Study for Critical Reading on the SAT

Schools don’t teach you how to read.

What? Isn’t that the purpose of schools?

After blasting grade schoolers with simple decoding skills, schools typically abandon high-level reading instruction, assuming kids will pick it up automatically.  Some do, but most don’t:  their abilities remain slipshod, and they struggle in high school, on the SAT, and in college.

But reading is an expertise, like any other:  it’s a complex skill that can be built by expert practice.

I love – love – teaching reading. And I love showing you how to quickly and confidently read the SAT’s demanding texts.

How does that work?

The secret: breaking things down. Paragraphs become simple ideas, sentences become subject-verb pairs, and  new words become prefixes, suffixes, and roots.

Learning to read like this is hard work, but it’s enjoyable: you’ll watch yourself get better, watch your score go up, and know that you’ll find college reading easier.

Can I see an example?

Students routinely trip over the convoluted academic wordiness common in college and on the SAT. But I can train you to simplify those sentences into subject-verb pairs a 4th grader could breeze through.

Here’s a sentence that started off a recent SAT passage – go ahead and read it aloud:

In many respects living Native Americans remain as mysterious, exotic, and unfathomable to their contemporaries at the end of the twentieth century as they were to the Pilgrim settlers over three hundred fifty years ago.

After a few days of practice, you’ll be able to – without thinking – simplify it:

In many respects living Native Americans remain as mysterious, exotic, and unfathomable to their contemporaries at the end of the twentieth century as they were to the Pilgrim settlers over three hundred fifty years ago.

All difficult prose can be broken down like this.  Impossible text can be made possible, and difficult prose can be made easy.

Interested?  Have questionsContact me for a free consultation, where I can demonstrate and explain these skills in person.

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