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As the old joke goes: "a man is walking down 57th street in NYC. He meets a woman and asks her 'How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" The woman answers 'Practice, practice, practice!'."   For SAT success a dedication to study is necessary unless you are Einstein. And even his English "was not so good." The College Board website has many practice questions as well as an Official SAT Question of the Day. The math questions are limited to arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics, counting, and probability. After working with a few hundred problems, you will notice similar problems and learn techniques to solve them whether you use substitution, algebraic methods or elimination logic.   The reading is sometimes subtle, so I suggest you look at each school reading assignment and ask similar SAT questions like "what is the author's point of view?" Concentrate on the reading and read it so you can hear it in your head. This is especially... read more

My approach to each Physics Chapter: As I read the chapter I look for definitions - many times the text is in italics I work with 3 by 5 index cards and note the chapter and the definition of a new concept I also look for identified equations and write them on equation cards by chapter describing what the equation represents and the units I make unit cards which include the Physics term and the units and their equivalent in each unit system As I work through the chapter I read each sample question and try to do it without looking for the answer Then I check the answers and the methods used - sometimes my methods are different but the answers are the same This shows there are sometimes more than one approach to a problem When I finish a chapter I try the odd problems since they have answers in the back When I can not solve it I check the answer and try to work backwards. Unit analysis helps. Although... read more

My thoughts on preparing for SAT Reading Articles. You don't need passages in a workbook but can look at all your reading materials with a critical eye in preparation for the SAT questions. As you read any piece of literature or article - Think about these questions: 1. What is the purpose of this article? It could be: a. to explain a concept b. to share a memory c. to contrast several ideas d. to prove a theory e. to criticize an idea or belief 2. What is the author's primary concern? It could be: a. to shed light on a new idea b. to praise a discovery or person c. to compare two different opinions d. to teach an historic event e. to describe an incident in his/her past 3. When comparing two passages, think about: a. how does the subject matter presented by each author agree or disagree b. do both authors have any opinions in common c. do both authors like the subject matter d.... read more

PSAT stands for Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test or something similar but the important title of the test is missing and that's NMSQT meaning National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Becoming a National Merit Scholarship Finalist is probably one of the most prestigious scholarships in the US. Many colleges and universities value Merit Scholars and they recruit finalists almost as vigorously as the college sports draft. Harvard and the University of Florida usually have the most finalists although they do not give National Merit Scholarships.   My son, who was a National Merit Finalist, was approached by several colleges seeking his application. There were offers of sign-on bonuses and full scholarships. His score was 235 out of 240. Note that the qualifying scores vary from state to state and year to year. For the Class of 2015 the qualifying scores varied from 201 (West Virginia) to 224 (New Jersey) with 211 (Florida) and 218 (New York.)   About... read more

No one can tell how long a teacher’s words or actions survive in a student’s mind. I have had several careers including process engineer, systems analyst, computer instructor, convention manager, teacher and now tutor. As I prepare a lesson for one of my students, I recall all the poems I learned in high school from Miss Mosca many years ago! These poems are like old friend and become vivid and alive as I reread them. I have asked my student to compare Carl Sandburg’s poem The Fog with Omar Kayham’s poem about the break of day (Awake) from The Rubiayat. The imagery in both poems is spectacular as one envisions a cat as the fog creeping around observing the city while the Sun portrayed as a hunter throws a lasso around the Sultan’s Turret. The Fog goes from shadow to clearing similar to the dawn breaking over an ancient city with a Sultan’s Turret. That I can clearly remember and also treasure these poems is a great tribute to Miss Mosca’s ability to capture... read more

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