MTG Tip – Use Fix and Find for SAT Success

SAT / ACT: Use the fix and find strategy on the writing section

The Language sections of the SAT and ACT can be problematic for students, particularly if their knowledge of grammar and grammar constructs is sub par.   The basic technique that mAke the grAde teaches is called “Fix and Find”.   With Fix and Find, the student would look at the question and try to ‘fix’ it themselves and then ‘find’ the answer from the answer list.

Here is a typical example from an SAT exam… The goal is to correct, if needed, the underlined section within the context of the larger paragraph.

from the text:

Yogurt manufacturers, food scientists; and government officials are also working together to develop additional solutions for reusing whey.

B) scientists: and
C) scientists, and
D) scientists, and,

This question is testing the students knowledge of semi-colons, coloons, and commas,  and their usage.  The student has the advantage of having the correct answer listed (see the recent post on Process of Elimination) so they can scan the potential answers to see if any are clearly incorrect, and / or, one appears to be correct.  The student then ‘fixes’ the sentence in their mind and ‘finds’ the correct answer from the list.

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EP 90 – EDUCATION LIVE THURSDAY- Linda Hollenback – Your College Journey

EDUCATION LIVE THURSDAY II 9-24-2020 (first aired live at


Linda Hollenback  MSEd. CPRW – Your College Journey

This week – part 2 of the ‘get your college admissions process and college success’ questions answered.

The featured guest is Linda Hollenback – College Admissions Counselor.

These very important topics include:


  • What’s the secret to college admissions?
  • How can I engage my teen in the college planning and career exploration process?
  • What’s the timeline for college planning? When should families start thinking about college?
  • What activities are most important?
  • 2020 has made activities difficult with many cancelled…. What are you recommending to your clients?
  • Community questions.

Contact Linda:

Linda J. Hollenback, MSEd, CPRW
College/Career Strategist

How mAke the grAde Supports Families During This COVID Time Period

While many students will be starting their school year online due to COVID, parents or guardians may begin to feel the pressures of making sure their children complete all assignments, understands all class materials and passes all their classes. Between technical difficulties and not having an in-person class, students may not be able to communicate with their teachers as effectively as before. Before you or your children stress about this school year, check out the ways mAke the grAde supports families during this unprecedented time due to COVID. 

We Provide a Personal Learning Plan

Everyone learns differently and at their own pace. At mAke the grAde, we take that fact into consideration and make a personalized learning plan for each student. Before beginning lessons, we go over what students need to be successful and adapt the lessons accordingly. And then we want to make sure that every student leaves mAke the grAde understanding everything that is needed to be known to have a successful educational experience.  Learn more here:

We Include Many Courses

mAke the grAde is a one-stop-shop for all your educational needs. We provide many courses including ACT and SAT prep, science, math, time management and more. Each one of these courses will include different elements like 24/7 access, live office hours, direct message support and exclusive access to posts and videos. 

We Provide Multiple Lesson Schedules

At mAke the grAde, we provide different schedules for lessons or meetings that fit around your time. They have three different allocated durations you can choose from — 15 minutes, 30 minutes or one hour. In these meetings, you and your child can go over any problems, issues or questions you may have about a course, tutoring or even a homework assignment. We are here for you no matter the time. Once you make an appointment, you will get an email confirmation and a reminder. 

We Work With all Ages

We don’t just help younger students. At mAke the grAde, we help anyone of any age to improve science, math and time management skills. If you have an older child prepping for the ACT or SAT, mAke the grAde provides detailed courses. At the end of the day, we want to share education with all ages. 

Call a Professional

We understand the difficulties families face during the COVID crisis. We work day and night to make sure we provide the best tutoring and lesson planning for every child. For more information on how mAke the grAde supports families during this pandemic, contact us today.

Ep 89 – Maximizing your sports opportunities – An interview with sports coach Patty Luu

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Are you an athlete?

Do you want to attend college on a sport scholarship?

How do you reach your full potential in your sport?

It’s a combination of talents, hard work, and dedication.  But you also want to work smart and have the best team of coaches possible.   Sports coach Patty Luu joined the mAke the grAde podcast to share some tips, tricks and ‘insider’ secrets to get you to where you want to be.

Here are some of the talking points…

What are the benefits of learning sports psychology techniques also known as mental skills training without a fall season?

  • Improves Their Athletic Performance for when competition resumes
  • Mentally engage in sports
  • Gives your children another way to stay involved in sports

What are you doing to put your child ahead for when competition resumes?

  • Parents invest in the physical why not the mental side of sports?
  • For example, athletes have traditional sports coach, personal trainer, why not a professional who focuses on the mental side of sports
  • Sports psychology puts your children ahead of other athletes who don’t use it to improve their performance
  • Prevents them from making the same mistakes over and over again during competition
  • Mistakes made during competition are mental mistakes rather than mistakes due to lack of proficiency in skills

What are the results of working with a sports performance enhancement consultant/coach such as myself?

  • More confident children
  • Decrease family drama
  • Less stress
  • Having someone to help your children achieve their goals and dreams
  • Consistently performing at high level to increase their likelihood getting an athletic college scholarship
  • Skills need to do well in school, sports, and life

Without a fall season, it DOES NOT mean that your child won’t benefit from sports psychology also known as mental skills training-Best time implement it is when your children have a break from sports

Sports psychology technique require consistent practice and effort to become proficient.

Abou Patty Luu, M. S. Sports Psychology

CEO-Driven To Peak Consulting

Patty Luu is the founder of Driven To Peak Consulting, which is a sports psychology and performance coaching company.  As a performance enhancement consultant/coach, she helps high school and young adult athletes overcome the mental blocks that prevent them from improving their performance and achieving their goals.  Driven To Peak Consulting takes on younger athletes on a case by case basis.

Patty has experience working with athletes in the United States and internationally in Canada.  She has worked with athletes at the youth level up to the college level.

Patty’s passion for helping high school and young adult athletes comes from her own experience playing sports as well as her educational background being in performance and sports psychology.

After Patty graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, she obtained a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology from the University of Tennessee in May 2014.

Other names that commonly refer to Patty are mental performance consultant, mental performance coach, sport psychology consultant, mental skills coach, and mental skills consultant.

What is the difference between a performance enhancement consultant also known as a mental performance consultant and a sports psychologist?  While a sports psychologist helps with performance and mental health issues, a performance enhancement consultant helps with performance issues.

Patty is from Richmond, VA.  In her spare time, Patty enjoys watching sports, playing sports, and exercising.

EP 88 – The BEB Business Summit Presentation

The BEB business conference – August 15/16 – featured 16 presentations – by a ‘who’s who’ of business leaders. These presentations  covered many aspects of online business and entrepreneurship.   It is interesting how all of these tips and strategies are just as applicable for students and for parents with students in school.

Dr Greene’s presentation included:

The 3 C’s of Success

  • Commitment
  • Consistency
  • Community

The 5 structures

  • Physical
  • Temporal
  • Academic
  • Accountability
  • Support

The 3 types of People

  • Proactive
  • Reactive
  • Inactive

How to have a daily success action plan

  • Time Management
  • Information Management
  • Do it

Learn more or


EP 87 – the Virtual Back to School Summit 9-10-20 (full audio version)

Parents – Do You Want the Ultimate Back-to-School Plan for Fall 2020 –
Without Worrying About Your Child’s Future?

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Are you concerned about ‘split shifts’ and other alternative school schedules?
Where do colleges stand on college admissions/SAT/ACT in today’s climate?
Are you concerned about the challenges of virtual learning?
Do you have your home learning structure in place?
Will you be utilizing “Pods” or another group based platform?
Will you child be able to thrive this school year?
Are you considering home schooling?
PLUS — get answers to YOUR questions


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Katie K May – Coping with stress in today’s world
Sarah Lorraine – Positive Parent Involvement in Post-COVID Educational Settings
Lauren M Barrow, PhD – THE NEW FRONTIER: Navigating Education Post-COVID
Samantha Feinman – Self – Advocacy in the age of Virtual Learning
Dan Ascher, M.Ed. – The Teenage Brain -How to Use to your Advantage
Dr Steven Greene – The 5 Critical Structures of Home and Virtual Learning


Katie K May – Coping with stress in today’s world
Back to school in scary times can be more stressful than other years.  Learn science-backed strategies for effectively regulating emotions to manage stress and anxiety to set your kids up for success this year.  Get specific how to’s and what not to do’s so you have a fool-proof structure for supporting your family.  Katie  K May is the owner and Clinical Director at Creative Healing.

Sarah Lorraine – Positive Parent Involvement in Post-COVID Educational Settings
Parent involvement in education is highly correlated with student success and positive academic outcomes for both traditional and special education students, but what should parent involvement look like now, in post-COVID educational settings? Learn ways to identify your child’s needs, get involved, and support your child’s learning across educational settings (virtual, in-person, and hybrid). Learn how to read and analyze your child’s Evaluation/Re-Evaluation Report, Individual Education Plan, or 504 Plan and request the changes necessary to support your child’s learning across multiple settings.  Sarah Lorraine, M.S. & Certified School Psychologist has been supporting students and families since 2004. 

Lauren M Barrow, PhD – THE NEW FRONTIER: Navigating Education Post-COVID
College visits, applications and completion in the Post-COVID era is going to be different from anything seen before.  Indeed, the college experience is going to be different from even just last year.  Parents need to trust that our young adults are making the best decision for them, even if that means that we, as parents, are unfamiliar with the path that they are taking.  This presentation introduces parents and students to how higher education is pivoting to respond to the “new normal”, as well as providing insight into questions that the parents may have.  Lauren is mother to a 2020 college graduate and current and future college students (maybe), as well as Chair for the Center for Education, Advocacy and Social Justice at Chestnut Hill College.

Samantha Feinman – Self – Advocacy in the age of Virtual Learning
Students need to learn how to self-advocate and be proactive with regards to finding and utilizing help. The barriers students may encounter to receiving help, and how they can overcome such barriers will be highlighted here. The importance of self-advocacy and help-seeking skills especially in the e-learning environment where learning and instruction tends to be more linear will also be emphasized.  Samantha Curiale-Feinman, MS. Ed., TSHH, is the Director of New Frontiers Executive Function Coaching.

Dan Ascher, M.Ed. – The Teenage Brain – How it Works and How to Use to your Advantage

The “Teenage Brain” — the latest science on how teenage brains are different from those of adults.
  • Why teens don’t always make great decisions (and how you can help them make better ones!)
  • Why teens are more likely to engage in risky behaviors
  • Why teens can more easily learn new languages or musical instruments
Daniel Ascher, M.Ed., President of A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, has been a professional educator since 1988.

Dr Steven Greene – The 5 Critical  Structures of Home  and Virtual Learning

There are 5 structures every family must have in place so their children can maximize their virtual  learning / home school  / educational experience:

  • Physical
  • Academic
  • Time
  • Accountability
  • Support.

Dr Steven Greene has been the lead educator at since 1993.


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Katie May – Creative Healing –
Creative Healing is a teen support center with three locations: Flourtown, King of Prussia and Philadelphia. Their team of adolescent specialists blend evidence-based practices and creative modalities to help teens manage big emotions and create a life they love. Learn more at
Samantha Feinman – New Frontiers –
New Frontiers is committed to helping clients reach their fullest potential through a collaborative, creative and flexible coaching model. We offer one to one executive function coaching and academic tutoring, as well as social and transition to college and/or career support services. Group programs focus on social engagement and interpersonal skills. We provide coaching both in-person and virtually for clients school-aged through adulthood. Parent workshops and professional trainings are also available to assist in community awareness and development. In-person support to navigate virtual school and online learning during the COVID-19 crisis is also available both one on one and in groups. or
Ron Shapiro – Education by Entertainment –
Parents – Would you like to show your family members a little bit more about how they think so they can be a safer, more productive, better students and communicators while having FUN?  Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro will show you how. Ronald G. Shapiro, PhD will explain how you can lead up to 30 Education By  Entertainment activities with your immediate family members (advanced grade 3 to college and professionals) at home and you can include extended family and friends over an internet connection for some activities. Ron’s EducationalGames.Fun website and contact him at  DrRonShapiro1981@SigmaXi.Net or 401.272.4664

EP 86 – Phenix Badmus, the College Success professor visits Education Live Thursday

Parents and Students

Are you confused about the 2020 college admissions landscape? 
Do you know the ‘best practices’ for your children to gain acceptance to their ‘dream schools’?
Do you have a cohesive long term plan?

In this weeks edition of EDUCATION LIVE THURSDAY, Dr Steven Greene features a conversation with Phenix Badmus – The College Success Coach.

Key talking points:

  • Why building a brand as a student is important
  • How To build a brand Online
  • How to build a brand In School/ On Campus
  • How parents can support students in creating a brand and clarifying their goals for college

Phenix Frazier Badmus, earned a BA in English from Morgan State University and a M.Ed. from George Washington University. She founded College Optimized, a student success and development company, bringing with her 20 years of experience in academic advising, mentoring, academic support, student success coaching, and career counseling . She started the Office Hours with the College Success Professor Podcast to share her knowledge and expertise with students who want to graduate on time and on purpose. She also offers workshops, and coaching services to teach students how to apply the tools, strategies, and mindsets that lead to success in college and in life.

Learn more:
Phenix Badmus M.S.

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