I remember how nervous I was during every major test in my life. The SAT, AP Tests before undergraduate school. Then there was the dreaded GRE required for admission to graduate school.
Fast forward: my master's degree test involved a full day of writing (with no notes or books). My doctoral exams involved a full day of writing, three times a week for one week (also with no notes or books)...
Unless you are a "Home-schooled" student...- which in the Summer months you are unless you are attending an actual Summer School -
...you are literally Out of the Box, the Box being the school building. This is a good thing on many levels. You've heard that change is good, well, the Summer months allow for some very significant change. In the first place, you have time now to reflect...
The Spring 2014 semester has ended, along with my first full semester of tutoring. Reflecting back on my roster of students, there’s one piece of advice I want to offer the next batch of students.
If you’re starting to struggle in a class, find a tutor NOW. Don’t wait.
Why the urgency, you ask? Because once you start to slip behind in a course, it’s an uphill battle to regain...
Like the end of a race, students, like athletes, experience a "sense of pending mental euphoria." It is because of this, students simultaneously feel stress and anxiety and become more tempted to procrastinate. I have 4 tips to help you through this "final
stretch." I know you can and will do well!
1. When you feel anxiety approaching or procrastination...
1. Make a study plan – The default mode for studying for exams? Wait until one or two days before the test and study – hard! But with several of material to review, your brain needs more time to re-assimilate the information,
and you probably won’t have enough time to review it all in 2 nights anyway. So start studying a minimum of one week before the first exam, and write out a detailed schedule...
I just began tutoring a new student in 10th grade Biology. Biology is my favorite subject and as we were going over terminology and concepts and processes in each section I thought it might be helpful to outline elements that can help in the general study
of biology. I thought this would be a great time to reference some good study techniques from a biological perspective: ...
After a dozen years as a classroom teacher and private tutor, I know the routine well. Like clockwork, October and March bring new report cards and parents start to get nervous. “An F in chemistry? I’m afraid I can’t help you there; let’s find you a good
chemistry tutor.” This is the kind of dialog I imagine taking place in many households around this time. And chemistry is just an example...
Unless you are traveling in a spaceship and moving close to the speed of light, time passes at the same rate for everyone. The Earth takes approximately 24 hours to complete one full rotation on its axis, which has resulted in a day being 24 hours long.
So why do some people seem to be able to accomplish so much more when we all have the same amount of time in our day? Simply, they have mastered...
As human beings with limited time, energy, and resources, we naturally desire to get the most done with the least amount of work possible. From reading books and experimenting throughout the years, I have accumulated a collection of techniques that maximizes
efficiency and has allowed me to achieve a 3.93 GPA while studying less than three hours a day.
Below are some of these techniques...
How to Study for the SAT or ACT
8 Tips and Tricks
Written by tutor Anne G.
Taking the SAT or
ACT is probably one of the most important milestones in high school. Yet, many students make the same mistakes and become victims of their own indecisiveness. Here are some tips from an expert tutor, to help you conquer the SAT or ACT while avoiding common
1. Plan ahead
Making an SAT Study Plan
Written by tutor Jeff S.
When it comes to SAT preparation, the adage "failing to plan is planning to fail" best sums up the need for thorough
SAT study planning. The plan should address a test taker's college goals and financial assistance needs, academic strengths and weaknesses, learning style, and psychological principles of learning. This article covers...
1. Turn off the electronic devices - I would post links here that point to studies that support this, but is there really any need? Every time you're tempted to just veg in front of the TV, read a book instead. It's so easy to just read a book in a
similar genre of what you were going to watch on tv.
2. Eat healthy - More links could be posted on here, but...
Now that finals have passed for most of the college students on the semester schedule, I'd like to reflect on the panic that arises when students in required introductory physical science classes come to the end of a course and realize that they haven't
retained anything! What is the correct approach to triaging such situations?
Of course, the best way to engage with material is by...
I am a firm believer that one does not truly know something until she can put it into a new format. You can take notes from a book or from lectures all day, every day, but until you can put the information into a new shape, you haven't actually learned
anything. Make a concept map, put facts and vocabulary into tables or categories, write flash cards, and/or rearrange the information in a new...
Ask any classroom full of students how they study, and you're likely to get a lot of different answers. There will probably be many similar answers, but most people have different methods, locations, and techniques that shortens their study time somehow.
Sometimes shortcuts are a great thing- like a shortcut that avoids heavy traffic. The trick to using shortcuts with studying is knowing which...
Picture it: The gentle rustling of papers flapping and pages turning, the scratching of pens on notebooks, the snoring of the kid next to you, and your professor lecturing at a speed that makes you wonder if she's going to combust. Odds are, somewhere
in this scenario, if you are like me then you're lost and writing furiously trying to take some kind of notes before the slide changes for the...
I'm asked this question every so often. When I was a student, I followed a general rule when it came to studying for a class. For every hour I spent in class, I spent two hours studying or doing homework on my own. I probably ended up spending more
time than that for some classes but 2 hours to every 1 hour of class was my minimum.
Does every student follow...
You have a huge exam tomorrow and you're feeling the pressure. Quick, what's the best way to study?
Should you re-read your textbook? Maybe highlight it? Do some underlining? Should you look over your notes? These are common study habits, so should you spend your limited study time doing these things?
These are actually the worst things you can do for studying. They're common,...
If you ever find yourself in need of remembering the periodic table, making up a song with a simple tune really helps! I know a great one I made up in 8th grade that I still remember today.
When you start banging your head against the wall, trying to learn something new--be it art, math, foreign language, science, or that tuba you picked up at your neighbor's garage sale last weekend--can be, well, frustrating. (Not to mention headache-inducing.)
It feels like you'll never get the hang of it, even when you try over and over again to get it perfect.