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## Session Summaries by PSAT Tutors

I explained how practicing simple arithmetic problems in large numbers is the most effective way to decrease one's "unthinking error rate" and demonstrated what I meant by having the student attempt 10 simple arithmetic problems I had written for her. I told her to focus on doing the questions as quickly as possible, as time is of the essence on the SAT. When she was done, I found that she had been unsure of how to answer 2 of the questions and had gotten the wrong answer for an additional 3, giving her 5 right answers out of 10. I intended this to show her how big a difference minimizing this type of error can make for her math score, and she reported that she was indeed surprised to see how easy it was to make this kind of mistake. She agreed to do additional practice of simple arithmetic in her spare time, and then we moved on to discuss "misunderstanding errors." In order to work on this with her, I had prepared some "concept practice" questions that relied on understanding the important concepts of problems in order to solve them. Questions included "what is the distance a tire travels in one revolution?" and "how does the triangle inequality help to prove that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line?" I believe that questions such as this helped her engage more creatively with the math work we are doing and think more intuitively about math in general. We then put these lessons to the test by working together on a sample SAT math section. During this practice, I noticed she was approaching the problems more actively and recognizing multiple ways to approach the same problem. I predict that the more she practices at the fundamental skills for avoiding errors in the math section, the more confident and capable she will become.