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Essential Math Review for SAT and ACT

 
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The spring and summer sessions for the SAT and ACT are right around the corner, and even though it doesn’t feel like it now, they’re going to come up faster than you realize.

How to Improve Your Vocabulary One Day at a Time

 
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Learning vocabulary can seem like a grade school activity, something that doesn’t matter when you’re older and in high school. But the truth is that learning more vocab is a smart thing to do.

Is Caffeine Good or Bad for Studying?

 
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Students are always looking for the next best way to stay awake and help them study. Whether it’s the newest energy drink or caffeine-filled gummy bears (yes, these are real), they want to try whatever will keep them falling asleep on their study papers.

New Year, New Study Habits: How to Make Changes in the New Year

 
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How well do you think you studied this past year? It’s not a question you’re probably thinking about right now. However, it’s one that you should ask yourself if you want your 2014 school year to be successful.

What Is the ACT Verbal Score?

 
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As you look into and study for the ACT, sometimes you might run across information about the test that’s not very clear. Unfortunately, the “verbal score” is one of these areas that’s caused a bit of confusion among students and their parents.

Think Fast: A standardized test that’s a sprint to the finish

 
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In the real world, we tend to make important decisions deliberately. Especially when we’re doing things that may be considered “academic” – like figuring out the amortization on a mortgage or reading through the terms of an automobile lease agreement – we are encouraged to do so with careful thought, and for good reason. Do we want to agree to terms we haven’t fully processed? Should we make financial decisions based on first-time, blitz-like math calculations? Certainly not. Yet there is one roughly four-hour period in many high school students’ lives that demands the sort of rapid-fire, no-second-thoughts action that, by and large, is discouraged in life after school. 

How to Stay Focused During the Holidays

 
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At this point in the year, many students are rejoicing that school’s going to be out soon for the Christmas break. But for juniors and seniors preparing to take the ACT or SAT, this vacation can break your focus.

The ACT: A Standardized Test That's a Sprint to the Finish

 

In the real world, we tend to make important decisions deliberately. Especially when we’re doing things that may be considered “academic” – like figuring out the amortization on a mortgage or reading through the terms of an automobile lease agreement – we are encouraged to do so with careful thought, and for good reason. Do we want to agree to terms we haven’t fully processed? Should we make financial decisions based on first-time, blitz-like math calculations? Certainly not. Yet there is one roughly four-hour period in many high school students’ lives that demands the sort of rapid-fire, no-second-thoughts action that, by and large, is discouraged in life after school.

Extra, Extra! Old Guy Takes the ACT!

 
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A few years ago, I took the SAT for the first time in 18 years, as a 35 year old. I wrote an article about the experience and the article ended up appearing in newspapers around the country.

6 Goal-Setting Tips for Teens

 
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As the new year approaches, lots of people are preparing to set resolutions and goals for 2014. As a teenager, you’re in the best position to set goals and keep them compared to adults.

Why? Setting goals and keeping them as a teen will help you carry those good habits over into adulthood and set you up for success in your life. Here are 6 tips for helping you set and reach goals this coming year:

  1. Be specific.
    When you’re first setting goals for yourself, understand that if you make large, sweeping goals, you’re just going to set yourself up for failure. For example, don’t say, “I want to do better in school.” Instead, pick something specific like “I want to get an A in math class.”
     
  2. Be realistic.
    Along these same lines, your goals need to be realistic. If you’re not good at math and hate it, you might not be able to get that A you want. You’ll avoid putting unrealistic pressure on yourself by picking a class you know you can work hard at and actually get a good grade in.
     
  3.  Determine individual steps.
    Once you’ve chosen your goals for 2014, figure out what steps you’re going to need to take to achieve those goals. Then focus on those, in sequence, one at a time. Using your attention this way makes you more likely to achieve each step and therefore your overall goal.

  4. Learn to say “no.”
    During the next year, you’ll have lots of demands on your time and attention, especially as a teen where you have to deal with friends, school, and maybe even a job. If any of these threaten your progress at achieving your goal, you shouldn’t feel bad saying “no” (when appropriate) if it’ll benefit your life in the long run.

  5. Reward yourself.
    If you can reward yourself every time you reach a checkpoint that you set, you’re more likely to keep going and meet your goals. Just got three out of your five steps done? You’re over halfway there and should feel free to reward yourself! Just remember to keep moving forward after you’re done celebrating.

  6. Learn from slip-ups.
    As hard as you work at achieving your goals, you may make mistakes and not be able to meet them all, or you might encounter rough patches in your journey. That’s okay – you’re human and it’s natural for these things to happen. The important thing is that you learn from problems, figure out how to work past them, and keep moving toward your end goal.

Following these goal-setting tips should help you meet your goals this next year as a teenager. And the more you practice these tips now, the more likely you’re going to successfully do the same thing in years to come.

















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