Standardized Tests and the Coronavirus

Published on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #61 The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is sweeping the nation. As cases for COVID-19 top 125,000+ globally, a pandemic has been officially declared. In a dire effort to stop the spread of the virus, precautionary measures and closures have gone into effect across the U.S. Until the virus slows, schools in affected areas […]

Breaking the Mold of SAT Test Prep

Published on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #60 We are frequently asked: “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 a lot more […]

I Could Lie or Tell You Reading Is Important

Published on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #59 We often tell students, “Readers are leaders,” but does this really get students to read on their own? Many students read to escape, to take a mental respite from the stress of everyday life, or simply because they enjoy diving into a good book. But some students just do not find […]

How to Instill a Healthy Testing Culture

Published on Monday, February 24th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #58 A healthy testing culture is always desired, but often tricky to achieve. Testing often feels like the bane of existence for educators, primarily due to the significance of standardized testing in today’s academic landscape. Since test scores are linked to school performance and teacher evaluations, this can lead to high pressure […]

Learn How to Spot the Signs of Test Anxiety

Published on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #57 Breathe in…breathe out… Anxiety, in its many different forms, affects us all, but some more than others. Since there are many different types of anxiety, it is often very challenging to detect it in the classroom. Maybe you have students who go to class every day, participate in lectures, and do […]

What Students Need to Know About AP Courses

Published on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #56 Do you have students debating whether they should enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) courses next year? If so, this is the Chalk Talk for them! AP courses are meant to give high school students a taste of college-level work, but not every student is prepared for that kind of academic rigor […]

11 Scholar Tips for Scholarships

Published on Thursday, February 6th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #55 11 Scholar Tips for Scholarships It’s no secret that college can be very expensive. That’s why many students depend on gathering different sources of financial aid—such as grants, loans, and scholarships—to attend college. Scholarships are a great form of financial aid because they do not have to be repaid; however, they […]

4 Test-Taking Techniques Teachers Can Learn in 10 Minutes

Published on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #54 Success on the ACT starts in the classroom. By learning test-taking techniques and implementing them into the classroom, educators can equip students with the strategies they need to succeed come test day. However, we know you’re logging long hours grading assignments and planning lessons, so you’re probably not looking for another […]

Three Big ACT Changes

Published on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #53 Have you heard the news? Come September 2020, 3 big, long-awaited changes will go into effect for the ACT! Despite the controversy surrounding standardized tests and their desire to remain afloat, testing companies are in fierce competition with one another. While the ACT used to be at the top, it has […]

ACT Prep: Utilizing Mini-Tests for Time Mastery

Published on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 by

Blog Chalk Talk #52 Are you utilizing mini-tests to help your students learn time management skills for the ACT? Mini-tests are small portions of a full-length ACT test and are great tools to have in your ACT test prep arsenal. Not only do mini-tests familiarize students with the types of questions they will face on […]