New math app – good or bad?

Ryan vs. Math: using photomath – is it a good idea or bad?

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Recently in class, a few friends have been showing me a cool new app. It’s called photomath and it does exactly what you’d expect. You take a photo, it does the math for you! Continue reading “New math app – good or bad?”

Get familiar with this essential resource

Ryan vs. Math: If you are going to study with only one resource, use Khan Academy

Thousands of websites exist dedicated exclusively to helping you study and prep for the SAT, but few compare to Khan Academy.

 

When studying for the SAT, there was always an open tab on my computer. Even after the SAT, I would browse through the unbelievably varied subjects on Khan from programming to entrepreneurship! The fact that is is all free is just icing on the cake.

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7 Great Books About Math

Ryan vs. Math: To all the parents – buy these books for your teens.

I’m sure many parents spend hours worrying about the SAT on behalf of their children. One of my teachers once told us the most common question asked at teacher-parent meetings is, “How can I help them prepare for the SAT?” It’s something our parents stress about for years, perhaps because it is seen as a hurdle to college. One problem is that parents (and their kids) spend too much time focusing on the test itself rather than looking at what it’s trying to test.

The SAT math section is looking to prove that  “students have fluency with, understanding of, and the ability to apply the mathematical concepts, skills, and practices.” That’s it! It sounds quite simple, so why do people spend hours, weeks, or months of their lives studying and rote learning how to answer the questions? Surely it’s better to focus on the fluency, understanding and application, rather than answering test questions? Continue reading “7 Great Books About Math”

The scores in your state

Ryan vs. Math. Average SAT scores per state – check your state!

Below is a list of average SAT scores per state (thanks to PrepExpert for this data). I am planning on comparing my book sales (Amazon offers a map of sales per state) to the average scores. I predict that my most popular state will be California (because that’s where I’m from and where I will reach the most people), so I will also compare the scores against next year (and hopefully California will have risen from #32). Continue reading “The scores in your state”

SAT Practice tests

Ryan vs. Math. Practice papers are incredibly important! Download some papers, time yourself under exam conditions and no cheating!

Getting used to the SAT test layout, wording and answering all the questions in the time limit is essential to passing. Therefore I recommend doing as many practice test papers as you can. Continue reading “SAT Practice tests”

I’m self-publishing my SAT Drills Book!

Ryan vs. Math: I am self publishing my workbook, and it already has a front cover.

After studying for the new SAT, studying the test itself and then taking it, I felt confident that my score of 800 for the math component (and 1560 overall) reflected the time put into studying, but also my understanding of what the SAT was testing for. I compiled all my math notes and made them into a booklet for the friends that were re-taking the test to help them score higher and their feedback was great.  Continue reading “I’m self-publishing my SAT Drills Book!”