Part 2: Perfecting Standard Essay Structure for Standardized Testing

In the last blog, you were given the general format for a successful standard essay. Below is an example using that template that answers the question, Of the books you have read in the past year, which one made the biggest impression on you and why? Sample Standard Essay Response: This year I read The Giver by Lois Lowry and it made a big impression on me because like Jonas, I don’t always agree with…

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Part 1: Perfecting Standard Essay Structure for Standardized Testing

For essay prompts that ask you to answer a question, such as Of the books you have read in the past year, which one made the biggest impression on you and why?, your goal is to structure an essay that answers the question and presents paragraphs with supporting evidence. Your essay should have four paragraphs: the introduction, two supporting paragraphs, and the conclusion. Your answer to the given question will form the thesis of your…

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Want Some Tricks to Make Division Easier?

Sometimes it can help to have some tricks up our sleeve when starting to divide a number. Thankfully, there are ways to check if a number is divisible by any of the numbers between 2 and 9 before you have to spend a bunch of time on trial and error.  Remember, we don’t need a trick for 1, because every number is divisible by 1, and we don’t need one for 0, because you can’t…

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How to Read Fiction and Poetry for Standardized Testing

If you are reading a fiction or poetry passage, your goal is to think about the type of mood the author is creating, which is similar to the tone, and how the details are used to help you understand the mood the author is trying to create. Pay special attention to symbolism and imagery throughout the piece. Read the following passage, and think carefully about the details that are being used. Notice the use of…

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Benefits of a Building a Classroom Website

It’s understandable if creating a classroom website has been at the low end of your priority list. Maybe you have been thinking about building one for a while, but who has the time? Unfortunately, classroom websites too often take the backseat. Either the website is too complicated to update on a regular basis and ends up being neglected, or perhaps you’re underwhelmed by the district issued site. Before you brush off the idea of creating…

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Looping Classrooms: A New Educational Trend

Looping classrooms have become more and more popular in the US in recent years. Looping is when a teacher moves with his or her students at the end of the year to the next grade level rather than sending them to a new teacher. In many schools, looping has been integrated as a regular procedure  and has become normal for students to spend more than one year with the same teacher(s). Of course, as with…

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Six Science-Backed Study Hacks

Most students have their own tried and true methods when it comes to studying for important tests. Yours might involve using a special purple highlighter or reviewing everything with a study group. But how do you know if your study hacks are truly effective? Luckily, scientists have researched popular study hacks that will help you ace your exams and get stellar grades. Here are a few ways to get to the top of your class.…

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Top 10 Tips for Acing the LSAT

The LSAT requires not only mastery of the exam’s content, but also the ability to anticipate and address those little details that can make or break your test day experience. Here are tips that will prepare you for both! Top 5 LSAT Tips (and 5 Bonus Tips!) Mark an answer for every question! Unlike the SAT, the LSAT has no guessing penalty. Do not be afraid to postpone your test until you are completely ready. While every test taker is…

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Fun Holiday Events in Massachusetts

Looking for new ways to celebrate the holidays this year? Our list of local holiday events for 2017 are sure to be fun for the whole family! Boston Children’s Chorus: Fireplace Fables Winter Concert When: Sat 12/9/17 and Sun 12/10/17 Where: 645 Boylston Street, Boston Time: 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM Age: any Cost: $12 – $15 Take a break from the snowy streets, and come inside to have your heart swell with joy as…

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What to Consider When Choosing a College

Choosing the right college for you is no easy task, and it can end up being a stressful experience for many high schoolers. To help you along, it is a good idea to learn as much as you can about the schools you are considering. Here are some things you may not have thought about yet in the process of choosing a college.  Available courses. I’m sure you’ve checked that the major you want to pursue…

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