12 academic to dos for the holiday season

12It’s almost Christmas and Hanukah time… And while many are thinking about presents and all the seasonal celebrations, we are also approaching the winter break time.  A time that students presume all that they have to do is sleep late and relax (which actually doesn’t sound all that bad does it?).

However – here are 12 things you can do to maximize your time over the break:

  1. Organize.  You can organize you notebooks and your papers.
  2. Start to prep for midterms (or finals if you have block scheduling)
  3. Read.  Pick a book(s) that you haven’t had time to get to and read it.
  4. Seniors – finish up any loose ends for college admissions
  5. Juniors – SAT / ACT prep.  take a block of time and complete a full test
  6. Sophomores/Juniors – visit a college(s)
  7. Stimulate your mind- Do a crossword puzzle or sudoko every day
  8. Learn 12 new words – build your erudite vocabulary
  9. Work ahead.  get a start on projects / book reports that are coming up
  10. Catch up on any missing / late work.  Don’t lose points!!
  11. Read Maximum Education (www.maximumeducation.net)
  12. Set your goals for 2017

Need more tips?

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Lastly, plan ahead… midterms and finals and the winter SAT/ACTs are right around the corner.  




SAT and ACT Test Prep Timeline – It’s GO TIME!

If you are a high school junior – it’s GO TIME for test prep.

The best way to prep for an SAT or ACT is to become familiar with the test(s) and identify your areas of strength and weaknesses and then create plan to address your areas of need and to take advantage of your strengths.

A complete prep plan – for both the SAT and ACT – will include:

  • Test taking strategies for all content
  • Pacing Drills
  • Hands on practice (and LOTS of it!)
  • Remediation on academic areas (particularly in Math)
  • Feedback to you the student, and parents / family

Your mAke the grAde test prep plan includes:

  • Assessment of areas of need
  • A complete diagnostic test(s)
  • A plan based on your areas of need and your timetable and your goals
  • Specific instruction for each area of the test for both SAT and ACT including Reading, Language and Math (SAT) and / or English, Math, Reading and Science (ACT)
  • Prep for the Essay
  • Abundant practice testing and hands on test experience

You will want to allow for 6-12 weeks to prepare for a SAT or ACT exam.

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Here are your important test dates.

                              2016-17 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines
SAT Date  SAT Subject Tests Available  Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline  Deadline for Changes 
Dec 03, 2016


Nov 03, 2016 Nov 15, 2016 Nov 22, 2016
Jan 21, 2017


Dec 21, 2016 Jan 03, 2017 Jan 10, 2017
Mar 11, 2017


SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date
Feb 10, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Feb 28, 2017
May 06, 2017


Apr 07, 2017 Apr 18, 2017 Apr 25, 2017
Jun 03, 2017


May 09, 2017 May 16, 2017 May 24, 2017
ACT Test Dates & Deadlines
ACT Test Date Registration Deadline ACT Scores Available
December 10, 2016 Nov. 4, 2016 Dec. 20, 2016
February 11, 2017 Jan. 13, 2017 Feb. 22, 2017
April 8, 2017 Mar. 3, 2017 Apr. 18, 2017
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 Jun. 20, 2017

It’s crunch time…and here’s your Maximum Education plan


for everyone… winter, snow, cold, wind, football playoffs for sports fans and … for academics… midterms and SAT and ACT exams.  It’s one of the busiest times of the year.  And one of the most important grade wise.

August… September…

school resumes… you need to organize your information… you are busy…

So what’s your plan?

Are you using the principles in Maximum Education to make the grade?

You will need a plan for:

Information Management
Time Management
A coordinated academic effort

Here’s one of the systems that I teach for time management.

First, you have to know what you have to accomplish.  When are your midterms?  What is on your midterms? What chapters do they cover? What formulas do you have to know  and so on.

The simplest process is to divide your work load over an extended period of time and plan what you are going to study.  This is covered in chapter 1 of Maximum Education.  So let’s say that you have 10 days to prep for your Math midterm and you have 5 chapters to cover… here is a sample plan:

Day 1     review chapter 1
Day 2     review chapter 2
Day 3     review chapter 3
Day 4     review chapter 4
Day 5     review chapter 5
Day 6     review chapters 1 and 2
Day 7     review chapters 3 and 4 and 5
Day 8     review chapters 1 and 2 and 3
Day 9     review chapters 4 and 5
Day 10   review all 5 chapters

Now that you have a time framework, the questions is HOW are you going to review? The key is an active study process. Do not simply scan your old notes… saying ‘ah ha it get this’ to yourself… what you need to do is engage actively and redo problems, create outlines, reorganize information or other process in which you are actively working WITH the information.  Also consider the style of the midterm… is it multiple choice (which would indicate a detail / fact based exam).. are they essays or shorter written answers (which would indicate that you will need to explain the information in more detail)?

There are many other details that I could cover here, but the clear message is ..


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Maximum Education mAke the grAde Tip – Erudite vocabulary is the X Factor

Vocabulary is the X factor. You can never know too many words  and you can never be too strong of a communicator.

Be erudite!

Even though the SAT has (mostly anyway) dropped vocabulary from the test… having an impressive command of the language is critical. Think beyond school and forward to the professional and employment world.

What is your “word of the day”?






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#makethegrade #maximumeducation Completed a “very difficult” Sudoko today It’s critical to keep your skills smart – especially over the summer. What is your plan for the summer?

It’s important to keep mentally sharp during the summer “off season”
You can :
  • Do Sudoko
    Read (Summer Reading or otherwise)
    Math (summer packets)
  • Write – keep a journal or log
    Crossword Puzzles
    Review notes from the past school year for all classes
    Preview your classes that you will have this fall
    Write Essays for AP classes
    Write college application essays
    and so much more…
What are you planning to do this summer to keep sharp?

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Maximum Education Tip – Process of Elimination is King

Test Prep for SAT and ACT: Process of Elimination is the king of all strategies.

In any multiple choice test, you are given the answers.  Think about that… the correct answers are right there for you.  You just have to identify it.

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So…  What’s the catch?

The wrong answers are also there.. and there are 3 or 4 more of them.  But if you can eliminate the wrong answers, you are left with the correct one.  This is a reverse solving strategy.

Consider this …  free response:

The exact population of Trenton New Jersey is ____________.


But try this… multiple choice:

The exact population of Trenton New Jersey is:

A) 5
B) 29
C) 14, 723
D) 34, 567, 913
E) 84,308

So what answers are Unreasonable?  (Eliminate them)

What answer is the most reasonable?

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