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The 3M’s: Management of Self (The myth and curse of “Multitasking”)

If you have been following my blog, you know that at Revolution we have developed a skill set that we believe is crucial to instill in every child preparing for college and careers in the 21st century. We believe that in addition to a solid foundation in the Three R’s—reading, writing and arithmetic—students also need… Continue reading

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5 Steps to Improving Reading Comprehension

At the heart of academic success in high school, college, and success beyond academics all comes back to one core skill: reading comprehension. While that’s the case, I’ve found there is a big misunderstanding about what really constitutes reading comprehension. In elementary school between second and fourth grades students are expected to make the shift… Continue reading

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Why College Grades Matter

Your college student’s grade point average (GPA) can be vital to their success beyond college.  According to the US News and World Report, maintaining a high GPA is crucial to those who plan to attend graduate schools. Even if they are planning to enter the job market immediately after graduation, it is advisable to list… Continue reading

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Planning Ahead – The Importance of Creating an Academic Roadmap Now

For many high school bound freshmen, the college admissions process and college applications seem like a setting sun on a distant horizon. Most feel their time is better served focusing on the vast stretch of road that lies immediately in front of them. Why not focus on the “here and now”? College applications are not… Continue reading

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Making the Grade

While there are notable examples of people whose grades were not important or indicative of their future successes, be it in college or a profession — think Einstein, a notoriously poor student, or Harold Bloom, a preeminent professor and literary critic, who was accepted to Cornell, despite grades, after a “strong performance on the New… 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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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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Smart Kid Problem

As we all know, getting straight As in school doesn’t guarantee you a stellar SAT score. But why not? Smart is smart, right? Shouldn’t your grades correspond with how well you do on an annoying standardized test? Not really. The SAT is a critical reasoning test, which is different than the fact-based tests you’re used… Continue reading

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AP Language Exams: Don’t Get Tongue-Tied

It’s easy to be intimidated by foreign language AP tests, but you don’t have to be a native speaker to score well. Nor do you have to be fluent—you’re not expected to know every single word or understand every grammatical construction the test writers throw at you. You just need to use strategy. Multiple-choice questions… Continue reading

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