Zen in the Art of the SAT: How to Think, Focus, and Achieve Your Highest Score

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 220 pages
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How do you prepare for a test? Study the material, of course. But studying for the SAT is different—knowing facts is not enough. On the SAT, basic information is presented in tricky new combinations, and getting the right answers depends less on what you know than on how you think.

Zen in the Art of the SAT, written for those in grades 9–12, can help you achieve your highest score on the new SAT.

• Learn to let go of worries and fears, calm your mind, and bring your attention to the present moment.

• Explore the main obstacles actual students have faced and how they overcame them.

• Assess yourself: know what role anxiety plays in your test-taking and learn how to change reading habits that may be limiting your success.

• Create a study plan that will work for you.

• Find out how your parents can support you best.

• Discover your mind’s hidden natural ability to solve problems.

The techniques in Zen in the Art of the SAT were developed through years of work with students in New York City, one of the most competitive test-prep markets in America.
 

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If you have test anxiety disorder, this may be a helpful book for you. This book isn't going to tell you to meditate like a Japanese monk, but it will teach you to clear your mind and to enhance your ability to think.
One important theme I of this book is that its not how much you know that gives you a high score on the SAT, but how well you think. Sure study guides and flashcards help, but that only gives you an idea what will be on the exam. But what are you going to do when you come across a question that doesn't make sense--only to realize that none of them make sense?
Based on my experience, this book has helped me very much.
 

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Contents

In a Foreign Land
3
Walk Through the Open Door
6
Thinking
13
The Key to Better Thinking Skip and Come Back
15
When to Skip and When to Come Back
21
Beginners Mind How to Come Back
25
Reasons Not to Skip and Come Back and Why Theyre Wrong
27
An Example Erica Works the Test
29
The Big Ten Grammar and Usage
109
Math Strategies
121
Math Basics
127
Math Quiz
131
The Basics of Timed Writing
135
Parents
143
Taking Your Parents Down Memory Lane
145
Seven Damaging Remarks WellMeaning Parents Make
149

From I Cant to I Can
37
Anxiety
41
The Buddha and the SAT
43
Anxiety and the Present Moment
47
Breathing
51
Basic Meditation Managing Anxiety
55
Assessing Your Anxiety
58
Anxiety Examples
67
Reading
73
Reading Challenges
75
Reading Habits That Get in the Way and How to Correct Them
81
Reading Assessment
87
How to Raise Your Reading Level
98
Critical Reading Strategies
102
Some Things You Must Know
107
The Five Characteristics of Supportive Parents
154
Your Plan
159
Organization Hows Your Brains CEO?
161
Just Twentyfive Minutes
165
You Can Run a Marathon Creating an SAT Study Plan
167
Life Lessons
181
A Crisis Is a Critical Opportunity
183
Feelings Are First but the Mind Leads
186
Beginners Mind Reprise
190
The Myth of Genius and Stupidity
193
Recommended Reading List
199
Vocabulary
205
About the Authors
219
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A graduate of Princeton, Matt has been teaching and tutoring in New York City since 1987.

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