They Moved the Center. Americans’ SAT Scores 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 not 500 by 1995, therefore it was moved by them.

Quite simply, a student whom receives a score of 680 on the Critical Reading in 2011 could have scored a 610 had they taken the test ahead of 1995.

It’s like going into the Gap thinking you are a size 8 but discovering which you squeeze into a size 4. You did not unexpectedly lose weight; the sizes were made by them larger!

Wild Goose Chase

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

Next SAT is in 2 days and I’m pretty yes that I’m moving backwards.


And, I may actually have lost any semblance of SAT instinct that we ever endured the good fortune of having.

Guess Who Has the Premier SAT Score Increase I’ve 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’s a tutor who became interested in the SATs after she possessed a baby, 3 1/2 years back.

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

You can read Stacey’s responses about how she was increased by her scores so microbiology lab report examples dramatically in this post, and in the meantime, below are a few regarding the highlights:

  1. Stick with the state College Board Blue Book.
  2. Use the solutions into the relative straight back of the Blue Book or Khan Videos to comprehend everything you missed.

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

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

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

Handwriting and Learning


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

Frank Wilson, composer of The Hand: How its Use forms the Brain, Language and Human Culture, says, ‘Although the repetitive drills that accompany handwwriting lessons seem outdated, such physical instruction will help students to ensure success. He says these activities stimulate brain activity, cause increased language fluency, and aid in the growth of important knowledge.’ He describes in more detail the pivotal role of hand movements, in particular the development of reasoning and language capabilities, and in ‘developing deep feelings of self- confidence and interest in the world-all-together, the fundamental prerequistes for the emergence of the capable and caring individual.’

And on a note that is related we went to a drawing workshop at the Gel Conference with the founders of Zentangle, who also believe in the energy of hand-writing. I stocked up making use of their beautiful supplies the 2nd I got home, plus this Zentangle book, Yoga for mental performance, and I also am right here to tell you that there is a effect that is meditative this activity beyond any such thing you might ever imagine.

I highly recommend Zentangle being a grouped household task with teenagers.

A Few Great Links



  • Vi-Hart — A self-described ‘mathemusician.’ Rabbit Hole Warning. Discovered at the Gel Conference.
  • Everything is a Remix — Does the phrase ‘you stole my idea’ make you cringe? Check out Kirby Ferguson’s movies. Also discovered at Gel( recommend Gel, highly btw)
  • Education Quick Takes — Super-smart blog about education by well informed petroleum geologist, monetary planner, and mom, Grace Nunez.
  • STEM Parent (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) — A kindred character. Just found.

My Wall of Math

The very last thing I did before I fell down the SAT cliff, was read Dr. Tahir Yagoob’s book, What Can i really do to simply help My son or daughter with Math When I Don’t understand Any Myself?

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

The title of this book implies it’s limited to moms and dads trying to simply help their children with math — and truly, it is a must read for that reason alone. However, the book goes way beyond the parent audience, to anyone who wants to learn old study techniques from a man that is extremely smart.

Dr. Yagoob’s bio from Amazon:

‘we have always been a researcher in astrophysics and an educator in mathematics, physics, and astrophysics. We’m always trying to find new ways to understand things, and have over a quarter of a century of expertise in tutoring and math that is mentoring physics across the whole academic range, from students at elementary school to those in Ph.D. programs. I have also trained postgraduate pupils and postdoctoral researchers to become established boffins and teachers in physics and astrophysics. I have published over one hundred research papers on astrophysical topics in peer-reviewed international journals and am a member of the editorial board of the international journal that is peer-reviewed Astronomy and Astrophysics. To inspire and be influenced are wonderful things and i’ve been motivated by different writers and their books from the time I can remember. Two people that stand out that beats all others are Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan, who to this day are within my consciousness, continuously driving motivation. If you are young and also have never read any such thing by either of them, I highly suggest reading one or more guide by them, regardless if it is outside your usual genre list. Despite the fact that some of their matter that is subject may out-of-date, their style is timeless.’

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