Test Prep

How Useful is Khan Academy AP Exam Practice?

How Useful is Khan Academy AP Exam Practice?

Teens don’t read for class. I came to this conclusion within my first year of teaching and I have never been proven wrong. Many students, even seniors in AP US Government, simply refuse to read textbooks. Drives.me.crazy. No AP teacher, no matter how fast he […]

The BEST Way to Make and Use Flashcards

The BEST Way to Make and Use Flashcards

Imagine that it’s crunch time. Kids are in the thick of AP and IB exams with finals just around the corner. The stress level in the school and at home building is rising. Out goes free time and in comes study sessions and flashcards.   […]

Beat the End of the School Year Blahs

Beat the End of the School Year Blahs

School is almost over; summer is so close you can feel the sun on your skin and taste the ice cream on your tongue. Except, you have 2 projects, 3 chapters in your English book to read, and 4 tests to study for. Facing your […]

Test Anxiety: How to Take Control of It

Test Anxiety: How to Take Control of It

Dan had to pass the state US History exam to graduate in a few weeks. During the test, he swayed in his seat, mumbled to himself, sweated, and sighed. A lot. I honestly did not know if he would get through the exam. I had […]

How to Attack Tests Using PIRATES (a test taking strategy)

How to Attack Tests Using PIRATES (a test taking strategy)

It was down to the wire. The multiple-choice section of the AP US History exam was almost over and I had a few questions left. I was stumped. Did these events even happen in US History? Were these questions a joke?? Was the College Board […]

6 Study Techniques that Every Student Should Know

6 Study Techniques that Every Student Should Know

“All right. Ready to drive?” That was not a question I was expecting 20 minutes into my first driving lesson. I had never actually driven before. Somehow, “Sure,” came out of my mouth. I had no idea what I was doing. So, I faked it as […]

Completely Change Your Studying with a Study Plan + FREE Study Plan worksheet

Completely Change Your Studying with a Study Plan + FREE Study Plan worksheet

Paul* slinked into my classroom. “Hey, Ms. P – can we talk about the last test? I did really bad on it. What can I do better next time?” “Let’s talk about how you prepared for this test. Did you study?” “Yep.” “What did you […]

Survive Standardized Exams with Your Sanity Intact

Survive Standardized Exams with Your Sanity Intact

Ahh, the flowers are in bloom and the pollen is in the air. Can you smell the stress? That’s right. It’s testing season. Every spring, thousands of high school students take Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and the SAT and ACT exams. And let’s not even […]

How to prep for the SAT on the cheap +printable checklist

How to prep for the SAT on the cheap +printable checklist

As a teacher, my goal was to have only 2 students cry a semester.  I knew Kayla was about to be one of those two. She was a senior with a heavy AP load and college applications on her mind.   “Ms. P, I’m under […]

A 30-something explores the new SAT

A 30-something explores the new SAT

I don’t recommend taking the SAT during nap time because the test is waaaay longer than that nap. As I raced downstairs holding my baby, I thought, “God, I hope I can finish the math section in time.” I want to start providing SAT test prep as part […]