What Causes Mind Blanks During Exams?

What Causes Mind Blanks During Exams?

Situation with high stakes - like and ACT or SAT Test can trigger a hot cognition process. This type of thinking is loaded with emotional thinking, students sometimes perceive such an exam as a threat.  The perceived threat, triggers a stress response, working memory is wiped clean, recall mechanisms are disrupted, and emotionally laden hot cognition overrides the normally rational cold cognition. Taken together, this process leads to a mind blank, making logical cognitive activity difficult to undertake.

A Simple, Powerful Cognitive Approach

A Simple, Powerful Cognitive Approach

Vogel Prep’s unique Cognitive Learning and Study Skills System.  Designed to teach students how to be active learners rather than passive receivers of information, the program is simple, yet powerful.  It starts with a MindPrint Assessment and is followed by personalized plan based on your student's profile.

Selecting High School Classes Wisely

Selecting High School Classes Wisely

Selecting the high school courses that will best enhance a college application should not be done haphazardly, or hastily. As the college admissions process becomes ever more competitive, students need to be mindful of what will ultimately wind up on their transcripts.   Here we’ve provided a how-to guide for making smart decisions about which high school classes need to be taken.

AP courses and exams in college admissions process!

AP courses and exams in college admissions process!

According to a recent study by The Washington Post, 16.1% of students in Arizona took an AP course and scored a 3 or higher in their final AP exam. On a national level, 22.4% of all public high school students scored a 3 or higher on their respective AP exams. By the numbers, a successful showing in an AP exam most certainly sets a student apart from the pack. By scoring a 3 or higher in just one AP exam, a student has a distinct advantage over 77.6% of students nationally.

6 Reasons Students Need to take SAT Subject Tests

6 Reasons Students Need to take SAT Subject Tests

With over 20 different options of SAT Subjects Tests, it may seem like a daunting prospect to try to determine which subjects a student should take. Try not to get overwhelmed. First, consider your academic strengths. Do you have a knack for history? A special capability when it comes to chemistry? Choose the subjects that you both enjoy, and that you excel in, as potential SAT Subject Tests to take.

Which Schools Require SAT Subject Tests?

Which Schools Require SAT Subject Tests?

When it comes time to determine which SAT Subject Tests high school students should take, it’s always a good idea to confirm which tests are required or recommended by specific colleges.  In some cases, universities have strict requirements about the number of Subject SAT Tests that must be taken.  Other colleges require specific SAT Subject Tests that must be taken. Still other universities may require SAT Subject Tests, but don’t mandate the specific subjects.  Finally, there are also schools that will accept SAT Subject Tests, if they benefit an applicant, irrespective of the subject.

Considering a Private College Counselor?

Considering a Private College Counselor?

Today, private college counselors play an integral role in helping students navigate the seemingly daunting task of applying to college in an increasingly competitive educational landscape.  Here are four reasons to consider engaging the services of a private college counselor to help you and your child through this process.

Test Prep…Timing and Balance Matter!

Test Prep…Timing and Balance Matter!

Avoid cramming for any significant test it is advisable that students begin their test prep in earnest approximately 6-12 months ahead of their planned exam.  For example, since most students will take the ACT or the SAT in their junior year, it’s beneficial to begin studying during the summer between 10th and 11th grade.   Enlisting the services of an experienced test prep tutor the summer before your child’s junior year is an investment no parent will regret.  By embarking on valuable test prep sessions long before the actual exam date, students feel less stress, and are therefore able to devote their full attention to the material being reviewed.

Nutrition is Important Specially Before an SAT or ACT

Nutrition is Important Specially Before an SAT or ACT

When it comes to prepping for the ACT or SAT, plenty of teachers and parents emphasize the importance of test prep, practice tests, and quality study habits. Though they’re certainly not wrong, it’s just as important to remember to treat your body right in preparation for high-pressure exams like the SAT or ACT. After all, your mind is an organ at home in your body, so proper nutrition goes a long way to boost your brain before the big day. How can students take advantage of the power of brain food?

Successful Test Prep - May Guarantee a Return on Your Investment

Successful Test Prep - May Guarantee a Return on Your Investment

Merit-based scholarships have among the most significant impact on reducing college costs overall. While these scholarships allow parents and students to get the best bang for their buck, they’re also an inspiring award for all the hard work your student puts in throughout his or her high school career.

What do Colleges Look for in High School Transcripts?

What do Colleges Look for in High School Transcripts?

Because college admissions are more competitive than ever, an accepted application often comes down to the details. For instance, high school transcripts are an excellent way for students to positively differentiate themselves from other applicants. But what exactly are colleges looking for in a transcript, other than good grades?

New Year’s Resolutions for the College Bound Student

New Year’s Resolutions for the College Bound Student

From freshmen to seniors, there are worthwhile strategies that students can employ in the New Year that will vastly improve the college admissions process ahead. With the clean slate of the New Year, consider these academic resolutions as you and your student make your way through 2017, together. 

3 Steps Toward Stronger Self-Discipline

3 Steps Toward Stronger Self-Discipline

Whether prepping for the SAT or ACT, an AP exam, or completing schoolwork, discipline is an acquired skill that not only gives students an academic edge, but ultimately sustains them for a lifetime. 

College Readiness Begins in Middle School

College Readiness Begins in Middle School

Middle schools is a time for developing study habits, preparing pre-requisites for rigorous high school work to considering college.  Middle school students and their families should use these critical years to plan and prepare for the future ahead. 

How has the ACT Changed? What Do You Need to Know?

How has the ACT Changed? What Do You Need to Know?

About 2.1 million of 2016’s graduating high school students took the ACT before applying to colleges last year. The ACT organization, over the last year and a half,  have implemented several format changes and as well as significant report improvements. Here is a summary.

The Power of Good Grades

The Power of Good Grades

Getting good grades means more than just preparing students for college. A strong GPA imparts countless other positive benefits that prove valuable to students, in both their academic lives and beyond. 

Is Self-Study a Good Fit for Your Student?

Is Self-Study a Good Fit for Your Student?

When striving for success on college applications, schoolwork, or the SAT/ACT, wisdom dictates that students and their families have a plan of attack. Perhaps the first go-to method in preparing for a test is the solo route: a student and a textbook, a few long hours of disciplined study, and hopefully some positive scores result. Additionally, the rise of online study tools has driven students even closer to the computer screen. But, since each student is both unique and complex—complete with particular strengths and weaknesses, goals, and learning styles—isn’t it prudent to consider if there’s a study method that better serves your student? 

Being a Good Test-Taker is a Lifelong Skill

Being a Good Test-Taker is a Lifelong Skill

When students learn to become better test-takers, they develop positive habits that last a lifetime. One-on-one tutoring and small group classes can provide students with strategies to approach exams both methodically and successfully. The skills described here may serve your students in the world outside the classroom.

Why Are Math Skills Essential?

Why Are Math Skills Essential?

“When will math come in handy?” When faced with tough algebraic concepts and geometry equations, many young learners ask this question. But the value of math extends far beyond the classroom. First consider that a well-rounded aptitude in mathematics is essential to scoring well on major exams, from AP tests to the SAT and ACT. What’s more, exceptional math skills are foundational  skills to much of life outside of high school or college: opening a bank account, tracking expenses, excelling in many chosen career paths, and even an activity as basic as following a recipe.

With that in mind, mathematics must play a pivotal role in a child’s educational strategy, whether brushing up on basic skills or prepping for a school Math test, an SAT, ACT or SAT Math II Subject Test. Here are  key ways that building math skills are essential to overall cognitive ability.