I'm starting to think that there's something wrong with me. So I know you probably read "I can't do SAT Math" enough on this forum already, but in all honesty, my brain + math = dud.
I sat the October SAT and got a puny 430 in math and even at that, I'm pretty sure I guessed a couple dozen correct answers. I scored in the top 89 percentile in CR and Writing, so it's not as if I'm just a weak student all around. I'm clearly a language-type person.
Anyway, I've been studying for the Math part of the SAT since early September now and I'm still doing poorly. My problem is with inconsistency and the lack of patterns on the SAT paper; I'll do one sum over and over and then I'll search for a similar one so that I can do it on my own and commit it to memory. But then I get it wrong and check the answers, but the explanation uses a new method of finding the conclusion - utterly different to the method they used on the slightly less complex one a few pages back. So my biggest problem with Math in general is: WHEN to do what? I've come to detest the word "when" in context of numbers entirely, as SAT Math seems to have a more of a problem-solving aspect rather than a set, categorized page of equations. For example, the book will say "find Pythagorus theorem to find the missing side of a right-angle triangle." That's all fine and great but then when you actually come to a "right angle triangle with a missing side," and aptly use Pythagorus theorem, you'll get the question wrong and the explanation will say: "Use the ratios of a 30-60-90 triangle to find the missing side!"
Wow thanks Kaplan/Collegeboard/ArcadiaPrep/OtherOverPricedTextBooks for mentioning that sooner! This has been the case with almost every sum that I've done and I'm literally about to crack with it. I just feel like there's no point studying for something that's partial towards people who have a natural knack for numbers, equations, variables and other satanic aspects of Math. When I learn how to work out a specific sum, its facsimile two pages later will require a completely different method of doing it. Even if both methods make sense, in an exam setting, how am I supposed to know how to work out a sum that has an endless slew of possible ways to work it out, but only one is be right?
Has/is anyone one encountering this problem also? It's just as if practice makes perfect for all but myself.. (I've finished two Kaplan books and still suck a math.. I'm beyond practice.)