Winter break is right around the corner...time to get your leisure reading ready! Every school break or holiday, we want to publish a list of cool books for you to read taken from the College Board 101 Great Books list. Here are our some of our favorites organized by how often you read. You can get the following books from Book World by Kinokuniya in Dubai Mall or order them from Amazon (yes, they deliver to Dubai).
IF YOU NORMALLY READ 1 BOOK PER YEAR
Our Tip: Buy the version with the selected stories. They are short and well-worth the read!
IF YOU NORMALLY READ 1 BOOK PER MONTH
IF YOU NORMALLY READ 1 BOOK PER WEEK
Are there any great books that you think should be added to the SAT's list (um, not Twilight-esque)? Let us know in the comments.
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We've had a number of students preparing for the SAT Subject Test Chemistry recently and thought we would share our complete methodology for how to prepare for this grueling exam. If some of your chosen universities require you to take this exam and you're not sure what it is, check out this post that explain the SAT Subject Tests.
For most of our students, we have to offer a 30 hour course (that's a lot of prep for an hour long exam!) for them to sufficiently master the subject matter. In order to reduce the amount of one-on-one instruction you need, you'll have to start the prep on your own and reserve hours with your tutor for questions.
Here's how we get students started and, if you're prepping on your own, we recommend you go about your preparation:
YOUR STRATEGY NOTES
Download our complete strategy notes for your SAT Subject Chemistry Test prep as a PDF file. Print this periodic table as well (you should have it out as you study and work questions).
Everything is taken from the Sparknotes Chemistry Guide. Here's how to use these:
1. Print the powerpoint or use the PDF editor on your tablet to take digital notes on the notes.
2. Read a chapter of the book and follow along in the notes.
3. Try to do the examples in the notes without using the Sparknotes book.
4. Check yourself with the Sparknotes book.
5. Complete the review exercises at the end of the Sparknotes chapter. Time yourself giving 1 minute per question (e.g., if there are 10 questions, you get 10 minutes). At the end of the time, mark where you stopped and keep working. Be faster next time.
6. As you review at the beginning of your next session, review only the powerpoint notes.
You MUST take practice tests if you intend to score over a 600 (this is a good score on the subject tests), so you'll need supplemental material. We recommend you use the Kaplan SAT Subject Test Chemistry book. It's also a great resource if you need more help on a certain subject. You can buy the Kaplan book at Book World by Kinokuniya in Dubai Mall. If the book isn't available, you can buy the Barron's SAT Subject Test Chemistry instead.
Take a diagnostic test BEFORE you start preparing. This score is your baseline score and let's you know what you would get if you took the SAT Subject Chemistry Test now. You'll need to write down and try to improve upon this score.
YOUR STUDY SCHEDULE
Since you probably have a lot of school work, we recommend you reserve one day a week to study for the SAT Subject Chemistry Test. Each session will take about 4 hours (practice tests only require 1 hour). Here's the schedule to prepare over 8 weeks. If you have less time, you'll have to do 2 days a week.
Week 1: Chemistry Basics (this represents chapters 1, 2, 3, 12, and 13 from the Sparknotes)
Week 2: The Structure of Matter
Week 3: The States of Matter
Week 4: Reaction Types; Practice Test #1
Week 5: Stoichiometry and Equilibrium and Reaction Rates
Week 6: Thermodynamics and Descriptive Chemistry; Practice Test #2
Week 7: Laboratory and Review (there are no strategy notes for this topic, review from Sparknotes); Practice Test #3
Week 8: Review notes; Practice Test #4
OUR EXPERT ADVICE
That's everything you need! If you like what we've provided and find it helpful, please leave us a comment below.
Even if you start your prep on your own, you will have questions and we can help! Learn more about what we can offer. Call us at 04 449 7318 or email email@example.com to score over 600 on your SAT Subject Chemistry Test.
With the November and December SATs coming soon, make sure you know your math vocabulary. Many of our students haven't used these basic arithmetic and number properties terms since the 6th grade so a review is definitely in order if you want to break 600 on the math section.
We've compiled the top basic terms that high scorers know. This list covers the exact same math vocabulary we go over with our students in the first SAT math class.
Integer: whole number; no fractions or decimals
Examples: 1, 2, -5
Positive: greater than zero; includes fractions and decimals (a positive number doesn't have to be an integer)
Examples: 1, 1.55, 3/2
Negative: less than zero; includes fractions and decimals (a negative number doesn't have to be an integer)
Examples: -1, -1.55, -3/2
Non-negative: all the positive numbers AND zero; the SAT does not consider zero to be a positive number, thus the term non-negative because it's not negative
Even: divisible by 2
Examples: 0, 2, 100, -4
Odd: not divisible by 2
Examples: 1, -15, 299
Digit: any of the numbers from 0 to 9; every number is some combination of the digits from 0 to 9
Example: The number 103 has three digits: 1, 0, and 3.
Consecutive: one after another
Example: 2, 4, and 6 are consecutive even integers.
Example: 2 and 4 are distinct numbers. (More on this later.)
PEMDAS: the order of operations for math problems; multiplication and division are usually done from right to left; addition and subtraction are usually done from right to left
Parentheses - Exponents - Multiplication - Division - Addition - Subtraction
Example: 3 + 6 x 2 = 15
Sum: the result of addition
Example: The sum of 12 and 2 is 14.
Difference: the result of subtraction
Example: The difference of 12 and 2 is 10.
Product: the result of multiplication
Example: The product of 12 and 2 is 24.
Quotient: the result of division
Example: The quotient of 12 and 2 is 6.
Remainder: the leftover after division; when the SAT uses this term, it almost always means whole number remainder; although fractions and decimals are equivalent to the whole number remainder the test is not asking for these
Example: The remainder when 15 is divided by 2 is 1.
Factor: numbers you can multiply together to get another number; think of a factor as the smaller numbers that go into a bigger number; factors do not have to prime (More on this later.)
Example: The factors of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12.
Multiple: the result of multiplying a number by an integer; think of a multiple as the larger numbers resulting from smaller numbers; multiples get bigger
Example: Multiples of 12 are 12, 24, 36, 48, and so on.
Prime: a number divisible by only itself and 1; the SAT does not consider 1 a prime number; 2 is the only even prime number
Example: The prime numbers less than 20 are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, and 19.
Going back to our definitions for "distinct" and "factor" how many distinct prime factors does 16 have? 16 only has one distinct prime factor, the number 2. However, 16 has 5 factors: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16.
Rules of Zero:
1. Zero times any number is 0.
2. Zero divided by any number is 0.
3. Any number divided by 0 is undefined (you can't divide by 0).
4. Any number to the power of 0 is 1.
Rules of One:
1. One times any number is the number.
2. Any number divided by 1 is the number.
3. Any number to the power of 1 is the number.
4. One divided by any number is the reciprocal of the number (if you multiply them together, you get 1).
Now that you know the terms, be sure to do lots of practice in the College Board's Official SAT Study Guide (you can buy it at Book World by Kinokuniya in Dubai Mall) and get started on your reading and writing preparation using our 5 Strategies Guaranteed to Increase Your Verbal Score.