Zen in the Art of the SAT: How to Think, Focus, and Achieve Your Highest Score
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.
In a Foreign Land
Walk Through the Open Door
The Key to Better Thinking Skip and Come Back
When to Skip and When to Come Back
Beginners Mind How to Come Back
Reasons Not to Skip and Come Back and Why Theyre Wrong
An Example Erica Works the Test
The Big Ten Grammar and Usage
The Basics of Timed Writing
Taking Your Parents Down Memory Lane
Seven Damaging Remarks WellMeaning Parents Make
From I Cant to I Can
The Buddha and the SAT
Anxiety and the Present Moment
Basic Meditation Managing Anxiety
Assessing Your Anxiety
Reading Habits That Get in the Way and How to Correct Them
How to Raise Your Reading Level
Critical Reading Strategies
Some Things You Must Know
The Five Characteristics of Supportive Parents
Organization Hows Your Brains CEO?
Just Twentyfive Minutes
You Can Run a Marathon Creating an SAT Study Plan
A Crisis Is a Critical Opportunity
Feelings Are First but the Mind Leads
Beginners Mind Reprise
The Myth of Genius and Stupidity
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