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]]>Technology has equipped online classrooms with integrated whiteboard/chalkboards, the visual capacity to see each other, and even write together. The quality of instruction does not vary with either option either. The same teacher qualifications are required for an online or offline Instructor. During class, students can also easily stop the Instructor to ask questions and interact in the same manner of a real classroom. So what makes the difference in how much is learned in an offline vs. online course? **That answer depends solely on one thing- the learner. **

**The questions below can help you evaluate if you are a learner who may not benefit as much from online courses:**

- Do you need someone to push you to stay self-motivated?
- Does your home not provide a quiet area available to be in during online course instruction? Even with headphones your background can be a distraction.
- Is it hard for you to stay focused?

**If you answered yes to 2 or more of the questions above- we recommend an in-person course.**

The benefit of in-person courses for a student who is easily distracted or lacks self-motivation, is the teacher can do more to keep you on task. In online courses, the teacher can not as easily tell if the student is distracted. Our teachers are trained to ensure every student within our small classes is participating in activities to build their score. However, there is no way to tell if you are also multi-tasking with distracting activities that a home can naturally provide.

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]]>**#1 Watch the practice tests that you use while preparing. **

Looking for a SAT Math Practice Test online is usually one of the first steps students take to start studying, along with other subjects.

On the new SAT- you can no longer use the calculator on the entire test. In order to ensure you’re preparing correctly, you’ll want to use a newer SAT Math Practice Test that will allow you to practice not using a calculator on the questions that the new SAT Test will not allow you to do so with.

**Practice the skills that you will be required to do without a calculator which include: **

- Simple math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
- Simplifying single equations or phrases (using the FOIL method)
- Solving a system of two equations
- Knowing square roots (or being able to find a square root by multiplying)
- Being familiar with powers (and how to reconfigure powers)

**#2 Focus a little less on Geometry**

The new SAT has decreased the Geometry portion from up to 35% of the Math section to just 10%.

**#3 Focus a little more on Algebra**

Algebra is now more than 50% of the Math section. So it is more than worth it to make sure you really sharpen your skills in Algebra.

**#4 Introduce yourself to Modeling**

The SAT now has an area that is called Modeling, in which you will be asked to explain different parts of a Model. In order to learn how to solve these type of questions- learn how to analyze. These type of questions will not be about solving the correct answer. It will actually be about seeing how you “read” or “analyze” the information provided.

**#5 Include Trigonometry in your Study Plan**

The new SAT now includes Trigonometry, which will account for 5% of the test. Focus on sine and cosine, but make sure you know the basic trigonometry equations.

There will also be 1-3 new questions that ask you to solve for “i” on the test. You should treat these questions like any other question asking you to solve a Math Problem. Familiarize yourself with these types of questions and in the study portion of your plan that you allocate to Trigonometry, due to the low amount of questions these two areas represent on the test.

Obviously- the best way to prepare is to practice. But not just any practice, be sure to sign up for structured practice that simulates the real test environment and timing. We recommend finding a SAT mock test, such as the free events TC Tech Prep provides.

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