SAT® 8 Week Study Plan!

hey guys are you studying for the SAT

and maybe you've got a couple of months

to get in gear and you're wondering

what's the best way to plan out your

time so that you can get a totally

awesome sport if so in this video I'm

gonna go through my eight week plan for

prepping for the SAT whether it's the

summertime and you're chilling out or

whether it's during the school year or

whenever it is for you if you want to

know where did I come up with this plan

well I am a private tutor I teach

students SAT prep and I have been

teaching for over a decade and a half I

have a student who scored perfectly on

the SAT and I also am taking this in

part from our pacing guide that we use

with our online course which is the best

as a prep course ever if you are on our

online course I recommend that you check

out that pacing guide because it's more

specific to our particular course and in

this video I'm going to talk just a

little bit more generally so whether

you're on an online course or whether

your self studying with books or whether

you have a private tutor or whatever it

is this is like a general kind of

guideline for how to make sure that you

cover your bases over the course of

about eight weeks we also have easy

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let's talk

I like to say that eight weeks is like a

good amount of time for a lot of

students to prep for the SAT it's a

reasonable amount of time I mean

certainly there's people who prep for

longer and there's people who prepped

for shorter but it's a good stab at it

at least for your first try to see how

you do and see if you're satisfied with

that I usually ask students to give at

least 5 to 12 hours a week obviously you

can kind of adjust it to your schedule

if you want to do it over 16 weeks you

can do half that time and you can also

skip around or just do some parts of it

if you don't have time to do all of it

we have a blog post that types all this

out for you so if you want to print it

out and put it on your bulletin board in

your house and use it as kind of a

guideline for yourself you can do that

there okay week one let's start with

week one so we won what I like to do

usually the first week with my students

with my private students is one I like

to make sure that they have some test

prep basics under their belt a great way

to do that is with our YouTube

a lot of my test prep basics I've

already put in YouTube videos right here

on our YouTube channels so you can kind

of spend a week just like you know

pummeling through my youtube channel

tips and that's a great way to start

kind of getting your head in the game I

know some offhand that you might enjoy

or how to get a perfect score on the SAT

self-study game plan math hacks reading

tips writing tips just like a few of

those general videos dip your feet in

get to know the test a little bit get to

know some of the basic big strategies

and that's gonna help you in your prep

the other thing that I always like to do

with my students up front is to get them

on a practice test get a baseline score

we're gonna get a practice test well we

linked out to them from our resources

page super tutor slash resources

you can find that on the web and then

link out to the official College Board

tests all right so you take a practice

PSAT or SAT whatever floats your boat

use a bubble sheet time it boom let's

talk about week to week two I like to

take that initial test and break it down

okay so this is like diagnostic week we

really want to figure out what is it

that you need to work on and this test

that you took is gonna be a great way to

do that what do you do when you go over

your test well if you have me and video

form I'll go over it with you but

otherwise what you want to do is you

want to try to figure out what kind of

questions you missed and you can do that

by looking at a question like in the

writing and language section for example

and trying to say like what kind of

question are you is it commas right

what's going on and all the answer

choices is it a bunch of different

placement of commas is it semicolons and

colons what is it that you didn't

understand and then write that down on a

list okay same thing with math what are

you missing is it exponents is it

triangles is it sohcahtoa is it a graph

problem is it a scatter plots problem

and if you don't know exactly what it's

called some places that you can look is

Khan Academy for the math has all the

math like sub sections listed out

granite their titles are really

confusing and kind of hard to follow but

that's one place you can look one tool

that you guys might find helpful is we

have videos that pair with PSAT number

one that explain all of the skills that

you need to solve every problem on PSAT

number one and those are available on

our online course as part of the free

trial but they're also available on a

secret page on our website and to find

that secret page if you go to the blog

for this video we will include a link to

that secret page and so if you take PSAT


one I will categorize for you all of the

math questions as we go over them

together so that's the goal the goal is

to make a big list of what you missed

now I'm gonna tell you the two sections

you want to focus on are math and

writing and language because those are

content oriented what do we mean by

content or yen and that means that

you're working on skills that you

memorize you have to know how to use a

comma for example to get a good score on

the SAT you have to know exponent rules

those are things that you memorize okay

so when I say content oriented they are

based on skills or knowledge that you

memorize and then stuff that you can

straight-up study learn and be done okay

when it comes to the reading section

that's a little bit more complicated

you're gonna have to just do some

soul-searching and ask yourself some

questions like why am I getting things

wrong do I have trouble with timing how

do I feel about understanding the

passage am i getting things wrong

because they don't know where to go

definitely go over everything that you

missed and try to understand why did I

miss this how do I get it right the next

time so there's two parts of this

process one you're going over everything

you missed and the only thing you're

doing is you're making a giant to-do

list of stuff you need to work on okay

cool the other thing that I recommend

that you do in week two is gather your

materials that you're going to use to

prep what kind of study materials could

those be well it depends on your budget

right it could be online resources that

are paid it could be books and it could

be just stuff online because you don't

have money for books you can use Khan

Academy I would warn you I love Khan

Academy for the math they do not love

Khan Academy for the grammar the

individual sections in the grammar that

are like on commas or on colons or

whatever they're way too easy they're

way easier than the actual test so I

find that students who practice with

those don't necessarily improve to the

level that they wish they would and

they're not necessarily the best pen of

your time I always recommend books from

independent private tutors those are

always my favorite we have an SAT book

review video where I go through some of

those independent tutors so if you want

to know more about like how to pick up

books that might be a good thing to

check out in week 2 but in general too

if you get one of those books you can

start to work through any if you can see

what kind of questions there are and

then we can compare the chapters in that

book to the questions that you missed

and this is a bit of a process it's a

bit involved if you don't have a tutor

or a tool like your online course right

it's a little bit more legwork but you

can still do it even if you're self

prepping you just have to kind of

gather all your materials and then get

them out and try to match them up and

the goal is to not waste time as you

prep and just to identify the things

that you're not getting and then to work

on those things so maybe you don't have

to do the whole grammar book now that

being said if in the writing and

language section you're missing more

than say 15 questions or so you probably

should do a grammar book or a grammar

prep series or a grammar class of some

sort front to back

okay so that means you should go through

every grammar rule basically if you're

missing more than about 15 questions is

my recommendation the other tip is work

through at least 20% of that to-do list

this week because you're gonna have a

lot of things to do on that writing

language of math to-do list you're gonna

have grammar tips you're gonna have math

areas that you need to review so make

sure you start working through those

areas as you can I like to say try to do

a lesson on it and then try to drill it

down whether it's for a book or free on

Khan Academy whatever you're using

that's what you've got to do okay number

303 reading focus week so the other

thing that I like to do with my students

is have a week where we like really dig

into reading reading is one of those

things is about habit building more than

content so to work on reading you've got

to really wrap your brain around how

does the SAT work what are the

strategies that I need to know all that

kind of good stuff so I like to take a

week where we really focus on the

reading what I would advise you to do

during reading focus week is watch all

the reading tip videos you can get your

hands on I probably have at least like

six of them on my YouTube channel

somewhere you can also seek out reading

tips from other places again is there a

blog online right Ericka Meltzer has a

blog and someone that's totally free and

she gives out free advice so you can

check that out you can check out books

from your library your local library

that have tips on the reading section

like how do I approach it how do I map

passages how do I do stuff like that you

can also get on places like Reddit and

look for advice from people who have

done really well on the test and see

what they have to say so even if you

don't have a budget there are ways to

seek out reading tips then I want you

guys to try a reading section on time

one of the things that a lot of my

students struggle with is the guess and

you've probably felt that sensation like

I don't know I'm just gonna guess but

there's merit in going really slow and

fighting for the answer because you

learn how the test works so early on in

the process especially with reading I

like to say forget about time just do a

reading section take all the time in the

world but fight for the answer

don't ever guess fight fight fight fight

fight until you figure it out until it

clicks and then you also want to learn

the rules of the test like what are the

rules of the college report how does the

college board operate then the other

thing you can do this week try to work

through a little bit more of that math

and writing in language maybe 10% of

your to-do list maybe just a couple of

hours on that the other thing you can do

super reading week is program your

calculator I know it's not reading it's

kind of mindless in terms of the math

but it also can totally help your math

score okay let's talk about week four

practice test and reviews so finally

you've done all this work you've sort of

figured out all the stuff you got to

work on from math and writing a language

and you started working through that and

we three were focusing on reading now

you're gonna pull all that knowledge

together and you're gonna take a whole

practice test this week I sometimes like

to do an untimed practice test depending

on who you are and depending on how much

you used to guess if you're guessing a

lot I'd like to do it I'm timed with the

idea that you need to stop guessing and

you need to start fighting for the

answer and feeling what that feels like

so that's what I like to do in week four

then you're gonna review your practice

test again going over all your answers

if you're on our online course you can

go to the Associated videos or if you

have the College Board explanations if

you don't have our course there's like

written out explanations right that you

can download from the College Board

again that's available from super tutor slash resources you also need to

keep working through your math and

writing and language list of things to

learn in whatever medium you're learning

those from in fact get a watch week five

I like to call pacing week but about

halfway through your prep you should

start to be thinking about how fast

you're going okay so we spent some time

slowing down and now it's time to speed

up before you get into this process

again it's good to research what are all

the ideas in terms of pacing strategies

what are the ways that I can take this

you can either do that through a book or

through research online we even have

some free pacing tip videos on our

YouTube channel but think about pacing

do some reconnaissance get some input

from outside voices on how you should be

addressing that and then you can do some

pacing drills on your own the other

thing you can do is finish out your

grammar and math subject material that

you still have lists from from those two

practice tests you've taken what did you

get wrong how can you improve on those

areas keep working through those areas

if you still got some work to do week

six and seven or practice test weeks by

the time I ran

toward that final 8th week of a prep

plan of this length I want my students

to be definitely taking practice tests

so you're taking them time you're using

a bubble sheet and then you're going

over all your answers and then I also

repeating this process of diagnosing any

last areas that I need to work on you

know tweaking those making sure I get in

there and review any any tips or any

ideas that I'm not so certain of and

finally in week 8 take another practice

test review it and then I like to do

something called super review and super

review all that means is take all those

practice tests that you took don't throw

them out by the way I keep them and then

quickly go through all of them and try

to remember why did I get this wrong how

can I get it right the next time what

are the mistakes that you made in the

past how can you prevent them tomorrow

on the SAT brush up on any outstanding

elements of grammar or math that you

might feel a little bit shaky on and

then I'll crush the SAT and that's it

good luck to you guys I hope you guys

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