Test Prep

Study Guide to the Rescue: How to Create Your Own

Study Guide to the Rescue: How to Create Your Own

“Will you give us a study guide?” If I had a dollar for every time a student asked me this question, I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now. I would be relaxing in my lounge chair on a tropical island somewhere. Seriously, I was […]

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 is rising. Out goes free time and in comes study sessions and flashcards.   Yep, […]

How to Beat the End of the School Year Blahs

How to Beat the End of the School Year Blahs

The end of the school year is almost upon us; 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 […]

Test Taking Anxiety: How to Take Control of It

Test Taking 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 Strategies that Every Student Should Know

6 Study Strategies 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 best […]

Improve Your Studying with a Study Plan

Improve Your Studying with a Study Plan

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 standardized exams – Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, SAT, and ACT exams. And let’s […]

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 […]