There absolutely must be a better way to do fractions than the way we were taught. Finding the lowest common denominator is annoying, wastes time, and is pretty much impractical. Rarely will the SAT require you to add or subtract fractions, but when it does, it would benefit you to break it down quickly.
In today’s video, I very quickly show you how to add fractions using the Bow-Tie Method. After the break, I’ll talk briefly about a unique SAT math mindset. Enjoy!
Thinking About Fractions
I spend a lot of time thinking about math (fractions and other math, of course). I do math in my mind, and I try to think of ways to explain the math I do in my mind. It sounds crazy, but it’s a cool skill to have. It means I can absolutely help you think about math. And that’s really what I plan to do today.
When you work on the SAT, you really should focus on identifying wrong answers. The reason you should do this is twofold: (1) If you know why an answer cannot be right, then you have figured out how the SAT tries to distract you, and (2) Reviewing mistake you may make and mistakes you have made is the best way to avoid that mistake in the future.
In my SAT study plan I noted how important it was to check all the wrong answers. This is a theme I will harp on constantly. Please understand how important it really is.
What else would you like to learn? If you have any specific math questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. I’ll answer everything you pose. I really will! It’s kind of my thing.