The next time you tackle your homework problems give those challenge problems a try. They stretch your mind and often tie together the concepts you have been learning up to that point. Just think how easy the regular problems will seem once you master and understand some of those section 'C' problems. Some of the students I meet with want to know how to tackle all the challenge problems and others prefer to avoid them if possible. To this latter group, I encourage you to try and do a tougher problem once in awhile to build those mental math muscles. Oftentimes these problems will answer for you the question, 'Will we ever need this? and 'What is math used for?' In conclusion, keep on studying and finish off this first quarter strong!
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Practice, then practice some more!
Experience with the test, in my opinion, will help you more than anything else. If you take a number of timed practice tests on your own and see which problems you are missing I can show you how to approach and solve those problems. When you see similar problems you will know how to do them. Remember, the ACT is a concept based test not an intelligence based test. Also, you may find it interesting to know that the entire test can be done without a calculator ...but of course you are free to use one as well. My highest recommendation is to start taking practice tests on your own, see which ones you are missing, review those concepts and repeat. I could tell you all kinds of neat tricks like picking the letter b when you don't know the answer but at best these strategies will likely only add a couple of points to your score. If you are reading this you want to see a jump of 5 or more points, right? Many students resist doing additional work over and above their normal homework load so figure out what type of weekly time commitment you can make and commit yourself to it.
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