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Happy Halloween, readers!  October is almost over and exams are right around the corner.  Are you ready? It may seem too early to start cracking the books and studying for your final exams.  After all, you are probably 4 – 6 weeks away.  So, why start now? Because research has shown time and again that cramming is NOT an effective way to study.  And …

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What do IQ Numbers Really Mean?

My Child Is Really Smart – What Do IQ Numbers Really Mean? by Carole Richards   I see more and more children whose parents see a different child than their school sees. For example, today I met with a “brilliant” ten-year-old that is miserable in school. Having read thousands of school psychologist and neuropsychologist testing reports, I have developed a …

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Last Chance to Register for Fall SAT/ACT Classes

There are only 10 more days to register for NCES’ fall classes! We offer classes year-round at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, OH.  This fall, we are offering test prep classes for the ACT and the newly redesigned SAT. Our qualified instructor will review every section of the exam — including the essay.  Learn valuable tips and strategies to help …

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Prep for the ACT English Test with Infographics!

The summer ACT test is right around the corner!  If you have signed up for the June 11th test and haven’t opened a book, what are you waiting for?  Your just six weeks away! A. NO CHANGE B. You’re C. You are D. Either B or C (The correct answer is D.) For students who speak English every day, the English test may …

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Still Time to Register for ACT/SAT Prep Classes!

North Coast Education Services offers classes each semester at Lakeland Community College.  Class offerings vary by semester and include everything from multi-sensory reading (Richards Learning Systems ®) and math (Real Life Ma+h) to SAT & ACT Prep. On Thursday, March 31st, North Coast Education will begin its spring classes at Lakeland.  This semester, we are offering an ACT prep course and a prep course …

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Improve Your Reading Score in 5 Steps!

If you struggle with the Reading section of the ACT or the SAT, you’re not alone.  The Reading section of the exams involves a lot of interpretation and understanding.  It’s not like the Math section where you know answer B is clearly wrong.  Math may be black and white, but Reading is not. In order to succeed on the SAT …

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SAT and ACT Prep at Lakeland Community College!

Welcome back, families!  We hope that you enjoyed your winter vacation as much as we did. You may have noticed that our website has a fresh look.  Welcome to the new North Coast Education Services!  Our new user-friendly layout will make it easier for you to find the exact services that you need for your student.  (If you have any …

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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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