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How Standardized Testing Benefits Society

Standardized tests remain among the most efficient and effective tools for measuring student knowledge, ability, and achievement. This post is authored and published by the National Test Prep Association and shared here with permission.

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College Admissions

You are a tutor? Don’t talk to me.

An aspect of the conversations around college admissions that has baffled me is how some college admissions officers and college counselors entirely dismiss the input of SAT and ACT tutors. Everyone’s input should be put to scrutiny, especially when someone has a financial interest in a topic. So scrutiny of a tutor’s input is justified. But is outright rejection of the possibility that they can meaningfully add to the discussion surrounding the value of the SAT and ACT? I think not. Here’s why. Understanding Samantha Only SAT and ACT tutors see the tests, students’ performance and progress on the actual

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Thoughts on Life

Keys to Success

Here are the keys I have found for succeeding at work and in life. Work Hard This seems obvious, right? Actually, not so much. For the last 9 years, I have been asking my students what the primary key to success is. The answers have ranged from: connections, education, money, luck, personality, etc. Most of those are good to great answers. But none of them are as important as hard work. If you don’t work hard, then none of the other things matter overly much. But, if you do work hard enough, then you can overcome not having most, if

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Thoughts on Life

Philosophical Fiction

The show “Alice in Borderland” is the best piece of philosophy that I have seen in some time. In it, people are transported into a dystopian version of Tokyo in which they must compete in games of survival. If you have watched “Planet Earth,” then you too have a sense of how nature is more like “Alice in Borderland” than our own conception of reality in which we romanticize the beauty of nature (and it is stunningly beautiful) but tend to sanitize from our sensibilities the brutality and unpredictability of nature. In nature, a deer lies down to sleep. Hungry

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Thoughts on Life

An Apple Pie in the Woods

All religions seem a rather unsatisfying starting point for religion: before I wonder if I need a god for salvation, I’d like to know if I need a god for existence.

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Thoughts on Life

How to be Extraordinary

By definition, the average person is not extraordinary. And yet, paradoxically, the surest path to becoming extraordinary is to be what people would assume to be ordinary. It is only because most people do not do what is expected of all people that, if you do what is expected, you will be extraordinary and viewed as such by other people. All of the following are obvious, but, what is not obvious to most people, is that doing the following will make them extraordinary. Be Prompt with Communication People are emotional. Very, very, very, very emotional. Not some people. All people.

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