5 simple tips to ensure your child succeeds in online learning

Posted by Anna F. on 4/26/21 12:00 PM

Let’s face it, virtual school is difficult for even the most gifted students. Constant distractions, low motivation, and unstructured days provide a unique challenge for at-home learning. Here are 5 simple tips to ensure your child not only stays on-track, but thrives in their online learning.

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Tags: study skills, middle school

Four tricks to becoming a better academic reader

Posted by Joseph F. on 3/3/21 12:15 PM

College professors often assign their students hundreds of pages of difficult academic reading per week. These reading-intensive assignments reflect a faulty assumption on the part of those professors: that college students arrive on campus already knowing how to make sense of dense texts and process information in huge quantities. Freshman writing classes at universities across the US demonstrate a tacit acknowledgement that when students first come to college they still need to meaningfully develop advanced writing skills. Why is this not also the case for reading? Why are “critical” or “analytical” reading practices so rarely taught in college classrooms? Given this glaring absence, here are four tricks that can help students tackle high-level reading assignments. 

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Tags: study skills, homework help, English

How to use root words to learn vocabulary

Posted by Lucina S. on 1/27/21 12:00 PM

Retaining new English vocabulary is challenging, whether you’re learning English for the first time or studying for standardized tests like the SAT or GRE. The challenge arises, in part, from the sheer volume of words in English. English’s massive lexicon comes from words in several other languages, and learning some of these words—more often fragments of words—can give you a learning advantage.

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Tags: study skills, language learning, ESL, Latin

Mnemonics for memory: your MCAT best friend

Posted by Johnny P. on 11/30/20 12:17 PM

Anyone who has studied for the MCAT will tell you: there is A LOT to learn. At times, learning new information about your own body can feel pretty rewarding. Other times, the sheer magnitude of information you are responsible for can feel quite overwhelming. At its best, conquering content related to the MCAT should feel like an ambitious challenge: something that is definitely possible, but will take hard work.

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Tags: study skills, MCAT, study

How to approach the NBME shelf examinations

Posted by Amar S. on 10/16/20 9:16 AM

The NBME shelf examinations are certainly daunting: 110 complex questions in 165 minutes is a grueling test of your knowledge. But it’s not without significant benefits! These exams can actually be a fun challenge, allowing you to apply concepts you have mastered in novel ways. Here are some tips and tricks I used as a third-year medical student to maximize my success on these exams:

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Tags: medical school admissions, study skills

How to make sure you don’t fall behind during distance learning

Posted by Brian J. on 10/9/20 8:44 AM

Let’s be real, it’s hard to focus on school at home. And as COVID-19 cases persist and schools remain online, it is important to not fall behind. Here are some tips to help you stay on top of your work while learning from home:

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Tags: study skills, homework help, covid-19

How to study for standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, and SSAT

Posted by Brian J. on 10/8/20 9:05 AM

Study actively, not passively.

In order for your brain to truly remember something, you must make your brain work. Reading your textbook or class notes is a good start, but studying actively will always improve your memory (and your scores). Try answering questions out loud or writing down answers as you go along to make your studying a more active process.

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Tags: study skills, SSAT, ACT, SAT

How to think like an AP Rater/Reader on the AP English Language “Synthesis” Free Response Question 1

Posted by Cassandra M. on 10/7/20 9:28 AM

As someone who tutors AP English Language and Composition (lovingly referred to as AP Lang) and as someone who struggled with timed writing herself, I know how daunting a task it can be to score a 5. Luckily for you, I’ve also served as an AP Rater/Reader and can offer some additional insight into what we are told to look for while scoring a student Free Response Question 1 Synthesis essay on the AP Lang exam.

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Tags: study skills, test anxiety, English, expository writing, AP exams

Start by learning how you learn…and then tackle the sciences

Posted by Casey L. on 10/6/20 9:57 AM

When I was an undergraduate, I had a wonderful research mentor in a neuroendocrinology lab, and it was this research experience that led me to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. My research mentor was deeply interested in the process of learning. In my time as his advisee, he taught me how to study efficiently, how to really remember something in the long run, and how to make the most of a busy schedule. The principles he taught me not only made me a better student of biology, but a better student period. Learning about how you learn is applicable to any discipline. Here are my tips for getting started:

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Tags: biology, study skills

How to Study Efficiently for Hours On End (With the Help of a Tomato)

Posted by Jeremy G. on 9/17/20 8:21 AM

If you’re like me, the long open days of the weekend, summer vacation, or Covid-19-induced lockdown can seem to stretch forever. These days or long afternoons are great opportunities to nail down some studying. Yet, all too often I catch myself having wasted hours of my study time reading the New York Times, falling down a YouTube hole, or sending unimportant emails.

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Tags: study skills, homework help