Tutor profile: Dean L.
What is the most helpful strategy for tackling the SAT Reading section that you have seen to date?
In your first read-through of a passage in the SAT Reading section, make sure to keep in mind what you think the author's main message is. Don't get caught up in the details. For example, what mood or feeling does the author convey? How is the passage structured? This is very important to grasp on the first read-through because it helps you eliminate many of the wrong answers in the questions to follow, which will help the right answers stand out, and save you precious time.
In our cells, how does genetic information in DNA determine the physical structure of proteins?
In the nucleus of a cell, where DNA is, a sequence of DNA is transcribed, and the resulting product is a matching sequence of RNA. The RNA molecule is transported out of the nucleus, where ribosomes translate it into a sequence of amino acids. The sequence of amino acids possess biochemical properties that guide the folding of these amino acids into a 3-D structure. The final 3-D structure is a protein, said to be coded by the sequence of DNA.
What is the best strategy to maximize my ACT Math score if I only have a few weeks left to study before taking the test?
The ACT Math section has 60 questions to be completed in 60 minutes. As you progress from Question 1 to Question 60, the difficulty of the questions increase. But since each correct answer counts the same, regardless of the difficulty of the question, the way to maximize your score is to make sure you get all of the easier questions right, and then hone in on the harder questions with the time you have left. When you start studying, first focus on the topics you need to know to get Questions 1-52 (approximately) right. Then, in the last week before you take the ACT, tackle the more advanced math topics you need to know for Questions 53-60, with the hopes that you could pick up a few more points on the test from this effort. Remember, you don't need to get all 60 questions right to receive a top score! A score of 34 on the math section still places you in the top 1% of test-takers. And you can miss up to 5 questions and still get a score of 34!
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