Keep Your Cool—Test Anxiety

Published on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #39 Test anxiety is a major point killer on standardized tests. Recent research indicates the root cause of test anxiety is not what we thought. Imagine this: You spent a whole class period learning about the scientific method. When the bell rings, you are confident that you have a good understanding, so you […]

Why Students Should Take the ACT More Than Once

Published on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #38 “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Now that the ACT is mandatory in most states and not just a test for students who know they are going to college, ACT scores have never mattered more! Higher scores mean a better future for your students and your school. That’s why […]

Four Ways to Improve Pacing Without Eating Up Class Time

Published on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #37 When it comes to the ACT, time is your worst enemy. Without the right strategy in place, time limits will keep students from scoring college ready.  When it comes to test prep, improving content mastery is essential, but if you do not also improve time mastery, you are only helping your students […]

Positive Thinking and the ACT

Published on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #36 Attitude determines aptitude. Think about a locker room before a big game. The energy is high as the players do their pre-game rituals and pump themselves up to bring home the big win. They are excited, anxious, and ready to give it their all. This is exactly how you want your students […]

Self-Determination Theory and the ACT

Published on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #35 “Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side.” *Ba dum tsh* Here’s what we can gather from this joke: the chicken was motivated to get to the other side, so no matter the obstacles or dangers of crossing the road, it somehow did it. Motivation is key […]

Foster a Love for Reading

Published on Thursday, August 8th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #34 Written by: Taylor Causey  “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”-Mark Twain With summer wrapping up, there’s one thing all English teachers around the nation are just itching to discover… Yep, you guessed it: it’s whether or not their students completed the assigned summer reading. […]

Four Reasons Prep Can’t Happen

Published on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #33 Written by: Craig Gehring, Founder and CEO of MasteryPrep Is there a vacation in your far-off dreams, always on the horizon, seemingly never getting closer? Always pushed back by the relentless currents of time and resources and priorities? That vacation is proof that “one day” can all too easily mean “never.” The […]

Combating Summer Learning Loss

Published on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #32 Written by: Craig Gehring, Founder and CEO of MasteryPrep As summer ends and students return to the classroom, your teachers may find themselves having to re-teach content that they dedicated countless hours to previously. Many students will lose at least a month’s worth of learning during the summer (Polikoff, 2017), and, therefore, start […]

The Power of FOMO

Published on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #31 Written by: Craig Gehring, Founder and CEO of MasteryPrep With summer in full swing, it seems almost anytime you check social media, you see pictures of friends having fun on vacation and just can’t help but have this feeling like you’re missing out. We all experience FOMO, “fear of missing out,” from […]

101 Ideas for Motivating Students

Published on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #30 Written by: Craig Gehring, Founder and CEO of MasteryPrep Attitude is a choice and choices affect our outcomes in life. By motivating your students to succeed, you can improve their attitudes towards the ACT and help them increase their scores. Motivations are generally separated into two main types based on the nature […]