different

ways to do that you can read every word

you can circle important details you can

reread the question in the math section

before you actually put the answer

choice but every time you go over wrong

answer choice and you have made a

careless error what I like to say is

that's a process error not a careless

error it means something about the

process that you use to do this problem

was not watertight when you go over your

practice tests you have to have your

total analysis cap on it is not just

about you seeing the right answer and

going oh yeah that makes sense that is

not enough you have to see what the

right answer is you have to understand

how you could have gotten to the

conclusion that that was the right

answer in the first place and you have

to adjust your understanding of approach

so that you can get there next time

basically the bottom line is the best

way to self prep is to learn from your

mistakes and then work on your mistakes

I have another video it's called why you

shouldn't study and it's all about the

same idea some people have called it the

testing effect which is this idea of

test yourself and then figure out what

you did wrong and go over it and that's

one of the best ways you can learn if

you're interested in the psychology or

some of the social science studies

behind that idea you should check out

that why you shouldn't study video and

otherwise what I'm going to say is check

out the blog post that has to do with

this whole video and I'm going to give

you a little bit more of an overview of

some of the kinds of materials that you

might want to be using how to distribute

those materials and what kind of a

timeline you might want to build but for

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