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Cracking Combinations & Permutations (Counting & Listing)

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Here is just a quick overview of how I approach combination or permutation questions. You know, the ones that say if there are 5 vampires and 7 werewolves available to capture Bella (Kristen Stewart), how many different teams of three comprised of 2 vampires and 1 werewolf can be sent after her? Okay, clearly I know nothing about Twilight because I’m …

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How to Crack Mathematical Sequences & Patterns

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Humans are pattern-recognition machines. That’s why the SAT likes to test how good you are at seeing them. There are four general types of sequence/pattern questions on the SAT. Arithmetic Sequences Geometric Sequences Repeating Sequences Miscellaneous Patterns The first two (arithmetic and geometric) have formulas you MUST memorize. The latter two (repeating and miscellaneous) have special approaches you should use …

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The #1 Ingredient for a 12 Essay

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So true confession: I hate cooking. Come to my pad and be amazed by my exquisitely curated and decorated space, but open my fridge and prepare to be aghast. There is literally no food inside. I eat out virtually all the time, but once in a blue moon, I’ll try my hand at making something myself…like Instant Noodles. Just kidding. See, …

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How to Crack Logic-Based Inference Questions

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I’ve touched upon inference questions in an earlier post (remember: ask yourself WHY something was written, not just WHAT was written). But logic-based inference questions get their own special article because they are a more specialized and advanced subcategory of inference questions. These questions truly test if you know WHY something was written. They don’t just ask what can be inferred …

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I Bet You Can’t Summarize for Sh*t

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Sorting Through the Trash and Finding the Gems… If you’ve ever worked with a tutor, he’s probably asked you to summarize what you read to him. That’s good. It helps him see if you really got the point of the passage. But let me make one thing absolutely clear: summarizing a passage is totally different than restating its ideas. You …

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Understanding WHAT You Read is Not Enough

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Did you know that understanding a sentence requires more than understanding what it said? There are actually two levels of understanding: What it actually says (superficial first level) What purpose/role/function it serves (deeper second level) There is a ginormous difference between WHAT something said and WHY it was said. Remember back in elementary school when we played the most annoying game on earth…the …