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

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

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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.

    School Library Journal

    Gr 10 Up-This book takes a rather unusual approach to a topic of perennial interest, but it's not particularly effective. Bardin and Fine look to ancient philosophy to help teens take an academic test. Zen is discussed and then test-taking strategies are explored. Some of the material just doesn't gel and feels forced. The section entitled "The Buddha and the SAT" is particularly obtuse. There are some helpful tidbits, though, such as the chapter called "Some Things You Must Know," which covers the Big Ten in grammar, the basics of timed writing, and math strategies. Also, there is a chapter on dealing with one's parents including recognizing damaging remarks made by well-meaning individuals. Overall, though, there are better books out there to help students prepare for the SAT.-Laura Younkin, Ballard High School, Louisville, KY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

  • Author: Bardin, Matt.
    Fine, Susan.
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
  • Pages: 240
  • Publication Date: 2005-07-25T00:00:01Z
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Binding: Paperback
  • MSRP: 7.99
  • ISBN13: 9780618574889
  • ISBN: 0618574883
  • Other ISBN: 9780547529578
  • Other ISBN Binding: printisbncanonical
  • Language: en_US
  • Quality Rating: 1
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