After undergoing a comprehensive Math foundation review, our students learn critical Strategies that are essential to their success on standardized tests. The first part of the SP Method stresses general test-taking tips to increase students’ confidence and focus. In addition to foundational concepts and timesaving shortcuts, MathSP courses emphasize problem-solving strategies. The difference between a student with a good test score and a student with a great test score is the ability to appropriately apply Strategies to quickly “zero in” on the correct answer.
The Strategies component of the SP Method takes students through a five-step process to approaching Math problems.
Understand the Problem Statement
Many students do poorly on standardized tests because they don’t understand the problem statements. We teach our students how to quickly answer the following key questions BEFORE attempting to solve the problem:
- What are you asked to find?
- What information do you have?
- What concepts do you need to understand in order to find the solution?
Identify Key Words and Phrases
Most problems are comprised of unnecessary details. Students will learn how to identify key words and phrases and translate those words and phrases into mathematical equations.
Draw a Table or Diagram
Get ORGANIZED. Our students learn how to organize the question’s content into a table, diagram, or other figure in order to better understand the problem. The question should make sense visually so that it is easier to find the correct solution.
Translate, Substitute, Pick A Number, and Back-Solve
Our students master and deploy some of the most dependable test-taking strategies such as translation and substitution as well as time-saving strategies such as back-solving and picking numbers in order to solve problems accurately and efficiently.
Utilize Process of Elimination
Students hone process of elimination techniques to save valuable time and increase the probability of choosing the correct answer.