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Mar
02

Cramming For The SAT – A Quick Guide for Procrastinators

  The Night Before Download a free practice test from Collegeboard. Look at the different sections and read the instructions. Try ten random (not the first ten) questions from each section. Make sure to check out the instruction for the grid-in math questions, as this can be confusing the first time you look at it. […]

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Jan
25

Should you take the SAT or the ACT?

by Kate Brehm, Math/Science/Test Prep Specialist High school students who have their eyes set on college commonly ask this question: Can both exams be used as entrance exams for universities around the United States?   Let’s do a quick comparison of what each test offers:   SAT ACT Test Length 3 hours Optional 50-minute essay […]

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Jan
19

How to Make the Most of Your Tutoring Session

Help them Help You Written by Kate Brehm, Math/Science/Test Prep Specialist If you are new to one-on-one tutoring, you may not know what to bring or how to be prepared for your first session. Here are some easy tips to make sure you get the most out of your limited time and leave feeling more […]

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Apr
08

Summer Accelerated Math: A Community Forum

Making an informed decision is important especially when considering a math “jump” during the summer. Northwest Liberty School & Education Resource Center is pleased to host an evening about this summer’s accelerated math courses. I will be joined by two Northshore school counselors, Frank Delino, Skyview Junior High, and Bryan McNiel, Inglemoor High School. Information […]

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Feb
20

Who Attends NWLS? Our Provided Solutions.

Northwest Liberty School serves different needs of students who: 1)  need to make up credits. 2)  need help with a subject or multiple subjects. 3)  are advanced or accelerated and need an additional course. 4)  need a place to study, work, and get help. 5)  have studied abroad or are planning to and need to orchestrate coursework. 6)  missed too […]

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Feb
17

Why the push for AP-athetic results?

Setting the scene- Thousands of Illinois students can’t pass AP Exams, won’t get college credit – Chicago Tribune The Advanced Placement Scam– TheFederalist.com Last Spring, I had a chance to talk with the chancellor of a local university and asked him about pushing students to take numerous high school AP courses. Based upon the university’s observation […]

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Jan
24

Chasing meaning or reducing stress? Which is better in life, school, and work?

It’s a hunker-down, rainy Saturday after months of long work-weeks. This quiet day re-energizes and refocuses me. In its peacefulness, I tell myself, ”No stress today.” But, conversations from the week, goals of impacting education, and a home repair I must accomplish continue running through my mind. When does this train stop? Today while watching […]

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Aug
05

A Revelation in Teaching

“What Bob does, SPEMDAS.”- Samuel, the student. Working with some students requires both an agile mind and a quick wit.  Samuel, a communicative sparring partner, is one of those guys that reminds me of another student from a few years ago- Blake.  They have a couple common traits- random thoughts and chaotic math strategies. One day, […]

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