After being in the thick of standardized test prep full-time for a year now, I'm at the edge of perfection in four exams. (Thank you; you may hold your applause.) Nevertheless, I'm wondering if this idea of perfection in one area of my life has me thinking I can be perfect in other areas of … Continue reading The Illusion of Perfection
On test day, at lot can happen, but most people go in with the faith that their proctor---whoever s/he may be---will know what s/he is doing. Now, as a tutor, and as a follower of test prep blogs on Reddit, I've heard some test-day horror stories. One of the most important score-changers outside of actually … Continue reading Bad Proctor? Know Your Rights
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.
Coaching tennis and being coached in tennis have been the greatest cross-overs to tutoring, Soph explains, because they have deepened her understanding of the process of getting better. After college, Soph coached Varsity and JV high school team tennis as well as clinics and private lessons for kids, adults, and seniors. Here in San Diego, … Continue reading How Tennis Has Helped Soph Become a Better Tutor
Is your focus like a predator's or like a prey animal's? What does pupil shape indicate about an animal's behavior?
“There’s a bloody _________ winking me in the face!” outbursted Austin Powers in Goldmember, when he first met the Mole. This article covers three types of moles: moles in sentence/text completion, moles in reading comprehension, and moles in quantitative reasoning. Hopefully, none are cancerous. MOLES IN SENTENCE EQUIVALENCE AND TEXT COMPLETION When you're new to … Continue reading Looking Around Moles: A GRE Verbal Strategy
In between sets of a workout the other day, I starting having a conversation with myself about the GMAT problem solving study session I had just completed. Working out and studying for your test all in the same morning really get you feeling like you can accomplish anything, so long as you praise yourself. If you're … Continue reading Positive Self-Talk After Study Sessions
It's 8:30pm, and I feel like a normal person, meaning I don't feel like studying. If I could, without exploding, I would eat a second dinner, but I've already spent enough time in the kitchen putting off getting to my desk. My brain is tired, my friends are texting me, and I just want to … Continue reading Get Plumped for Verbal Sections
My answer is maybe. Training your mind to be clear of all thought or to be open and perceptive of its external environment might help with mental willpower, and this might help develop the keen focus you must have to perform on standardized tests. The ability to direct one's focus is a crucial skill for test-takers. … Continue reading Will Meditation Improve Your Scores?