How much time should I have at the end of each section on the SAT?
Since the SAT has fairly short sections, it's easy to lose track of time and feel that you finished each section at the last minute. In order to avoid this stressful feeling during your exam, you should get into the habit of marking your questions as you go. Mark the questions you are unsure of with a dash, and mark the questions you haven't answered with a dot. When you have 8 minutes left go back to the questions with a star that you haven't answered and see if any of them can be answered. When you have 5 minutes left, leave any extremely long/complicated questions aside (should be 1-2) and go over your dash questions. When you get through all the dash questions, go back to the 1 or 2 questions you still have with stars, and either guess or solve them. By the time your time is up, you would have double checked your answers and answered everything you wanted to.
How do I conclude a persuasive essay?
The conclusion of a persuasive essay is one of the most important aspects of the essay, as you get to have your final say and your argument is concisely crafted for the reader to remember. The conclusion should be personalized to the tone and theme of the essay. However, there is a foolproof formula that you can use: Summarize your argument in 1-2 sentences. Then say "Although [insert possible opposing argument], [refute the opposing argument with information from your argument]". Then say "Therefore, [insert your original argument in a different phrasing and re-iterate that it is correct]." Then add in a "peace statement", which is a statement that usually ends the essay on a nice, moral note. By using this formula, your conclusion will at least have a convincing structure to end your argument.
What is the best way to approach memorization-heavy subjects?
Spaced repetition is the key to memorization and retention. In order to meaningfully retain the information you are memorizing, application is essential. Application can range from questions at the back of the chapter you are reading, or simply asking yourself questions out loud about the material. In order to memorize vast amounts of information you have to organize all the information in a way that makes sense to you in a systematic way.