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October 25th Newsletter

Developing Your Potty Language! To the distress of many students, vocabulary is an integral part of the SAT reading component (both sentence completion and reading comprehension questions). Therefore, studying vocabulary must become an integral part of every SAT-taker’s life. Now, I don’t know the ins and outs of my students’ lives. I don’t know when… Read more »

Avoiding the Sniffles

As with any business, WilsonDailyPrep is always conscious of keeping the office clean. With sniffling students bustling in and out, hand sanitizer becomes the office companion. Except for me. I mean to use more hand sanitizer, I really do! But a recent New York Times article, “How Not to Fight Colds,” by Jennifer Ackerman caused… Read more »

October 12th Newsletter: Indulge Your Sweet Tooth, Candy Contest, and Knox College

TIP of the Week: INDULGE YOUR SWEET TOOTH! Sitting through a long exam such as the SAT or ACT can wear on a child’s attention span. Even the most prepared student can start to feel a bit “foggy.” But despite the popularity of energy drinks such as Redbull, this is not the answer during a… Read more »

Getting a GPS For Your Life!

I recently read an article in Black Enterprise magazine by the CEO Earl Graves Jr. about getting a “GPS” for your life. How true! All of us, especially students, can benefit from having a life GPS, but a little more detail on that… Graves ponders the idea that his car’s GPS is the one thing he can… Read more »

Essay Scoring Rubric

This is just a tool to keep in mind how the SAT Essays are being graded. I find this is useful in seeing the criteria for a high scoring essay and asking myself, “Did I use support? Did I clearly state my main point?” etc. Please reference this on your practice essays or when you… Read more »

Quick Tip: Don’t Hit a Wall!

Frustration and anxiety arise when you come to a tough question you cannot answer. It is important to SKIP this question and come back to it a few minutes later. As you take the test the brain develops a natural rhythm and what seemed impossible a few minutes ago might not be so impossible now…. Read more »

ACT Science Tips: Getting the Answers without Thinking

The ACT science section is time-intensive and requires that you pick up on patterns, details and specifics within charts and graphs. It is very easy to make careless mistakes in this section, and equally easy to “over think” the answers. This section does not require that you have a scientific background. Rather, it requires that… Read more »

Labor Day Weekend: Taking a Break from Teaching

It is difficult to balance being a mother and a professional. Sometimes it feels like I am always looking for the next adventure, whether that involves writing, online prep, or starting a nonprofit. I can often forget to stop and smell the flowers. But, no time like the present and this upcoming Labor Day weekend… Read more »

SAT and ACT Test-Taking Strategies

Remember, YOU control the test. Don’t let the test control you! I know I have hammered these things to death, but I want to give you all a compact list of complete test-taking tips. Print this out and put it in a folder for test day. Test taking can seem like a huge ordeal, and I know… Read more »

Quick Tip: Don't Leave Blanks in the Grid-Ins

Always guess in the Grid-In Math section of the SAT. In this section, you don’t lose any points for wrong answers. Therefore, grid in something. If you don’t know the answer, pick you favorite number!

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