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Ask Your Counselor: How Do I Manage My Time When Taking a Test?

It’s no secret that procrastination has ensnared us all at some point. The resultant dysregulation and stress then press us to react, so we “cram,” or as the 2012 UCLA Newsroom article, “Cramming for a test? Don’t Do It” suggests, fruitlessly fight our way out of our self-made trap by Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: Math With Word Problems

  “Math is supposed to be math!” so some insist. According to these “resistance forces,” integrating or “muddling” content matter results in the unnecessary pollution of an untainted or “pure” subject, and merely confuses young test takers who are muscling their way through the brawny bearers of high standards that Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: Should I Use a Large Test Prep Company?

The False Promises Out of panic and pressure that their children will be “left behind” during the college admissions process, families often fall victim to the mega-test prep firm’s large class instructional package “deals.” Universities and private companies alike employ 100’s of instructors who guarantee “that students scoring in the Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: How Do I Apply for Scholarships?

Like clockwork every year, many 12th graders, parents, teachers and college counselors struggle to submit scholarship applications on time while hustling through the flurry of standardized testing, college applications, housing decisions and the unsubsidized loan nightmare that is FASFA. The storm of anxiety and stress quickly gathers strength and leads Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: Essay Help for ACT

It’s irksome enough that standardized tests already wield a heavy-hand over the futures of our youth. What’s more, these tests unceasingly, or so they seem, change in ways that appear unmanageable, even disastrous. The newest rendition of the ACT Essay, initiated this past fall, unquestionably represents this unfortunate paradigm. According Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: Tutoring for Common Core SBAC

Parents, teachers, students, and schools in California are in a state of frenzy because the questions are mounting:  What’s the deal with Common Core? What is the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium)? Why weren’t we told sooner? Why are our students boycotting exams or literally throwing up because of the Read More…

Ask Your College Counselor: How Can I Improve My Critical Reading Skills?

How many of us loath the stress and pressure of an ever-changing college entrance exam, one that is still necessary for admission into the U.S.’s most prestigious universities, and yet, may or may not determine one’s success in college or life? Regardless of our antipathy toward the exam, a high Read More…

Read These 5 Tips for Tutoring ESL Students

Throughout my 15 years in education, I have confronted many obstacles related to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to Hispanic students in the United States and Asian learners in the United States and Taiwan as a classroom teacher and private tutor. There are five core tips that an Read More…

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