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Get Into the Zone

Some of you may remember this tip, but it is so important to follow this plan over the vacation that I felt I had to dig it out and resend! Please share this with your child. At last, winter break is upon us. It is a time to celebrate family and a time to look… Read more »

Objective vs. Subjective

I receive many questions about understanding the difference between these two key terms — here is my answer! Subjective questions and readings are tied to EMOTION. Objective questions and readings are tied to FACT. When reading a science passage, ask yourself, “Is this an objective or subjective piece?” If the passage is objective, the questions… Read more »

The Ins and Outs of the ACT

Many students are taking the ACT on December 8th (if your child is NOT taking the ACT next Saturday please save this newsletter for a later time). I know most of you are like me – back THEN we only took the SAT! Therefore, the ACT may seem foreign to you and therefore overwhelming. The… Read more »

8 ACT Reading Strategies: The Must-Knows for the ACT Reading Section

Tick tock, tick tock ….the ACT Reading Section is extremely time-sensitive.  Literally a race against the clock.   The problem is rooted in the fact that the questions are presented in a random order and students have trouble locating the very specific information asked within the question.  If students stay within their comfort zone and do… Read more »

Beyond the College Essay: 7 Tips for Navigating the Application Process

College applications can get out of control. Deadlines, transcripts, fees, essays, recommendations – yikes! Follow the steps below to stay organized and anxiety-free! 1. Choose Your Schools Make a list of all schools you are considering.  Remember to consider “off-the-path” schools that are academically suitable for you but that are not necessarily “big name” schools. … 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 »

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