I’ve found that my students in New York City, whether they’re studying for history tests in high school, for AP history exams, or just generally trying to learn new ways of holding onto information, find history to be one of the most difficult subjects to prepare for.
Studying for history tests can be intimidating just because there’s often so much information, so many dates, and so many new terms to memorize that the whole process can feel too overwhelming to even begin.
For students starting to think about (or in the midst of!) the college application process, it’s helpful to be aware of all the possible components of a strong college application, as well as how to best leverage the high school years towards your candidacy.
When reading any kind of assigned text – be it a nineteenth-century English novel, an American history book, a collection of letters, or anything at all that’s been deemed required reading for class – one of the biggest temptations that all my tutorial students in New York City face is to skim.
Most students think that if they’re just not that interested, or if the reading is only relevant for a few days or weeks, they have nothing to gain from paying it careful attention. Of course, sometimes you just don’t have the time, but there are actually a whole list of reasons that taking careful mental notes on all those random readings can pay off big time in the future, whether it’s on the SAT or GRE analytical writing sections, or just for your general education!
First of all, like most things there is not a one size fits all answer. Therefore, my general answer is that while I don’t recommend cramming given good planning and ample time to prepare, if you or your child have waited until the last minute or have just become aware of the importance of an exam such as the SAT or ACT, then by all means CRAM!
For many students who struggle with ADHD, the onset of rigorous high school academics and standardized test preparation can feel more challenging. The thing is, this moment is an chance for all students to reset academically and re-assess what kinds of study skills work best.
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The waiting period begins, interspersed with alumni and on-campus college interviews. Remember that the college interview is as much an opportunity for the school to learn about you as it is for you to learn about the school. There is no right or wrong answer during an interview – it isn’t a test. Think of it as more of a conversation.
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One of the toughest study skills to develop at any point of your education -- whether it’s high school, college, or in grad school -- is effective note taking. And the students I tutor in history in New York City rarely realize off the bat that different subjects require different note taking methods.
So the following is a rubric that I ask all my tutoring students to follow for their work in history, art history, religion, philosophy, or any type of text with an overarching theory. The beauty of this sort of outline is that you can set up a blank copy in a word processor and have one ready for every new text you need to attack!