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The value of the good tutor for students of all ages

Posted by Jedd on 6/19/17 7:20 PM

Selling the product instead of teaching the test

I’ve been wanted to write a post about why individualized tutoring matters, why simply taking a class or picking a book off the store shelf can lead students away from the learning they need in order to improve their score.

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Which Standardized Test Materials Work (And Which Ones Don't)

Posted by Jedd on 6/14/17 5:59 PM

 

There’s nothing like studying with the right materials to scaffold your learning; conversely, there is nothing like studying with wrong materials to leave you without the payoff you expect. Here is some hard-earned insight into which materials to use -- and which to avoid. 

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The First Step to Mastering the Test? Knowing How to Self-Assess

Posted by Jedd on 6/9/17 6:52 PM

Part of standardized test preparation is not only knowing the content of the exam, but also being able to self-assess why you're getting a question incorrect.  In this blog post, one of our most experienced standardized test preparation tutors reviews how he buckets content knowledge when teaching standardized tests, and how it will help you improve your results in the future!

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A Development Approach to Test Prep for Students of Different Ages

Posted by Jedd on 2/13/17 6:06 PM

Giving Choices to Younger Students

Students in grades 4-10 tend to face very different challenges when preparing for their tests. The youngest students are unfamiliar with such a prescribed set of learning goals, so distinct from the kind of open-ended and holistic kind of learning common across public and private elementary schools. For these students, they may never have experienced academic learning as a process of wresting with challenging, new content, particularly so much at once and in such a specialized context.

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Who struggles with GRE quant? (Hint: Pretty Much Everyone)

Posted by Jedd on 12/21/16 5:28 PM

We might expect that the only students who avoided math for years will struggle with the quant section, which deals mostly with topics from a middle school/high school Algebra I class. In fact, students of all stripes encounter a range of challenges. Most students experience a unique combination of strengths and “growing edges,” but here are some patterns I’ve seen over the years.

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Tips and Challenges for Reading and Responding to GRE Passages

Posted by Jedd on 11/16/16 5:25 PM

Map to Remember

GRE passages can be dense and academic like the kind of materials you may encounter in graduate school. These passages place you in the middle of a scholarly conversation, and your role is get your bearings quickly, without getting distracted by details you don’t need to fully grasp. In most passages, the beginning typically provides the background for an idea, explanation, or debate, the middle of the passage provides support or development, and the most important idea comes at the end. (A minority of the passages give away the main idea right at the beginning.)

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Tools to Cut Through the Quantitative Section of the GRE

Posted by Jedd on 9/7/16 8:00 PM

The right tools will allow you to cut through just about any problem on the GRE quantitative section.

Many topics but a few key strategies

Probably the biggest challenge that students face when approaching the quantitative section on the GRE is the sheer range of topics, which cover numerous concepts up through early high school math. The upside is that not a single one of these topics is particularly complicated, and the way they are tested has more to do with reading carefully, using clues and cues embedded in the question and answer choices strategically, and pacing yourself according to your target score - slower for medium score and faster for high scores.

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How to Use Logic to Trump the Vocab Section of the GRE

Posted by Jedd on 8/12/16 6:00 PM

When Logic Trumps Vocab

While a college vocabulary is certainly larger than a high school vocabulary, particularly for students of the humanities and social studies, there are still a precious few of us who regularly use or even see words like “tyro” or “contumacious.” The majority of text completion (TC) and sentence equivalence (SE) questions do not require you to know every word in the answer choices.

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GRE Vocabulary: Two Key Strategies to Boost Your Score

Posted by Jedd on 7/13/16 6:00 PM

Cultivating Your Vocabulary

Students often feel like vocabulary is one of the biggest hurdles to preparing for the GRE. While vocabulary on the old GRE, pre-2011 played a very outsized role in comprising the verbal score, it’s still important today, although it’s more tied to context, use, and logical thinking. if you have more than a few weeks to study, you’ll be well served to grow your vocabulary. Augmenting your vocabulary with those occasional words, the ones that you only see often enough to feel annoyed with yourself for forgetting, is a skill that you may need in a range of disciplines and professions.

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Your GRE Argument Analysis Essay Checklist

Posted by Jedd on 6/22/16 9:30 AM

The argument analysis task presents you with a hypothetical situation and draws conclusions based on very weak evidence. Your job is to identify flaws in the argument, in this movement from evidence to conclusion.

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