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    Christian since 1997, Volunteer Phonics Tutor since 1994, Homeschool Mom since 2007
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  1. There is really only the Meltzer book and the Black Book. However, 1600io in their free section (just want an email) has a document with links to the full passage or book for every SAT reading passage if there are certain ones or types you need to read more of. I think they have a R-Smart reading tool in the free area too, haven't tried it yet.
  2. Panda Grammar/writing is also good. SAT Black Book has good general tips for all 4 sections, and very good explanations of the answers for the first 4 practice tests for all sections, much better explanations that help you do better on future tests--read the reasons for all the wrong and the right answer for questions you miss or guess on.
  3. I would take a practice test of both the ACT and the SAT in full test conditions instead. (On different days, a bit draining to take the full test.) My daughter does about a standard deviation higher on the ACT, my son the same delta but higher on the SAT. If you give in full test conditions, it should be close to the score you would get on an actual test and then you'll know for sure which test is better to give; I haven't seen a college that doesn't take either test. The breaks are very short in between, you can google how long the breaks are for each test or test timing and see. Also,
  4. Interesting that this is so prevalent with all the vaccines, and for some people, for other things as well. Probably a lot more people tracking their heart rates now, too, with Apple Watches and other devices.
  5. She had Covid previously but wanted to get the vaccine anyway. People's reactions do seem stronger for 2nd vaccine and/or if you previously had Covid.
  6. I was between 120 to 135 starting 5 hours after the vaccine, the rest of the evening after that. I'm not sure if it's gone down this morning, the doctor said not to worry about it since her EKG was normal. This 120 to 135 was while lying in bed resting. She is feeling a bit better this morning but still has a few flu like symptoms.
  7. She gave an EKG and checked out her throat and lymph nodes, she said based on things she observed that it wasn't an allergic reaction. Worry about an allergic reaction was why we went in. She said she had been seeing a lot of young patients come in, but none of them had been serious, but many were worried with the high heart rate. Given my allergies I'm holding out for J&J too but will wait a while and see, Covid rates are low here now.
  8. Just wanted to let everyone know, since that's listed as a "go to ER" symptom. Our daughter got a high heart rate and other normal flu like reactions 5 hours after the vaccine. She took it yesterday so we couldn't go to our doctor instead of the ER. The ER doctor said they've been seeing that symptom a lot, especially in younger patients. Interestingly, she also said that overall older patients seem to have less strong symptoms than the younger crowd.
  9. The best way to decide is to take a full practice test of each and compare the percentile scores. There are a lot more high quality test prep materials for the SAT if the scores are about the same. My daughter did about a standard deviation higher on the ACT, my son a standard deviation higher on the SAT. Most people score very similarly on either test. For the ACT: ACT Black book, For the Love of ACT Science, Meltzer Reading, Meltzer English. Mathchops is also good once you get to above 80% level on ACT/SAT, it's hard to find challenging problems at that level, it's not that ex
  10. My daughter did better on the ACT English section than the SAT Writing section. She wasn't a big fan of the way either test worded the questions, but she's naturally good at grammar and writing, many of the sentences on both tests are a bit wonky and/or long winded. For some reason, all of the ACT sections were a better fit for her. The SAT is a better fit for my son. She scored high enough on ACT English to place out of both semesters of English in college, her SAT writing was good but would not have been quite high enough to place out, and the ACT was way better overall so we submitted the A
  11. Also, I forgot, it feeds the topics to you in an order that don't often have anything to do with an orderly, logical presentation of the material. So, you do a few probability problems, a few problems with log and ln, a few graphing problems, a few factoring problems, etc. Two weeks later you do higher level log and ln problems, and higher level factoring problems, totally disjointed most of the time, an especially bad way to learn the topics if you are not strong in math.
  12. Her first math class at the University last semester was really good--all in person teaching, she only needed our help for a few things. They also had some finance things that were at the Algebra level but also they went over practical implications, it was a really well thought out and taught class. Ironically, she figured out halfway through this semester's math class that she wanted to switch from Psychology to Graphic Design and she no longer is required to take a 2nd math class, but it was too late to ditch, she's just suffering through for the credits. She would have loved to take an
  13. Yes, people who didn't understand it the first time won't understand it without a good explanation the 2nd time--if they had good YouTube videos and explained it well it would be different, although they likely would be even better off with a good in person teacher. Sadly, most people who are good at math can make so much money in so many other career fields that they don't go into teaching.
  14. That makes sense, I didn't know that. It is fine as a review but is terrible for teaching. She gets 1 hour 15 min of instruction time and has to do 5 hours of Aleks work each week, more hours if you don't meet your topic goals. As it's gotten harder, I've been having to help her so she can meet her topic goals without have it take over her life.
  15. They have a short explanation of everything they teach, it is like a short textbook explanation, no video, and they are often terrible. They are only helpful if you took the math years ago and it jogs your memory. One terrible one: they had a bunch of +++++++------------ over each other as an explanation of how to graph on a number line (x-2)(x +3) > 0. Their explanation was incomprehensible. I googled the topic and found 2 great Youtube videos that made it clear within minutes and was able to explain it to her after that. (The YouTube explanation I found showed the parabola, Aleks ne
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