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College Board Releases 2011 AP Honor Roll

college board logo with acornDo you remember back in elementary school when the school would give out annual awards for various accomplishments? There was the Reading Honor Roll, the Attendance Honor Roll, the Science Honor Roll, and so many more. I had long ago forgotten about honor rolls, but I guess they are back in the spotlight.

In 2010, The College Board began releasing an annual list of schools that made it’s AP Honor Roll. In order to make this honor roll, schools must increase their students access to Advanced Placement courses and coursework. However, there is more required of schools who want to make this honor roll. In addition, they must also simultaneously maintain or increase the percentage of their students who earn at least a “3” on the exams. Schools who do this are “successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most for AP course work,” according to the College Board.

This year, 367 school districts made the list. The schools came from 45 different states in the USA and six provinces in Canada. Pennsylvania had the most districts who qualified for the list (34). New York and Massachusetts tied for second place with 30 districts each.

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Use These Tips to Ace Your Next Test

If you are taking summer school, you are most likely approaching your final exams. If you are not taking a summer class, tests probably loom in your more distant future, making them a little less threatening. However, if you are a student, you know that tests are not something to be looked forward to because of all of the pressure to do well. Ugh, talk about a summer buzz-kill.

If you are like me, preparing for a test is a very stressful occasion. You have to spend hours reviewing the materials, reteaching yourself everything you’ve forgotten, and then there comes the time when you walk into the classroom and actually take the test. By the end of those class periods, all I want to do is go home and bury myself beneath my blankets.

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Oregon Approves Spell Check Feature For Exams

As many students type into Microsoft Word, compose emails, use the internet browser Mozilla, etc, computer programming has been developed to automatically correct typos or misspelled/mistyped words within documents. A standard feature in most programs now, there has been a on-going debate about whether or not the programmed ‘spell check’ is hindering student learning.

Well, according to the Oregon Department of Education, it does not. In fact, they feel so strongly about their opinion on the matter that they feel students no longer need to be well versed in the spelling department that they are allowing them to spell check their submissions for student state exams.

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The Best Study Snacks for Finals Week

Most college students know what finals week really means. It’s not about preparing for weeks in advance and walking into the classroom the day of the test, completely confident that you will earn an “A+”. No, what it’s really about is spending hours upon hours in the library, beating facts into your brain, and surviving off coffee from Starbucks and snacks from vending machines. Not very healthy, and not very good brain food, either.

The food that you eat while studying is actually very important. I bet you didn’t know that your brain uses roughly 20 percent of the daily calories you consume and it needs healthy foods to help function better. Here are some foods that will help your brain function properly, because you want every advantage on test day you can.

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Best Foods to Beat Exam Stress

It’s just about that time of the semester when finals are looming, papers are piling up and there is that constant pressure to bump up your GPA.

When exam times rolls around, it’s quite common for students to react to the stress and hours of sitting and studying by eating. From potato chips to pretzels, a bag of M&Ms to a box of graham crackers, munching, stress and studying go hand in hand.

Using food as way to deal with the stress of school probably won’t land you a better grade, but it may very well land you a tighter squeeze into your skinny jeans. Read the rest of this entry »



Cramster is an Online Study Community for College Students

cramsterSometimes it is just impossible to learn a concept from a textbook. When this happens to me, I jump on my computer and try Googling the problem. Sometimes I find what I am looking for and the problem is solved. Other times though, I cannot find what I need to save my life, and then I am no better off than when I started.

Is there any way to guarantee online homework help?

Yes, and it is called Cramster.

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Tips for Handling Finals Stress

student stressFinals are stressful! Everyone knows that. You have one last test to determine what grade you get for an entire semester’s worth of work.

What if the majority of the questions are from the one chapter you did not review? What if your pen runs out of ink and you can’t find another? What if you wake up sick and can’t go to the exam? What if? What if? What if?

Okay, chill out. Yes, finals are stressful and studying for them is probably one of the worst things about being a college student. But you do not have to completely freak out over them.

Here are some tips to help you keep your stress under control and make this stressful time of the year as good as it can be:

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A New Way to Prepare for Exams: Knewton

knewtonPreparing for the GMAT, LSAT or SAT is a challenge. A new company, Knewton.com, is trying to make the process simpler and more enjoyable for students.

Why is Knewton one of the best ways to study for an exam?

First off, everything is online, which means you can study when and where is most convenient for you. As busy college students, convenience is incredibly important.

Secondly, Knewton employs the “industry’s most experienced and dynamic GMAT teachers, LSAT teachers, and test experts” in order to ensure the quality of their programs. Who can argue with learning from the best teachers in the industry? These teachers offer live, online video classes that are available on demand, so once again it fits into your busy schedule. Read the rest of this entry »



The Benefits of Self-Regulated Learning

Learning a new skill can be difficult. Use this new technique next time you need to study!

I try to be a self-regulated learner. Self-regulated learners often do better on tests and assignments. They learn better and retain what they have learned longer. But what is a self-regulated learner?

A self-regulated learner is someone who takes charge of their own learning. A good example of a self-regulated learner is when a baby learns to sit up on his own. Nobody is sitting there, encouraging the baby and quizzing him on how to sit; he just does it himself. He is self-motivated and teaches himself how to do it. Another example is making a mock-exam before a test and quizzing yourself. Nobody told you to do that, but if you do, you will probably learn more from it and remember the material better than if you just went to a review session. Read the rest of this entry »



Recharging Your Batteries Before Exams

This time of year is one that induces stress in both high school and college students alike. Exams are around the corner, with that comes the late nights and loss of social life. I am here to give you some advice from my college experience. Recharge your batteries. students-relaxing

Something can be said about the benefits of studying 72 hours in five days, but when does it become too much? Studying is an important part of getting good grades, but what use is working your brain to the nub when you are too tired to recall the information you have learned. Read the rest of this entry »





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