Test anxiety can impact everyone. However, with a few strategies, you can overcome these anxieties and excel on your next standardized assessment.
Should you guess?
This is a choice you will need to make based on the assessment you are taking. For certain tests, such as the Praxis, you are scored based only on your correct answers. However, keep the guessing...
In my experience tutoring students in both essay writing and test prep, one of the most difficult and tiresome challenges for both student and tutor is vocabulary improvement. Because the ideal way to improve one's vocabulary includes reading a variety
of sources over a long period of time, the optimal strategy for vocabulary improvement is often not available to students who have a very...
Hey folks, I am sure many of you have plans of going to college or finishing up that last hectic year of school. Well with these endeavors comes not only tests and quizzes created by books and your professors/teachers, but you also have to take nation
and statewide test in order to pass and/or qualify for a position in a higher learning institute. Such tests include the SAT,...
I assume you already know these two exams, so how to pick which one to take?
The Best Option
(only apply to those who still have a lot of time to prep for the test ex. Freshmen, Sophomore, or Junior who has nothing else to do):
Take both test. Do the practice tests (only the ones that are very close to real one) and see which one you score higher. And then, choose the...
The ACT Reading Test
Being an Ace in the ACT for Reading
Written by tutor Hilary S.
The ACT Reading section consists of a test with forty questions divided into four passage types. These four are English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Natural Science. You will need to complete these questions in 35 minutes. If you divide this properly
you can conclude that you will have four-fifths...
Learning linking verbs is difficult for young learners because of the large amount of linking verbs out there! How are students expected to remember each linking verb for their writing? How are they supposed to recall those verbs during an...
The holidays are almost upon us - school will be out soon -
and parents and students are looking at a 2-4 week hiatus from the regular
routine of school work.
What happens to all of the knowledge and skills learned from
school and tutoring during those weeks?
Well, having been a high school principal for years, as well
as a classroom teacher,...
Lexile and You
Does it seem like you are always hearing that word? Your child is below his or her Lexile? They need to be at a 540 or at a 1080? What exactly is a Lexile and how can you make it work for you?
Lexile is a reading meta-matrix that actually takes reading material and assigns it "value". The "value" is referred to as its Lexile...
While taking both can also be a valid strategy, it does limit time for taking the SAT II, which can be important strategically. This article provides some beautifully clear insights into the deep structure of both the SAT and ACT.
As the school year ramps up again, I wanted to put out a modified version of a Memo of Understanding
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memo_of_understanding for parents and students. It seems each year in the rush to get through the first weeks of school parents and students forget the basic first
good steps and then the spiral downwards occurs and then the need for obtaining a tutor and then...
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The night before, collect:
plenty of sharpened #2 pencils
a small pencil sharpener (in case your pencils break during the exam)
a watch (you cannot rely on the proctor and there may not be a wall clock or it may be on the wall behind your seat)
your admission ticket
directions to the testing center
As the school year begins to wind down, I have noticed that many of the students I help have begun the journey of signing up for next years classes or, better yet, deciding where they will start the next chapter of their life in college. I began to reminisce
on my Senior year of high school and how stressful that year was for me. It was so easy to become overwhelmed by all of the choices that...
Hi there! This is my first blog post! I thought I would test this out before I post regularly... It comes with the tutor profile, so why not?!
I just want to give my number one piece of advice which has been true for every standardized test I have come across, no matter what grade level. I wish I had known this or understood this concept when I was growing up - I was always a good student,...
IF I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice on how to be a better student, be more successful in school, life, etc, I would definitely tell myself that being involved in everything comes at a cost. It is better to find a few things that
you like to do, do them well and often, than feeling stressed because there is so much on your plate at one time. Being a 'Jack of all Trades'...
When interviewing a prospective tutor, parents should ask about the tutor's skills and experience, and find out if the tutor truly enjoys teaching. When the tutor feels enthusiastic about the subject, and communicates well, the student has an opportunity
to learn to enjoy the subject too.
I recommend for parents to observe the first lesson to see the tutor's skills in action, and watch/listen...
So, you have this big test coming up, it could be the ACT, SAT, MAP, End of Course Exams, or just a final and you are getting a little freaked out. Well, don't be. Here are some tips and tricks to taking a multiple choice test that work for any subject.
Just realize that these tips and trick are not hard and fast rules, but just tips and tricks.
Multiple Choice Test Taking Tips:
According to Grigg, Daane, Jin, and Campbell (2003), more than 8 million middle and high school students are struggling readers, and among those, many are at a high risk of dropping out of school. A longitudinal study conducted by the U.S. Department of
Education National Center for Education Statistics (2009) revealed schools with a higher percentage of minority students had a higher dropout...
What method of inquiry do we tend to rely on to communicate with others?
We often rely on questions to do so. While this can provide answers to us that suffice, we tend to only ask simple clarifying questions rather than open- ended inquiries. For example, if you were to ask your son or daughter if they understood your instructions
to clean their room, chances are you will receive merely...
It's the time of year when most high school students begin to think about applying to college! Well, probably after Christmas, but the time is close. No doubt though, part of your plans include taking or retaking the ACT. While there are a lot of study items
released online and in a plethora of books, much needed one-on-one tutoring can make a huge difference in your understanding of concepts...