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How Well Do Kids Think High School Prepared Them for College?

On September 6, 2011, in Education Industry, General, In The News, Uncategorized, by Scott Cronenweth
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How well does their high school academic experience prepare students for college? Not very well, according to a new study by the College Board that surveyed students from the Class of 2010 “one year out.”

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Athletics and Academics – What Tutors Should Consider

On August 23, 2011, in General, Teaching, tips, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Does participation in athletics ultimately support higher academic achievement? Or is the phrase “student-athlete” an oxymoron? Here are some thoughts on the matter from the blogosphere.

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Four-Day School Weeks – What Might They Mean for Tutors?

On June 21, 2011, in Education, Education Industry, Teaching, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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What are some of the impacts of four-day school weeks on tutoring? For many tutors the shift may result in new opportunities, with few downsides.

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When It Comes to Education, Motivation Can Matter More than Wealth

On June 14, 2011, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, Education, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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A recent international educational assessment shows that US academic performance has fallen to “average” relative to the sixty-five participating countries. India didn’t participate in this latest assessment, but how might their students compare? Direct observation indicates that Indian kids — even in poor parts of the country — might well come out on top.

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7 Tips for Turning Spring Fever to Your Advantage

On May 11, 2011, in General, Teaching, tips, by Scott Cronenweth
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"Spring fever" and the end of the academic year bring special demands and challenges for many tutors. Here are some tips from fellow educators on how you can turn springtime energy into motivation for learning.

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5 Education Articles to Start the Week: Should Test Prep Start at Age 4?

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We’re on the cusp of a transformational time in education. As we start the new year, education experts are delving into how many organizations, parents, tutors, teachers and businesses are coping with challenges within the educational world. In some cases, parents are starting test prep as early as age 4 in order to get them […]

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Education Heartbreaker: It’s Not You, It’s Poverty

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It sounds like something from a bad breakup. “It’s not you, its poverty.” Or, at least, that’s what some education reform advocates, including Stephen Krashen, are saying about student performance. A contributor for the Schools Matter blog, Krashen believes that our country performs poorly on international test results such as the PIRLS because, compared with […]

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Do Colleges Really Care about SAT Scores?

On November 10, 2010, in ACT, Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, Tutoring, by Ellen Richards
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The following is a guest post by Ellen Richards, the founder of Ellen Richards Educational Services, a college admissions consulting and tutoring firm in Los Angeles, CA. Before a student enters their junior year of high school, they’ve probably already heard all about the importance of standardized tests like the SAT and the ACT. With […]

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The Truth About Learning in 21st Century America [Cartoon]

On October 27, 2010, in Assessment, Education, Education Industry, Test preparation, by Prashant Kaw
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This is an amazing cartoon and captures how we often feel about the current education system. I thought it deserved to be shared on our blog. The artist, Daivd Horsey originally published this under the title Dismal Learning is Not the Path to Success. You can check out some more of his cartoons on his […]

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Study Finds New Orleans’ Student Performance Doubled After Katrina

On October 21, 2010, in Assessment & Testing, Education, In The News, standardized testing, by Shannon Sweetser
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After the initial aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it was difficult to predict how it would change the lives of students in New Orleans. After all, when your city is in shambles and many livelihoods rely on the rebuilding process, I’m sure it’s hard to imagine going back to school and returning to normal life ever […]