Saturday, May 4, 2013

Alex's 2013 SAT Day



Song:  The Song Of The Golden Dragon

Artist:  Estas Tonne



Alex had taken his first SAT one year ago.

He had done very well for someone who had just finished the 6th grade
(710 Math - 1760 total score).

Now, as a 7th grader, he just finished his 2nd SAT (today).
He has been getting 800 in math and over 2000 total scores in practice tests...
so, we expect all of his scores to have risen dramatically over that of last year.

We will be getting this test results in approximately 3 weeks.


We use the SATs, not only as a motivational tool for Alex
(he loves practicing for them, and then seeing his improvement)...
but they are also a fine educational diagnostic tool for us to 
 identify areas of weakness for which we may then focus his studies.



I had dropped Alex off at a local High School for the testing early this morning
(check in time 7:45 AM and pick up was at 1:00 PM).



Alex after his testing.

We picked him up and we then went out to a Sushi lunch as a special treat for Alex.



Alex waiting for his meal.


Alex loves California rolls...


and Gyoza.


As Alex's mind is always very active...
we have always allowed him to play a game while eating.
He will usually be on his laptop while eating dinner at home...
and he will be on his iPad while eating out.

As he doesn't have the free time that many other children have...
we allow him to treat his meals as a break time also.

He has earned his game time...many times over.

Besides...many of his games are educational...
and even when not...
they serve to keep his mind active...
and he learns many lessons from them... even the fun games
(he learned the basics of business from SIM business games).



Alex had a special treat today...
a tempura banana and ice cream dessert.

We limit his desserts to once a week...
except for special occasions like today.

Otherwise...
he isn't fed sweets at home.

This is not just for ensuring a taste for a healthful diet...
it is to allow him to realize that something which is special in life...
is only so because it is not made into the mundane through normalcy.

After we got home...
I asked Alex about his SAT and how he thought he had done.

He first broke down the sequence of the testing for me:

Essay (25 min time limit)

He said that he thought he had demonstrated
 a major improvement over last year's SAT essay.
He said he had illustrated the essay question in three different ways...
and that he had filled two pages worth while keeping everything logical...
and concluding it appropriately.


1st Math section (25 min time limit)

He thought it was very easy.
We know he can max out the math portion...
he had the capability to max it last year.
We just fear that he rushes too much and makes careless errors.
Hopefully this year, he slowed down and rechecked everything.


1st Writing section (25 min time limit)

He said that he thought he had done well here also.


2nd Writing section (25 min time limit)

No real problem here either.


1st Critical Reading section (25 min time limit)

This was his weakest area last year.
He said he thought that he had done much better this year.
Hopefully so, his mother has been concentrating on this area all year.


2nd Math section (25 min time limit)

Again, easy for him...
and again, hopefully he hadn't made careless mistakes.


2nd Critical Reading section (25 min time limit)

He thought he had done well.


3rd Math section (20 min time limit)

Again...
and again  :)


3rd Critical Reading section (20 min time limit)

His toughest area...
but, he again thought he had done well.


3rd Writing (10 min time limit)

He, again, said he had done well.


And that was it.

He felt happy with his testing.

Alex wants us to hunt for more tests he may take.
He always gets excited at finding out where he stands academically...
not just in his strengths...
but in his weaknesses.

He has such a good attitude with his studies...
and in life.

Alex knows that there is nothing to fear in failure 
(so long as he had prepared as well as he could have... 
and then had an honest failure).

He also knows that in order to correct a problem in life...
you must first identify the problem...
and that it then becomes an area for you to subsequently conquer
with more focused study.

I think that Alex loves learning...
not only because we have always positively reinforced learning...
and greatly praised his successes in his conquering of objectives...
it was in our concentration of efficient thinking and always
having a fertile ground of learning all around him...
which had given him an effective head start in life.

From the very beginning (infancy)...
his mother had stressed basic cause and effect...
and a logical progression of thought through basic puzzles...
and through more and more formal logic as he matured.

Our main objective has always been on conceptual understanding...
on having him understand the basic principles of which underlies
all of the subjects...
 on efficient ways of thinking, and of efficient methods of study.

It is through conceptual understanding...
as well as the efficient linking of the concepts
in the logic tree of the mind, which allows a child
to categorize his new information in a manner which allows
for efficient retrieval and the logical application of the information.

It not only allows the child to keep everything in perspective...
it allows him to predict outcomes...
to know what should be.

By teaching Alex, from an early age...
to think logically
(as well as through conceptual understanding through parental guidance)...
he learned how to learn efficiently...
which kept frustration low...
and results high.

With effective results...
and through the naturally resulting positive reinforcement
(success breeds success)...
a child develops the drive to succeed.

As I have stated many times before...
this attribute (drive)...
is the single greatest stimulus for...
and predictor of...
success in life.

With drive...
whatever he doesn't know...he shall learn.

Whatever he cannot, at first, conquer...
by giving unrelenting effort...
 by never giving up...
he shall eventually emerge victorious.

By allowing his passion to drive him forth...
he shall enjoy his journey as much as his destination.

With this...
he shall enjoy all aspects of his life...
and he shall always be looking forward to new territories to explore...
to new adventures to experience...
new goals to conquer.

This not only leads to success in achieving the tangible rewards in life...
it allows the achievement of the greatest success of all...
having led a life filled with the deep love of it.








2 comments:

  1. Seeing Alex's work on the challenging writing assignments he receives from school, I have no doubt that he will show great improvement on his SAT score. And even after he gets confirmation through his score, I'm sure that he will continue to look for new challenges.

    That sushi look very delicious!

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  2. We await with great anticipation. He should do much better this time. Alex just finished an ARML 4.5 hour mock test today. He did well. We are always searching for ways to stretch Alex's wings.

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