Recentering your focus

Yesterday I met with a new student who wants to improve his ACT score in order to hopefully get a scholarship for college. While we discussed ACT strategy and how to improve his score, we also discussed his goals in regards to college, studying, career and beyond. While the ACT score is important to a certain point, I greatly enjoy helping my students think about the future and broaden their ideas to incorporate more than just what school they want to go to or what major they want to study. While these things are important, it’s good to focus on the overall picture of their future. Where do they see themselves after college? What are they passionate about? In my opinion, at the end of the day, life and career are about passion. I greatly enjoy tutoring and helping others. I find joy in my everyday. I hope to help my students find that same joy in pursuing their passions.

I hope to help my students center their focus on what drives them to be the best they can be.

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Recentering your focus was originally published on Developing Explorers

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Time to get serious

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It’s February 13th. Some of you may have already taken the ACT or SAT. Others are taking it for the first time in March or April. Are you ready? Do you think you’ll only take it once and get a good enough score for your dream school?

How have you been preparing for these tests? Are you serious about it, or are you just winging it? In my experience, students who don’t study tend to get low scores on their first try. But, with a solid 2-3 months of studying, they tend to raise their scores by 3-6 points (for ACT) easily. These tests may seem hard at first, but once you know some basic knowledge and what the test-makers are looking for they become more manageable. With the proper tools in your toolkit, you can easily achieve the score you’re going for.

While there are many options for studying for the ACT and/or SAT, usually there’s a certain study option that works for you. Some students do well with self studying (i.e. reading a book and taking some practice tests). Others benefit more from classes that are offered either through their school or a tutoring center. And other students excel with one-on-one tutoring.

I offer one-on-one tutoring and have helped several students over the past few years. I’m proud to say I’ve seen all my students improve their scores on the ACT and/or SAT. Not only were they able to raise their scores, they also walked away with knowledge and tools in their toolkits that will also help them on their journey to and through college.

What’s your next move?