The new SAT math section tests you on so many different topics: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and so much more. It can be overwhelming to figure out where to start and where to focus your efforts.
In order to stay sane and know how to tackle this big exam, you need a road map to get you from where you are now to your goal. In this post, I break down a study plan that you can use to effectively divide and conquer the test.
Math Study Guide Action Tip #1: Create a Study Plan
If you haven’t done so already, make sure to check out this post on what topics you will be tested on. We are going to create a list so that you know exactly what to study.
Get out a piece of paper and fold it into 3 sections. For the first section, make a checklist of SAT math topics that you already know. For the second section, write the topics that you might be a little uncertain about. On the last section, put down the topics that definitely need to learn or review.
Math Study Guide Action Tip #2: Set a Daily Study Routine
Each night, pick one or two topics from the list to study. Make sure to commit at least 15-30 minutes each day. I recommend using your phone to set a timer so that you know exactly how much time you put in.
For study material, check out these cool guides on how to tackle the test. For help on specific math topics, take a look here and type in what you are looking for on the search bar. You will find a treasure trove of information and guidance on your learning quest.
At the end of your study session each day, make sure to put you learned into action right away. In other words, find practice problems that test you on the topics that you just learned about. If you can get a majority of the problems correct, then you are on the right track.
Try not to pick the same topic two days in a row. Give your brain some time to digest the material, then review it a few days later to see how much you can remember.
The Final Word
It may be hard to start studying when there are so many math topics to prepare for, but with each passing day, you’ll be able to see progress. Bit by bit, you’ll be able to cross off all the things you need to study in no time!
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About Minh Nguyen
Minh's passion for helping students succeed grew during his time as a career counselor at the University of California, Irvine. Now, he's helping students all over the world by spilling SAT/ACT secrets through blog posts on Magoosh. When he's not busy tutoring or writing, he enjoys playing guitar, traveling, and talking about himself in third-person.
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