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You studied tirelessly, but your SAT score wasn’t what you thought it would be. Have no fear – you are not alone! Most people, in fact, take their SAT more than once, and it’s highly recommended that you do take it again. In this article, we’re going to discuss 5 SAT strategies to improve your score the next time you test! 1. Use what you know If you took an SAT prep course, then you had some idea of what to expect when you took the SAT. Now that you’ve taken it once, you’re much more familiar with the layout, language, and questions. Use that knowledge to study and test better! Use the time management skills that you’ve gained from your SAT experience to raise your scores. 2. Slow down Although you’re more familiar with the test, you shouldn’t breeze through it. In fact, if you skip over something important, you could end up making careless mistakes. Be thorough and meticulous as you work your way through the test. 3. Show your work You’ve taken the SAT once, and you might feel like certain things are so much inside of your wheelhouse that you can afford to quickly work through […]
You’ve been preparing for the SAT with a variety of strategies, but are you mentally prepared? In this article, we’re going to discuss 5 tips for mentally preparing for the SAT to ensure that you are in tip-top shape on the day of your test! 1. Relax Don’t let yourself get stressed out! Stress can cause mental roadblocks on the day of your test. 2. Sleep Make sure to get enough rest for the week before your SAT to ensure that your focus and clarity are at one hundred percent! Getting enough sleep also helps keep your hormones in balance, which also play a role in your mental clarity and the way you handle stress. 3. Exercise Getting exercise will help you get mentally fit! Take a walk or a run to clear your head, reduce stress, and get those endorphins pumping. 4. Implement a Healthy Diet You don’t need to drastically change your diet, but consciously make healthy food choices during the time leading up to your exam. Instead of a cheeseburger, have a chicken salad. A healthy diet will help increase your mental focus while reducing fatigue. 5. Read Get mentally prepared for your SAT by reading ahead […]
Sometimes getting the information you need in order to prepare for college is difficult. Information can vary from state to state and some colleges have extremely specific guidelines that need to be met before they will accept an application. Did you know that starting March 2016 the SAT will be changing? We have completed some research about the redesigned SAT and have compiled our findings here. There is an all-new essay and it is considered optional. Check with the college that you are considering applying to learn if they require the essay portion of the exam. The SAT will consist of four parts: reading, writing and language, math, and the optional essay. It will have a score scale from 400 to 1600. There will be zero penalties for guessing an answer. The SAT board has now made the vocabulary section to consist of words that will help you succeed in both the classroom and the college level. There is no need to ask yourself if you can apply the vocabulary words in a real-world setting. There will be only four options for each question. The SAT will take 3 hours to complete or 3 hours and 50 minutes if you are taking […]
Of the 4 types of learners, read-write learners are the newest ones to be discovered. Once thought of as part kinesthetic and part visual, scientists now know that R-W learners are in a class of their own. Here are 5 tips on how to help your R-W learner! 1. Translate diagrams to words Show your student how to take a diagram and dissect into words, creating sentences and paragraphs from the data being presented. 2. Make lists R-W learners love lists! Make to-do lists and more. 3. Use word tricks Try mnemonics and acronyms to help your R-W learner, but make sure to write them down! 4. Take notes R-W learners need to take notes, rewrite those notes, and take notes again. The more they write, the more they learn! 5. Keep study materials on hand R-W learners need to be able to reference textbooks, handouts, and study guides. They often can find a specific sentence in a textbook if they’ve only read the information once, and this is an invaluable study skill that R-W learners must harness! R-W learners need to be able to read new thoughts and write down notes for best results. Use these 5 tips on […]
Visual learners learn best by seeing, and if your student is a visual learner, then you know the best way to reach him or her is by teaching with visual methods. The following 5 tips on how to help your visual learner are designed to help you do just that! 1. Videos Visual learners can gain a wealth of information by watching videos. Whether you use YouTube or a DVD, try this strategy with your visual learner! 2. Mind-mapping Have your visual learner write down all of his thoughts with a strategy called mind-mapping. There is no formal layout – let your learner put his or her abstract thoughts on paper. 3. Highlighting Have your visual learner highlight important notes. 4. Shorthand Show your visual learner how to replace words with symbols or other shorthand. 5. Diagrams Have your student either create new diagrams or copy existing ones to help make new knowledge sink in. The best way to reach your visual learner is with strategies that engage him or her at every step of the way. Using these 5 tips on how to help your visual learner can lead to success for your student!
Helping your auditory learner study with a few tips for his or her learning style can be the key for educational success. No matter your student’s age or skill level, implementing the following 5 tips on how to help your auditory learner can help your student propel forward in his or her educational goals! 1. Avoid background music Auditory learners might find that background music and noise is a distraction that hinders them from learning. 2. Discussions Use active discussions to engage your auditory learner. Since auditory learners absorb knowledge by listening, discussions are a great way to introduce new concepts while reviewing old ones. 3. Word games Use word tricks, such as mnemonics, and word association to help your auditory learner remember and recall vocabulary, history facts, and more. 4. Ask questions Engage your auditory learner by asking questions. 5. Use songs for learning Leverage your auditory learner’s strengths and help him or her learn by song. Auditory learners enjoy dynamic learning opportunities, and this is a great chance for you to connect with your student with creative strategies. Use these 5 tips on how to help your auditory learner to help your student succeed!
If your student is a kinesthetic learner, then finding unique ways to help him or her learn is critical to educational success. Whether your student is in elementary school, high school, or college, here are 5 tips on how to help your kinesthetic learner. 1. Flash cards Have your student make and use flash cards for studying. 2. Take breaks Your student should take a break every 30 minutes – 1 hour to help him or her stay focused. 3. Do something else Kinesthetic learners need help staying focused when studying, and this can be achieved with a stress ball or chewing gum. 4. Music Background music often helps kinesthetic learners absorb information better. 5. Study group Having your kinesthetic learner study with others is a great way to help him or her stay engaged and focused while learning new things and reviewing old knowledge. These 5 tips can easily be implemented into your student’s study time every day. By using these strategies, your student can learn to implement effective study skills into his or her habits every day.
Scientists have discovered through research that there are many types of learners. Learning can’t be squeezed into a vacuum where all students learn in the same way, and now, scientists know that while there are many ways that people learn, there are 4 general kinds of learners. In this blog post, we’re going to define the 4 types of learners and how you can identify each. 1. Kinesthetic Kinesthetic learners like to learn by doing. These people learn best by doing something hands-on. These learners might seem like they have short attention spans, and they often can’t sit still for long periods of time. These students enjoy solving real-life problems, doing research, and working on case studies. 2. Auditory Auditory learners are excellent verbal communicators who listen actively, and they also learn best by listening. These students would rather hear information than read it, and they tend to read slowly. Auditory listeners also tend to be better at clearly explaining things. They enjoy lectures and group discussions. 3. Visual Visual learners like charts, graphs, and images when it comes to learning something new. They tend to have abstract thoughts, which means that they think in terms of pictures rather than […]
Back-to- school has its own resolutions, just like New Year’s Day. Our children are excited, book bag packed and ready! This is a great time to start some new school habits. Here are five tips for starting the semester with a bang. Determine Your Child’s Learning Style For my parents of children grades K-8, Laura Candler has a great FREE resource here (about halfway down the page). Use this resource to understand your child’s learning style. I promise you won’t regret it! For my students in High School, this resource takes an adult approach to learning styles (also free). It is often used in the adult learning environment for corporate training. It will help during the high school and college years. It is important to know that learning styles can change over time, so if you find that the same strategies aren’t working anymore, don’t be afraid to take the questionnaire again. After you’ve equipped yourself with this knowledge, a quick Google search can provide you with articles to help you understand how to manipulate your students learning according to the style. I searched “kinesthetic learning strategies” and found this article. Teach Your Child How to Take (Better) Notes Always […]
For busy high schoolers, staying on task can be a challenge. They’re often juggling extra-curricular activities, classes, friends, jobs, and everything in between. To help them focus on their studies, we’ve created a list of the 5 best apps to keep high school students organized! 1. Sunrise The Sunrise calendar app is available on desktop, iPhone, iPad, and Android. The streamlined app makes high schoolers’ lives easier by allowing them to seamlessly keep up with their every appointment, social call, and more. Plus, Sunrise syncs with apps they’re probably using, including Google Calendar, Facebook, and Evernote. 2. Google Docs Google Docs offers a cloud-based way for high schoolers to keep track of their own projects while collaborating with others. Google Drive lets them store up to 15 GB of data for free, while Google Slides, Forms, and Sheets lets them edit and style documents. 3. Naviance Student The Naviance Student app is a college planning app that helps busy high schoolers stay on track with tools that include a college research feature. Students simply sync their app with their Naviance account to keep all their college planning information organized and up to date. 4. Chegg Flashcards The Chegg Flashcards app […]
You remember middle school. Those awkward years when you were changing in more ways than one. You didn’t really know who you were or who you wanted to be. Unfortunately, not much has changed. Our kids still go through this phase and with so much access to the world through social media, these years are even more complicated. Here are 10 things that may help you and your middle schooler as they begin/continue this journey. Remember the goal: Who do you want your child to be? Have open dialogue about the maturing that is going to take place and set some tangible goals. The goals shouldn’t just be about school work but about choosing friends, saving money, and committing to meaningful extracurricular activities. Show them what true accountability looks like: They know when you are being fake and will call you out on it. This is the age where our children are quick to point out our hypocrisies. You can’t encourage healthy eating when you’re eating french fries. Use them as an accountability partner. They will learn from watching you win and will feel a sense of accomplishment with you. Be what you want them to become: The best way to influence who […]
The weather may still be hot and humid but school is just around the corner. Now is the time to get back into the school routine. Avoid procrastination – you know what you need for back to school, prepare by making a list, or two. Check off the items as you complete them. List 1- Items needed for school Books School Supplies (feel free to detail this- although most stores have supply lists in the back-to-school section) New Clothes List 2- Tasks you need to accomplish Tour the school Get an annual physical (any required vaccinations) Arrange for transportation (bus or carpool) Download any paperwork from the school website and complete Sign up for any school mailing lists Think about making these changes now to make the transition easier. Reset bedtimes and begin using the alarm clock again Pick a homework place and stock it with homework supplies (we discussed this in another blog article here) Decide what time of day would be best for homework. Begin to establish the pattern by completing summer reading during this time. There are lots of resources out there- if your not completely in love with Pinterest, we are always here with helpful ideas. Cover photo thanks to US Department of Education.