The Center was moved by them. Americans’ SAT ratings had become re-centered in 1995 because of a 15-year decline in 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.

A student who receives a score of 680 on the Critical Reading in 2011 would have scored a 610 had they taken the test prior to 1995 in other words.

It’s like starting the Gap thinking you are a size 8 but discovering that you fit into a size 4. You did not unexpectedly lose weight; the sizes were made by them bigger!

Wild Goose Chase

That is how I’d describe the last six weeks; add to that then a Universe that seems to be conspiring against me (is Mercury in retrograde?).

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


And, I seem to have lost any semblance of SAT instinct that I ever had the good fortune of getting.

Imagine Who Has the Premier SAT Score Increase I Have 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 child, 3 1/2 years back.

I have been on the lookout for those who have significantly improved their SAT scores so them how they made it happen, and to date, 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 comments about how she increased her scores so dramatically in this article, and within the meantime, here are a few of the highlights:

  1. Stick to the state College Board Blue Book.
  2. Use the solutions within the relative straight back of the Blue Book or Khan Videos to understand what you missed.

I’d love to hear from more those that have increased their scores dramatically.

*Stacey, I did that enhance calculation properly, right?!

**Thankfully Elizabeth King ‘s got my straight back. She emailed to inform me that I had in fact presented the percentile information improperly unclearly. (And people wonder why it is critical to learn SAT math?)

Learning and handwriting


An Atlantic Monthly article verifies what i am experiencing within my bones about writing things by hand (versus typing on a keyboard).*

Frank Wilson, author of The Hand: How its Use Shapes the Brain, Language and Human Culture, says, ‘Although the repetitive drills that accompany handwwriting classes seem outdated, such instruction that is physical assist students to ensure success. He says these activities stimulate mind activity, lead to increased language fluency, and aid in the development of important knowledge.’ He describes at length the pivotal part of hand movements, in particular the growth of thinking and language capabilities, and in ‘developing deep emotions of confidence and curiosity about the world-all-together, the fundamental prerequistes for the emergence of the capable and caring individual.’

And on a related note, I went to a drawing workshop at the Gel Conference with the founders of Zentangle, who also have confidence in the ability of hand-writing. I stocked up making use of their beautiful supplies the second I acquired home, plus this Zentangle book, Yoga for mental performance, and I also have always been right here to tell you that there’s a effect that is meditative this activity beyond any such thing you could ever imagine.

We highly suggest Zentangle as a household activity with teenagers.

A Few Great Links



  • Vi-Hart — A self-described ‘mathemusician.’ Rabbit Hole Warning. Found during the Gel Conference.
  • All things are a Remix — Does the expression ‘you took my concept’ make you cringe? Check out Kirby Ferguson’s films. Also discovered at Gel (highly recommend Gel, btw)
  • Education Quick Takes — Super-smart blog about training by well informed petroleum geologist, economic planner, and mom, Grace Nunez.
  • STEM Parent (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) — A kindred character. Just discovered.

My Wall of Math

The last thing I did I do to Help My Child with Math When I Don’t Know Any Myself before I fell off the SAT cliff, was read Dr. Tahir Yagoob’s book, What Can?

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

The title of this book shows it’s limited to parents trying to help their young ones with math — and undoubtedly, it is a must read for that reason alone. However, the book goes way beyond the parent audience, to anyone who would like to learn tried and true research practices from a man that is extremely smart.

Dr. Yagoob’s bio from Amazon:

‘I have always been a researcher in astrophysics and an educator in math, physics, and astrophysics. I’m constantly trying to find new ways to comprehend things, and have over a quarter of a century of experience in tutoring and math that is mentoring physics over the whole educational range, from students at elementary school to those in Ph.D. programs. We have also trained students that are postgraduate postdoctoral researchers to become established experts and professors in physics and astrophysics. I have published over one hundred research documents on astrophysical subjects in peer-reviewed international journals and am an associate of the editorial board of this international peer-reviewed journal ISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics. To inspire and become influenced are wonderful things and I have been prompted by various authors and their books from the time we can remember. Two people that stand out above the rest are Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan, whom even today are in my consciousness, continuously driving motivation. In the event that you are young and have never read any such thing by either of them, I highly suggest reading one or more guide by them, whether or not it is outside your typical genre list. Even though a number of their matter that is subject may out-of-date, their style is timeless.’


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