Check Students' Flexible Thinking

Check Students' Flexible Thinking

It’s true that verbal and abstract reasoning are the cognitive skills that predict academic achievement. The ability to make sense of complex information is undeniably essential to learning at every age.

But once students leave the K12 classroom, research suggests that flexible thinking might be equally important to college and career readiness. As explained by author Eric Barker, “Schools reward students who consistently do what they are told— and life rewards people who shake things up.”

Boot Camp: Get Ready, Get Set, Succeed

Boot Camp:  Get Ready, Get Set, Succeed

ACT or SAT Boot Camp: Sound intense? It is, but it’s also an excellent option for busy high school students. If heavy homework loads or extracurricular activities make it difficult to schedule test prep during the school year, Vogel Prep’s summer Boot Camp is the answer.

SAT Subject Tests: Five Tips

SAT Subject Tests: Five Tips

Subject Tests are one-hour tests that are designed to assess academic readiness for college. SAT Subject Tests focus on very specific subject areas such as Math (Level 1 or 2), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Literature, United States History, World History, Spanish and more. While SAT Subject Tests are often seen as tests for only those applying for admission to elite universities, every student wanting to go to a four-year college could benefit by taking at least three SAT Subject Tests. Why? Because there is no downside and lots of upside.

4 Easy Steps to Better Essay Scores on AP Exams

4 Easy Steps to Better Essay Scores on AP Exams

Looking forward to writing essays for the upcoming AP Exams? You are among the few!

For the majority of students, essay writing is one of the most dreaded aspects of the AP Exams. Unfortunately, the pressure doesn’t end there. Essay writing is a fundamental component of academic life in college. Whether you like it or not, the beloved essay, along with the requirement for you to write one, isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

Writing Skills: Why They Matter in the Digital Age

Writing Skills: Why They Matter in the Digital Age

While the history of written language is subject to debate, its significance to humanity is absolutely clear. Writing has played a vital role in modern human development and progress. As an essential component in human communication, written language allows a writer to preserve and transmit a message throughout time and space. The reader, then, is afforded greater opportunity to contemplate the message, internalize it, and formulate a response.

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.

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. 

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.

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? 

Build a Long-Lasting Memory

Build a Long-Lasting Memory

Having a robust memory can serve you in myriad ways—from keeping tabs on your daily to-do list, to recalling vocabulary words when it comes time for the SAT or ACT.

Become World Class Note Takers

Become World Class Note Takers

Good note taking is a key ingredient in developing healthy study habits. Without well drafted notes, even the most dedicated and detailed studier is sorely missing an indispensable resource.

Back-to-School Basics: Study Skills

Back-to-School Basics: Study Skills

As the summer season begins to wind down, it’s time again to prepare for the upcoming school year, and there’s no better habit for your student to develop than employing healthy study skills.

Maximizing Learning Potential in the Valley

Although many students don’t begin to focus on learning styles until college, Vogel Prep encourages our students to learn as much as they can about their own learning style, as early as possible.