Obama to Limit Testing in Schools

On Saturday, October 24th, President Obama made an announcement that he plans to limit “unnecessary” testing in schools.  The White House feels that the amount of time spent on testing is taking away from learning and creativity. As a result, President Obama plans to limit testing in schools to “no more than 2% of a student’s instructional time”.  The White House released …

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4 Steps to Preventing Test Taking Anxiety

How does your teen prep for a test or exam? Some teens study for weeks — making flash cards, pouring over test guides, and taking practice exams. Many more teens neglect to study.  As the final days approach, they race around looking for resources and caffeine, preparing for late night cram sessions. Whether your teen studies or not, there is a …

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Which Test-Prep Is Right for My Student?

  SAT.  ACT.  These acronyms can strike fear into the heart of any teenager…or parent. We are just over a week before the first national test date (the first ACT is scheduled for September 12th),  and your junior or senior may already be hitting the books.  Whether you are a seasoned test prep parent veteran or a first-time rookie, it’s natural …

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Highly Qualified

My daughter is preparing for the ACT and just does not understand the material.  I have looked into tutors and tutoring companies, but they want me to select my own tutor.  How do I know the person I select will know the exam?  I don’t want just any tutor.  I want someone who is highly qualified – someone who knows …

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Five Solid Study Tips for the Finals

The beach…sun…swimming…hanging out…   While you’re probably day dreaming already about summer vacation, the reality is that first you have to face final exams.  But taking your final exams does not have to be so stressful.  Here are five solid study tips to help you surf right through your final exams!   1.  Plan your time wisely! Figure out which …

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Test Taking Anxiety – Part Three: Pre-Test Taking Techniques

Welcome to part three of our series on test taking anxiety.  The first two parts were addressed to the parents and educators.  These last two sections are addressed directly to the student.  In this post, we will discuss effective study habits and techniques to help before the test.  Remember to subscribe to the blog — the last post will be …

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