SAT Test Essay strategies & approaches: rhetorical analysis, logic & how to write a great essay!

Michael reviews the SAT Essay section, instructions & requirements, approaches and strategies, how it is scored and general strategies & approaches for rhetorical analysis. In the first of three videos, Michael reviews the SAT Essay rhetorical analysis and how to approach the text and identify rhetorical and persuasive techniques. This video reviews general strategies and … Continue reading SAT Test Essay strategies & approaches: rhetorical analysis, logic & how to write a great essay!

How to Build & Apply History Knowledge to SAT Test Reading Section Historical Passages

Here Michael reviews strategies for approaching SAT Reading section historical passages by building core historical knowledge around dates and themes of major wars By remembering dates of MAJOR WARS, students can easily contextualize SAT Reading passages as either before or after a certain war and, thus, historical themes and perspectives.

How to approach the SAT test Writing Section: modeling approaches & strategies on practice test 10

Michael reviews general SAT Writing section approaches and strategies and punctuation and grammar rules, then models them on a passage from the College Board SAT Practice Test 10 Michael works through the 1st two passages of Practice Test 10 (questions 1-11. 12-22) with a live demonstration of actually taking that test on each passage:

How to Approach the SAT test Reading Section: Modeling approaches & strategies on practice test 1

Michael models SAT Reading section techniques and strategies on a passage from the College Board SAT Practice Test 1 Michael works through the fourth passage of Practice Test 1 (questions 32-41) with a live demonstration of actually taking that test/ passage:

Why Colleges are accepting more students for 2020-21 school year & offering more “scholarships”

Whether or not your high school senior has accepted a college admissions offer, please note that the Coronavirus shutdown has deeply impacted colleges, and they are increasing both their acceptance rate and offers of financial assistance/ scholarships. As an experienced academic coach & mentor, I strongly recommend that you speak to your child’s preferred colleges … Continue reading Why Colleges are accepting more students for 2020-21 school year & offering more “scholarships”

HISTORY BITS & PIECES: WORLD WATER DAY & A HISTORY OF YELLOW FEVER & MALARIA

The Bing Homepage on March 22 features “World Water Day,” a United Nations’ sponsored theme to promote awareness of the need for freshwater around the world. * Above photo titled: ” Children getting water from the faucet in the slum area in Yauco, Puerto Rico,” 1942, Library of Congress Thoughts of freshwater remind me about … Continue reading HISTORY BITS & PIECES: WORLD WATER DAY & A HISTORY OF YELLOW FEVER & MALARIA

How to improve SAT test scores: Attack the Question!

When developing test-taking skills for standardized tests such as AP, ACT, and SAT tests there are usually two approaches: Strategy no. 1: Improve on content knowledge & skills. Strategy no. 2:  Employ test-taking strategies, such as skipping, annotating, anticipating answers, and elimination. That’s all good and well, but there’s no single method to apply to … Continue reading How to improve SAT test scores: Attack the Question!

Do Smartphones make students dumb? Parents, how to teach your children to avoid distractions & use the cell phone off button

Tap, tap, text, text, click, click…  Are cell phones taking students from merely distracted to dum, dummer, dummest? I suppose it depends on what “dumb” is.  If dumb means instant access to vast sources of information that don’t require memory recall to access, that’s hardly stupid. And if dumb means webs of instant connections for … Continue reading Do Smartphones make students dumb? Parents, how to teach your children to avoid distractions & use the cell phone off button

How Parents and Teachers can use Bloom’s Taxonomy to engage student learning & curiosity

“Bloom’s Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain,” known more commonly as “Bloom’s Taxonomy,” identifies levels of learning from basic knowledge to higher-order thought that if used correctly can greatly empower student academic performance. Bloom’s original goal for the taxonomy was to guide curricular and assessment development with specific cognitive goals. Most teachers are familiar with it, … Continue reading How Parents and Teachers can use Bloom’s Taxonomy to engage student learning & curiosity

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