Becoming a Good Test Taker

Posted by Jacob R. on 1/6/20 11:00 AM

You’ve heard it over and over: “She’s just a good test taker.” The phrase clings to standardized tests, where some students have the luck of Steph Curry sinking 30-foot shots while others feel like Shaquille O’Neill at the foul line. Like shooting a basketball, we often treat test taking as innate and immutable, but any basketball coach will tell you that hard work and a good advice can fix a jump shot. This makes perfect sense. We know every other part of the test can be prepared for. If you can learn to factor a quadratic or spot a misplaced semicolon, why can’t you learn to be a good test taker? The answer, of course, is that you can. You just need to know which muscles to train.

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Tags: study skills, college, high school

Setting S.M.A.R.T Goals

Posted by Mallory on 12/27/19 11:00 AM

Every August, my family takes a trip to Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Growing up we would use the final two days of the vacation to begin school-supplies shopping on the mainland. To this day, the third week of August still smells like freshly sharpened pencils. As we got older, the trips to Walmart and Staples were replaced with a new tradition. We trace our hands on the backs of paper plates and label each finger with an avenue to focus on as fall approaches. More often than not, this exercise resulted in five dreams. Five hopes for what the fall season might bring.

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Tags: study skills, homework help, study

What to Wear on Test Day (Seriously)

Posted by Alex S on 5/29/19 5:26 PM

[caption: Actually not a bad idea]

Advice for test day is easily doled out, and often hard to actually follow.

Don’t cram the night before. Sleep as much as you possibly can. Eat a real, but not heavy breakfast, with only as much caffeine as you normally have. These are your goals, at least.

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Tags: study skills, college, college admssions

Study Guides: How to Craft the Best Test-Prep Tool

Posted by Sofía on 12/17/18 2:39 PM

Does this sound familiar?

The final exam date has been announced, and you learn what’s going to be on the test: everything. Frozen with dread at the thought of starting on such a huge task, you focus your attention first on some final projects or essays for another class. Those are due sooner, and with weeks to go before the final, you still have plenty of time to study. Unsure how best to start anyway, you put off studying for your finals.

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Tags: study skills, homework help

Three Ways to Build Good Vocab Habits for Standardized Tests

Posted by Abhi on 8/31/18 3:16 PM

When taking standardized tests, especially the SAT or GRE, people often struggle with memorizing enough words for the (often tricky) vocabulary sections. When it comes to vocabulary, unlike other parts of the test, you either know the word or you don’t. So how can you ensure you improve your vocabulary memory for the test? It’s all about building good habits!

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Tags: study skills, test anxiety, English

7 Essential Tips for ANY Standardized Test

Posted by Zoe Balaconis on 8/15/18 6:56 PM

Whether you’re applying to college, graduate school, law school, medical school, or even some jobs, standardized tests are often part of the process. They can be intimidating, long, arduous, and confusing, but with some practice, you’ll learn how to overcome any test-taking anxiety and stay focused. Here are a few tips and tricks for going into a test calm and prepared.

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Tags: study skills, LSAT, test anxiety, ACT, GMAT, SAT, MCAT, PSAT

How to Have Success as a Student Athlete: Tips from an Insider

Posted by Morgan on 4/26/18 5:40 AM

Ah, the student-athlete. In today’s landscape of college admissions and college scholarships, many of us recognize the importance and opportunity given to the student-athlete. In performing well and playing on a school’s team, you earn both a spot in the classroom at that institution and a “quote-unquote salary” for attracting revenue to the school through the sports program (i.e. earn a scholarship). The sport becomes a job in some sense, as one must continue to earn this benefit. Whether you currently are a collegiate student-athlete or an aspiring student-athlete (at the middle school or high school level), learning to balance the two is always tricky. The NCAA acknowledges that at any given moment during their education, student-athletes are all at once a full time athlete and a full time student. How can there possibly be enough hours in the day for juggling two full time jobs? From my experience as a tutor for this subset of students in college, there are student-athletes that can balance the two with great poise, others who struggle, and others that put the extra effort in to make it work. Today, I wanted to talk to you about some of the ways I have found work best to minimize the struggle - and these are applicable to both the student-athletes themselves and the tutors/teachers/mentors that work with them.

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Tags: study skills, high school

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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Tags: study skills

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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Tags: study skills

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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Tags: study skills