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Every day at over at our TestBeast Tumblr, we share motivation for monster test scores. Here are some of our recent favorites…   Any student striving for amazing results in tests, school, and life should visit TestBeast daily. You can also subscribe to the rss feed or follow Chariot Learning on Facebook.

Looking for a horror movie? The documentary Ivory Tower tackles a topic that terrifies most parents… As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), IVORY TOWER asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.   Through profiles at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and San Jose State —among several others—IVORY TOWER reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. But along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school Deep Springs to the historically black all women’s college Spelman, where the…

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Do you have time for an easy quiz? Just answer this one question: Do you do better work after a good night’s sleep or after missing a full night of sleep? Easy, right? Believe it or not, multitasking has the same impact on our work as losing a night’s sleep, according to trials run at King’s College London: In 80 clinical trials, Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King’s College London University, monitored the IQ of workers throughout the day. He found the IQ of those who tried to juggle messages and work fell by 10 points — the equivalent to missing a whole night’s sleep and more than double the 4-point fall seen after smoking marijuana. Why give up the the mental processing power of 10 full IQ points if you don’t have to? Unless you are part of the supertasker elite, unplug from media and work on one…

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What’s going down for the college-bound? A lot if you’re applying to schools this academic year. The 2014-15 Common Application will be available on August 1, and you can create your account at that time. But you don’t need to wait until then to start working on your application essay since we already know the prompts! How much is a college education worth? Many authorities project that someone who has earned a bachelor’s degree will earn an extra million or so dollars on average over a lifetime of work. Others see less potential economic gain… much, much, much less: After accounting for the cost of tuition, four years of lost earning potential, and the minimal increase in salary an undergraduate degree provides, 30-year-old local man Patrick Moorhouse has, at this point in his life, earned $11 more than he would have had he not attended college at all… And if this whole hyper-competitive…

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Basking in the hot sun to get a deep golden tan may have been discredited by doctors, but summer still has its uses. For example, summer is just about the best time for most high school students to prep for the SAT & ACT. But that’s not all: summer is also the best time for rising seniors to work on that all-important admissions essay! One of the keys to an AMAZING college essay is selecting the right prompt. Fortunately, the prompts and directions haven’t changed from last year, so here are your options for the 2013-14 Common App:   Instructions. The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer…

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Every day at over at our TestBeast Tumblr, we share motivation for monster test scores. Here are some of our recent favorites… Any student striving for amazing results in tests, school, and life should visit TestBeast daily. You can also subscribe to the rss feed or follow Chariot Learning on Facebook.

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