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    What You Need to Know to Crush the SAT: Reading Edition

    Honestly, the reading and writing part was the easiest for me. It’s also one of the hardest parts to prepare for (or for which to prepare if you’re really into grammar). My First and Best Tip:  Read, Read, Read! You should practice reading high level articles, books, and such to prepare yourself. I’d recommend reading from the following publications The New Yorker The Atlantic The New York Times (specially the Saturday Essays) Foreign Affairs The Council on Foreign Relations The Washington Post The Wall Street Journal You should also challenge yourself by reading some fiction. Here are some books my English teacher recommended: Wuthering Heights – Bronte Invisible Man –…

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    I Just Discovered Classical Country Music, and I Think I’m In Love

      Not Our First Goat Rodeo, by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile A few weeks ago, I had the house to myself. And as one does, I asked Alexa to play classical music. Background: I’ve been really into classical music lately. Since quarantine, I’ve been listening to SO much music – but the constant flow of lyrics was beginning to feel oppressive. It felt like sensory overload – I wanted to listen to music but sans words. Words were too much; they required too much brain power. I can’t be the only one who occasionally feels this way. Anyways, back to the original story, on like…

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    What You Need to Know to Crush the SAT: Math Edition

    Here is the second installment in my series on test taking and prep strategies for the SAT. My parents paid an arm and a leg for SAT prep, so your parents won’t have to! 😉 General Test Taking Tips Test questions are ordered from easiest to hardest. The test is ordered from least missed questions to most often missed questions. For the grid-in problems the difficulty resets. So as you go on from the first grid-in problem to the last grid-in problem, the questions will get progressively more challenging. You can either focus on doing as many easy problems as possible with reasonable assurance that you got them correct. OR,…

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    The Website EVERY Student Needs to Know About

    This is going to change your life. A couple of days ago, I was just minding my own business, looking for an explanation for a question I had been assigned in my SAT prep class. Then I stumbled upon this website called Soft Schools. Initially, I was like “WTF did I just click on?!?”. I lowkey thought it was going to give me a virus. Luckily, it didn’t. But. Y’all. It’s amazing. It has articles explaining pretty much everything you would cover in grades 1-12. I was really excited by its offerings for AP Chemistry. I just took AP Chem this year and I never had enough resources to practice…

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    How I am Studying for the AP Chemistry Exam

    This year has been crazy. Amidst all of the craziness that happened this spring, I totally blew off studying for my APs. This year I took two APs: AP United States History (APUSH) and AP Chemistry (AP Chem). APUSH has been one of my favorite classes this year, so I didn’t really study for the AP as I had done well on all of my assignments (DBQs, SAQ, MC, tests etc.). Chem on the other hand is a whole other beast. I love chemistry. I really hope. I hope to minor in chemistry in college, but boy has this class kicked my hiney this year. It’s been rough. I love…

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    Biology Study with Me + Tips

    Hi y’all! Today, I will be sharing a time-lapse of me answering some questions to study for my upcoming biology quiz and some of my favorite tips for studying biology. Link to my study with me.  Right now, I’m taking Honors biology as a junior. Honors Junior biology at my school goes into the same depth as AP Biology, but covers fewer topics and doesn’t really have the label emphasis that AP Bio has. Bio has been my hardest class this year, so I’ve really had to sharpen my study skills. Here are my tips! Read the textbook before class. This is huge. I cannot emphasize this enough. Biology isn’t…