Testing Strategies

26 Feb, 2019

Does Standardized Testing (STAAR) Help or Hurt Your Child?


Let's talk about standardized testing. This has been a hot topic in American education for years. Why the controversy? Standardized testing takes a good idea to an extreme that doesn't always result in good education. When the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) mandated standardized testing for all public school students, public educators were forced [...]

Does Standardized Testing (STAAR) Help or Hurt Your Child?2019-02-26T12:54:00-06:00
30 Nov, 2018

6 Tips to Get Ready for Final Exams


Thanksgiving is over, and the end of the semester looms. You want to be able to buckle down and finish strong as you prepare for final exams. Thus far, your pattern of learning has included learning for a few weeks, then sitting down for a test. During the semester, these tests evaluate your short-term memory. [...]

6 Tips to Get Ready for Final Exams2018-11-30T15:43:34-06:00
11 Apr, 2018

4 Reasons the STAAR Is a Waste


April is here, so it’s time for Texas public school student to endure the annual pain of STAAR exams. As students, parents, and educators reflect on the year preparing for the STAAR, it’s hard to defend the waste the process has become.  To be sure, some form of annual testing is important; not only is [...]

4 Reasons the STAAR Is a Waste2018-04-11T15:05:17-05:00
1 Mar, 2018

VLOG #17: SAT or ACT?


In this VLOG we discuss how high school students should evaluate which college entrance exam to focus on.  We cover the background of both the SAT and ACT, as well as how the two tests differ.  Based on the focus and composition of each test, we will highlight the types of students that may favor [...]

VLOG #17: SAT or ACT?2018-06-25T11:36:15-05:00
27 Nov, 2017

When You Are Near The End: Finish the Semester Strong!


The holiday season is upon us and now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time for students to get focused and finish the semester strong. There are many distractions this time of year and it can be a real challenge to stay focused. Here are some tips for students who desire to stay the course, work [...]

When You Are Near The End: Finish the Semester Strong!2017-11-27T16:40:55-06:00
13 Nov, 2017

Note Taking: Tips for Student Success


Whether listening to a lecture or reading a textbook, successful students will organize the onslaught of new information for effectively filing in their brains. Effectively filing is the key. Like any filing system the "user," in this case, the student, should be able to locate the file and search the contents at will. Here are some successful [...]

Note Taking: Tips for Student Success2017-11-13T14:46:40-06:00
24 Apr, 2017

6 Strategies to Maximize Your Performance on the ACT


For the vast majority of American colleges and universities, the most important factor in deciding which students to admit is high school grades. Higher educational institutions give high priority to what they see on your transcript for several reasons, including the fact that your grades demonstrate not only what you know, but also what kind [...]

6 Strategies to Maximize Your Performance on the ACT2017-05-18T17:39:09-05:00