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GRE Verbal Tutor: No Sweat Study Habits for Busy People

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 12/31/14 2:43 PM

When it's finally time to play ball, you'll be a pro.

The worst part of studying for any standardized test is the feeling that you’re wasting your time – learning new tasks or developing new skills, like how to spot litotes, that you think you’ll never call on again.  As a private GRE verbal tutor in New York, I’ve had the best luck with students in both verbal and math in developing ways to change everyday activities – activities we’re all doing constantly, whether we like it or not – into effective study opportunities. In this post, I’ll discuss three of the techniques I’ve found to be most effective while tutoring online and in person in re-wiring the way students think, both to make them more sensitive to the way ETS has designed the GRE, and to tease out more efficient critical thinking more broadly.

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The Language Tutor: Simple Tricks for Summer Language Practice

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 7/30/14 10:42 AM

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Tags: language learning, summer activities

History Tutoring: How to use key figures to ace your history exams

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 11/6/13 10:54 AM

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Tags: study skills, history

Standardized Test Prep: How Not to Care about the Reading Comp

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 10/23/13 1:14 PM

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Tags: ACT, SAT

Study Skills: Reading Like a Pro

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 9/30/13 8:14 AM

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Tags: study skills, English, SAT, high school

Standardized Test Prep: Above and Beyond Flash Cards

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 9/20/13 8:56 AM

 

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Academic Tutor: Back to School

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 8/20/13 8:33 AM

There’s no more denying it – summer is just about up.  And within the next few weeks, everyone will be headed back to school, from middle school students to all of us doctoral candidates.  But no matter what grade or class you’re prepping for, whether it’s AP US History or Algebra II, this is the time to get a jump on the year ahead and make sure that you’re as ready as can be. 

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Tags: study skills, homework help, middle school, high school, parents

SAT Tutoring: Strategies for the SAT writing section

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 8/14/13 8:09 AM


The essay component of the SAT writing section is so hated by high school students, I think, because it’s just so difficult to measure improvement.  Practice is crucial to getting better at any skill, and unlike all the other sections on the SAT, you can’t just grade a multiple choice test to tell how well you’re doing. 

The key here is to find an impartial practice grader – maybe a friend, a teacher, or a tutor – who can help gauge your progress as well as remind you to practice.  Remember, this isn’t the same as writing an essay for your History or English class.  It’s about hitting a few key points, memorizing the tricks that will make you an efficient test-taker, and having some fun with it. 

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Tags: SAT, expository writing

Making the SAT Essay Just a Little Easier

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 8/5/13 9:27 AM

No one, but no one, enjoys the SAT essay.  That's unfortunate, because the secret to doing well on it might just be to have a little fun writing it.  Here's how to change your approach to improve your score and make you hate it a little bit less. 

The Popular Approach to the SAT essay

The essay component of the SAT writing section is so hated by high school students, I think, because it’s just so difficult to measure improvement.

Practice is crucial to getting better at any skill, and unlike all the other sections on the SAT, you can’t just grade a multiple choice test to tell how well you’re doing. The key here is to find an impartial practice grader – maybe a friend, a teacher, or a tutor – who can help gauge your progress as well as remind you to practice. Remember, this isn’t the same as writing an essay for your History or English class. It’s about hitting a few key points, memorizing the tricks that will make you an efficient test-taker, and having some fun with it.

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Tags: SAT, expository writing

Language Tutor: Tricks for Foreign Language Practice this Summer

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 7/30/13 7:43 AM

With only a month of summer vacation left on the calendar, most students are probably beginning to hear back on their class schedules for the coming year.  And regardless of your grade level, new language classes can be one of the most intimidating additions to the course list.  One of the easiest ways to cut down on language class stress is to head into that first day prepared, and there are plenty of painless ways to get a head start on foreign language practice. 

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Tags: study skills, language learning