Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Well, it doesn't rhyme very well and it would be painful if I kept it up, even for me. Seriously, this week is usually a time to let down a bit and relax. Most schools are in the holiday spirit and know that minds are elsewhere. So Mr. Grinch may give you a test before Dec 20, but the majority of work will not be tough. So, relax and enjoy the week.
This Christmas break is a nice long one, with Dec 25 on a Tuesday, we get two weekends. It is an excellent time to do some prep work - WITHOUT PRESSURE!
Take the Big Blue Pillow and begin doing some problems. Let me set the stage for you... wake up some time after 10 or 11am, eat cookies or left-overs for breakfast, curl up on the couch and turn on the tv -- then get down to some serious, or not so serious work.
Here is how to tackle working during the break. Do as many problems as you can until you fall asleep - then take a nap. If you can do the problem - skip it. Only work on problems that you can't do! And here painful part, go look up the concept covered by the problem and read it!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Here is another parabola problem that has a square labeled PQRS with an area of 64. The top corners intersect a parabola that sits on the bottom side.
The function of the parabola is y=ax^2
The key to solving this problelm is remember that parabolas are symmetrical. Since the square root of 64 = 8, then all sides have a length of 8. QR = 8, and so the point R is (4,8)
Substitute these two points into the equation and solve
8 = a*(4)^2
8 = a* 16
8/16 = a * 16/16 a = 1/2
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
SAT Test Date Registration Late Registration
Nov 3 2007 Oct 2 2007 Oct 11 2007
Dec 1 2007 Oct 30 2007 Nov 8 2007
Jan 26 2008 Dec 26 2007 Jan 4 2008
Mar 1 2008 Jan 29 2008 Feb 7 2008
May 3 2008 Apr 1 2008 Apr 10 2008
Jun 7 2008 May 6 2008 May 15 2008
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
I do not completely agree. Building a better vocabulary is one of the most important things to which an educated person strives . But I have found root words useful in making very good guesses on the SAT. On October 2006's exam, I did not miss a single sentence completion [19 total], though I did not know all of the words.
I remember well taking the SAT in 1980 after two years of excellent Latin instruction [thank you Sister Celestine]. I know that I did better on the then "Verbal" portion because I knew some Latin. The only preparation I did for the SAT was to review a long list of root words and modern words formed from them.
Our good friends over at another company have put this list together:
Gen [birth, race or kind]
Dic/Dict/Dit [tell, say or word]
Spec/Spic/Spit [look, see]
Tent/Tens/Tend/Tenu [stretch, thin]
Doc/Duc/Dac [teach, lead]
Co/Con/Com [with, together]
Loc/Log/Loqu [word, speech]
Sen [feel, sense]
De [away, down, off]
Nom/Noun/Nown/Nam/Nym [name, order or rule]
Que/Quis [ask, seek]
Prefixes & Suffices, a taste of what's to come
Pro [much, for or a lot]
Ab [away, from]
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I remember well walking out of the room in my high school where I took the SAT in 1980 - the sickening feeling still haunts me. What made me so mad was that I had not prepared and could have scored much higher than I did.
We were misled. We were told that it was a true "aptitude" test [of course ETS has stricken any meaning from SAT - it is no longer an acronym, the only letter that is still true is "T" for Test]. We were told it has its roots in IQ testing - rubbish, lies, filth.
It tests nothing but how well you do on it! No other math has the poor wording of this confusing and purposefully tricky examination. No one edits by multiple choice!
I was mad also that the math content was so easy. Yet, in the midst of a hectic junior year studying Trig, AP Chem, AP Bio, AP English, etc., I was stumped by middle school level problems! That is true, the concepts tested on the exam are ones that most students have not seen in years.
So to prepare, READ the content of preparation material and familiarize yourself with the key concepts that you probably once knew well but now will take some time to pull from your long term memory. That way you will not sit on exam day looking like a fool from "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?"
Go to www.proprofs.com/sat/
It is simply fantastic & it is FREE!
I can tell you by experience of taking the exam and reading every practice test out there that the key concepts are covered! Read them - practice the problems and get your mind ready for the sum of a three consecutive odd prime integers greater than 9 is twice the difference of your birthday minus the absolute value of pi during a leap year. In terms of x what is the time that you go insane solving problems that have no basis in real academic instruction.
I'll plan on editing the postings from this blog and heading on over to join ProProfs. I'll see you there
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Here is a nice find, Latin & Greek roots, prefixes & suffixes. Can't help a po' boy with the vocab!
This will shortly be available at www.mccaffreytutoring.com as a pdf [I only have about a hundred pdf's to post!]
Greek and Latin Root Words*
arch ancient archetype aster/astra star astronomy audi hear audible bene good/well benefit bio life biology brev short abbreviation chloro green chlorophyll chrono time chronology derm skin dermatologist dic/dict speak dictionary fer carry transfer fix fasten affix gen birth generate geo earth geography graph write graphic hemo blood hemoglobin herb plants herbaceous hydro water hydrate jur/just law jury log/logue word/thought dialogue luc light lucid manu hand manual meter/metr measure thermometer neg no negate ocu eye ocular olig few oligarchy op/oper work operation osteo bone osteoporosis path feeling sympathy ped child pediatrics phil love philosophy phys body/nature physical pod foot podiatrist proto first prototype pseudo false pseudonym scrib/script write scribble sect cut dissect sol alone solitary struct build construct tact touch contact tele far off telephone ter/terr earth territory vac empty vacant ver truth verify verb word verbal vid/vis see video
Greek and Latin Prefixes-/-Suffixes*
ad- to addict -al relating to maternal ambi- both ambidextrous ante- before antecedent anti- against antifreeze -arium place of aquarium auto- self autobiography centi- hundred centimeter circum- around circumvent con- with concert de- from/down depart deci- ten decimeter di- two diameter dis- opposite disable -dom quality/state freedom ex- out exit hetero- different heterogeneous hypo- too little hypoactive -ic relating to poetic -ile quality/state juvenile in- not invalid inter- between interstate intra- within intramurals -ism quality/state catholicism -ist one who practices biologist macro- large macrobiologist micro- small microbiologist milli- thousand millipede mis- bad miscarriage mono- single monotheism nano- billion nanosecond neo- new neonatology -ology study of biology omni- all omniscient -ous quality/state nebulous pan- all pantheon per- throughout pervade peri- all around periscope poly- many polygon post- after postpone pre- before precede pro- forward progress re- again reappear retro- back retrogress sub- under submarine super- more than supermarket sym- together symbol -tion quality/state preservation -ular relating to cellular un- not unwilling
Monday, February 05, 2007
New York Times Question of the Day
It looks pretty good. There is also a word of the day that archives the Kaplan test prep question, be careful to only do archives after the test changed in 2006 -- don't waste your time on analogies.