PSAT Analysis

The PSATs are (finally) back.
mAke the grAde will do a no cost analysis of your test and your score along with recommendations for improvement and an assessment of what the scores mean.

Contact sgreene@makethegrade.net for information.

Twas the night before the SATs…

This is a funny take on the SAT and it’s stresses… good for this time of year…
and with an SAT this weekend…

Done by Dr. Nancy Berk,  author of College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind

SAT Vocabulary list

One way to learn vocabulary is by grouping words that have similar meanings.
If you are using my ‘index card’ system… this fits right in.
(if you’re not.. ASK about it.. it WORKS!)
Words by Category
Unoriginal/Lacking in Substance: Prosaic, Pedestrian, Banal, Cliché, Trite, Hackneyed, Vapid, Vacuous, Quotidian, Mundane, Insipid, Derivative
Stubborn – Obstinate, Obdurate, Intransigent, Intractable, Tenacious
Brief – Fleeting, Ephemeral, Transitory, Cursory, Transient
Beyond normal human understanding – Esoteric, Recondite, Abstruse, Arcane
To Make Better/Relieve Pain – Ameliorate, Alleviate, Assuage, Palliate, Mitigate

Varied, Diverse – Heterogenous, Eclectic, Motley, Multifarious

Talkative/Outgoing – Loquacious, Garrulous, Gregarious
Using few words – Laconic, Terse, Perfunctory, Spare
To Insult – Impugn, Disparage, Deprecate, Malign, Censure (also means punish), Decry, Vilify, Vituperate
To Praise/Hold in high regard – Tout, Extol, Revere, Laud
Generosity – Munificence, Magnanimity, Largess

Greed – Avarice, Cupidity

Inclination toward – Penchant, Proclivity, Predilection, Affinity
Prevent – Forestall, Preclude, Thwart
Highly decorated – Florid, Ornate, Baroque

Poor – Indigent, Penurious, Impecunious

Shy – Reticent, Aloof, Diffident, Reticent
Hardworking – Assiduous, Diligent, Sedulous

Cheerful – Jovial, Jocund, Mirthful
Overjoyed – Exultant, Elated, Jubilant, Ebulliant
Lazy – Indolent, Slothful
Arrogant – Condescending, Supercilious
Complicated – Byzantine, Convoluted
Clear – Lucid, Perspicuous
Harsh, Burning – Caustic, Vitriolic
Sickeningly Sweet – Cloying, Treacly, Maudlin, Mawkish
Mystery – Enigma, Conundrum
Unpredictable – Mercurial, Capricious
Narrow-Minded – Provincial, Insular, Parochial
Broad-Minded – Cosmopolitan
Small Amount – Paucity, Dearth
Large Amount – Myriad, Copious, Plethora
Fake – Spurious, Specious
Suspicious of – Wary of, Chary of

Fraud, Trickery – Charlatanism, Chicanery

Naive – Ingenuous, Guileless

Calm – Phlegmatic, Placid

Easily Angered – Irascible, Cantankerous

Violent – Bellicose, Pugnacious

Supplementary, not of central importance – Ancillary, Peripheral

Irrelevant, Unimportant – Picayune, Trivial

Free from blame, find innocent – Exonerate, Exculpate, Vindicate

by Erica Meltzer

Test Evaluations

With the Octover PSAT complete and the October SAT and ACTs and November SATs done, students will be receiving their score reports shortly.  It is important to understand how to interpret these scores to help plan your test prep strategy moving forward.

Contact the MTG office for a free test evaluation.

ACT? SAT? which is better for you?

The Upper Dublin Library Presents:
College Admissions Tests ACTand SAT
Which is better for you?  What is your plan?
http://ACTSAT.eventbrite.com  to register

Thursday November 3 2011  7pm – 830pm
in the UD Library Community Room

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxGFRu1lR80]

The objectives of this event are to discuss:
Common Questions About Test Prep
College admissions credentials
Differences & value of SAT & ACT tests
Learning styles best suited for each test
Value of Test Prep
Test Prep Options
mAke the grAde Approach

This event if FREE and open to the general public. Please spread the word with anyone who would have an interest. If you have questions about this workshop please contact mAke the grAde at 215 540 8378.  This event if FREE and open to ALL members of the community.

UD Library Info>> 215 628 8744   http://www.upperdublinlibrary.org
mAke the grAde Info>> 215 540 8378 www.makethegrade.net

Thumbtack – new listing

check out the listing for MTG On Thumbtack.

<a href=”http://www.thumbtack.com/Academic-Tutor-All-levels-4000-successes-Dresher-PA/service/290064″>Academic Tutor  All levels  4000 successes</a>

if you know someone with a local business.. it’s a great way to market.

5 Steps to Greater Productivity

The 5 step process to greater productivity for students and business people

Posted on September 21, 2011 at 8:18am  Print

Most students and business people face multiple challenges simultaneously. A student sitting down to do homework may have as assignment for each class as well as some shorter and longer term projects to work on… this begs the questions: How do you decide what to do first? and How do you manage your time?

What to do first is most often the most important and highest priority task or assignment.  This is of course a relative thing for each person, but it is something that needs to be quickly evaluated and sorted.  Here is a basic protocol to accomplish this that we at mAke the grAde do with our students daily.

1. make a list of all the ongoing assignments
2. Assign S (short) or L (long) term time frames to each task (typically S are due the next day and L beyond one day like an upcoming test)
3. rank the tasks in the order of importants – all the S then all the L
4. Estimate the time needed to do each task
5. Use the chart to set up your homework or work time.

This system is simple, yet powerful, and will increase both efficiency and productivity.

ACT or SAT? Free Program at UD Library

The Upper Dublin Library Presents:
College Admissions Tests ACTand SAT
Which is better for you?  What is your plan?
http://ACTSAT.eventbrite.com  to register

Thursday November 3 2011  7pm – 830pm
in the UD Library Community Room

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxGFRu1lR80]

The objectives of this event are to discuss:
Common Questions About Test Prep
College admissions credentials
Differences & value of SAT & ACT tests
Learning styles best suited for each test
Value of Test Prep
Test Prep Options
mAke the grAde Approach

This event if FREE and open to the general public. Please spread the word with anyone who would have an interest. If you have questions about this workshop please contact mAke the grAde at 215 540 8378.  This event if FREE and open to ALL members of the community.

UD Library Info>> 215 628 8744   http://www.upperdublinlibrary.org
mAke the grAde Info>> 215 540 8378 www.makethegrade.net

2011 – 12 SAT and ACT test dates

SAT TEST DATES

SAT Subject
Tests Available
Register-By Date*
Oct 1
  1. Subject Tests
Sep 9
Nov 5
  1. Subject Tests
Oct 7
Dec 3
  1. Subject Tests
Nov 8
Jan 28
  1. Subject Tests
Dec 30
Mar 10
Feb 10
May 5
  1. Subject Tests
Apr 6
Jun 2
  1. Subject Tests
May 8

 ACT TEST DATES

Test Date

Registration Deadline

September 10, 2011 August 12, 2011
October 22, 2011 September 16, 2011
December 10, 2011 November 4, 2011
February 11, 2012 January 13, 2012
April 14, 2012 March 9, 2012
June 9, 2012 May 4, 2012