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As high schoolers become immersed in the harrowing process of improving their SAT and ACT scores, parents often are full of questions and concerns.  One specific question many parents have is simply this: how can I, as a parent, help my child achieve success on the SAT and ACT? As a parent, you might sometimes feel helpless.  Ultimately, your child has to be the one to work hard and put many hours of concentration into the test prep process.  You can, however, have a significant impact on how successful your child is.  One important way parents can help our students succeed is to stay positive and offer supportive commentary about your child’s progress. BE PATIENT During Chariot Learning’s test prep process, we work on many things simultaneously: teaching your child math, grammar, or vocabulary information he or she might not know or remember, training your child to put specific strategies into action on the test sections, spot-treating areas…

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“If you think you can or can’t, you are right.” Henry Ford may not have actually uttered the quote attributed to him, but he certainly exemplified the enduring impact of a can-do attitude. Norman Vincent Peale, legendary proponent of The Power of Positive Thinking, also shared similar insights along with countless others who have made the connection between thoughts and deeds. Observing the influence what we tell ourselves has on our performance always matters, but never more than when the stakes are high. At that moment, too many succumb to debilitating fears (“What will happen if I fail?”) doubts (“I don’t think I can do this,”), and self-loathing (“I’m not good enough to succeed and never will be.”) And these bitter prophecies fulfill themselves, initiating new cycles of negativity and missed opportunities. Break the chain of negative self-talk in two simple steps: 1. Identify any self-defeating or negative thoughts that…

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Philosophers have been promoting the power of a positive mindset for ages, and today scientists are studying the myriad ways negative emotions hurt and positive emotions help performance. But we cannot consider the power of positive thinking without recalling the book that popularized both the phrase and the practice. Norman Vincent Peale, born in 1898 and buoyed for nearly a century by his own cheerful cognitions, brought a message of reality-altering optimism–“Change your thoughts and you change your world”–to the public. His most famous work was, of course, The Power of Positive Thinking. This influential book asserts that success flows from mindset. Anyone infused with healthy self-belief and calm control can accomplish amazing things. Sounds magical, right? Perhaps success requires much more than energetic optimism, but that doesn’t mean Peale doesn’t have valuable lessons for anyone striving for academic or test success. In many ways, The Power of Positive Thinking…

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