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.
“It is foolish to answer a question that you do not understand. It is sad to work for an end that you do not desire. Such foolish and sad things often happen, in and out of school…” Into every life, it is said, a little rain must fall. Farmers and firefighters may take comfort in