In awareness of many, efficacy and efficiency are the two top killers to one’s test taking as well as test prep. Efficacy stresses on the students’ capacity of knowing effective solutions to the test question. When presented with a quadratic function, students should know that it can solved by calling the quadratic formulas. Efficiency, on the other hand, requires the students to work on the solutions as quickly as they can, often within 1’25” for typical math problem. When complicated process is involved, the time limit is definitely not your odd. These killers are not selective in math. They are even more formidable in the reading section for which no standard solutions like quadratic formulas for math are even available. For this reason, the best way of test prep have been practice as much sample questions and mock tests as possible. It was reported that 50 hours of practice is required for growing the score from 650 to 700.
However, this situation can be stopped. Students do not have to go through lengthy practice to grow their standard test scores if they know mind2learn unified models. These models are created to unify the solution models for most if not all types of test questions, thus simplify the test taking strategy. The models include a Critical Reading Model (CRM) for all reading and an Experiment Math Model (EMM) for almost all math. Employing these models, students are simply led through 10 reading passages and 80 math questions for practice before mastering the tests. The sample reading are carefully choose from a wide range of sources covering all major genres of topics popular in the tests. The math problems are also choose from the most popular math prep sources with each marked the highest difficulty level.
One good question you must still have here. How can it be that just one simple model solves all major problems in these hard tests? It is because the test are not hard at all. It is because the way that students have been taught in preparing for them makes them so hard. When you learn that the traditional way of teaching and learning consistently shoot for an average SAT score no better than 550, your conclusion can be that such a way is neither effective nor efficient. Teaching is generally a deductive process, whereas learning may or may not. In fact the most effective way to learn is an inductive one. When you see a common link among all learnt instances, your learning is elevated.
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