October 31, 2014

Addicted to Numbers?

By Neer Asherie (Physics, Math, and Chemistry) If I were allowed to instantaneously eradicate one bad habit among physics students, I would choose their addiction to numbers. That is, the propensity of many students to plug numbers into an equation at the first opportunity. I think that this addiction stems from several factors: fear of algebra,  read more…

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How to Help Your Child Succeed in the Math Classroom

By Natalie Madison (Elementary and Special Education) A significant portion of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Common Core Standards Math curriculum are based on fluency with multiplication facts. Smaller numbers are introduced in second grade while all the basic facts are reinforced in 3rd. Once your child reaches 4th and 5th grade it is  read more…

Apple Computer and Picasso’s Style

                            By Brian X. Chen, The New York Times CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple may well be the only tech company on the planet that would dare compare itself to Picasso. In a class at the company’s internal training program, the so-called Apple University, the  read more…

ACT Announces Essay Prompt Changes (And, May Make the Essay Less Challenging)

by Grant Bergland (Writing, Literature, and Test Prep) Just this summer, the ACT announced their test will change in 2015 to include more challenging writing prompts. Some believe this is in response to the SAT (ACT’s main competitor) unveiling their new test in 2016. ACT claims their new essay will be more challenging. And yet,  read more…

Chess and Mathematics

by Kovan Pillai (Math and Test Preparation) Having a son (let’s call him K) who holds the chess rank of National Master, and who is also years ahead of his peers in mathematics, it was tempting for me to declare an inextricable link between the two skills. Many others have noted this connection and in  read more…

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Helping Students Learn Mathematics

By Jose Parra (Math and Test Prep) I nostalgically remember how exciting becoming an eighth grader was for me as a student, mainly because that would bring the challenges of Algebra to my academic life. I also proudly remember inheriting that humongous Algebra book that used to belong to my sister and that basically represented  read more…

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