The Secret of Test Preparation Success

The Secret of Test Preparation Success

So what is the ‘magic formula’ to significantly improve test scores? It’s not really magic; it’s based on motivation, commitment, and time invested. Is your teen motivated to bring his scores up? I believe that the foundation piece for test-taking success is being motivated to score well. In order for a student to improve, effort can’t be halfhearted – as I often say, “’Drop in test prep doesn’t cut it.” I have found that a path to firing up that motivation is to create an intention to get that desirable, yet realistic score: TIP #1: I recommend students write that desired score down and journal about what they intend to do on a daily basis to ensure that that score becomes a reality. Students will then come to believe that score is achievable and not just a mere ‘wish’. TIP #2: A daily visualizing of life at the college dream school also helps to light a fire under their motivation. Teens can even...
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A Proven Way to Improve Focus and Concentration

A Proven Way to Improve Focus and Concentration

Taking up the daily practice of meditation may be just what your teen needs to get through high school – deadlines, homework, peer pressure, and standardized testing, etc. – so what I will be sharing may be a lifesaver for your teen. It was no surprise when I stumbled across this fascinating study done with college students. For two weeks prior to taking the GRE - a more sophisticated SAT used for admissions to graduate school - 48 students elected to be participants in a study to evaluate their working memory capabilities, performance and focus on the reading comprehension passages of the exam. They met four days a week for two weeks and practiced breathing and meditation techniques. The results from the study revealed that not only did these students diminish their tendency for "mind-wandering", they ultimately increased their scores on the reading comprehension. The average score on a practice GRE verbal section jumped from 460 to 520. Compound that with quality test...
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