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Author: Todd Shively

Todd Shively is an ancient graduate of Purdue University, where he changed his mind so many times that he finished with a major in English and a minor in math. He has taught high school in three different states and currently teaches in Scotland, where he lives with his family. In his spare time he bakes his own sourdough bread and tries to work those carbs off doing Crossfit.

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The Language of Math

One of the most vital pieces of math information that I have given to students is not about math at all. It is about the language. The math section is not so much about math–as you know, you had covered most of the actual content by the time you were finished with ninth grade. What make this section especially difficult are the words of the question.

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SAT Vocabulary in Context—Avoid the First Definition

In the Critical Reading sections, when you see a “vocabulary in context” question, it is unlikely that the correct answer will be the primary definition—the one that pops into your head at first. Make sure that you are taking cues from the passage.

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Sweet Dreams: The Effect of Sleep on Student Learning

You are probably one of the guilty ones. You have piano practice after soccer practice and then you have to drive your brother to swimming while you eat your sandwich in the car and then you finally sit down to study at 9:00 but you realize that you have physics homework that you forgot about […]

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