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What Bruce Lee Teaches About the SAT & ACT

Most of the crew was gone. They were hitting the slopes at Mammoth Lake, but lucky me, I was burning from elevation sickness. Feverish disposition, bleary vision, and a grumpy attitude. Never before have I ever experienced such sensations, not in any of the many snowboarding trips I’ve taken throughout the years. Why here? Why now? I couldn’t even do what I had planned for weeks, looked forward to forever, and driven 6 hours to do. Holed up in the […]

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The #1 Question Students Ask

The number one question I see from students goes like this: “I currently have [score] on the SAT/ACT, but I need to raise it to [higher score] in the next [X months]. Is it possible? Any tips?” I’ll confess, whenever I read that question in the past, I did so with no small bit of irritation. It’s not that I didn’t want to help these students. It’s just that I used to feel it was such a lazy question to

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Knowing How to Do the Problem Isn’t Enough

There’s an awkward situation I see happening with too many students. It goes like this: they 100% know the rules, the formulas, and the concepts behind a question. YET THEY STILL GET THE QUESTION WRONG…and not just once, but over and over again. Is it just me, or does that strike you as absolutely mind-boggling? Why in the world would someone completely understand a question and still get it wrong? That just blows my socks off because it pains me

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Why You Need to Learn How to Learn

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I’m all about precision prep and systematized studying. Most people have never learned how to learn. I’d like to say that’s okay, but it’s really not. The thing is, no one really teaches us the proper way to learn. Our teachers can teach us math facts and grammar rules and literary devices for days, but we’re left to fend for ourselves when it comes to actually organizing the barrage of information.

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Is Your Study System Broken?

What if I told you that you’ve been wasting virtually all your time studying for the SAT/ACT lately? Would you hate me? What if I told you there was a way to improve your scores with LESS time? Would you want to know? Unfortunately, the vast majority of students go about studying the wrong way, simply because that’s what they’ve been taught. It’s not your fault. It’s the system’s fault, but you’re still the one suffering because of it. If

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Know Your Enemies

You know the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” I know this firsthand because when I first moved to Hollywood, I knew nobody. Hollywood?! Yep, if it weren’t for my truly selfless passion for teaching you the SAT/ACT, I could have been a famous director. Lol, just kidding. The truth is, after 400+ film job applications (with a dismal response rate of 1.7%), I gave up my vague Tinseltown dreams. I had zero connections, and the few gigs I did land weren’t

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