Own Your IRs, Own the SAT

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Test prep is challenging – longer, harder, and slower than everyone wants it to be. For it to work, you have to give it your all, and that requires positivity, persistence, and confidence. But students undermine themselves at so many turns by attaching to disempowering meanings produced by their brains. Learning the model of “IRs” can change that – having effects that go far beyond raising your test scores.

The Better Approach to SAT + ACT Tutoring: One Section at a Time

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There’s a major reason why your SAT or ACT tutoring might not be working. Most tutors teach the tests by showing students each Section (Math, English, etc.) and then working on all of the Sections simultaneously, week by week. Progress dribbles in, and preparing for the tests starts to feel like indefinite toil. Parents and students wonder: “do we just work at this forever?” “When does it stop?” “Will we ever get the score we’re hoping for?” At Growth Wise, …

The Way You Read ACT Science Questions Is Confusing You – Here’s The Fix

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A couple weeks ago I realized that I was reading ACT Science questions differently than most of my students. My students tended to read the entire question at once… They started to read at “Suppose…” and continued all the way to the end:  “…following energies.” The problem with this approach is that the question has so many unfamiliar “science-y” terms – Mineral 3, MnSiO3, Figures 1 and 2, X-ray spectroscopy, 3 maximum intensity peaks, keV – that when you read …