The Importance of Learning and Studying Vocabulary

Learning and studying vocabulary is the main way to increase your verbal score on standardized tests, such as the ISEE and SSAT. It can be difficult to fit studying of vocabulary into your busy schedule, but without making it a priority, you will not be able to perform well on the synonyms and analogies portions of the SSAT exam or the synonyms and sentence completions portions of the ISEE exam.  What is most important to…

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ACT Test Dates 2017

Are you looking to schedule your child for the ACT this fall? For your convenience, here are the ACT test dates for the 2017-2018 school year.  To register for a test date, please use the link below. ACT Registration ACT Test Dates 2017-2018 September 9th, 2017 October 28th, 2017 December 9th, 2017 February 10th, 2018 April 14th, 2018 June 9th, 2018 July 14th, 2018

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SAT Test Dates 2017

Are you looking to schedule your child for the SAT this fall? For your convenience, here are the SAT test dates for the 2017-2018 school year.  To register for a test date, please use the link below. SAT Registration SAT Test Dates 2017-2018 August 26th, 2017 October 7th, 2017 November 4th, 2017 December 2nd, 2017 March 10th, 2018 May 5th, 2018 June 2nd, 2018

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Science Learning Apps We Love

Keeping up with the app landscape is not easy! New apps are made all the time, and it can be difficult to sort out which ones will actually help your child learn.  There are many great-looking apps that aren’t designed well for learning, while others may not look great at first, but upon closer inspection are wonderful for learning. All of these science learning apps are designed for expanding your child’s knowledge and skill set, and…

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Best Free or Cheap Math Learning Apps

Does your child struggle with math? Sometimes some extra practice or making things a little more interesting can help. You can make practicing math skills fun by using these free or cheap math learning apps. They are all well worth checking out!  Motion Math: Zoom ($2.99)–numbers. This app for elementary students helps kids learn numbers and decimals with a fun and engaging game. Motion Math Zoom features the world’s most interactive number line – kids have…

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Overcoming Writer’s Block

If you’re a writer or a student, chances are you’ve experienced writer’s block. It’s a very frustrating situation, so you may be wondering what exactly it is, why it happens, and how you can make it go away. Read on to find out! What is writer’s block? Writer’s block is when you are unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with your writing. It happens to every writer at some point…

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Top 5 Language Learning Apps

Learning a new language can be a challenge, especially for older children and adults, since forming the necessary cognitive frameworks is easiest for young children. Utilizing modern technology can help! Here is our list of the top six language learning apps currently available at the app store.  HelloTalk–the messaging app. This app is unique because it covers a vast array of languages (over one hundred), and also because of the teaching style. With HelloTalk, you…

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Do’s and Don’ts of Teaching Vocabulary

Since the adoption of Common Core in the US, teaching vocabulary is no longer strictly the domain of the English-Language Arts classroom. This makes vocabulary a matter of standard and law, so it’s pretty important to make the most of vocab lessons. Here are some simple do’s and don’ts when it comes to teaching vocabulary.  DO help students come up with their own definitions. Studies show that students are much more likely to retain meaning…

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2017 Edition of ISEE/SSAT Preparation Book Released!

We are excited to announce that we are releasing our 2017 Edition Preparation Book for the ISEE and SSAT tests, as well as the Boston Latin Exam. Mastering the ISEE and SSAT 2017 Edition will be sent to each student! We have thoroughly researched all of the current test preparation strategies for the ISEE and SSAT tests and developed proprietary materials that enhance the current approaches and make them more effective for instruction. We have…

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Advice for Student Writers

There is no one way to learn how to write, but that is part of the beauty of writing. Here are a few tips for students who want to become better writers.  1. Write often and in different styles. The best way to improve your writing is to write as much as possible! Give yourself a boost with regular and varied writing practice, such as journaling, essays, stories, poems, blogs, and more. Perhaps the best way…

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