Knowing Your Grammar
Grammar has always been something that we all take for granted, at one point of time in our lives. The likelihood of this quadruples especially when a subject like Math is also in the running for your attention, time and energy. And why shouldn't it? Math is terrifying to more people rather than less. The fact of the matter is that for almost all arithmophobes, this fear becomes somewhat of a motivator and I would say, compels them to assign more of their valuable time to studying math instead of the other essential but overlooked components like grammar. Nevertheless, the fact that you’re here and reading this piece of free advice assures me one thing - you already know that the SAT is equal parts Math, Reading & Writing. To state the obvious, there must be a whole legion of students reading all of this and thinking to themselves, But I love Math. A good point made, but are you sure all your friends agree with you? The thing about math, and even all you math wizards would agree, is that it can be very formulaic. You may very well design and follow your own study regimen to get a grip on even high-level math, and follow up with simple and clean-cut solution-analysis to glue all the pieces of the puzzle together. On the contrary, learning the rules of written English and then applying them to reliably raise your Writing score is a whole different ball game. Yes, grammar is learnable just like math. But it has fewer topics, which means that each of those topics carries more weight on average. Not just that, quite a lot of grammar is already natural to you and deeply embedded into your instincts. Some more daunting elements like the Subject-Verb Agreement, Modifiers, et cetera may throw you off, but all you have to do is train yourself to watch for them on the test and your innate knowledge of English can bring you home from there. Practice makes perfect, but don't let it scare you if it bumps your score first!