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 any longer 500 by 1995, so 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 instantly shed weight; the sizes were made by them bigger!

Wild Goose Chase

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

Next SAT is in 2 days and I’m pretty sure that I’m moving backwards.


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

Imagine Who Gets the Largest SAT Score Increase I Have Been Able to Find?


Another mom! (an additional, and I think we have a trend.)

Her name is Stacey Howe-Lott and she actually is a tutor who became interested in the SATs after a baby was had by her, 3 1/2 years back.

I’ve been on the lookout for people who have significantly improved their SAT scores so that I can ask them how they achieved it, and so far, a 58+%* math increase from the 55th percentile to the 94th percentile is the biggest I’ve found.**

You can read Stacey’s commentary about how she increased her scores so dramatically in this post, and within the meantime, below are a few associated with the highlights:

  1. Stick to the Official College Board Blue Book.
  2. Use the solutions into the relative back associated with Blue Book or Khan Videos to realize that which you missed.

I’d want to hear from more people who have increased their scores considerably.

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

**Thankfully Elizabeth King has got my straight back. She emailed to let me know that I had in fact presented the percentile information incorrectly unclearly. (And people wonder why it’s important to learn SAT math?)

Handwriting and Learning


An Atlantic Monthly article verifies what I’m feeling in my own bones about writing things by hand (versus typing for a keyboard).*

Frank Wilson, author of The Hand: How its Use forms the Brain, Language and Human Culture, says, ‘Although the repetitive drills that accompany handwwriting lessons seem outdated, such instruction that is physical assist students to succeed. He says these activities brain that is stimulate, lead to increased language fluency, and aid in the development of crucial knowledge.’ He describes in detail the pivotal part of hand movements, in particular the growth of thinking and language capabilities, and in ‘developing deep feelings of confidence and desire for the world-all-together, the primary prerequistes for the emergence of the capable and caring individual.’

And on a related note, I attended a drawing workshop at the Gel Conference with the founders of Zentangle, whom also have confidence in the power of hand-writing. We stocked up making use of their beautiful supplies the second I obtained house, plus this Zentangle book, Yoga for the mind, and I am here to tell you that there’s a effect that is meditative this activity beyond anything you might ever imagine.

We highly suggest Zentangle being a grouped family members task with teenagers.

A Few Great Links



  • Vi-Hart — A self-described ‘mathemusician.’ Rabbit Hole Warning. Discovered during the Gel Conference.
  • Everything is a Remix — Does the expression ‘you stole my concept’ make you cringe? Check out Kirby Ferguson’s films. Also discovered at Gel (highly suggest Gel, btw)
  • Education Quick Takes — Super-smart blog about education 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 book that is entire BIG, voracious, eye gulps.

The name of this book implies it’s limited to parents trying to help their children with math — and undoubtedly, this is a must read for that reason alone. However, the book goes way beyond the parent market, to anyone who would like to learn tried and true study techniques 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 mathematics, physics, and astrophysics. I’m constantly looking new ways to understand things, and have over a quarter of a century of experience in tutoring and math that is mentoring physics over the whole scholastic range, from students at elementary school to those in Ph.D. programs. We have also trained postgraduate pupils and postdoctoral scientists to be established boffins and teachers in physics and astrophysics. I have published over a hundred research documents on astrophysical subjects in peer-reviewed international journals and am a part of the editorial board of the international journal that is peer-reviewed Astronomy and Astrophysics. To motivate and be motivated are wonderful things and I have been encouraged by different writers and their books from the time I can remember. Two people that stand out that beats all others are Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan, whom to this day are in my consciousness, continuously driving inspiration. By them, even if it is outside your usual genre list if you are young and have never read anything by either of them, I highly recommend reading at least one book. Despite the fact that some of their matter that is subject may out-of-date, their style is timeless.’

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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.
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