If you're anything like me.....
....E V E R Y T H I N G takes way longer than you think it will.
With regard to the SAT (or I should say, with regard to learning anything, and remembering what you learned), multiply that idea by at least 50.
Thankfully, at this stage in my life, the SAT stakes are about as high as the public humiliation I will have caused myself if I don't improve.
However, if you actually need a good score for a reason more valid than thinking this is a good time, follow this man's advice:
As far as anyone knows, the only way to develop mental facility is to repeat the target process again and again and again.
So, apparently, studying hard doesn't protect against forgetting ... But something else does: continued practice.
Practice is another significant contributor to a good transfer. Working lots of problems of a particular type makes it more likely that you will recognize the underlying structure of the problem, even if you haven't seen this particular version of the problem before.
It is virtually impossible to become proficient at a mental task without extended practice.
Children do differ in intelligence, but intelligence can be changed through sustained hard work.
Intelligence is malleable. It can be improved.
...the amount of information you retain depends on what you already have.
Understanding is remembering in disguise. We understand new ideas by relating them to things we already know.
These are a few of the many many passages I highlighted from Daniel Willingham's book about how we learn.
If you don't believe me, believe him. I promise, he's not wrong.
Illustrations by Jennifer Orkin Lewis