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Fantasy Football Fanatic

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I love Fantasy Football, and I enjoy talking Fantasy Football with my students. Most of them are surprised that I am an avid Fantasy Football player. The notion of a teacher scrutinizing football statistics is likely discordant with their view of an educator. The truth is that Fantasy Football is a great teaching tool. I […]

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Winter is Coming

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  Winter vacation and college and scholarship application deadlines are approaching. In addition, semester exams are on the horizon for many students. It is no wonder that senior stress is in full swing across the country. Parents and students alike are feeling the pressure. While there is no magic wand to erase all the angst, […]

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Is Online Tutoring Right for You?

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Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Skype, podcasts, blogs, and even Khan Academy are ubiquitous in the modern student’s life. These technologies have metamorphosed the way students interact and learn. Facebook is the go-to for school information, Instagram is a visual potpourri of vocabulary words and study tips, Snapchat and Skype are the study group of today, and Khan […]

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Fine-Tuning College and Scholarship Essays

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          As deadlines for applications approach, students across the country are preparing to submit final college and scholarship essays. The previous blog post discussed the pitfalls of poor word choice in the college essay. While a well-worded essay is important, there are other components to college and scholarship essays that are key to […]

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How Much is that Vocabulary Word in the Window?

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      College essays can be the most daunting aspect of the application process. It is a challenge to highlight something that makes your application unique while maintaining a level of humility and realism. A common college essay mistake is the overuse of thesaurus-substituted verbiage. Demonstrating facility with vocabulary is important in writing, but […]

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Midterm Madness

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        This past week marked fall break for many students across the country. The long weekend is supposed to offer a respite from the exhaustion of fall. The truth is that for most students, fall break is a weekend that is appropriated by sports tournaments, college visits, application deadlines, standardized test prep, […]

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Is Vocabulary Still Tested on the new PSAT and SAT?

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The recent changes to the PSAT and SAT are causing some confusion for parents and students. A common question being asked is: How important is vocabulary on the new tests? Students, teachers, parents, and tutors are accustomed to reviewing lists of words and committing those words and definitions to memory. Well, times are changing, and […]

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Vocabulary Beyond the Test

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The conversation about vocabulary at this time of year typically centers on vocabulary for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. It is true that vocabulary study is integral to obtaining a top score on these tests, but the value of a strong vocabulary transcends its usefulness for standardized tests. Test scores are one component of a […]

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The PSAT is More than Just Practice!

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        On either Wednesday, October 14, or Wednesday, October 28, high school juniors, sophomores, and some younger students from across the country will take the PSAT/NMSQT. A majority of students and parents think of the PSAT as the ‘practice’ SAT. But this test is so much more, especially for juniors. The NMSQT […]

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STYMIE Back to School Stress with Simple Timesaving Tips!

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Even though the weather may evoke summer, the piles of books illustrate that school is in full swing! The transition from the whimsy of summer days to the furor of the school year can be difficult for students. Summer is spent enjoying a myriad of activities with friends and family that did not include hours […]

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