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How Tutoring Helps Straight A Students

Through Revolution Prep, I’ve had the pleasure of helping hundreds of families plan and prepare for the SAT, ACT and academics. I’ve worked with straight-A students looking to raise their score up to a 2300+ on the SAT, and I’ve worked with students hoping to master algebra, and everyone in between. I’ve also seen the positive impact that… Continue reading

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Want to know how you learned to hate math?

It’s actually pretty simple. (Well actually I’m going to MASSIVELY oversimplify it so I can write an entertaining post. I’m happy to address the finer points if you follow up with me.) The elementary school system is out to get you! Just kidding. Actually, I’m kinda serious… You see elementary school has a single teacher… Continue reading

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The “Three R’s” aren’t enough

You know that if you subtract 56 from 73, you’ll need to “carry the one”. We all know to “carry the one” but very few of us understand why. This is because we were taught this skill, but not the concept behind the skill. In the past (and unfortunately, often in the present as well),… Continue reading

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“I have plenty of time to study” Part 2

The SAT is two weeks away and finals are still four weeks away, but that doesn’t mean you should put off studying until the last minute. In my last post “I have plenty of time to study” Part 1, I talked about all the reasons why you need to make a plan and not cram…. Continue reading

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“I have plenty of time to study” Part 1

It’s the middle of November. You’ve just completed your October mid-terms, the December SAT is three weeks away, and exams are at least a month away. This is when many students make the mistake of thinking, “Hey, I have plenty of time to study, so why start now?” While it is true, you do have… Continue reading

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Finding Your Passions and Talents

At Revolution Prep we think there are three keys to student success: 1) Finding your passions and talents, 2) Cultivating good habits, and 3) Developing fluency of thinking. Certainly, having good study and work habits are important and critical thinking skills are a key component to college readiness, but why do we group finding one’s… Continue reading

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7 Habits of Ineffective Students

We all develop habits in life. Some of these habits put us on a trajectory towards success, and other habits put us on a trajectory towards stress, burn out, and poor grades.  The start of the school year is the time to make good decisions and develop good habits. Think of the decisions at the… Continue reading

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How To Be An Active Reader

One misconception commonly held by students is that reading is a passive activity. Unfortunately, passing your eyes over words on a page does not automatically store the material in your brain. You have to work for it – coax the information into your memory by asking questions and taking notes. These strategies fall into one… Continue reading

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Building Self-Discipline

From a young age, we have been told about the virtues of self-discipline. “If you wait to eat that marshmallow you will get another one later!” But it is difficult to understand until later in life when you have been able test the benefits of hard work and delayed gratification. So what exactly is self-discipline… Continue reading

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8 Strategies for Reading Difficult Material

We have all had to read painfully challenging material. Whether you are reading a short article on avant-garde scientific methods or a tome on medieval literature, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Fortunately there are strategies that make it easier to comprehend complicated reading material. Scan Before reading the material, it is necessary to learn… Continue reading

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