Author Archives: Patty Camloh

A good working mastery of math and English content is critical for success on the SAT & ACT. The reading sections of these tests has always been more about strategy. The right approach to reading will boost a student’s confidence and lead to better results. I recently had a phone conversation with my daughter, a senior at a Hudson Valley college. She told me she was taking a course from a history professor who was giving “tricky” multiple choice tests. I gave her one piece of advice: “Formulate your answer independently, before looking at the answer choices.” Following this strategy, my daughter improved her performance in the class (and this momma was happy for a chance to help her grown-up daughter!) When students take the few seconds to answer a test question in their own words, they need not labor over the various answer choices. A student’s formulated answer will…

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High school students are busier than ever these days, and downtime is infrequent. Test prep tutors often struggle to fit tutoring in around a student’s packed activity schedule. The time pressure of a tight schedule can be productive; students learn to juggle calendars and deadlines, and let’s admit that a bit of a kick in the butt can motivate anyone to action. But when does it all get to be too much? Then, according to blogger Kieran Tie, burnout occurs: “Burnout is a cunning thief. It feeds on your passion, your energy, and your enthusiasm, taking these positive qualities and turning them into exhaustion, frustration, and self-doubt. It’s way more than just having a bad day, or being tired and worn out.” Tie identifies the factors which can lead to burnout in the workplace. But we can readily agree that these factors, including lack of control over our environment, unfair…

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