The Center was moved by them. Americans‘ SAT ratings had to be re-centered in 1995 because of a decline that is 15-year the 1960s and 70s that everyone appears to have forgotten about, as far as I can tell.

The Center was moved by them. Americans‘ SAT ratings had to be re-centered in 1995 because of a decline that is 15-year the 1960s and 70s that everyone appears to have forgotten about, as far as I can tell.

The ‚center‘ was no further 500 by 1995, therefore it was moved by them.

Simply put, a student whom receives a score of 680 on the Critical Reading in 2011 might have scored a 610 had they taken the test prior to 1995.

It’s like going into the Gap thinking you’re a size 8 but discovering which you fit into a size 4. You don’t abruptly shed weight; the sizes were made by them bigger!

Wild Goose Chase

That is how I’d describe the final six weeks; then add to that a Universe that appears to be conspiring against me (is Mercury in retrograde?).

Next SAT is in two days and I also’m pretty sure that I’m going backwards.


And, I seem to have lost any semblance of SAT instinct that we ever had the fortune that is good of.

Imagine Who Gets the Largest SAT Score Increase I Have Been Able to Find?


Another mom! (One more, and I believe a trend is had by us.)

Her name is Stacey Howe-Lott and she actually is a tutor who became interested within the SATs after she possessed a baby, 3 1/2 years ago.

I have been on the lookout for people who have significantly improved their SAT scores so that I can ask them how they achieved it, and so far, a 58+%* math increase from the 55th percentile to the 94th percentile is the biggest I’ve found.**

You can read Stacey’s reviews about how she was increased by her scores so dramatically in this article, and within the meantime, here are a few of this highlights:

  1. Stay with the Official College Board Blue Book.
  2. Use the solutions in the relative back of the Blue Book or Khan Videos to comprehend that which you missed.

I’d like to hear from more people who have increased their ratings considerably.

*Stacey, I did that increase calculation properly, right?!

**Thankfully Elizabeth King has got my back. She emailed to inform me that I’d in fact presented the percentile information wrongly unclearly. (And people wonder why it’s important to learn SAT math?)

Learning and handwriting


An Atlantic Monthly article verifies what i am experiencing within my bones about writing things by hand (versus typing for a keyboard).*

Frank Wilson, author of The Hand: How its Use Shapes the Brain, Language and Human Culture, says, ‚Although the repetitive drills that accompany handwwriting classes seem outdated, such instruction that is physical assist students to ensure success. He says these activities stimulate mind activity, induce increased language fluency, and aid in the growth of essential knowledge.‘ He describes in detail the pivotal role of hand movements, in particular the growth of thinking and language capabilities, and in ‚developing deep feelings of confidence and curiosity about the world-all-together, the essential prerequistes for the emergence of the capable and caring individual.‘

And on a related note, I attended a drawing workshop at the Gel Conference with the founders of Zentangle, whom also believe in the power of hand-writing. We stocked up using their beautiful supplies the second I acquired house, plus this Zentangle book, Yoga for mental performance, and I also have always been right here to tell you that there is a effect that is meditative this activity beyond such a thing you can ever imagine.

I highly recommend Zentangle being a family members activity with teenagers.

A Few Great Links



  • Vi-Hart — A self-described ‚mathemusician.‘ Rabbit Hole Warning. Discovered during the Gel Conference.
  • All things are a Remix — Does the expression ‚you took my idea‘ make you cringe? Check out Kirby Ferguson’s films. Also discovered at Gel (highly recommend Gel, btw)
  • Education Quick Takes — Super-smart blog about education by well informed petroleum geologist, financial planner, and mom, Grace Nunez.
  • STEM Parent (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) — a spirit that is kindred. Just discovered.

My Wall of Math

The very last thing I did before we fell off the SAT cliff, ended up being read Dr. Tahir Yagoob’s book, so what can i actually do to aid My youngster with Math When I Don’t understand Any Myself?

I consumed the entire book in BIG, voracious, eye gulps.

The name of this book shows it’s only for moms and dads trying to help math&mdash to their kids; and truly, this is a must read for that reason alone. However, the book goes way beyond the parent audience, to anyone who would like to learn tried and tested study practices from an extremely smart guy.

Dr. Yagoob’s bio from Amazon:

‚we have always been a researcher in astrophysics and an educator in math, physics, and astrophysics. We’m always in search of new ways to understand things, and have over a quarter of a century of experience in tutoring and math that is mentoring physics across the entire academic range, from students at elementary school to those in Ph.D. programs. I have also trained postgraduate students and postdoctoral scientists to be established scientists and teachers in physics and astrophysics. I have published over one hundred research papers on astrophysical subjects in peer-reviewed international journals and am a part of the editorial board of this international journal that is peer-reviewed Astronomy and Astrophysics. To inspire and be influenced are wonderful things and I have been motivated by different writers and their books ever since we can remember. Two people that stand out above the rest are Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan, who to this day are within my consciousness, continuously driving motivation. In the event that you are young and have now never read any such thing by either of them, I highly suggest reading a minumum of one guide by them, even in the event it is outside your typical genre list. Even though a number of their matter that is subject may out-of-date, their style is timeless.‘