Large increases in a student’s scores will almost always catch the attention of the ACT and SAT review boards. They like to feel that their tests are not easily coached, and so gains of more than 200 points on the SAT and 8 points on the ACT are viewed with suspicion. At Biltmore Tutoring, we have proven many times over that students can achieve these kind of point gains on their college entrance exams, since we know that great instruction leads to large point increases! But what should you do if your score is flagged for academic review?
Math can be as scary as spiders and snakes, at least in the brain of an 8-year-old child. And that early anxiety about dealing with numbers can put a child at a significant disadvantage, not only in school but in negotiating life and a career. Fortunately, a study of third-graders, published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests an intervention that can help. One-on-one tutoring does more than teach kids, the researchers say. It calms the fear circuitry in the brain, and this leads directly to better math scores.
Upcoming changes to the SAT, scheduled to debut in March 2016, are affecting advice independent educational consultants (IECs) give their students about which college entrance exams to take—the “old” SAT, the “redesigned” SAT, or the ACT, according to a survey conducted last weekend of 273 educational consultants.
When you ask your children how their day was at school, often you don’t get a very satisfying answer. Often a child will respond ‘fine’ or ‘good,’ and that doesn’t tell you a whole lot. Most parents want to feel in the loop, and they want to do it without interrogating their children!
Simple Simon devised a short list of questions that should allow you some insight into their day.
Unlike the SAT, the ACT has decided to make small, incremental changes to their college admissions test. This fall, they will begin by rolling out a revised ACT essay, which will ask students to evaluate three points of view and to throw their support behind one argument.