Top Three Time Management Skills

Published on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #44 There are ultimately three areas that must be mastered to maximize score gains on the ACT: content mastery, test mastery, and time mastery. Many students know the importance of practicing content mastery and test mastery, but they frequently underestimate the importance of time mastery. So, when they take the 3-hour-and-30-minute ACT test […]

Second-Guessing: A Test-Takers Worst Dilemma

Published on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #43 Think back to when you were a student and your teacher would give back your graded test for you to look through. You would eagerly skim through it, searching for those questions that gave you a hard time. Then you would get to the one with all the eraser marks. The one […]

Mark and Move: The Must-Have Strategy for Test Day

Published on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #42 October isn’t scary just because of Halloween–it’s also terrifying test time! Come October 27TH many juniors and seniors will take the ACT, possibly for their first time. To help your students to achieve their highest possible scores, they need the right strategies in place. After all, you wouldn’t fight a vampire without garlic, […]

What Colleges Are Looking For—The Big Five

Published on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #41 Applying to college can be a daunting process. With so many different moving parts working together to build one solid application, it can all feel very overwhelming. That’s why it’s important for your students to know what colleges really want to see in an application and what, to them, constitutes a strong […]

How to Leverage Your Intuition

Published on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 by

Chalk Talk #40 “The only real valuable thing is intuition.” Albert Einstein Have you ever been stuck on a problem where you just can’t think of the right solution and then, as you’re going about your day, the solution suddenly comes to you? You can thank your intuition for that. Intuition gives us the ability […]

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 […]

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 […]