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Episode 137, Applying the Michael Phelps Philosophy to SSAT Analogies

SSAT Instructor Terri shows you how to prepare for the SSAT analogies, just like Michael Phelps prepared for the 2016 Summer Olympics

Episode 137, Applying the Michael Phelps Philosophy to SSAT Analogies

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October 5th, 2016
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Episode 133, ACT English Test, Comma Usage-Introductory Clause/Phrase

ACT Instructor Terri shows you how to use commas correctly with the introductory clause and phrase.

Episode 133, ACT English Test, Comma Usage-Introductory Clause and Phrase

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August 17th, 2016
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Episode #120, Dr. Karyn Koven, Learning Languages the Right Way

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On episode 120, Alexis Avila talks to Dr. Karyn Koven, founder of Language Bird, a company that offers customized, efficient foreign-language training.Dr. Koven earned her undergrad from University of Wisconsin-Madison and doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA. Karynhas nearly two decades of administrating, counseling, and teaching in high school settings, has visited over 100 colleges domestically and internationally, and has helped thousands of students get admitted to the top universities in the world. The goal for her company Language Bird is for students to have high quality, personalized, standards-based, college-preparatory foreign language classes anywhere -even out of their own home.

On today’s show Karyn talks about how she came up with the idea of Language Bird after successfully consulting with thousands of college applicants. You will learn why learning a second language is important, and learn key tips on how to master a new language.

Did you know? that with language bird, you can earn college credits?

Did you know? that Karynspeaks Spanish and some Hebrew

Did you know? Prepped & Polished Students get 20% off Language Birds Courses,  20% discount code , just type into the promo code box: PreppedandPolished

Karyn’s tips for mastering a new language: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes (do what babies do!), use a post it technique and post spanish words next to items around your house, and listen to music and tv in the other language.

Karyn’s words of wisdom for teens: Learn to be a good communicator and listener, don’t burn bridges, and help people you come in contact with.

Episode #120, Dr. KarynKoven, Learning Languages the Right Way

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April 29th, 2016
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Episode 117, 5 Ways to Get an A in School

On this tutoring tips episode #117, Tutor Anooj shows you how to get an A in school. Anooj was valedictorian of his high school class, so play close attention to these tips!
Tip 1: Always do your homework
Tip 2: Start preparing for exams at least 1-2 weeks in advance
Tip 3: Take notes in class
Tip 4: Prioritize items in class that count the most
Tip 5: Eat healthy, sleep well, exercise, and do fun things

Episode 117, 5 Ways to Get an A in School

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March 30th, 2016
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5 Ways to Get an ‘A’ in School

It’s almost time for grades, but you’ve got a few weeks to bump up those scores! Alexis Avila, Founder of Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation showed us 5 Ways to Get an A in School

Tip 1: Pay attention in class and take notes. Taking notes helps you stay focused and not lose attention. Also arrange your notes in a question format. ie. What is Mendel’s law of segregation? Why did James Madison write the federalist paper? etc… And answer concisely. Then before exams cover up answers and try recalling them. This will keep you on top of content. If you need to refresh your notetaking skills, I suggest taking a summer notetaking course.

Tip 2: Get on your teachers good side
I’m not saying put an polished apple on your teacher’s desk each morning. That could hurt your grade! Instead do the following 4 things:
Come to class on time
Come to class with a positive and enthusiastic attitude
c) Come to class prepared (do your homework)
d) Always ask questions in class. Try to ask at least one every day (even if you’re shy!). This keeps you engaged and prevents you from losing focus. Ask questions even if you think they are “stupid.”
* bonus tip, go to your teacher’s office hours from time to time. This will show your teacher that you care and want to do well in class!

Tip 3: Always do your homework every night no exception! (do all the reading + the problems) Homework allows practice and most of the learning happens on your own. This also allows you to ask questions in class on stuff you don’t get. Also learn to LOVE to do your homework by setting up incentives for homework completion. Get yourself a snack if you finish your math HW on time. Finish that big project due Friday? Then treat yourself to a Friday night movie!
*Keep in mind, if you’re a slower learner, you will have to put in time and half or double time toward your homework to get an A. So reserve enough time in your schedule to get your homework done!

Tip 4: Prioritize those items in your class that count the most! A lot of times it’s easy to spend 10 hours writing an essay that counts for 5% of your grade and only studying 3-4 hours for an exam that counts for 20%.
Usually exams count a lot, so I recommend preparing for exams at least 1-2 weeks in advance. Remember, proper planning is key to an A.

Tip 5: Eat healthy, sleep well, exercise, and do fun things. Getting As in school requires a lot of work and sometimes it can become overwhelming. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle and enjoying life will help you get A’s without all the stress!

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January 18th, 2016
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4 Things the SAT and ACT Test Creators Will Never Tell You

Check out the Four Things the SAT and ACT Test Creators Will Never Tell You. Alexis Avila, Founder of Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation told us more.

1. You can learn to beat the test. By practicing and learning test-taking strategies (such as back solving questions on the math section or answering reading questions as you read the passage), you won’t only improve your test score, but can ace the test.
I had a student who practiced SAT problems each day, got tutored, and took the test 5 times, and then after super scoring his results (combining his best sections from multiple sittings), he improved close to 500 points and got into Brown University.

2. The essay graders spend no more than several minutes reading and grading your essay. The SAT graders are trained to do a masterful job of glancing through hundreds of essays in a sitting. Therefore, it’s critical that you make a great first impression on the judges by taking care of the basics.
Qualities of a cosmetically appealing essay include:

Neatness:
Legible handwriting (not cramped, enough spacing between words)

No cross-outs (erase all mistakes)

Structure:
3 to 5 indented paragraphs (introduction, 1 to 3 supporting paragraphs, conclusion)

Length:
The longer the better (minimum 1.5 pages. In general, scores decrease as the length decreases)

3.The SAT is probably a harder test than the ACT test.

For years, students have come to my office to take my Test Prep Selector Practice Test which is an ACT SAT Hybrid Test comparing your ACT score to your SAT, and find that the majority of students do better on their ACT sections than on SAT sections. Why is that? The ACT is a more straightforward, less trickily worded exam; with fewer answer choices, no guessing penalty, and best overlaps with the school curriculum.
The SAT, which is getting redesigned starting March 2016 is trying desperately to look more like the ACT. The SAT got rid of the guessing penalty, there are fewer answer choices, and made the essay optional, but still the SAT exam questions look harder than ACT questions! So when applying for colleges, consider taking the ACT.
4.The SAT and ACT tests will help you get into college but not predict how successful you will be in college and post-college.

A good SAT or ACT score may get you into a better college on paper. But it’s proven that an accurate predictor of success is not the college you go to but how you utilize your time while in college.
A recent Gallup poll surveyed nearly 30,000 college graduates last year and found the percentages of students, who were thriving in all aspects of their lives, did not vary whether the grads went to a public or private four-year college.
I have students who got descent test scores, didn’t get into a top college but are doing amazingly well. What is their secret? These students maximize their time while at college. They find great programs and professors to partner with, they take advantage of the many internships available to them, and make great social and professional connections.
Overall I know students who didn’t ace the SAT and they are now young adults running their own businesses, working in careers that suit their passions, and best of all these students are happy. Just don’t tell the SAT that!

4 Things the SAT and ACT Test Creators Will Never Tell You

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January 18th, 2016
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Back to School Organizing Tips for Students

Use these strategies to start the year off on the right foot.

Organize Your Homework
Purchase an academic calendar with room to write notes in it.
(if you must use technology to schedule and organize your homework, use google calendar, or the iStudiez Pro App, which which is an easy way to keep track of your schedule, homework, and grades!
Take a look at all your assignments and make a list of what’s due each week.
Prioritize the list by arranging by due date.
Look at your assignments and figure out how long it will take to accomplish each task. For example, writing approximately how long takes to do math homework could be listed as 30 minutes ,1 hour etc.

Organize Your Backpack
Carry only the textbooks and folders for the classes you have on a given day. This will help protect your back, too!
Carry the following in a separate compartment: two black and blue ink pens, two pencils with erasers, a highlighter, a stack of blank index cards, and a mini pencil sharpener.
Always keep your assignment notebook near the top of your bag for easy access.

Store School Papers at Home
Make folders for each subject to store school papers.
At the end of each week, transfer graded school papers from your backpack to the appropriate home folder.
Keep your folders in special drawer away from other home clutter
Hang your A + papers on the fridge for all to see! It will give you that motivation to keep getting A’s.

Organize Your Desk
Remove all clutter from your desk.
Add the essentials that you will need each day (pens and pencils, lined paper, laptop) .
Group similar things together. Pencils/pens, post-it notes, and your stapler go in one area, while homework and projects goes in another area.
Keep a garbage can nearby to get rid of things.

Recommended School Supplies
Assignment notebook with room to write notes in
Pencils and Pens (blue and black ink)
Highlighter
Paper Clips
Folders
Lined Paper and index cards
Tape and scissors (for school projects)
Calculator
Mini Dictionary (students typically aren’t allowed to use their cellphones during the school day)

Back to School Organizing Tips for Students

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January 18th, 2016
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5 Ways to Get an A in School

Tutor Anooj shows you how to get an A in school. Anooj was valedictorian of his high school class, so play close attention to these tips!
Tip 1: Always do your homework
Tip 2: Start preparing for exams at least 1-2 weeks in advance
Tip 3: Take notes in class
Tip 4: Prioritize items in class that count the most
Tip 5: Eat healthy, sleep well, exercise, and do fun things

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December 7th, 2015
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Episode 85: Back to School Organization Tips

On this tutoring tips episode, Alexis Avila talks about how to best organize your homework, how to best organize your backpack, how to best store your school papers at home, and how to best organize your desk.

Recommended school supplies:
Assignment notebook with room to write notes in it
Pencils and pens
Highlighter
Paper Clips
Folders
Lined paper and index cards
Tape and scissors
Calculator
Mini dictionary

Episode 85: Back to School Organization Tips

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August 4th, 2015
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Get Ready for ACT Essay Changes, Fall 2015

Terri Karol of Prepped & Polished talks about the changes to the ACT Essay section that take effect Fall of 2015.

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July 20th, 2015
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