How To Study For The Sat | Tips From A Harvard Student

How To Study For The Sat | Tips From A Harvard Student

hey it’s best and welcome back to my channel as you can tell by the background of this video I’m no longer in my dorm room I’m actually doing an internship in China hopefully I have some video footage of that soon but in the meantime you can follow me on Instagram and snapchat links are in the description down below to see more real-time updates but today I wanted to film a requested video on how to study for the SAT I thought now would be a perfect time to release it since summer and hopefully you have more time on your hands to study for the exam a few disclaimers before I start first I’m not an official SAT tutor these are just my personal experiences and tips that I used to prepare for the test and hopefully they’ll work well for you as well and then secondly I took the exam a few years ago. I did not take the new updated SAT but I’ve read up on the changes and adjusted my strategies to fit the new exam as always I’ll have links to everything I mentioned this video in the description box. just pop that open alright let’s get started I’m just reading some off of my phone. that’s why I’m kind of looking down but first make a plan and be accountable. I would start as early as you can and make a schedule throughout the week and throughout the month. for instance like read a few chapters per day and then take practice tests every other week something like that and then also reach out to a sibling a parent or a friend to hold you accountable to your plan I know from personal experience it’s really hard to hold yourself accountable. if you have someone else there who knows what you want to do who knows your goals then it’ll make your life much easier second practice I know this is really obvious but I think the best way to succeed on the SAT is to take a lot of practice exams I use the college board prep book to help me study since that is made by the people who makes the actual SAT.

I’m going to link the latest addition down below for practicing there are a few tips and strategies I would suggest you do the first you should use a timer this will help you assess how much time you really need per section and for question and if you’ve run out of time then you’ll know that you need to be faster when you’re taking the test secondly review your practice test carefully what I mean by this is you should as you’re taking each practice exam circle the questions that you know you don’t know and after you finish the test and check your answers your first priority should be the non circled questions that you got wrong because those are the questions that you thought you knew but you really did it which means something was wrong in the process of your thinking or reading the question and you should really review those first your second priority should be the questions that you got right that you circled means that those are the questions that you thought you didn’t knew but somehow you got them right. maybe you misinterpreted the question or you guessed and either way because you thought you didn’t knew them you should definitely go over them then your third priority should be the questions that you got wrong that were circled. the ones you thought you got wrong and you actually did get wrong because you still got those wrong. you should go over and make sure you consolidate that material then your last priority should be going over the questions you got right which were not circled because you know that material pretty well and honestly you don’t need to do too much review photos for those questions this is a very structured way of prioritizing your review which i think is really important you always tend to go over the questions we already know because they make us feel good we already know them we got some right and. why not continue that cycle of positive emotions and thinking but it’s not going to help you in the long run especially for tests. now I’m going to go into a more specific advice for each of the sections first for math practice practice practice there’s really no specific advice I can give you for math because it’s hard to really study for math without just practicing the types of questions SAT will ask. I would just suggest going through the SAT prep book and doing the practice Shinzon the concepts you don’t understand very well and then just taking a bunch of full-length practice exams I mean there’s really not much to it other than just making sure you know the concepts and then understanding the questions they will be asking for reading this is something that I didn’t do a lot but I know it’s helped others just skim the questions before you do their reading that way when you’re doing the reading you already know what to look out for. reading the questions beforehand almost acts like a primer for when you actually analyze the text and when you are reading the text be actively engaged. have a pencil on your hand and mark up any parts of the passage that you recall or mention in the questions or just interesting parts that you think might be relevant later I also do that whenever I’m reading for a class or even just for fun it helps keep my mind more engaged on what I’m reading then for writing Freeza sentences out loud or kind of whisper them or just you know in your head imagine you saying them and I was definitely guilty of doing this test Center I probably just whisper I don’t know if people around me heard me but is really helpful especially for native speakers once you’ve read a sentence out loud to tell it’s wrong with them and it I would definitely recommend doing this when you’re editing papers for school or for class it’s very helpful and then lastly for the essay portion I would strongly recommend reading the prompt first before you read the passage they ask you to analyze because it’ll again just like the reading section tell you what to look for and that will be really helpful as you read the passage which once again you should be actively engaged with. hold the pencil right in your hand and just scribble something margin of when you’re writing your essay I would suggest brainstorming some ideas and constructing a main argument just in the first two minutes constructing a main argument or several main arguments and then picking your best one and moving forward with it and picking one that can be separated into multiple ideas or body paragraphs because it’s really happy you should be structuring your s and lastly you should definitely read over previous essays that’s the best way to prepare I think I’m going to leave a link down below to some ones I found online and they offer the scorer’s feedback. you can see what they’re looking for in terms of like how you’re reading the text how you’re analyzing it and your writing style as always try to read over your essay once you’ve finished it because grammar mistakes are really just kind of like they shouldn’t be happening I know that you often don’t have time to read over the essay but if you can please do it will definitely help and also please try to have good handwriting it’ll help your score because if a score has been reading 10 essays a day and one of and all of them have been terrible handwriting and then yours is just lovely and very easily read they’ll feel. much better and are likely to grade you higher that’s all the advice I have for you today I hope that was helpful if it was be sure to give this video a like and subscribe to my channel for more videos like this I’m hoping to do a how to get into Harvard one very soon because I know it’s been highly requested on this channel I’m hoping to post more regularly because I have some more free time in the summer but fingers crossed it doesn’t get too hectic and busy up in here and my boyfriend’s visiting soon. we’re going to be filming some fun videos as always comment down below what you like to see me film next and I’ll see you next time bye Oh

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