What I learned from taking the SAT ...

Studying for standardized exams is not fun. I can attest to that!

I've taken my fair share of exams through the years: the SAT, the GRE - twice!, and most recently, the GMAT. And as a former SAT tutor, I've also watched many students go through the process.

Looking back now, there were many valuable lessons learned – which I will share on this blog in the coming months - but the most important takeaway was simply this:

At the end of the day, only YOU know what works best for you.

Erase Stress

Preparing for a high-stakes test like the SAT or ACT can be incredibly stressful. Part of the stress comes from the fact that there will be lots of people - teachers, friends, family members, bloggers like me - giving you advice. And getting all of that input can be downright overwhelming: Who should you listen to? Who's right?

So just remember - you know yourself best. You know what will work and what won't - given your learning style, your study habits, and your context.

They say that a smart man (or woman!) always seeks out advice, but never feels obliged to take it. And that's the spirit in which I hope you will take this blog.

I will be offering lots of study tips that either I, or my friends, or my students have found useful in the past. I hope that you will find them useful too.

But please never hesitate to let me know if you have suggestions for how I can be more helpful. I know how stressful this process can be, and my goal is to help alleviate the stress and not exacerbate it.


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