Violent Language Does Not Have to Be Part of Test Prep

In test prep, I have noticed that many tutors use bellicose language when talking about achievement on tests. Tests are killed, destroyed, owned, pwned, conquered, defeated, etc. One book I use for SAT Math is called PWN the SAT, which is video-game speak for Kill the SAT. Tests are construed as enemies, whereas tutors are … Continue reading Violent Language Does Not Have to Be Part of Test Prep

100 Things I Love About Being a Test Prep Tutor and Instructor

Below is a list I have compiled over the years of teaching and tutoring standardized exams. It is almost complete. Enjoy! Learning new words and their origins Learning new things about science, history, social science, outer space, reptiles, etc Doing lots of practice problems SMH when getting tricked on questions Doing challenge problems Hearing students … Continue reading 100 Things I Love About Being a Test Prep Tutor and Instructor

10 Reasons Why Tests are Friends, Not Foes.

Tests are friends, not foes. Feeling negatively toward these tests won't help you pass them. But with so much frustration, disappointment, jealousy and resentment going around regarding these tests, how can you re-frame your thinking in a more positive manner? Here are the ten reasons I love standardized tests. They're honest. These tests are the … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Tests are Friends, Not Foes.