Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy

After we came back from our holiday in August, this round one Math class shifted its focus from AP Statistics from last year to preparation for SAT as we are going to take it on October 6th.

Since August, we have been using Khan Academy as a part of our toolbox because it is an official SAT practice website since 2015. Furthermore, we used College Board and SAT books as a learning guide. In this class, we also reviewed important math concepts in SAT test because we barely devoted any time on them last year. Additionally, because SAT is a strategic test, we have been exploring multi-faceted approaches to those math questions.

Here are some effective tactics (The 4S) that I found very helpful in doing the SAT math questions and SAT test as a whole.

  • Skip  – The test is designed for us to get some of the questions wrong; therefore, it is okay to miss a few questions and go to solve other questions that we know how to answer. We should not invest so much on questions that we are not sure how to solve when we can use that time on something we know how to do. Remember that time management is crucial in this type of test.
  • Skim – Since this is a time test, if we can skim the question, it would save us some time that we can use for other questions. For instance, if they give us a table or a geometric shapes, we can skim through the writing because it mostly the same as what is being labeled on the table or the shape.
  • Stamina – The test is 3-hour long, so we need to ensure that we still have enough power to do the last math section. I recommend to take at least two practice full tests to know the full experience of taking the SAT. Moreover, I suggest to keep doing math and literacy questions specifically related to SAT test. “Hard work beat talent when talent doesn’t work hard”- Tim Notke.  
  • Self-motivate – I respectfully agree that SAT is not something that someone do for pleasure; however, we have to remind ourselves that why are we doing it? Additionally, remember that “there is nothing you can’t do, if you set your mind to it. Anything is possible.”



AP Statistics

Currently, I am taking an AP (Advanced Placement) Statistics course, which is a college level math. With this being said, I have to work a lot harder than the previous year because there are a lot of new contents to absorb in. My class uses a text book as the main resource to help us and there are 17 chapters to get through before we do the test in May. Additionally, we have other resources to guide us to success such as a test book and online worksheets. Moreover, we use an advance calculator TI-83, which has a lot of functions in it.  Normally, I seek out help from my learning facilitator when I don’t understand the concept or my answer to the question is wrong.

Personally, even though that this AP class is very difficult, I still think that it is very worthwhile for me to challenge myself to get to another level. Being able to analysis the data and graphs is very important because sometimes, people can manipulate us with their data and graphs.


Liger is trying to prepare our students to take SAT test in March, 2019 by taking PSAT. On October 14, all 50 students took the PSAT, it focuses on math and literature. We used Khan Academy to help us to familiarize the format. To ensure that we simulate the experience as close as possible, we could not ask any questions to our learning facilitators or even discussed among our peers. My biggest challenge was time management because when I reviewed my result, there were a lot of questions that I did not answer. So, that was one reason that drastically affected my overall score. However, I felt quite delighted with my contemporary PSAT score because it was my first try and I have a lot of times left to reach my targeted score. From now on, I will be conferenced with my math and literacy learning facilitators to set goals. I decided to spend at least 30 minutes of my own free time to work on SAT practices every week and I hope that my effort will pay off by seeing an increase in my score when I redo another PSAT in March.
PSAT Score 


Last week, I just had a quiz on exponent. It was kind of easy for me because I got 100%. Luckily, before that quiz I practiced some questions on that topic and also checking the exponent laws. A big thanks to Khan Academy for helping me to know more about exponent.

Makara’s Completed Quiz:

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My math follows by Singapore math curriculum. I just past 7A and B book and now I am learning math from 8A book and in the future I am ready to take 8B and more advanced math. Math is very difficult for me, but it is my most favorite subject. In math, I like to learn about algebra, probability, exponent, and trigonometry. This week in 8A book, we are focusing on exponent. My teacher taught me about exponent laws, exponential science notation, root of positive numbers, computation, fractional exponents, and compare exponents.

Checking with Teacher:


Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a website like a learning tool that help students to know more about math, science, economic and finance, etc. My math knowledge are not all from my teacher and the book, but also this website. It gives me questions to practice what I have learned in class and of course encourage me to learn more advance math. By the way Khan Academy just won the best education tool in the whole world!

Using Khan Academy:




Khan Academy accepts the Shorty Award for Best in Education