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A Timeline For Applying to Schools (ISEE/SSAT/HSPT)

A Timeline For Applying to Schools (ISEE/SSAT/HSPT) Taking an entrance exam is only part of applying to schools.  The entire venture is daunting and time-consuming and parents might often procrastinate applying or even starting research since the process can feel overwhelming. We talk with our students about breaking down tasks into sizable chunks and small goals and in the interest of simplifying the application process for our parents, we’ve broken down the tasks for application into a timeline with tasks...
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Metacognition and Learning

Metacognition and Learning Artists and academics toss the term ‘meta’ through discussions and lectures to mean a greater outside perspective of looking in. Television, theatre, and now children’s books call attention to an awareness of the audience, the limitations of the craft and restrictions of the genre that affect both the participants within the art and the audience. One need look no further than Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggy story ‘We Are In a Book’ or ‘Be Quiet!’ by Ryan...
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Tremendous or Terrible? How can I tell if my child has competitive SSAT scores?

Tremendous or Terrible? How can I tell if my child has competitive SSAT scores? One of the most common questions we receive from parents is, “How well did my child score on the SSAT?”  This is a difficult question to answer for several reasons but the short answer is—it depends on which school your child is applying to, as well as their personal and academic background. Although this answer may seem like a bit of a letdown, read on for...
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SAT vs. ACT: Which Test Should My Student Take?

SAT vs. ACT: Facts to Know When Deciding Which Test to Take Both the SAT and ACT are college entrance exams that are used by college admissions committees to determine successful student applications. There is often a lot of confusion and anxiety for parents and students when deciding which test is the right one to take. It is a common misconception that colleges and universities favor SAT scores over ACT scores. This is largely because the SAT was the predominant...
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The Davidson Tutoring “Tutorless” Approach to the SAT

The Davidson Tutoring “Tutorless” Approach to the SAT There are three types of students who don’t get tutoring for the SAT. That’s right. This tutoring company is going to talk about how to not get tutoring for the SAT. Why? Because we know that the path to reducing stress for test prep can sometimes include not having an instructor. If you are reading this, you are the Batman of SAT Prep prepared to fly solo into the competitive college application...
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5 Things Schools Expect You To Know When You Apply

5 Things Schools Expect You To Know When You Apply The landscape for applications in the greater Los Angeles area shifts rapidly and it seems that every year, parents and students face new challenges. Limited spaces, difficult testing expectations, vague answers from admissions advisors and conflicting information from other parents converge into a complicated grab bag of half-truths and rumors. We all want the best for our kids and can’t get enough information about what the best might actually be....
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10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your SAT Prep

10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your SAT Prep Summer prep time is here! Most of our SAT students have their sights set on the October SAT with the goal of spending their summer with their books on hand to review their math, dive deep into grammar and explore the deep layers of symbolism in old English subtext. The SAT has come a long way and, though it is a standard bearer, it is not immune to shifts of...
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The Importance of Being Assessed

The Importance of Being Assessed Written by Deborah Hurtado, Director at Davidson Tutoring My eloquent uncle often sipped his coffee near enough to the holiday buffet table and – with a squint-eyed, far off gaze – espoused pithy aphorisms to his beleaguered relatives as they sliced fruitcake and balanced freshly churned ice cream over warm pecan pie. His most beloved axiom still resonates with our family years after his 18 nieces and nephews have left those holiday traditions and grown-up...
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Interview with Dan Vorenberg – Head of School at Mirman School

Recently, we had the chance to catch up with Dan Vorenberg, head of the co-educational Mirman school for highly gifted children in Los Angeles. In the 90’s, Dan made the leap from teaching to administration where he worked as the head of a number of independent schools. Looking at education through so many lenses made Dan the perfect fit for the Mirman school whose founders, Norman and Beverly Mirman, were on a mission to serve a significant population of gifted...
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