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5 Reasons to Start AP Prep Now

Common sense will tell us that cramming just isn’t smart. If students try to overwhelm themselves with information the night before a big exam, chances are they are much more likely to forget information rather than retain information. While students should prepare wisely for the short-term, the same goes for their long-term goals. Parents and… Continue reading

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What to do about the new Redesigned SAT

Parents of Rising High School Juniors – Did you party too hard before taking the SAT? If the answer is yes, then you are in the seeming majority.  I have had people from HS principals to Congressmen tell me the same story: how they partied the night before and took the SAT cold.  Well folks, like… Continue reading

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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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Spring into Studying

March is here and spring has sprung! If you live in one of the many parts of the country still trudging through a Polar Vortex (or, as I wish it were, an Amy-Poehler-Vortex), warm weather may seem decades away. Before you know it, though, Grandma will no longer need to be shoveled out and it… Continue reading

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SAT Changes Are Coming

On March 5, the College Board announced a major redesign of the SAT that will be released in the spring of 2016. In a presentation from Austin, Texas, College Board President David Coleman said that the proposed changes will make the SAT more “focused, clear, useful, and open.” The College Board plans to align the… Continue reading

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Now What?

Maybe you took the January SAT and the test did not go your way. Maybe you’ve been avoiding those not-so-hot test scores from last semester because if you ignore them, they might go away. So here you are, in the midst of the spring semester, and you’re asking yourself, “Now what do I do?” Before… Continue reading

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Test-Taking: Sometimes Terrible Things Happen

I’ve been working with Revolution Prep for close to six years now, and I have heard some test-taking stories. Here are just a few of my favorites: 1) Students arrived at the testing location only to find the gates locked. There had been a miscommunication with the school, and the custodial staff was unaware that… 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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Critical Reading for the Mathematically-Minded

All too often I encounter a student who does a stellar job on the SAT math, pretty well on grammar, and horribly on the critical reading. These are analytically-minded students, and they tend to struggle with the SAT’s reasoning-based critical reading questions. For these students, there are unique techniques to put their skills to use… Continue reading

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Tips for Conquering the AP Calc BC Exam

Even though the AP Calculus exam is months away, students are already beginning to stress about staying on top of the demanding course load needed to pass the test.  But, by following these six tips, students can maximize their potential in class and conquer the exam. 1) Read a good textbook. If your teacher is not… Continue reading

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