How I Prepare Students for SAT
For SAT preparation, both the instructor and student should be enthusiastic
about achieving one's best. I encourage all my students to strive for the
highest score possible and I do everything I can to help them to reach that
goal. I feel privileged and honored when my students
set such a high goal and work hard to achieve it.
My unique instruction method focuses on:
- Teaching the Root Concepts
- Teaching Multi-Angled Solution
- Taking a Step-by-step Approach
- Avoiding Errors
Let's look a little closer as to why I focus on:
1. Teaching the Root Concepts
During this SAT preparation course, we will solve and review approximately
700 problems a month and although it is highly unlikely that you will encounter
the same problem when you take a real SAT, it is important to become familiar
with the style in which the questions are asked and more importantly, review the
many root concepts that may appear on the test. This is why we will focus on not
only how to get the answer on that particular problem but we will also expand on
the problem's root concepts. This way students will be able to handle many
different problems with more or less the same concepts.
2. Teaching Multi-Angled Solution
The SAT Mathematics section is slightly different from a traditional math test.
When a student takes the SAT, he/she needs to quickly figure out what the
fastest way to get the answer is. All of sudden, simply finding an answer
becomes more important than the method one uses. Therefore, the SAT is not a
pure math test, and requires much preparation in order for you to "beat the
test." Because of the SAT's nature, students need to prepare solving problems from multiple
angles. This approach will prepare student not only for mathematical skills but
it will also train them to see what the question is really asking when
he/she encounters challenging and sometimes tricky problems during the real test.
3. Taking a Step-by-Step Approach
Whenever you solve math problems, it is always better to do it step-by-step.
Skipping steps can result in making an unwanted error. Especially, in a test
such as the SAT, a step-by-step approach should always be the way to answer a
4. Avoiding Errors
I have seen so many students choose the wrong answer simply because of a
careless mistake. Minimizing errors in the SAT should never be overstated. Not
making mistakes is a skill in itself and can be learned through practice and
training. During my class, I will constantly remind my students about this issue
and show them a way to avoiding making errors.