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 […]

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 […]

How the ACT is Scored

Published on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #29 Written by: Craig Gehring, Founder and CEO of MasteryPrep Ask a student what ACT score he wants. He might be able to tell you. “24,” he might say. Or “27.” Then ask him what that means. How many questions does he need to answer correctly? The most common answer to that question […]

GPA vs. ACT Score

Published on Thursday, June 20th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #28 It’s easy to think that a student with a high GPA will score highly on the ACT and, therefore, not require as much test prep as a student with a low GPA. In all actuality, high GPA’s do not always correlate to high ACT scores and vice-versa. There is a fundamental […]

5 ACT Prep Motivation Killers

Published on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #27 Schools work hard to build a college-going culture, to make ACT prep accessible, and to motivate their students to plan for success after high school. However, all that work is for naught if your ACT prep approach actually demotivates students. Watch out for these common motivation killers: Testing too much. Random […]

10 Ideas for Embedding ACT Prep in the Classroom

Published on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #25 One of the best ways to improve ACT scores is rigorous high school course work. So if your ACT prep disrupts your classes, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.  In this video, I give 10 ideas for embedding ACT prep in the classroom. With some of these, your students won’t even know they’re […]

Three Dimensions of ACT Score Improvement

Published on Monday, May 20th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #24 There are three dimensions across which you can improve your students’ ACT scores through content mastery. They are represented on what we call the Mastery Cube.   In this diagram, the lower left-hand corner represents a low ACT score, while the upper right-hand corner represents a high ACT score. All three […]

Putting the Mastery in MasteryPrep

Published on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #22 It’s a common question we get: “Test prep teaches kids how to take a test. But is it really helping them get ready for college?” More an accusation than a question, wouldn’t you say?   Sure, being proficient at taking standardized tests will serve students well throughout life, but there is […]

Inside ACT Mastery

Published on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 by

ACT Chalk Talk #21   “Our teachers love the MasteryPrep materials. They are so well done, and so well put together, that any teacher, from any subject, could use their materials and teach them to students. English teachers could teach on the ACT math test, and vice versa. MasteryPrep’s materials have made teaching students how […]