Study Skills from an Academic Tutor: The Power of the Practice Exam

Posted by College Corner on 4/19/13 8:30 AM

At this point in the spring, we’re only about one month away from the May AP tests, and as a veteran academic tutor in New York City, this is the time of year when I push all of my students in high school to take full-length practice AP exams.  Regardless of the subject – be it AP World History, AP Biology, or even AP Japanese Language and Culture – this is the right moment to understand the amount of progress you’ve made in your test preparation, to isolate your trouble areas, and even to just get a feel of the examination itself so that there are no curveballs on test day.  Below are some of the things that I try to remind my students in New York of as they gear up to take an AP practice examination.


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MCAT Tutoring: Standardized Test Preparation & Test Anxiety

Posted by Abdul El-Sayed on 2/14/13 9:30 AM

Five steps to beating test anxiety

As an MD/PhD candidate, I've taken and prepared for countless standardized tests. I also know that tests are scary for everyone, even the most seasoned test-takers. After all, exams have implications—and big exams have big implications. In that respect, a little anxiety is natural. But too much can be debilitating...Dealing with your anxiety is just as valuable a study skills as mastering test strategy. 

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MCAT game plan: Achieving your maximum score

Posted by The PhD Perspective on 2/1/13 10:40 AM

Taking the MCAT is extremely anxiety provoking.   But the preparation leading up to the exam can be grueling and soul-crushing.  These weeks/months are painful, filled with endless reading, questions, and practice exams.  Often, these monotonous routine days can cause students to become discouraged, frustrated, and bored.  Having a game plan before entering your exam prep stage can help you reduce the amount of time you are preparing, eliminate redundancies in your studying, and while it can’t make it more enjoyable, it will make it run a lot smoother. 

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Beat the MCAT Blues: Dealing with depression and anxiety

Posted by The PhD Perspective on 12/12/12 10:37 AM

It’s likely that you’ve never prepared as deeply or intensely for an exam before, as you will preparing for the MCAT. Its common to feel anxiety, and even depression during the days leading up to the exam. In our post, we’ll give you some tips on how to cope and maintain your mental health through this difficult time.

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Standardized Test Preparation as a Conduit to Enhanced Metacognition

Posted by College Corner on 11/6/12 9:20 AM

What is metacognition you may say (unless you have been exposed to the growing literature and popularity of this word in recent years)?  Metacognition, at its most basic can be described as knowing how you think. 

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