How to Relieve the Pressure Surrounding the SAT and ACT

Posted by on March 16, 2015 at 3:01 PM

The pressure surrounding your performance on the SAT and ACT can be colossal. It may seem like everything—from admissions to scholarships to pride—is riding on those few hours spent huddled over a scantron form. For some students pressure is motivation, and they use the energy of the situation to focus and produce their best possible performance. However, for the majority of students, the pressure and their desire to perform well actually has the opposite effect, and leads them to struggle during the tests. How can you overcome this?

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How to Assess Your SAT Strengths and Weaknesses

Posted by on February 9, 2015 at 2:18 PM

I’m not perfect. Don’t tell my mom or my kids that, but it’s true. I have flaws. I make mistakes. I even make mistakes at work (let’s keep my boss out of this conversation, too). One work mistake I have made in the past is in assuming that my students understand how to evaluate themselves. When I first meet with a tutoring student who hasn’t submitted a practice test, I’ll ask “What are your weaknesses on the SAT?” They answer something general, such as “Math,” because their grades haven’t met their expectations or simply because they don’t like it. But it doesn’t answer my question.

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How Busy Students Can Prep for the SAT

Posted by on February 2, 2015 at 12:04 PM

If you’re like most high school students, there isn’t a lot of downtime in your day, let alone time to study for something other than your normal homework. Yet the SAT looms in your future, and you keep hearing about how you need to start studying for it months—maybe even years—in advance. How can you fit SAT prep into an already overloaded school day? The solution is simple: study in 5-minute segments. Even the busiest teenager has 5 minutes to spare—whether riding in the car, waiting for practice to start, or sitting in the dentist’s office—so there are no excuses: start prepping for the SAT now.

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Four SAT Prep Goals for Juniors

Posted by on January 19, 2015 at 10:18 AM

You can procrastinate no longer, Juniors. If you haven't already starting to think about SAT prep, it's time. We recommend that all juniors take the test at least once in the spring of their junior year, and that they spend two to four months preparing for said test. As of today, you have 7 weeks until the March test, 14 weeks until the May test, and 19 weeks until the June test. But have no fear--I'm not throwing you into the deep end just yet. I’m going to ease you into the realm of college admissions tests by talking about goal-setting for the SAT.

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SAT Word of the Day: Belligerent

Posted by on January 14, 2015 at 3:32 PM


(adj.) aggressive, hostile, or warlike

(pronounced "buh-LIJ-uh-runt")  


Example Sentences:

  • Annie's belligerent attitude often got her sent to detention.
  • Harry was not a belligerent man, but when the thief attacked him he didn't hesitate to punch the thief in the face.

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Tips for Setting a Target SAT Score

Posted by on December 29, 2014 at 1:18 PM

When we teach SAT courses, we hand out a student profile which asks students about their SAT experience and expectations. One of the questions prompts them to list their target score. So many of the responses are the same: 1800. When we ask why they want an 1800, their answer is simple: “Because that’s a good score.”

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SAT Word of the Day- ORATION

Posted by on December 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM


(n.) a formal speech

(pronounced “aw-REY-shuhn”)
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SAT Word of the - OVERT

Posted by on December 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM


(adj.) open and observable; not secret or hidden

(pronounced “oh-VURT”)
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Top 7 SAT and ACT Mistakes

Posted by on December 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

There are plenty of lists out there with the "Do's of SAT and ACT Prep," but what about the "Don'ts?" Here are the top seven mistakes students make preparing for and taking the SAT and ACT.

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How to Create an SAT Study Bible

Posted by on November 16, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Countless studies have been dedicated Compostion_Booksto the practice of note-taking, and experts agree: taking notes and reviewing them frequently helps students transfer new information from their short-term memories to their long-term memories. And while students instinctively take notes in biology class and during their history lectures, they often show up to our SAT classes without a pen or pencil! I wish we could wave a magic wand and grant you all 2400s, but it doesn’t work that way—we will give you the information you need to succeed, but you have to work to retain that information.

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