Note: It's one week prior to the July 14, 2018 ACT and I thought I would give you tips to prepare for this Saturday's ACT. So I am updating this blog from September 9th 2017.
You have decided to be proactive and take the ACT during the summer. You want to be ready to sign up for college scholarships in October when they are released. Good for you!
A week prior to the ACT can be a stressful time for high school students especially during the summer. Students want to have fun, not figure out how to study for the ACT. When you are short on time, most students feel they should cram right up to the test. In fact your parents studied the same way.
How to Learn Best
Cramming right up to the test is not how to learn best. Instead, you are creating test anxiety by studying this way. Test anxiety happens when you put too much pressure on yourself to perform a certain way. Cramming puts undo pressure on yourself to remember information. But you don't learn anything by cramming like this. Instead, you dump information for the test, and forget it later.
You learn best by giving yourself time to process information. Processing information takes time and energy. Cramming the night before a test is not taking time to process.
Use these study tips a week before ACT
You should study using the following steps to remember that studying for tests can be fun and anxiety free. I will show you how.
Three days before ACT
Take a full length ACT. Remember to take the test under the same parameters as the real ACT. Use the tips that you have learned from your studying so far.
Two days before ACT
Go over the results of your last ACT practice test. Analyze the questions you got wrong and create a strategy to help you remember how to solve it. Look for any easy points you are missing such as detail questions in a reading passage.
Figure out where you are going for the test. You may want to come the night before if you can.
*Do something fun to get your mind off the test. This would be a great time to get some exercise with friends.
*Get a good night's sleep. Go to bed early so you get plenty of sleep and don't over sleep.
The morning of the ACT
Eat a great breakfast that is not too heavy. You are going to be nervous during the test, so you don't want to feel stuffed. Read a newspaper article or something to stimulate your brain.
Dress in layers in case the room is too cold or too warm for you. Get to the test early so you can find your seat.
During the ACT
Remember that you have prepared yourself well for this test. No matter what happens now, life will move on. You have the ability to retake the test. Relax and do your best.
After the ACT
You have done your best today. Don't stress over it. Go and do something fun and relaxing. In a few weeks you should get your results in the form of an email. This will be the time you decide to take another test.
Need More ACT Help?
How do you study for tests? I would love to know. Feel free to use these study tips before any test, not just the ACT.
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You've decided that you want to go to college. That means you have to take the ACT. You took the ACT without knowing anything about it and now you don't like your score. You wish you would have set goals before taking the ACT. What would a realistic goal toward the ACT be? You didn't think the ACT was going to be so intimidating because you've heard others take it and do well.
What if there was a way to study for the test and get a better score? I am here to teach you how to set SMART goals to ACE the ACT or at least get a score the colleges will like.
Students have been preparing for the ACT for a long time now. They set realistic goals and practiced for the test. The school I went to offered after school classes to prepare me for the ACT. Since not all schools offer these classes I will teach you how to make SMART goals with easy to complete steps. Stay tuned at the end for a free gift.
What is a SMART GOAL?
Smart goals are the most effective type of goals people use today. Smart goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. Let's go into detail on each part of a SMART goal.
Be Specific with your SMART GOAL
When deciding on a realistic goal for the ACT, you have to be specific about what want. Most students have an ideal ACT score to get into a certain college or scholarship. When you are not specific about what you want, you can't know for sure if you have met your goal.
As you make your goal, ask yourself these questions:
Here's an example of a SMART goal for the ACT:
I will earn a 26 on my ACT studying 3 times per week for three months.
Make your SMART GOAL Measurable
When a goal is measurable, you will know exactly when you have accomplished the goal. In the goal above, you want to earn a 26, learn the skills until you are consistently earning a 26.
Attainable SMART GOALS are easier to keep
When a goal is attainable, it means that you can and will accomplish it. If your first ACT was a 14, striving for a 36 might not be attainable in three months. Be careful when striving for perfection. Look at your baseline score and how much time you have available when making a goal attainable.
SMART GOALS must be Relevant
Referring to the goal of a 26, ask yourself why is this score important? Will you get a specific scholarship for this score? Is it because someone else wants you to get this score? The SMART goals that you make have to be appropriate to be achievable.
SMART GOALS are Timely
Putting a timeline on your goal keeps you accountable. Procrastination is an easy way to put off your goals until you are too late. Many of my students procrastinate taking the ACT until their senior year. This causes them to feel rushed and hate standardized testing. You can relieve test anxiety by planning ahead.
Have you already scheduled an ACT? If so, you have a limited amount of time to study and your realistic goals should reflect this. If not, you can create more difficult goals that will take longer to accomplish. Then sign up for the test when you are closer to accomplishing it.
I recommend you study first, before you plan a test date. However, if you already have a test date scheduled, you still have time to study, even if it's only a week away. Or you can reschedule the test, but that will cost you more money.
SMART GOALS and ACT test prep
Before you can set SMART goals, you must take a baseline ACT. Even if you have already taken the ACT, you need to take another one in the privacy of your own home. The score sheet you received in the mail was not enough information to help you study. The score sheet doesn't analyze the question types you got wrong so you can master the skills.
To use an ACT study guide or not
First, you must choose the test you are going to take. There are several choices to choose from. For example, you can choose to take a practice test from the ACT website. This is FREE for you to use. However, it might not give you the analysis to help you study later. Another example of a practice test is taking a test from a study guide. Study guides not only give you many tests to take but also teaches you what skills to study to increase your score. Here is a review of the study guides I use.
When you take the baseline ACT, make sure you set up the same parameters as the real test. You want to take the test in the same time frame and in a quiet area as you would at a testing center/school. As you practice the parameters, you will become less nervous because you will get used to it.
Make SMART goals using your score
Look at the questions you got wrong and analyze what skills you still need to master. Study these areas the most. Also look at the test for easy points such as wordiness or basic math questions. These areas give you quick points.
Take a look at your score and missed question types to see if you can figure out what a realistic new score will be. Let's say you received a 19 as a score, but didn't answer all of the questions. Here is a place for improvement.
Sample SMART goal
Increase score from 19-25 on Reading ACT by answering all of the questions in the time frame allowed.
Then create smart objectives to accomplish your SMART goal. SMART objectives are steps to accomplish the goal.
Maybe you struggled with detail questions during the reading test. Detail questions are one of the easiest areas on the reading test. Study this area to increase your score.
Sample SMART Objective
Study the key words used in detail question types and look back in the reading every time.
It is easy to increase a low score (change a 14 to a 20) but more difficult to raise a higher score (change a 30 to a 36). So you will plan to study less to raise a lower score and more to raise a higher score.
Creating SMART goals and timelines
Figure on studying for at least 10 hours for each composite point you want to increase. A composite point is the average of the 4 major test scores on the ACT.
Before you study, take a look at your schedule. Think about activities that might get in your way. These activities include work, extracurricular activities, family, school and friends. You don't want to start studying just to stop because something else got in the way. Instead, you want to devote your energy to studying.
Using the strategies describe above, create SMART goals you can feel good about and ACE the ACT.
Wait! Don't go yet! I promised you a free gift. Here is a FREE ACT study plan just for you.
Top 7 Ways to Engage in Nonfiction Reading
Attention high school students!
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Are you a student who struggles to understand what is going on in class, because you can't understand nonfiction writing? After spending hours reading an assignment, do you forget what you just read? You are not alone. I have tutored many high school students who struggle with the same issues.
If you want to succeed in life, you must be able to read nonfiction text. For example, getting a driver's license. High school students dream of driving themselves around without the need for a parent. If you can't read and understand nonfiction text, it will be hard to pass the written exam to get a driver's license. Reading nonfiction text also helps you to pass other tests such as the ACT, finals and scholarship applications.
If you can't understand assigned reading if you have tunnel vision when reading if you think you are stupid when reading nonfiction text if you have ever tried to build furniture you need to read this article.
How do you know if you are not engaged in reading a nonfiction text? Read on to find out.
It's not a race
Great readers follow several steps when reading and you can too. First, before reading anything, great readers will decide if the reading is for fun or an assignment. By deciding the purpose, great readers will determine the speed of their reading. Reading for fun can mean reading faster; while reading for an assignment will make the reader slow down and look for important clues.
Do you have tunnel vision?
Great readers look at everything on the page and decide if they need to read it for information. Struggling readers, on the other hand, just read what they feel is necessary and leave out the rest. Only looking at the bulk text is called having tunnel vision. Before you begin to read a nonfiction text, you should scan the reading for the following information:
"I just don't get it."
After you have scanned for the above items, now you can start asking yourself questions about it. For example, after looking at picture ask yourself "why is this important?" Turn headings and subheadings into questions. As you read, you can answer those questions to get a better understanding of the given information.
What if I don't use a textbook?
Let's say you are reading articles on the computer or nonfiction books from the library. You still apply the same strategies as you would with a textbook. There are still headings, subheadings, pictures, diagrams, graphs, bold-faced words, etc. Turn those items into questions. As you are reading, answer the questions to help with comprehension.
Getting a Speeding Ticket
If you speed past a word while reading, you struggle with reading nonfiction text. If you are reading a school textbook, the tested vocabulary words are in bold-faced print for you. However, I believe that you should be creating your own vocabulary words while you are reading.
Great readers not only figure out what the bold-faced words mean but other unknown words as well. How else are you going to understand the reading? Try these ways to figure out unknown words:
Increasing Memory and Recall
Great readers take notes on what they read, so they can remember the information better. Taking notes also helps when writing a report and completing assignments. You can take notes a couple of different ways, such as using a notebook, computer, or my favorite: Post-it notes. As you read a textbook, write your questions on Post-it notes and leave them in the book. Then when you find the information, write the answer on the same Post-it note.
Some struggling readers forget what they read shortly after reading it. Taking notes is crucial for remembering facts and important details in the reading. However, DON'T COPY WORD FOR WORD. Copying out of a book exactly is called plagiarizing and it is ILLEGAL.
Write 3-5 words about each detail to help you remember what you read. If you have a paper to write or an assignment to complete, paraphrase what your notes say. Paraphrasing is using your own words to say the same thing.
Don't Stop There
There is one last crucial step about reading nonfiction text. Review what you have learned several times to move the information from your short-term memory to long-term memory. The amount of review varies from person to person. Some people might get away with reviewing a couple of times a week, while others might need to review every other night.
How do you interact with nonfiction writing and reading? I would really like to know. Leave a comment below.
P.S. Here are some related blogs to help with nonfiction reading
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Have you heard that reading can take you anywhere you want to go? People who love reading can get lost in a book for hours upon hours. For others, this is not the case. Instead, some readers can decode the words very well but do not understand a word of it. I call this zoning out while reading.
Yesterday, I was tutoring a high school student who did just this while we were reading a book he wanted to read. Previously, I've noticed that he was engaged in the reading by answering questions, laughing appropriately, and participating in the discussion.
Yesterday's student wasn't the first high school student of mine to zone out while reading. I have had many others do the same thing. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
Main Way of Getting Information
Reading is an important way of getting information at the high school age. High schools use textbooks, computer articles, periodicals, and other media to gain information. Three of the four main tests on the ACT involve reading. The ACT gets students valuable scholarships to college. Colleges depend on using textbooks for information. But yet students are wasting their time decoding words on the page while lacking the understanding of what they are reading.
If you have struggled with reading since you were little, if the school has taken special reading help away from you, if you can read a recipe, then you can change your reading comprehension level.
But how exactly can you figure out if you are zoning out while reading? Today I am going to talk about staying engaged in a prose fiction type of story. My next article will talk about how to stay engaged in a nonfiction type of story.
Reading during School Breaks: Important or Waste of Time
Some of you might be enjoying summer, winter, or spring break and want to skip over this article because you think it doesn't apply to you, but you would be wrong. During breaks would be the perfect time to hone in on your reading skills and get some extra practice while you don't have other homework to complete. Here are some other benefits of reading during breaks
Missing Warning Signs
If you speed past a word you don't understand, you are zoning out while reading. Getting used to stopping at words you don't know is a great way to increase your comprehension, vocabulary, and ACT scores. Great readers will slow down during this part of the story and ask themselves questions such as:
Not understanding what is going on in the story is another warning sign. Why continue to read, if you don't understand what is going on? Great readers will not let this happen. Great readers interact with the story to keep them engaged and keep reading. Here are ways to interact with the story:
Every couple of pages or so ask yourself these questions
By asking yourself these questions, you should be able to engage in the story. However, it could be time to abandon the book altogether and find a different one. If you find that you have tried to get into a book, but it just isn't that interesting, abandon the book and find a different one. Great readers abandon books all of the time.
Be Like Spielberg
As you read, can you picture what is happening in the story? Great readers create a mini-movie in their head as they read. If you have heard someone say the book was better than the movie, it is because of the mini-movie he/she imagined while reading the story. Here's how you can create a mini-movie while reading:
Using Post-It Notes
One of the excuses that my students use is "I don't remember what I read." I understand. You are a busy person and might not have hours upon hours to sit with a book to read it from cover to cover.
I used Post-it notes with one of my students to help her understand what was going on in the story. She had to learn to stop every couple of pages and write a sentence about what was going on. That way she could look back to help her remember without rereading the whole book or story.
By the time you reach high school, you have created habits that are hard to break. However, you can change those bad habits to good habits even those dealing with reading. Use the tips above to change your reading behaviors and start understanding what you are reading.
What struggles do you have while reading? How do you fix them? I would love to know. Please leave a comment below answering these questions.
P.S. I would like to help you comprehend reading better, so I am giving you a free PowerPoint that teaches you to ask questions as you read. The document also works for creating test questions in reading, science or social studies classes as well. creating_reading_questions.pptxCreating Reading Questions has worked for countless students of mine and it can work for you too.
Does this sound like you? You have practiced with an ACT study guide or a tutor, and you want to know if the studying has paid off. How do you find out before the real test date? Often I get this question from parents. There are many ways to test yourself before the real ACT date. Here are five:
1. Getting tested by a tutor
2. Applying the skills to your everyday school work
3. Taking a practice ACT from a study guide
4. Taking a practice ACT from ACT.org
5. Quizzing from a friend
Difference between studying and applying
The learning process is always the same. First, you are taught new skills. While you are learning, you make mistakes and practice the skill correctly. Finally, you have mastered the skill by applying the strategies to other areas besides just in the subject you first learned it.
The ACT isn't any different. First, you learn the strategies either by a teacher or a student guide. Some of my students have even learned by looking at the ACT.org website. It doesn't matter where you get your information as long as it is correct. You practice the strategies using the information given. To master the skills you must apply them appropriately.
The ACT tests problem-solving skills that may scare you at first. For example, a logical answer to a math problem might be 2, but the answers show a -2. The ACT doesn't always show the logical answer; instead, they show an alternative answer. You must look at every way to solve a problem to master the ACT.
When I work with students
I use a program called Edmodo which is an online program that allows teachers and students to share documents and assignments. I set up an account for each student. Then I put assignments on Edmodo for them to check out. I will put videos of our lessons or extra questions that students can look over at their leisure. Then the student sends back a note telling me his or her results. Students in my ACT program are given homework to help prepare for our classes together.
Applying the skills to your everyday school work
You must plan on studying for at least 10 hours per point you want to increase overall. Most of my students want to increase their score by at least 10 points which equal 100 hours or more. When students hear this, they become overwhelmed. I teach my students how to apply the ACT strategies to their everyday school work to show them how the strategies are relevant to life.
For example, if you are studying for the ACT English test and are taking a writing class, apply the strategies to your writing. In reading, ask yourself questions as you read to help you understand the reading. Find unknown words in your reading and use context clues around it to define those words. Apply math strategies to your math and science classes. Pay attention in science class to the experiments to find out what is happening and why.
Taking a practice ACT from ACT.org
Many students have researched the ACT before taking my course. They use the act.org website as a resource. This website has a lot of up to date information from the test makers with tips and tricks teaching how to ace the ACT including earlier ACT tests.
If you take this test, you can also get an answer key and analyze your results.
Taking a practice ACT from a study guide
ACT study guides are a great place to test where you are at. A great study guide will give you several tests to practice. The ACT changed in 2016, so make sure you have an updated study guide. A study guide that analyzes your results based on question type or skill type helps you find your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you focus your energy on your weaknesses. Here is a link to a review of the study guides that I use. https://pos.li/289hfi
Quizzing from a friend
While I tutor students, I urge them to use note cards as a resource during study time. I recommend that students put the word or concept on one card and how to solve or define on a different note card except in math. In math, I teach them to put the concept and a sample problem on the same note card. That way they can match the note cards together like a memory game. Since the ACT consists of multiple choice questions, students can create their own test questions easily and rid themselves of test anxiety.
When you study with a friend, you are able to get a different perspective on a skill or question challenging you to think differently. The ACT is not easy, so increasing the level of difficulty will help you ace the ACT.
How do you like to assess your learning? I would love to hear about it. Please comment below. If you would like a copy of an ACT study plan, please put your information below in the comments section or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
During this holiday season, it is important to remember to be thankful for what we have. Our lives are stressful and overwhelming. Sometimes it is hard to see the end of a rainbow. But remembering where we came from and have overcome can make us happier just thinking about it.
This blog post is all about being thankful for what I have and what I have accomplished in the last year. As I look over the last year, I realize that much has happened for me to be thankful for. Here are 10 of them:
1. My education and ability to learn
2. Family, friends, and supporters
3. Clients: Past, Present, and Future
4. Accomplishments so far
5. Curriculum I use
6. Ultimate Support Group for Online Tutors
7. Blogging Mastermind Group
8. Hobbies-cross stitching, sewing
9. Faith in God
10. Good Health
My education and ability to learn
I am thankful for my education and ability to learn. In the last year, I have learned more than I ever thought I would about blogging, email list series, interacting with websites, and search engine optimization. When I was growing up, I wanted to teach in a school. Learning about how to reach students online has taken my tutoring business to a new level. I have also learned how to tutor online instead of in person. Students seem more at ease when they are on the computer than in person especially when we meet in public where their friends can see them.
Family, Friends, and supporters
I want to thank my family, friends, and supporters as I teach students how to ACE the ACT. Without their support, I would never be able to transition from teaching in a classroom to online. My husband is my biggest supporter as I have made many changes over the last year to make tutoring online work with our family. My friend Caroline and her family have been great supporters of my tutoring online. She has given me many tips to make my business better.
Clients Past, Present, and Future
I would like to thank my clients that I have had in the past, have now and will have in the future. Without you, I wouldn't have a reason to teach. Each of you has taught me something that I can use for future clients. For example, one of my students taught me that 9th grade is a great year to learn how to take the ACT.
Accomplishments so Far
I am thankful for my accomplishments so far. I started tutoring on my own over three years ago. Since I started tutoring, I have gone from teaching only in the summer to teaching all year round. I have changed from tutoring elementary and middle school students to teaching ACT test prep. I went from blogging once in a while to 1x weekly. I never knew what a tweet was to having following.
Curriculum I use
I am thankful for the curriculum that I use. With this curriculum, I am able to reach most of my students that I tutor ACT prep. These books are comprehensive and teach students how to apply the ACT strategies to their everyday homework. They come with tests that analyze where each student's strengths and weaknesses are so I can create personalized programs. If you would like more information about these books, check out my review of materials I use.
Ultimate Support Group for Online Tutors
I am thankful for the Ultimate Support Group for Online Tutors. This is a group I belong to that comprises of many people who tutor students all over the world in many areas of education from math to reading to science to managing money. I am thankful for this group because they support me and help me with my journey to move to the online world. When you are an entrepreneur it is hard to get started and keep going especially in hard times. This group gives me inspiration when I need it and helps me move in the right direction. Every time I meet with them, I become inspired to do more than I thought was possible.
Blogging Mastermind Group
I am thankful for the online group that I created called the Blogging Mastermind Group. This is a group of online tutors who are trying to figure out ideas to blog about. This group is a small group that has a range of abilities in blogging. We get together to help each other come up with ideas to blog about and how to promote our blogs to tell the public.
I am thankful for my hobbies of cross stitching and sewing. Last year I decided to cross stitch Christmas towels for gifts for my family. After that, a neighbor had a baby, so I decided to cross stitch baby bibs. I work for a homeschool assistance program in Iowa and we taught the students how to make pillows. I decided to take it a step further and make throw pillows that were unique for my living room.
Faith in God
I am thankful for my faith in God. Without my faith, I think it would have been hard to keep hoping for something better. Believing in something higher than myself helps me keep working hard at being better by learning something new every day.
I am thankful for good health. I have a thyroid condition, so sometimes it is hard to concentrate on things in general. My doctor listens to how I feel and works with me in trying new things. Right now I am on a great medication that helps me focus 95% of the time. If you would like to know more about how I overcame my illness this year visit my website
I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. If you are feeling down, think about what you have accomplished so far this 2017. Even a little progress is still better than nothing. What are you thankful for this year? Let me know in a comment below.
Can you study for the ACT? Many parents and grandparents ask me this question when I talk about my job as an ACT tutor. I wanted to take a moment not only to discuss this question but give you a resource for how to study for the ACT.
Since becoming an ACT tutor, I have found that many people in my generation or my parents' generation never really studied for the ACT. They took it once and that was it. The ACT is not an IQ test or blood test, so you can study for it. In fact, students who study for the ACT do better than those who do not. You are not only preparing for the ACT but also reviewing for college courses.
I was lucky
I was lucky because my high school offered after school courses that covered the ACT subjects. I was able to attend the math part a week before I took the ACT. I wasn't able to take the other courses though. I did better on the math part than on all the other tests.
I am offering you a free learning plan that will help you study for the ACT. With this plan, you not only will be able to do better on the ACT but in your everyday studies as well. I believe that as you apply the ACT strategies to your everyday school work the more prepared you are for college.
What you will get
With this study plan, you will learn how to use note cards to learn new skills in reading, English, math, and science. Reading will become easier as you learn how to interact with the reading by asking yourself basic questions along with higher level thinking questions. Writing will become error-free as you learn common errors in English and how to fix them. Math will become easier as you learn how to conquer Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry. Science will become fun again as you learn to pick out the necessary information and apply it to the questions.
Please get your free offer now!!
If you like what you see, fill out the form below to get your free study plan. It will come in a series of emails over the next few days. Before you know it, the ACT will be easier and your test anxiety will go away.
So you want to sign up for the ACT, but you have several concerns first. Are you worried that you are not ready for the ACT and if you sign up now, you won't have enough time to prepare completely? Can I afford the ACT fees? I don't have internet service, how do I sign up?
1. When to sign up for the ACT
You might want to give yourself plenty of time to prepare for the ACT prior to taking it. I suggest that you take a practice test first. You can get yourself a study guide with tests, or use one of the practice tests found on act.org website. Then figure out how long you will want to study prior to signing up for the ACT.
2. Sign up using a packet
These are perfectly normal questions when signing up for the ACT. If you don't have internet, don't worry, you can still sign up for the ACT. If you go to a high school, you can go to your high school guidance counselor and request a packet. If you are home schooled and want to get a packet without going through the local high school, request a packet using the information above.
3. Use the Internet
If you decide to use the internet go to www.actstudent.org for more information. Here is what you will need in order to sign up online:
4. Need Accommodations?
Do you have an IEP or need special accommodations for the test to work for you? You must think about these issues prior to signing up for the ACT. You can either call 319-337-1332 or act.org for more information.
Here's how to sign up for accommodations on the ACT:
There are several costs in addition to the test cost that you might want to think about.
6. When is the ACT covered in 2017-2018 school year?
The ACT is offered seven times this year which is more than it has been offered in the past. You can go to act.org for more information about late registration.
7. How often can I take the ACT?
You can take the ACT 12 times at most. However most students take the ACT 1-2 times. Colleges used to not encourage students to take it more than 1x but colleges have realized that students who take the ACT more often are more dedicated to working hard and earning a good score instead of those that don't.
Once you have figured out how long you need to study and signed up for the ACT, you can set up a study plan that will help you focus your studying and keep you on track. This can be done with the same study guide you used for a practice test or by getting yourself a tutor.
If you like this article and would like more information about how to set up a study plan visit my website at saintstrainingandtutoring.weebly.com.
I wanted take a moment to talk about why I chose to highlight this infographic. I teach students how to ACE the ACT all the time. Some students know how to study but the students who struggle don't. This infographic summarizes everything that I try to tell them all wrapped up into one nice fit package.
If you would like more information on how I can help your student with the ACT, please visit my website at saintstrainingandtutoring.weebly.com or contact me directly at 641-257-9530 or email@example.com.
If you have been following my blog, you may have noticed that I have been MIA. I wanted to write and tell you a bunch of excuses that explain why I have been MIA, but really it is due to fear.
I tell my students that they shouldn't let fear to study for the ACT get in the way, but I didn't follow my own advice in not letting fear take control of running my own business.
It has been slow awhile as I change my focus from teaching reading and math to ACT test prep . Moving from teaching in a school district to running my own business is a scary and unknown territory. I am working with a mentor to help refocus my teacher brain to an entrepreneurial brain, but it is hard to change.
Refocusing is hard
This is no different than a student who struggles in high school but wants to go to college and get a decent job. In fact last year, I was tutoring an eighth grade student who didn't think she could succeed because she struggled with reading and math. However, she loved to cook. Once I told her that she could go to culinary school and become a chef, her eyes lit up and she started working harder on her subjects.
Learn from mistakes
I just read a chapter from "The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher's Month by Month Guide" by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley. It talked about a student named Deb who has always struggled with math but excelled in reading. She can always remember taking more reading and English classes but avoiding math classes. We tend to run away from our struggles instead of embracing it to conquer it by learning from mistakes and moving on.
I have a current math student who loves to dance and sing but she struggles with math. I ask her if she studies as hard for math as she does with dance and singing. She doesn't. If we work as hard on our struggles as do with our passions, we can and will get better at what we struggle with.
We all struggle
I recently did the same thing. I have a medical issue that affects how I feel and approach life. It needs to be monitored periodically and is affected by stress. I found out about 2 weeks ago that my levels were way off and needed readjusting. It coincided with issues that I was having with growing the tutoring business.
I let that scare me into believing that I wasn't good at running my own business due to the stress it contains and almost stopped what progress I am making. In three years, I have helped over 36 people with my services.
Today I am making a pledge to not let my issue with fear take over any more. I challenge you to do the same thing. Don't let fear and your mistakes stop you from going after what you really want in your life. If you are a high school student and want to go to college, you can and will succeed on the ACT if you learn from your mistakes that you make through your studies.
If you want a free consultation about where you on your ACT test prep journey, contact, me Stena Schmitt at 641-257-9530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Stena Schmitt.