I know that when it comes to boosting one's vocabulary when preparing for one of the standardized tests, some students memorize long lists of words. Some use flashcards, and others might use mnemonic devices--like associating a word with an image. That's fine if memorization doesn't bore you, but let's face it. Learning those words by "rote" might help... read more
Between ACT and SAT preparation, strategies may differ in some specific ways, yet the overall objective is the same: build confidence, reduce time, improve accuracy. Confidence ... why? Does confidence matter? Yes! Here's why -- 1 - Neurochemically. Confidence lets us give the thinking brain its proper attention. When we feel... read more
Testing is grueling. There is nothing worse than going to a test and finding your stomach growling from hunger as you approach the end of the test. Then, instead on having your mind on the next question, you start daydreaming about what you will be eating for lunch afterwards. Instead, prepare yourself for the big day by eating key items. Make sure to... read more
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Parents of high school sophomores and juniors should consider NOW focusing on A.C.T. prep as an alternative to the "new S.A.T." Why? 1. Current sophomores and juniors are caught in the transition between the current/"old" SAT, which continues through the fall semester, and the "new" SAT which debuts in March 2016; the "old" version... read more
Sure, we have all heard our math teachers say "Study for your test tomorrow." While we can all agree the importance of studying and getting prepared for an exam, not many math teachers actually tell you HOW to study. I am sure we have all spent time making flash cards, staring at our notes, or watching last minute videos on youtube, only to realize the test results often don't correlate... read more
Quickly after beginning work as a tutor, I came to realize that parents are the black belts of scheduling. They not only have to keep up with a number of annoying adult responsibilities, but they also have to keep up with their children's calendars. Parents' organizational skills (and possibly their sanity) are put to a very difficult test daily. So, to all my expertly organized parents out... read more
Each of the letters in U.N.P.A.C.K. stand for actions (verbs) students should do as they read and answer test questions.
During the school year, my students balance classes, sports, social lives, and sleep. Their schedules are hectic. During tutoring lessons, students often only have time to focus on the immediate assignments at hand in their classes. We usually have little time for test prep unless the student and parent has specifically requested that we focus solely on the SAT or ACT. So, when is the best time... read more
At the beginning of my senior year of college, everyone was panicking about the possibility of not finding a job before graduation. Hence, job fairs were heavily attended. While attending a job fair hosted by the business school, I was encouraged to discuss finance positions at Abercrombie and Fitch by a recruiter. I decided I had nothing to lose and introduced myself. She then asked me what I... read more
Find X for all problems: 1. Mean is 4; 5,1,6,3,4,x 2. Median is 28; 21, 24, x, 30, 30, 32 3. Mean is -0.35; 2.25, -3.75, -1.25, 3.5, x Thank...
Logistic Growth unrestricted growth because of limited habitat and food sup- plies. Under such conditions the population follows a logistic growth model: p(t)=d/1+ke^-ct where c, d, and...
I have been involved education as long as I can remember. My parents were educators. They helped start a school, were on the board of another, and were founding board members of the North Dakota Home School Association. I started teaching at the age of thirteen, as a volunteer. I have taught professionally, for over fourteen years. I have coached soccer. I co-founded a school and taught a wide... read more
1. "Knowing what topics will be on the quiz is half the battle" Start by asking the teacher tons of questions like "will we need to know this for the quiz?" or "is this one of the key problems that we should know how to solve?" or "would you say that this is a topic of major importance for us to learn in this class?" If you can, look at the... read more
#1. You must lose some battles before you can win the war.-“Timing” you have 2 minutes for every quant question (37 Quant Q’s total) and about 90 seconds for each verbal question (41 Verbal Q’s total.) There will be a clock on your screen that counts down how many minutes you have left for that particular section. While verbal can be a bit more confusing due to the reading comprehension... read more
Before I realized I had a gift in tutoring as a professional activity in and of itself, I used to do a little bit of it as part of my job as a 1-on-1 and Family Community Support and Intensive In-Home behaviorist. While I performed many functions which straddled the fence between mental health and social work, a large part of my job involved coordinating between my clients (usually teens... read more
The reading comprehension sections of standardized testing can be intimidating. Here are a few tips to help you with them. First of all, read the title of the passage, and all headings and summaries. These often give you an idea of what the passage covers. Then, if your test allows, read the comprehension questions before you read the passage... read more
There are many situations in which a student or parent might want to seek extra help with math. Does the student often need to retake assessments? As a teacher, I like to offer make-ups because I want my students to know it's more important to learn the material than to move on before they're ready. Needing to frequently retake assessments means that the student needs to reevaluate... read more
ok so every yer I would take my FCAT tests and I would always have a level 2 and I feel the need to improve my self because now that I'm in high school I have AVID classes and i have a lot of difficult...