test prep

Struggling in School? Try Strengthening Your Academic Core

Dear Student between the ages of 12 and 18, You’re a smart kid, but school does not always come easily to you, does it? You do your homework, turn it in on time, raise your hand more than the guy next to you, and you’re like a ninja when it comes to group projects. Bam! Extra credit! But your grades, well, they don’t always line up with your effort, do they? And if we’re being completely honest, sometimes there’s a major disconnect…

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My sophomore just signed up for the ACT (and here’s how I feel about it)

At 9:38 p.m. Tuesday, Jack, took a big step toward his dreams of studying music in college: he registered for his first official ACT exam. He did this with help from his father (who just happens to be a college planner and test prep coach), but this was his idea and it is part of his goals. In May of his freshman year he asked if he could sit in with a number of my students taking a practice exam…

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4 Reasons Why Your Kid Hates the ACT Math Section

The ACT math section is a beast. At 60 minutes, this math marathon is a full 15 minutes longer than English and 25 minutes more than the sprint-length Reading or Science sections. Worst of all, it’s 100% math, the subject most hated by young minds since the invention of finger counting (and toes for advanced math). The students with whom I work generally despise and/or fear it, and the most common post-exam text I receive is “I thought it went…

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