So...what does studying correctly actually feel like?

<p>I study a lot for the SAT, using good methods. I take one (25 minute) math section every day. I always remember my mistakes, and learn a lot. I haven't been able to do perfectly ever on a practice math section. I always know all the material, but I make the same mistakes every time. I either read the question wrong, or I misinterpret a piece of given data. I need to remember these type of mistakes more than anything. How can I study to help myself focus more?</p>

<p>It makes me feel like my studying efforts are useless when I get 650's-700's on the math portion of the SAT, because I know the material well.</p>

<p>well, feel lucky you aren't like me who looks at a one of the last problems and thinks, "WHAT?!" :)</p>

<p>Take 20 minute naps right after you check your answers after each section you do.</p>

<p>Reread the last sentence of every question in math.</p>

<p>I think it's also a little bit of that I have a few hours free sometimes. I always want to use that time to study for the SAT, but I never know where to start? You think just getting sleep will help me get 100+ more points?</p>

<p>I had the same problem as you.
Try doing some sections without using a calculator. (Every math question is supposed to be solvable without a calculator.) I don't know if it'll work for you, but it made me make less stupid mistakes. (After you do this for a couple of sections, you can go back to using a calculator.)</p>

<p>I will try that. I just want to feel like I am improving, I don't feel it. I guess it's because in a normal school class, progress is blatantly visible; but on the SAT, it's subtle.</p>

<p>Basically you have to develop a sort of 'vibe' whenever you feel like an answer you put down may be the wrong one. I was in the same position as you in my sophomore year- I scored a 64 on the math PSAT even though I basically knew all of it. However, I practiced and developed a sense for whenever I felt like I put down the wrong answer, and increased my math PSAT to 79 junior year and a 770 (one wrong) on the actual SAT.</p>

<p>@Strawbearies: I tried that, it sort of helps. Well, there's a correlation I guess.</p>