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Understand the stakes, but don’t fret

The pressure to excel on the SAT or ACT can be high – but students must find a healthy balance between understanding the test’s importance and ensuring they don’t push themselves too hard. While attaining great test scores is certainly a goal worth going after, pressuring yourself to an unhealthy point is unlikely to help you get there. Don’t forget that you can take the test multiple times, and most people do. Just try your best and don’t let the test environment or any small missteps get the better of you. This is another time when being prepared comes into play. We advised arriving at the test site early to help alleviate any extra stress. Nothing stresses someone out more than being late. Additionally, if you’re not there at the correct time, you might not be able to take the test. Leave your day wide open, show up early and put yourself in the best position you can to do well on the exam. Remember, the more practice exams you take the more comfortable you will be on during the real exam. SciMath Education offers mock testing for students taking standardized tests several Saturdays out of the month.  We attempt to replicate the testing process and environment to enable students to experience actual test conditions. Learn more about our mock testing program...

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Students: Know standardized test strategies

While the main concern on students’ minds for typical tests may be remembering certain material that will be covered, standardized exams require them to think about specific test-taking strategies, rules, and approaches that aren’t always relevant for other exams. That said, if students go to take the SAT or ACT and have only studied content for a few days, as they would for any other exam, they may be at a disadvantage. The ACT and SAT tests are not exams where you can cram the night before and shove the material in your short-term memory. It takes weeks, months, or even years to adapt to the strategic test-taking skills required for questions that assess a very specific skill set. SciMath Education can help you prepare for your standardized exam. We offer specialized tutoring services catered to your individual needs. Contact: breanna@scimatheducation.com for more information....

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Don’t drastically change your routine

The end of the year maybe a hectic time for many high school students. Students not only are preparing for final exams, but also for the final testing sessions of the year for the SAT and ACT. The pressure is on when it comes to impressing colleges and universities with both strong test scores and GPA’s. If you are a student you may ask yourself how do I avoid letting the pressure get to me? Remember, excelling on the ACT or SAT requires a different approach than other exams, partly because of the nuances of the standardized test environment and format. Here are a few tips for students. Don’t Drastically Change Your Routine Test day for the SAT and ACT is no ordinary day, so do not make things more complicated than necessary. Remember, you are going to a new test site with unfamiliar surroundings and a new type of exam so stick with as much of your comfortable, familiar daily routine as possible to minimize fallout. Of course, some aspects of test day prevent you from treating it as a totally normal day, which is why it can help to simulate the SAT or ACT test day experience beforehand so you know exactly what you are getting into. SciMath Educations Mock Test program is a great way to go through specific procedures for the ACT or SAT, so when test day comes around you will be able to repeat those same habits, ultimately making yourself more comfortable. Register here for a mock...

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Happy Mole Day!

Mole Day is celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles. For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the molar mass of the molecule. For example, the water molecule has a molar mass of 18, therefore one mole of water weighs 18 grams. Similarly, a mole of neon has a molar mass of 20 grams. In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro’s Number of molecules or atoms of that substance. This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858) and he received credit for this after his death. Celebrate Mole Day (October 23 or June 2) with Mole Day jokes and humor. Q: What did Avogadro teach his students in math class? A: Moletiplication Q: What do you call a 10th grader who is taking chemistry? A: A sophomole. Q: Why does Avogadro like Cindy Crawford? A: She’s his favorite super-mole-dle (and she has a mole). Q: Why is it bad to tell mole jokes? A: It’s mole-itically incorrect Q: What did the generous mole say when people crashed his party? A: The mole the merrier! Q: What are mammoles? A: Four-legged animoles! Q: How would you describe a stinky chemist? A: Mole-odorous Q: What kind of fruit did Avogadro eat in the summer? A: Watermolens Q: What kind of test do chemistry students like best? A: Mole-tiple choice. Q: Why is Avogadro so rich? A: He’s a multi-mole-ionare! Q: Which tooth did Avogadro have pulled? A: One of his molars. Q: What does Avogadro put in his hot chocolate? A: Marsh-mole-ows! Q: What did one mole say to the other? A: We make great chemistry together. Q: Why was there only one Avogadro? A: When they made him, they broke the Moled. Q: What illness kept Avogadro in bed for two months? A:...

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Parents: Help your child flex their math muscles

Riding a bike, swimming in the deep end, and playing an instrument are just examples of our favorite childhood activities that require practice to master. So, does math!  Brush off those negative feelings about math and instill enthusiasm. Math will play a role in your child’s life forever. As they grow, kids will learn that they are willing to work hard at something they love. It may just be math. Either way, remember that your child does not have to excel at math to enjoy it.  ...

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Students: Start the day off strong with a good night’s sleep

Get a good night’s sleep every night. Trying to take a test in the morning when you had five hours of sleep last night is not a good idea. Eating breakfast in the morning is a good idea too. If you’re not a breakfast fan, take a small snack with you in your backpack to eat before class. Studies have shown that students who eat breakfast before school get better grades than students who don’t eat breakfast. Have something to eat before you start any homework or assessment. This way you will have the energy to keep you going. Bring a snack to school if you are late for...

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