### Devising a Solution

October 09, 2017
by Mike Bergin

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,

- Published in Academics

### Understanding the Problem

September 25, 2017
by Mike Bergin

“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

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### How to Solve It

September 11, 2017
by Mike Bergin

Albert Einstein, genius that he was, reportedly commented that, if he only had one hour to solve a problem, he would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and the remaining 5 minutes solving it. No matter that this quote is most likely apocryphal; the brilliance and truthfulness of it transcends its false origins. Any great

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### Faster Math for the SAT & ACT

May 25, 2017
by Mike Bergin

Math on exams like the SAT and ACT has always been tough and seems to be getting tougher. Every year, we’re seeing more advanced concepts from Algebra 2, trigonometry, and statistics added to the tests with very little of the core arithmetic, algebra, and geometry being removed. Plus, both tests continue to emphasize math conceptual

- Published in Test Prep

### Stop Saying “I’m Bad at Math”

March 21, 2017
by Brad Kelly

Many students become convinced somewhere along the line that they are “bad at math,” or that their brain isn’t wired for math. In some cases it is just a matter of finding the subject uninteresting. But, at its worst, this self-definition can have deep impacts on a student’s ability to achieve. Certainly, skills in all

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### ACT Reporting Categories: MATH

November 25, 2016
by Mike Bergin

Once known as the college entrance exam of choice for strong math students, the ACT has always demanded both broad and deep mastery of math concepts learned from grade school to high school. The SAT may currently hold the crown for the test best suited for math whizzes, but ACT Math is tough and getting

- Published in Test Prep

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