Tuesday, February 28, 2012
My friend Laura Rolands at MyAttentionCoach.com was nice enough to allow me to guest blog on the ins and outs of test accommodations. If you have ADD/ADHD or a learning disability, test accommodations are a necessary part of your test prep. The key is to start early! The process of choosing which test to take can take several weeks on its own. Start now if you're thinking about taking the test in the fall. Seriously.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know I'm going to be taking on a limited number of tutoring students this spring. I hope to have more time available in time for the May and June SAT's.
I take a knowledge based approach to standardized tests, and I don't rely on the sorts of test prep tricks the big box test companies preach. While I don't promise instant results, and hard work is a must, the time and effort you put in will pay off down the road in college and beyond. My techniques will serve you well beyond test day!
Although I'm happy to work with any student, my specialty has always been students with ADD/ADHD or other special needs. To the best of my knowledge, there are few other (if any) standardized test tutors that have my depth of knowledge about learning differences. I understand the unique challenges these students must overcome, while at the same time pushing them to achieve beyond what they, and everyone else, think they can do.
I'm also able to provide assistance with developing a testing accommodations strategy. Not all accommodations are created equal, and those a student uses daily at school may not serve him/her best on test day.
I offer a variety of other services ranging from developing self-prep plans for students on a budget to parent coaching to mental toughness training. As a bonus, my tutoring students receive discounted or free subscriptions to Word-Nerd!
For more information, please visit my tutoring website at SATPrepforADHD.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
The Claremont McKenna scandal has brought about an avalanche of opinions concerning the assorted college ranking lists thrust upon the American public, the U.S. News list being the most notorious of course.
I've chimed in before about my feelings about the rankings and I'm certainly not alone. Here is a particularly good critique from CNN.com written by Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus and university professor of public service at The George Washington University.
I wonder how many other schools have submitted false data to inflate their rankings? I'm sure many, if not most, game the system to some extent. But Claremont McKenna has stepped over the line, and if there is any good that comes out of their transgression, it's the renewed focus, such as in the CNN article above, on the flawed nature of the rankings.