From NPR: Homework

Interesting piece from NPR about homework. How much is too much, where do U.S. students compare around the world, and what does research show to be the most effective kinds of homework? The article touches upon many themes I emphasize with students: small, consistent, steady chunks of studying over the course of the week are best. Read more at this link.

From NPR: 1 tutor + 1 child = Better math scores, less fear

One-on-one tutoring does more than teach kids, the researchers say. It calms the fear circuitry in the brain, according to a report this week from NPR.

“The most exciting aspect of our findings is that cognitive tutoring not only improves performance, but is also anxiety-reducing,” says neuroscientist Vinod Menon, the study’s senior author and a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University.


When kids go off to college, what about the parents?

In the next couple months, a number of the students I’ve worked with and hundreds of others from the community will be heading off to college. What should be going through their parents’ minds? This article by a psychology professor at Emory University in Atlanta offers some interesting thoughts for mom and dad on what he describes as one of the most emotional times in their lives.

Looking ahead to the new SAT format

As this article discusses, next January will be the last sitting of the current format of the SAT. After that, the test loses its required essay, changes the way multiple choice answers are scored, changes up the math sections, and makes the test overall a little shorter. A new format will mean new approaches for preparing for the test.


Sobering perspective on “holistic admissions” at elites

A former admissions administrator at the University of Pennsylvania has some pretty sobering and frankly discouraging admissions in the LA Times about how admit or non-admit decisions are made at the nation’s top institutions, when it comes to race, background, and arbitrary “tags” overtaking academic performance and entrance tests.

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Free October retakes for SAT takers affected by mistake

The College Board, the body that oversees administration of the SAT exam, recently reported that due to a misprint in the June 6th test booklets, two sections of the exam would not be scored. Although the Board assures that resulting scores would be reliable, most test takers aren’t buying it.

As frustrating as the mistake is, the College Board is allowing affected students to take the October 3, 2015 test for free. Registration for that sitting must be made by September 3.

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