Tens of thousands of students a year prep for the SAT & ACT through programs Mike Bergin created or organized. After over 20 years of intensive experience in the industry, he knows what works in test prep and what doesn’t. Mike founded Chariot Learning in 2009 to deliver on the promise of what truly transformative, individualized education can and should be.
Americans love aspirational brands, the ones that inspire us to dig deeper than we ever thought possible to break the barriers that constrain us from our best–the best–performance humanly possible. And messages like these, along with the Olympian ambitions they ignite, deserve praise for portraying in poetic, primal fashion the commitment, focus, and sacrifice required
High stakes standardized tests induce stress in most people. They always have (particularly among the unprepared) and likely always will. One eternally effective way to deal with anxiety and uncertainty is through humor, which creates a distance between the sufferer and the stressful situation. In 2017, most people seem to respond to both profound trauma
A problem, by definition, needs to be solved. Alas for many, effective solution methods do not include crying, complaining, or ignoring the situation. In fact, problem solving often depends on methods and approaches outside our ordinary routine. Good old George Pólya knew a thing or two about problems and solutions. His masterpiece of mathematical heuristics,
We all know that the only good reasons for high schoolers to take the SAT and ACT are for college admissions purposes: test scores exert considerable influence in student acceptance and scholarship awards at four-year schools. But are the SAT and ACT really the only standardized tests colleges can use to evaluate prospective students? If
No matter how happy and productive your life is, you probably have the sense that it–and you–could be better, if only you could read-work-study-exercise-sleep-clean more. But what really stops you or any one of us from doing everything we’re supposed to do rather than indulging in all those activities we’re not supposed to? WILLPOWER. Willpower
We often hear from parents (and sometimes even students) wondering what can be done ahead of time to prepare for the SAT & ACT. In these cases, “ahead of time” is measured not in months but in years. Since preparation and planning go hand in hand, such early ambition deserves praise along with prudent advice.