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Theresa Xia Michna, M.A. has prepared students for the SAT/ACT/GRE/GMAT exams for over a decade. Most recently, she has led STEAM workshops in schools in Westchester. STEAM enriches the study of math, engineering, technology, through an appreciation for artistic problem solving. She is truly delighted to be able to merge the creativity of math with so many other skills. She also coaches students in college essays through her specially designed College Application Essay Workshops. A published writer, she has written English curriculum at the United Nations, Vienna, been an adjunct at Manhattanville College and Pace University, and taught English at the American International School in Vienna, Austria.

How to Cut Your Math SAT Prep in Half

Five Steps to Aha ! I’ve distilled the five most essential steps, to help you arrive at the correct math solution. Try these critical solution strategies when you practice math: 1. BACKsolve the Answer Choices (Use the answers given.) 2. … Continue reading

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Cut Your SAT Grammar Rules in Half

 Cut Your SAT Grammar Rules in Half SAT Grammar has you down?  Take heart.  You CAN dramatically slash your study time, providing you know how to sort rules.  The following common error categories were identified by the most skillful SAT … Continue reading

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How to Increase Reading Speed by 200%

How to Increase your Reading Speed by 200% The vast majority of my students want to be able to read faster and to skim. It’s not just the strong students who want the secret of leaping through lengthy AP school … Continue reading

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January Applications Due Soon!

Seniors – January Applications Due Now! Only a few more days to get your final college applications in!  Here are two vital essay sources to check out: For stellar ideas, superb style, and roll-up-your-sleeves advice: — What it Really Takes … Continue reading

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SAT v. ACT: The Great Debate, pt. II

Come Join the Debate for 2014 – Major differences between these two well-crafted exams? – My most compelling reasons to take the ACT – And some compelling reasons to take the SAT – My hottest recommendations for self-prep books   … Continue reading

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Ready, aim, fire, on Grammar!

Do you sometimes feel you don’t even know where to aim, when it comes to grammar? Feel overwhelmed by the number of rules you must learn? Just slow down a minute.  You can learn to break any large task into … Continue reading

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Voted Top Ten Tips on SAT

Voted Top Ten Tips on the SAT It’s October, help! As a tutor, I’m always looking for ways to help my students slash through their SAT prep time. So I spent the month of Sept., looking for the best ideas … Continue reading

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Using Play to Foster Test Prep

How can play enlighten the world of test prep? Natalie Rusk, of MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, Mass., has spent more than 20 years studying learning and creativity.  She has found that play is more than fun and games.  Much of … Continue reading

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Applying Early Admission?

Early Admission deadlines can be as soon as November 1. 2013. Many guidance counselors are requesting students to have their college essays (including supplementaries) completed by September.  That means that August is prime time to craft a winning essay that … Continue reading

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How to Increase Your Reading Speed by 200%

How to Increase your Reading Speed by 200% The vast majority of my students want to be able to read faster and to skim. It’s not just the strong students who want the secret of leaping through lengthy AP school … Continue reading

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