Some Unusual Tips For SAT Test Prep

e1SAT test will test your strengths and weaknesses. If you wish to prove your best you will have to be ready with your test prep. Hence, it is important that you go through several mock tests. But, if you want to be ready for any kind of test, you will have to be done with your studying. In order to prepare you will need a study plan. When you look out for the tips on organizing your study plan, you will find it very saturated as nobody has nothing new to share.

Here are some interesting tips shared to help you for the SAT prep:

Take up Reading:

You will have to read and keep yourself updated about all the unusual subject matters. It will prepare you for attempting the reading comprehension passages. Majority of the students are bogged down with the unseen passages in the SAT test. This is why you should increase reading as a part of your SAT prep. Begin reading with the passage and stop mid way. Try to interpret the author’s argument. Go to different sources of reading to discover unknown or unusual content to read.

Strengthen the Lexis:

No, you haven’t applied for the spelling bee but for the SAT and you need to build vocabulary as test prep. Don’t cram every word that is in the dictionary. In your reading routine, you might stumble upon new words. Jot them down and use them once in a day. There are two advantages of learning new words or phrases. There is a ‘sentence completion’ in the SAT test, where you can show your rich vocabulary. Most importantly it will help you breeze through the comprehension section. This simple habit can pull up your SAT score.

Writing Practice:

It is not easy to master the art of writing the essay in 25 minutes and proofreading it for edits. However, with practice, you can find it easy to deal with any topic as an essay. You would know how to structure your essay and put out your best even in the most stressful situation. Hence, you should be practicing to write more often. Every learning center trains their students by offering different practice topics. Go a step further and hunt for topics that you can practice on your own. You will have to be ready to go out of the way for your test prep so that you shine over others.

Math Rules:

Learning center will help you with math sections by giving you formula and theorems. Memorize each principle and formula. Practice them often as they will save your precious time during the actual test. You will not have to recollect them at the end moment and feel dubious. Practice math everyday and you can outdo others at the test. Also, it is best to use a calculator than doing mental math. It will save your time and offer accurate answers. This means you will have to practice with your calculator.

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The Reasons Why Phrasal Verbs Are Important

A Phrasal Verb is a verb that consist of two parts. The first part is always a verb like give, go, come, get etc. and the second part is a preposition like in, on, up, down etc. This combination of a verb and a preposition creates a meaning which is completely different from that the original verb. Examples: un + into = meet eak + up = end a relationship look + down + on = think less of, consider inferio Phrasal verbs are so commonly used by native speakers that it’s impossible to sound like a native speaker without using them. Be it spoken, formal or informal written language, one just can’t get away without using phrasal verbs. As we all know – knowing something about a foreign language is of lesser importance than practicing it in day to day life. Take for example (in informal, casual conversation) if you know the meaning of phrasal verb- “pay for something” but instead of using the phrasal verb you chose one dictionary word “punish”, you are going to sound ridiculous, obsolete or extremely formal. Phrasal verbs have to be learned (and practiced regularly) because most of them are idiomatic, in other words you cannot deduce their meaning just by knowing the meaning of words they are made up of. Take the common phrasal verb ‘put’ and its different meanings. ask somebody out-invite on a date Sam asked Julie out for coffee. ask around-ask many people the same question I asked around but nobody has seen that place. add up to something-equal Your purchases add up to $109.58. ack something up-reverse You’ll have to back up your car so that I can get out. ack somebody up-support My wife backed me up over my decision to change my job. low up-explode The bike blew up after it crashed to the car. low something up-add ai We have to blow whistle up for attention. eak down-stop functioning (vehicle, machine) My bike broke down at the side of the road. eak down-get upset The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died. eak something down-divide into smaller parts Our teacher broke the group down into two separate parts. eak in-force entry to a building Somebody broke in last night and stole everything from home. eak into something-enter forcibly The firemen had to break into the room to save the people. Put down- to criticize My father puts down my mom even for no fault of he Put down- to write down I am putting down my thoughts on corruptions Put on- to get dressed I am going to put on a leather suit for John’s wedding. Put on- to gain I avoid eating oily food because I don’t want to put on weight. Put off- discourage We badly want to play football but this terrible weather put us off. Students who are learning English as a second language with the aim of gaining their First Certificate in English need to pay a lot of attention to the phrasal verbs. To master phrasal verbs is one of hardest but must do tasks.

Some Tips for Setting Successful Goals With Students

We’ve all heard the acronym SMART for goal setting. You may have even used it with students in helping them create and achieve their own goals.
But I’ve found that effective goal-setting needs a little something more. I have a close friend who works in the corporate world, and I frequently turn to her for advice in my own decisionmaking and goal setting. She encouraged me to create “action plans” and “action items” for each goal I want to achieve.
These techniques worked well for me, so I’ve transferred them to my classroom. Now my students use these concrete steps to reach their goals, giving them hope, teaching them perseverance, and helping them practice skills they can use in college and in their careers.
Here are 10 tips for creating action plans and action items with students.
1. Use verb-noun structure. Action items must drive the student to action—not simply be part of a “to do” list. Each action item should begin with a verb: “Attend every class,” “Review notes with study partner before major tests,” “Finish homework each night.”
General goals are important, but students should also focus on goals that are specific to their classes. When I return corrected papers to my students, I make a list of three action items for improvement, such as: “Proofread to catch run-on sentences,” “Provide literary evidence to support your claim,” and “Point to broader implications in your conclusion.” A student can create similar action items to improve in any subject.
2. Plan strategically and tactically. The strategic part of goal-setting asks students to plan with the big picture in mind: “Get an A in English,” “Write an accurate lab report,” “Complete 26 hours of community service,” “Join the track team.”
The tactical part of an action plan asks students to break that big picture into smaller, doable increments. If the student’s action plan includes “Get an A in English,” his/her action items need to include the steps to achieve that goal: “Read 10 pages each night to finish my book on time, “Annotate each soliloquy,” “Attend extra help sessions.”
3. Recognize when help is needed. Sometimes students aren’t able to accomplish their goals without help from other people or sources. For example, if a student’s action item is to earn a 700 on the Math SAT, he or she may need to get a tutor or use the College Board’s My College Quick Start program in order to reach that goal.
4. Stop and reassess. About once a month, stop and reassess action plans with students. Sometimes circumstances and variables change, and those changes can affect students’ goals. Make both you and the student ask questions like, “Are you still going down the right path?” “Have any variables changed that will affect your plan?”
5. Review action plans regularly. It’s also important for students to regularly check in with their action plans. I used to tell students to keep their action plans in the front of their binders so they could see them and think about them often. Now I encourage students to keep their plans in the Notes section of their iPads or smartphones where they can be reminded of them frequently.
6. Include a timeline. Some action plans and action items may be ongoing, while others have specific time requirements. For example, for seniors applying to college, action items with deadlines are critical. Make sure students include timelines when applicable, and encourage them to sync those timelines with their calendars to achieve the best results.
7. Identify obstacles to success. Creating action items is key—but identifying what stands in the way of students’ success is also an important piece of the puzzle.
A student may articulate a goal of raising a grade from a D to a B. If the student determines the grade is low because he or she isn’t doing enough homework, dig deeper to find out why. Is it because they have a boyfriend or girlfriend who is distracting them? Is the student is spending too much time on social media or playing video games? Is it because the student has to take care of younger brothers or sisters or work outside the home? Once students identify obstacles, you can help them determine how to eliminate or circumvent roadblocks.
8. Include parents and families. Having student action plans with strong action items can help offset the negative feelings and anxiety that parent-teacher conferences sometimes cause (for both parents and teachers). Focusing on an action plan allows students and parents to work out action items and fosters a true collaborative spirit. It also restores power to the student, lessens resentment, and gives hope.
9. Aim for progress—not perfection. Sometimes improvement takes time. Students may not be able to accomplish all the action items on their action plans. Aiming for progress—rather for than for perfection—will allow students to maintain perspective, celebrate achievements, and continue persevering towards their goals.
10. Have fun! Not all goals have to be academic. Students can create action plans for relaxation and fun, too. One of my students included the goal “Learn to moonwalk.”

Tips to Management Time for Online Students

Online courses give students the flexibility to take their class anytime, anywhere. The trick, students say, is staying on top of them.

Doing so requires discipline, commitment, and organization—traits any successful student should possess, no matter what path they’re taking to complete their degree.

“Being a good student, whether you’re online or in person, are pretty much similar things,” says Tamara Popovich, associate director of student services for ASU Online, the distance learning arm of Arizona State University.

But unlike their peers in the classroom, who have regular face time with instructors, online students receive no in-person reminder of when papers are due or tests are scheduled.

“The big myth is it’s easier to go online, because you can do it at your own pace,” Popovich says. “You do have more flexibility, but it’s not any easier … It’s harder, because you’re on your own; you’re left to your own devices.”

A need for flexibility is one factor fueling the growth in online education—online enrollment hit an all-time high in 2010 with more than 6.1 million students—but a lack of direct oversight can make it easy for them to fall behind.

Throw in everyday distractions typical for an online student—full-time jobs, kids, family activities—and the work can easily pile up. These time management tips from online learning veterans can help you stay ahead of the game:

1. Make a plan: Online students need structure, and a study calendar is a great way to create it, says Christina Robinson Grochett, University of Phoenix’s territory vice president for the Gulf Coast.

Check your syllabus before your course kicks off, and commit to due dates on your calendar. Then, designate study times for each class, and stick to them.

“I set aside a specific block of time every day, usually after the kids’ bedtime, to work on my classes,” says Natalie Fangman, mother of three and an online nursing student at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta. “I treat that time just like I would if I were in the actual classroom.”

Sticking to her plan helped her juggle work, family, and multiple online courses without falling behind, Fangman says.

2. Check in daily: One draw of online classes is that students only need Internet access to connect to their courses.

If you have an iPhone or Android device, leverage it to stay organized, Robinson Grochett recommends.

“With all of the mobile devices we have, somebody can go to a baseball game and still be checking in,” she says. “Not necessarily doing full-blown homework—just checking in and staying current.”

Turning school into a daily activity makes it less overwhelming, and it prevents students from getting caught off guard by syllabus changes, says ASU Online’s Popovich.

“Getting into a rhythm helped keep me on schedule and, most importantly, fight my urge to procrastinate,” says Alex Bonine, who took online classes while earning his bachelor’s in electrical engineering at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg.

3. Look ahead: Knowing what is due in six weeks, not just the next day, can help students maximize their time, Robinson Grochett says.

“Many times people don’t read ahead to see what’s next, so what they end up doing is replicating work that they’ve already done,” she says.

And once you know when an assignment is due, don’t wait until the day before to start working on it.

“If you have class, and you know it’s due Tuesday night, well, don’t make Monday night your night that you’re going to finish your homework,” Robinson Grochett says. “Sunday is a great day to say, ‘I’m gonna go ahead and knock it out.'”

4. Speak up: If you struggle or fall behind, don’t stay silent.

“Students are always hesitant to ask for help,” says Popovich, with ASU Online. “They start to drown and they take drastic measures, or they don’t take measures at all. Either way, they end up making a mistake.”

Instructors may offer wiggle room with deadlines or extra credit if a situation warrants it, and most online programs have teams of counselors and advisers to help you along the way—but students need to be proactive, Popovich says.

Even if the course seems like a total loss, Popovich says there is someone who can help.

“We don’t want them to fail miserably. There’s always a middle ground,” she says. “Let’s rescue what we can, and then move forward from here.”

Some Tips for Doing E Research at College

The situation: You’ve just been given your first 15-page college research paper assignment. Your professor wants you to use books and scholarly journals in writing your paper, and doesn’t want you to rely solely on Google and Wikipedia to do the research. What do you do? You could call your parents or ask advice from a friend. But a far better idea would be to follow these 10 best tips, offered by visiting blogger Cheryl LaGuardia, research librarian at Harvard University’s Widener Library:

1. Start with Google and Wikipedia. Sure, your professor doesn’t want you to rely solely on these e-sources for your research. But they’re both good for giving you an overview of your topic. Once you get a general view and some descriptive words from Google and Wikipedia defining your topic, you can move on to the meaty stuff.

2. Proceed to your library’s Web site. Once you’ve Googled and Wiki-ed to your satisfaction, you’ll be ready to use more serious, scholarly sources that will provide you with dependable information. Go to your college library’s Web site and consult the online catalogue. The main library home page ought to give you detailed instructions about how to search. Here’s an example of a library catalog that requires you to search a certain way for keywords, authors, titles, and subjects. Some library catalogs have you search the way you do in Google; here’s an example of that kind of catalog.

3. Use your library’s online databases. While the online catalog helps you find books, it doesn’t usually let you find individual articles within scholarly journals. For that you have to go into online library databases (take a look here to see how popular magazines differ from scholarly journals). Usually there’s a way to locate databases by subject. Some databases you’ll find on your library’s Web site might include Academic Search Premier, InfoTrac, JSTOR, ProQuest Central, Readers’ Guide, and Science Citation Index. Be sure to read the instructions on the opening screens of databases to learn how to search them; it’s worth taking the few minutes, because this is where you’re going to find the current information your professor wants you to use.

4. Try Google Scholar. Another good resource for finding scholarly articles is Google Scholar, which combines ease of use and rich content. If you go into Google Scholar from this public link, you can search the system, and get full-text access if you’d like to pay. However your college library may have a link into Google Scholar in its list of library databases, in which case the full text of the articles will be f-r-e-e.

5. Use online research guides. At many colleges and universities, librarians create online library research guides for use by students and others. Here’s a link to that section of my library’s Web site to give you an idea of the kinds of research guides you may find at your college.

6. Evaluate Web sites. In the course of doing research, you may need to use some Web sites on the open Web. You should evaluate these sites for Authority, Bias, Currency, Documentation and Delivery. Here’s a guide that can help you evaluate sites for your research.

7. Use real, print books. You may find many research materials online, as new books and journals are increasingly appearing in electronic format. But you may find a wealth of research material in books and journals that are not yet online—and the “secret bonus” is that many of your peers will not go after that material, so you’ll do the better, more complete research, and probably get the better grade.

8. Use ILL. One resource that beginning students aren’t always aware of is the interlibrary loan department. Here students can borrow books from other university libraries—usually at no charge and quite quickly. To find out what library has the books, check out WorldCat (used to be called FirstSearch) at your library or in its public version.

9. Use citation tools. It’s smart to create your paper’s footnotes and bibliography as you go along; it saves time and backtracking later. There are lots of different softwares for doing this; your college will probably give you access to one of these or you can go online and locate free software. Here’s a guide that outlines the citation tools in use at my library; and here’s an example of a free online citation tool, EasyBib.

10. Ask a librarian. As soon as you get that 15-page research paper assignment, go to the library and find a librarian who can help you. Librarians will save you enormous amounts of time, help you find research materials you otherwise wouldn’t, and help you get the “A” as painlessly as possible. Locate a librarian as a first-year student and, with any luck, you’ll be set for your entire college career.

Some Technology Must Haves for Online Students

Many online and distance-learning students cite a reliable Internet connection as the most important—if not the only—thing they need to succeed. With a dizzying array of new and pricey digital toys being produced regularly, many online students swear by their iPads and iPhones. Others say online education should be user friendly and low tech.

“Any online program that imposes significant technological requirements upon its students is a program [that] is poorly conceived and ill designed,” says Harlan Platt, a finance professor and faculty director of Northeastern University’s online M.B.A. program.

In fact, a handful of online students at University of Massachusetts—Amherst use dial-up connections to log onto their courses, according to Melanie DeSilva, marketing and recruitment manager for the school’s University Without Walls.

Most online students fall somewhere between the dial-up users and those who purchase every new gadget and device, so here are four technologies that can work for everyone:

1. A printer: Many online students may think they’ve liberated themselves from hard copies—but some online students still prefer to handle printed materials. Becky DoRan Radvilas, for example, studies at the online school Western Governors University and prints her research papers. When she can’t convert some of the E-books that WGU provides into PDFs to view on her Kindle, she prints those out, too.

Bill Horne, who runs William Warren Consulting, a telecommunications consultancy in Sharon, Mass., and works with online universities, recommends investing in a printer that’s easy to transport to meetings and while traveling. “[H]aving your own machine will save you the transit time and frustration of waiting until [commercial printers] open and trying to get there before they close,” he says.

2. Tools for easy bibliographies: Like their peers in traditional programs, online students have to write papers, which means they need to know the proper format for citing the works they reference. EasyBib.com is one product available to help with bibliography formatting. Students paste website addresses and book titles into EasyBib, which automatically formats citations. Students can access the Modern Language Association style for free, or pay a fee to use the American Psychological Association and Chicago styles, company spokesman Kerry Kitka says.

Radvilas, the Western Governors student, pays $3.99 a month for EasyBib, while Amanda Hoerter, who teaches English at The Alternative High School in Wausau, Wis., used the free version to format the bibliography of her 140-page senior thesis at University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point. Hoerter, who has taught online courses, recommends EasyBib with the caveat that it only capitalizes the first word of book titles and can’t interpret Web addresses for PDFs.

Other tools for making bibliographies include BibMe and NoodleTools.

3. Note-taking software: Some might assume that online students don’t need to take notes, but many use programs to highlight and comment on lectures and readings. Programs such as Evernote and Microsoft’s OneNote allow users to take, share, and archive notes.The services can act as “information dumps” in which students keep their work organized between classes and semesters, says Henry Imler, a course review specialist at Columbia College’s online campus.

Stacey Acevero, the social media community manager for Vocus’s PRWeb and a master’s student at the University of Phoenix, says she uses both Evernote and OneNote to take notes while she reads her online textbooks.

“They are fantastic note taking programs that allow for a much more visual approach than just typing a couple of sentences that probably won’t be understood later,” she says.

4. Web cams and headsets: Many online programs rely on Web cameras so students and faculty members can video chat. Tadd Rosenfeld, chief executive officer of Team Launcher, an international outsourcing company, says more than 50 of his employees earned their degrees online. He says USB-based headsets are a “must-have for distance learning if you want to participate effectively in spoken classroom conversation over the Internet.”

Rosenfeld suggests using headsets that plug into the computer’s USB port, rather than its microphone jack or that use Bluetooth technology, which he says operate with an inferior sound quality.

Candice Hughes, a second-year online M.B.A. student at the Indiana University—Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business, says she and her peers use Skype and Freeconferencecall.com for group discussions.

“These online technologies make it straightforward to learn at a distance,” she says.