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Gearing Up for Grammar!

Quick quiz: Do you know what a contraction is? Pronoun? Preposition? If your answers are no, no, and definitely not, you are in the same boat as many high school students. Most likely you learned some basic grammar in fourth grade and then quickly moved on to reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Hamlet, happily replacing grammar rules with… Read more »

Make Every Day Your Birthday!

SAT and ACT readings are, plain and simple, boring to read. Therefore, I encourage all of my students to stop reading, and start hunting. What are you hunting for? Clues to the author’s message – the main idea that relates to all of the questions. As you’re hunting, stop and check out the buts! “But”,… Read more »

5 Tips to Keep Students Motivated: SAT and Beyond

When they’re born, you dream that one day they’ll be a great scientist, take over the family business, or become the President of the United States. When they’re four, they dream that they’ll become ballerinas, professional baseball players, or toy-store owners. By grade school the dreams morph into firefighters, policemen, doctors, and lawyers, and by… Read more »

SAT Verbal: How to be a Strategic Reader

Profile of a Strategic Reader Some people think that to do well on the SAT verbal you have to be some profound literary prodigy, when in reality, all you have to do is learn to read strategically.  A strategic reader doesn’t necessarily have to the smartest person, but this type of reader will power through… Read more »

The SAT IQ Test: How Much do You Really Know?

Think you know everything there is to know about the SAT? Prove it! There’s more to this test than you would think. 1. Which of the following statement(s) is/are true? The SAT is an intelligence test. You can’t possibly study for the SAT. The SAT is written by geniuses. A. I only B. III only… Read more »

SAT and ACT Time: Tips for Surviving Junior Year

Tips for Surviving Junior Year Junior year can seem scary if you don’t know what’s ahead. Use these tips to help navigate (and thrive) through this crucial year of high school! 1. Take practice SATs and ACTs. The best advice I have for taking the SATs is practice. Becoming familiar with the test is the… Read more »

Finished with the SAT? Senior Year Checklist

Senior Year College Checklist Phew. You survived junior year. The stress, the APs, the SATs, the ACTs, hours on end of studying—you did it all.  So now’s the time to relax, you’re done! High school is basically over, right? Almost. There are a few important things you need to do to ensure that the college… Read more »

Create a Winning Essay

Many students are taking the ACT this weekend. Therefore, I want to focus on the ACT 30-minute essay. While this essay is technically optional, many colleges will NOT accept your ACT score without this writing component. Don’t limit yourself with college choices—take this essay section! Five Weapons to Win the ACT Essay: Choose Your Side:… Read more »

Solve the Mystery

Yesterday at my local drugstore I found a book of young adult mysteries. Seeing that the type was big and the mysteries were short, I picked up the book. I am always trying to find new ways to get my middle school-age children (two boys) to read. I have tried everything, even offering money if… Read more »

How to Choose an SAT/ACT Prep Course – The RIGHT One

You have decided to enroll in an SAT/ACT Prep course and you are ready to begin… now what? How do you choose a program that is right for you? What types of programs are best? Should you do in-classroom study, online coursework or both? In my experience, students benefit from in-person coursework, coupled with online… Read more »

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