Really, I'd say use your school textbook EXCESSIVELY. Like do every other problem in your textbook. That way, you'll understand math, you'll understand your school math hw, you'll do better in your math class. It's a triple-win situation. Any book that has loads of math problems is an excellent one.
dolcevalse, you seem to have minimal knowledge about SAT Math
Sure it easy topics like algebra, geometry, and algebra II, but ETS uses these topic to a "whole nother lvl". Knowing just the formulas will not get you anywhere with the SAT. You have to know how to manipulate it.
In terms of a math review (e.g. lessons on probability, forgotten algebra, etc.) use Grubers. However, I'm using RR and some of the techniques presented are simply ingenious.
Really, I'd say use your school textbook EXCESSIVELY.
This is really bad advice, at least for the SAT (doing textbook problems is fine for math class, not for the SAT). You want to do as little math as possible on the SAT and as much thinking as possible. More math/calculations = more opportunities for stupid mistakes and more time wasted. For the easier math problems on the SAT, go for the simple calculations. But if you find that you're setting up a system of three equations for any SAT problem, there's definitely a shortcut.
i guess i improperly assumed that you would develop a good sense of mathematical thinking after you learn math properly from a textbook or on your own. being a self studier, i've found that doing many questions from my precalc textbook in freshman year helped me see connections in mathematics much more easily.
so you can either study for the sat or actually learn math. simply put.
both books are just a bunch of questions. while they help, if u really wanna do well u need to have good problem solving skills and such skills are developed by extensive work
i guess i improperly assumed that you would develop a good sense of mathematical thinking after you learn math properly from a textbook or on your own. being a self studier, i've found that doing many questions from my precalc textbook in freshman year helped me see connections in mathematics much more easily.
so you can either study for the sat or actually learn math. simply put.
Learn math "properly" from a textbook? Right... If you want to actually learn math and not memorize a bunch of formulas and apply them to recipe problems, get a copy of any AoPS book. Chances are your school textbook sucks.
Yeah... whoever it was that said to use your school textbook is wrong. the SAT does not test school math. get that into your head right now. There is no point in studying out of a precalc textbook for something that you probably learned in 7th grade. I would go with Gruber's. Remember, it's not the question itself. It's how they test it.
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As for CR and Writing, I beg to differ.
Sure it easy topics like algebra, geometry, and algebra II, but ETS uses these topic to a "whole nother lvl". Knowing just the formulas will not get you anywhere with the SAT. You have to know how to manipulate it.
So basically, high school math =/= SAT Math.
This is really bad advice, at least for the SAT (doing textbook problems is fine for math class, not for the SAT). You want to do as little math as possible on the SAT and as much thinking as possible. More math/calculations = more opportunities for stupid mistakes and more time wasted. For the easier math problems on the SAT, go for the simple calculations. But if you find that you're setting up a system of three equations for any SAT problem, there's definitely a shortcut.
so you can either study for the sat or actually learn math. simply put.
Learn math "properly" from a textbook? Right... If you want to actually learn math and not memorize a bunch of formulas and apply them to recipe problems, get a copy of any AoPS book. Chances are your school textbook sucks.
Yeah... whoever it was that said to use your school textbook is wrong. the SAT does not test school math. get that into your head right now. There is no point in studying out of a precalc textbook for something that you probably learned in 7th grade. I would go with Gruber's. Remember, it's not the question itself. It's how they test it.