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The SAT is a three hour and forty-five minute exam that tests all the skills you are learning in school like reading, writing, and math. Taking the SAT exam is one of the most essential steps in the college application process that leads to eventually attending the college of your choice. It can also be one of the most intimidating initiatives. But since it’s necessary, here are five tips on how to prepare:
1. Practice Tests, Practice Tests, Practice Tests
They say practice makes perfect, right? Whether or not you’re enrolled in a SAT prep course, nothing will prepare you for the SAT as much as actually taking the SAT! So carve out some time once a week (or at least once every two weeks) to take a practice exam. Although sitting and taking a test for nearly four hours isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, it is a great idea to prepare your mind and body to be able to sit and focus for that long.
Head to the SAT College Board online for free practice tests.
2. Write Essays
The SAT exam allows you twenty-five minutes to write an essay on an assigned topic. Although it seems unlikely – it is possible to plan, construct, and proofread an essay in this short amount of time. The essay will always be the first section of the SAT exam and the prompt will touch on issues like justice, the value of knowledge, or learning from past mistakes. Practicing your essay before your exam will ensure that on the actual test day you are comfortable with this quick style of writing.
Practice with these potential essay prompts on College Board.
3. Study Up On Your Vocabulary
One word: FLASHCARDS! Brushing up on your vocabulary will be essential to succeeding on the SAT exam. No, that doesn’t mean you need to start reading the dictionary in your free time. Check out this list that Quizlet made of College Board’s most commonly used vocabulary words to sharpen up. Becoming familiar with these words will aid you during the sentence completion and reading comprehension sections.
4. Guess Or Skip?
While you’re taking the exam you will likely run into some questions that you may find confusing and others that you plainly won’t understand at all. Instead of wasting time trying to figure it out or stressing about it – just skip it. All of the questions in the SAT exam are worth the same amount of points so spend more time answering the questions you’re absolute about. One big key to SAT success is time management!
5. Difficulty Levels – Learn The Test Structure
One of the main factors in doing well on the SAT exam is understanding the fashion in which its structured. The questions on the SAT are arranged by difficulty. Basically, the questions at the beginning of the sections are easier than the ones at the end. Therefore, spending an equal amount of time on each question doesn’t really make very much sense. By answering the questions at the beginning of each section quickly, you will allow yourself more time for the difficult questions at the end.
Yet another study on how college students use Facebook has surfaced, and we’ve decided to forward it on to you because, well, it’s actually kind of interesting.
The study from Computers & Education, titled “The relationship between frequency of Facebook use, participation in Facebook activities, and student engagement,” sheds some light on how using Facebook affects its users. Now, you could probably infer the obvious–time spent on Facebook is time spent away from studying and therefore negatively affects its users–but, this study actually differentiates between the various activities on Facebook and illustrates that Facebook will have a positive or negative effect on your education based on the way you use it.
So which activities on Facebook mean you’re being a good student and which mean that you’re…well…not studying up to par?
The study found that certain behaviors on Facebook correlated stronger with student engagement on campus and time spent studying, while other behaviors on Facebook inversely correlated with those things.
So positive predictors of time spent studying and engagment on campus were:
- Creating or RSVPing to Events
- Commenting on content
The negative predictors were:
- Playing games
- Posting photos
- Facebook chatting
Does it surprise you that certain activities on Facebook correlate with being more engaged on campus and diligent student? Leave comment below!
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Your dorm room can get cramped. Plus, it might be hard to concentrate when your theater major roommate is practicing his monologue for the Glengarry Glen Ross audition, so why not study in your college library?
Chances are you’ve got a beautiful one just a couple minutes away.
Here are the top 25 most beautiful college libraries according to CampusGrotto:
1. Bapst Library, Boston College
2. William W. Cook Legal Research Library, University of Michigan
3. Suzzallo Library, University of Washington
4. Butler Library, Columbia University
5. Fisher Fine Arts Library, Penn
6. Chancellor Green Library, Princeton
7. Doe Library, UC Berkeley
8. Harper Library, University of Chicago
9. Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar
10. Sterling Memorial Library, Yale
11. Firestone Library, Princeton
12. Powell Library, UCLA
13. George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University
14. Widener Library, Harvard
15. Special Collections Library, University of Virginia
16. Perkins/Bostock Library, Duke University
17. Riggs Library, Georgetown University
18. Bizzell Memorial Library, University of Oklahoma
19. Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester
20. Baker Hall, Harvard
21. Williston Library, Mount Holyoke College
22. Uris Library, Cornell
23. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans
24. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale
25. Baker Memorial Library, Dartmouth
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