Archive for January, 2012

Dealing with Test Anxiety: The Benefits of Practice Tests

Standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, ISEE, and HSPT create a great deal of test anxiety for students, and for good reason; these tests often determine a student’s eligibility for certain private schools and colleges. This high-stress testing environment is far from ideal for students trying to perform at their peak. Some students may freeze on test day and shut down entirely, while others rush through the test, making numerous careless errors. Studies have shown how important it is for students not only to take practice exams, but also to take them under realistic testing conditions.  Continue reading ‘Dealing with Test Anxiety: The Benefits of Practice Tests’


Starting junior, and sometimes even sophomore, year, students begin to think about colleges and college applications. One big question students ask is, should I take the SAT or the ACT? There is a lot of pressure surrounding this decision, which can make taking the test even more stressful. Don’t be intimidated by these tests. This article will highlight the main differences between the tests and serve as a good starting point for juniors and sophomores. Continue reading ‘SAT vs. ACT’

Setting Goals for the New Semester

It’s that time of year again! Classes are starting back up, and students are wondering what the new semester will bring. How much homework will I have? Will this semester be easier? There are very few who think about what they would like to accomplish this semester. Nonetheless, setting goals is an important, yet often forgotten step toward being prepared for the semester. Continue reading ‘Setting Goals for the New Semester’

Free Educational Resources

Students are seeking extra help outside of school more often these days. Tutors are just one of the many options available to students who want to excel but need a little extra boost.  In this article, Cardinal Education explores the alternatives to private tutoring.  Continue reading ‘Free Educational Resources’