At Biltmore Tutoring, we do lots of private tutoring and test prep. However, we have also had great success with our small group SAT and ACT test prep classes (in fact, some of our largest score increases came from class students, and especially ones who combined a class with a few private lessons to tune up with material that they needed a little one-on-one help with).[Read more…]
Decisions about admission into college are based on a gamut of factors. Potentially among them: a student’s understanding of parabolas, perihelions and the Reconstruction — that is, his or her academic preparation and performance. But should those decisions also take into account the resourcefulness shown in learning amid challenging circumstances — say, an impoverished, crime-ridden neighborhood?
The College Board thinks so, and if it had a good tool for measuring each applicant’s environment and perseverance, we’d be applauding today. But it doesn’t, so we aren’t.[Read more…]
Identical twin astronauts, Mark and Scott Kelly, agreed to be studied for two years. NASA tracked changes to their genes, cognitive skills and physical and mental health to understand the impact of long duration space flight on the human body and brain. Mark stayed on Earth throughout. Scott spent a full year at the International Space Station. NASA monitored their functions before, during, and after Scott’s flight.
What’s Mindprint Got to Do with It?
Mindprint’s research partners at Penn Medicine’s Brain Behavior Lab provided the cognitive assessment for the NASA Twins Study. Yes, it’s the same assessment Mindprint makes available to students around the world to understand their cognitive development. NASA describes the assessment as “a much-needed practical, yet comprehensive cognitive test battery”[Read more…]
On Monday afternoon, a parent from New York City called Biltmore Tutoring because she had “heard” that we had successfully defended four students whose scores were invalidated by the College Board.
We had once published an article giving parents advice on what to do if their students’ scores were challenged, because it’s happened to us a few times.[Read more…]