ACT’s calculator policy

I’ve been talking to folks about calculator programs, specifically whether or not you’re allowed to use them on the ACT. I had a student take the test recently at John Marshall High School here in Los Angeles. The test proctor manually deleted everything stored in the memory of every student’s calculator. That shouldn’t have happened, but I understand […]

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Episode 13: Keep Calm And Test On

Ted speaks with Gail Meyer, President Emeritus of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (ICEA) and an educational consultant specializing in college admissions. Before getting into college admissions she spent 17 years as a clinical social worker specializing in working with adolescents and their families. Gail brings all of her education, skill, and passion for helping […]

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Episode 12: You’re Getting Very, Very Sleepy/Good At Writing College Essays…

Ted introduces Ethan Sawyer, the “College Essay Guy,” a nationally recognized college essay expert. Ethan has a degree from Northwestern in screenwriting and English, an MFA from UC Irvine, two certificates in college counseling and one in hypnotherapy. He utilizes all of this extensive education, as well as his own core values of connection and […]

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Episode 10: Looking At College Admission Through Rose-Colored Glasses

Ted takes a field trip to Campbell Hall High School to speak with their director of college counseling, Jennifer Simpson. As a self-proclaimed “recovering life planner,” Jennifer uses her strategist superpowers to help individual students identify and prepare for their best path for after graduation. (0:43) Jennifer shares some of the biggest misconceptions she encounters […]

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Episode 9: We Like Problems, Yes We Do

Wes Carroll- MIT grad, podcast host, math tutor, educational coach/consultant, and Ted-proclaimed “Master Problem Solver”- joins the show for Episode  9. Wes explains how learning to problem solve is more than simply learning how to answer test questions correctly; in fact, this type of thinking is a skill that will serve students through college and […]

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