Should I Take the SAT or the ACT?

Almost every college accepts both the SAT and the ACT. So, most students should choose the test that suits them best and prepare for that test exclusively. The best way to determine which test is best for you is by taking a released practice test. The conditions for taking the …

Do I Need to Take Both the SAT and the ACT?

This is one of the most common questions that parents and students ask when I talk with them about college admissions. Often, they have been advised by a school counselor or peer to take both tests. The SAT and ACT are both college entrance exams, but they are not the …

Not Sure How to Accomplish that Big Task? Just Get Started!

Do you spend a lot of time and energy preparing for a test only to feel like your mind goes blank once you start the assessment? This is a common experience. It happens because of the way our brain takes in, stores, and then recovers learned information. There are three phases to learning and remembering…

Not Your Average High School Final

    Preparing for the ACT and SAT has come to inspire more dread in high school upperclassmen than the tedious college application process itself, and with good reason. While the ACT has become slightly easier than past versions, the increased difficulty of the SAT has resulted in a somewhat …

4 Apps to Help with Exam Preparation

    Current technology helps make studying easier and more manageable. As smartphone ownership increases every year, mobile apps developed specifically for studying harder and smarter are regularly popping up. Parrish Learning Zone acknowledged that test anxiety can be caused by unproductive study methods. With deadlines and exams piling up, you need …

5 Study Strategies for Students with Test Anxiety

As the school year begins, a problem that I hear parents express most often, working as a study skills tutor, is that they see their children studying and then it seems they cannot remember the material on test day or for end-of-the-year cumulative exams. Many times they wonder aloud if …

Five Strategies for Surviving End-of-the-Year Testing

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How to Use Your PSAT Score to Prepare for the SAT

Most students take the PSAT, but I have found through talking to students and parents that many do not fully understand how to use the PSAT to prepare for the SAT. The PSAT score report can be one of your most useful tools when preparing for the SAT. You spent …

The last day of school is right around the corner…

  Summer is here! Where has the time gone? Now is the time to start thinking about your plans to stay ahead of the learning curve throughout the summer. A Smart Summer begins with additional enrichment that you wouldn’t otherwise receive. We offer a lot of different workshops and services for …