Author Archives: Mike Bergin

Make the most of the summer months by building a powerful foundation for test success with our in-person SAT/ACT Boot Camps! Chariot Learning has expanded our popular Boot Camps to seven locations across the Greater Rochester area! Where will you explore your first six hours of prep? JULY PT-1 (Pittsford): July 16 @ 9am-3pm JULY BR-1 (Brighton): July 23, 24 @ 1-4pm AUGUST PE-1 (Perinton): August 6, 7 10am-1pm AUGUST WE-1 (Webster): August 7, 8 2-5pm AUGUST BR-2 (Brighton): August 10 @ 9am-3pm AUGUST HFL-1 (Honeoye Falls): August 12, 13 @ 10am-1pm AUGUST RH-1 (Henrietta): August 12, 13 @ 2-5pm AUGUST PT-2 (Pittsford): August 14, 15 @ 1-4pm AUGUST GC-1 (Gates-Chili): August 19, 20 @ 1-4pm Of course, we offer more comprehensive group classes and individual tutoring options too: check our calendar for upcoming classes or complete our Student Information Form to schedule a conversation about the best prep option…

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Timing is everything, which means there is a right time to sit for the SAT & ACT (usually as early in 11th grade as makes sense) and a right time to prep–usually 2-4 months in advance of your target test date. That doesn’t mean the years and months before you officially commit to prep don’t matter. On the contrary, college entrance exams evaluate critical reading, writing, and math skills developed through elementary and secondary schooling. The core skills that drive academic excellence also provide the foundation for superior test scores. So what should students be doing before they really commit to test prep? 1. READ REGULARLY Reading, as many of us heard relentlessly while growing up, is fundamental. The ability to understand what you read quickly and efficiently, regardless of topic or style, may be one of the most important success skills in any field. Yet, many teens put off…

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Believe it or not, a stronger body can contribute to stronger test scores. This guest article from Laura Pearson, co-creator of Edutude. delves into a series of actionable strategies designed to empower students to manage their finances effectively. Through Edutude, Laura strives to find unique, creative ways for parents and educators to encourage students to be challenged, motivated and excited by learning. In addition to her work with Edutude, Pearson is an advocate for children’s rights and education. Embarking on your college journey is an exciting and challenging time. As you navigate your academic responsibilities, it’s crucial to find ways to enhance your learning potential. One powerful yet often overlooked strategy is incorporating exercise into your daily routine. Not only does physical activity improve your overall health, but it also significantly boosts cognitive function, memory retention, and mood. Let us walk you through practical steps to seamlessly integrate exercise into…

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Even if you’ve never read Anna Karenina, you’ve likely heard Leo Tolstoy’s famous assertion, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” My much less controversial take has nothing to do with complex social dynamics but rather with a far simpler subject: math. All easy math problems are alike; each difficult math problem is difficult in its own way. If we consider math problems in the context of learners with the requisite instruction and experience to even have a chance to successfully solve, the easy math problems are the ones most of them solve correctly. All problems in this category share obvious traits: Easy math problems test easily understood and remembered content. Easy math problems have obvious solution methods. Easy math problems may require few steps to solve completely. Easy math problems may require little time to solve completely. Easy math problems primarily require…

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Life throws lots of crucial, challenging tests at us, and those who want to pass those tests study for them. Complex admissions tests like the SAT and ACT require a level of study that transcends just reading a book or watching a video. Big tests require preparation–a planned sequence of content instruction, practice testing, and test review. And as critical as the HOW and WHEN are, you also want to nail the WITH WHOM aspect of test prep. I recently joined Lisa Marker Robbins and Amy Seeley (two extraordinary professionals themselves) on the College and Career Clarity podcast to discuss Finding the Right Test Prep. This episode is well worth a listen for anyone entering the test prep market. If you don’t have 28 minutes at the moment, these are the most important factors in choosing the right test prep provider: REPUTATION Experience and expertise matter most in a test…

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The Advanced Placement exams represent some of the most challenging subject-specific standardized tests a high schooler might ever take, and May is AP month! Every test deserves smart, serious preparation, particularly the ones that can grant college credit to high scorers. So how are you getting ready for your APs? On the Tests and the Rest podcast, we invited expert educators to share key strategies, insights, and resources for getting ready for many of the most popular AP exams: SCIENCE GETTING READY FOR THE AP PHYSICS 1 EXAM GETTING READY FOR THE AP CHEMISTRY EXAM GETTING READY FOR THE AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A EXAM MATH GETTING READY FOR THE AP CALCULUS AB OR BC EXAM GETTING READY FOR THE AP STATISTICS EXAM SOCIAL STUDIES GETTING READY FOR THE AP US HISTORY EXAM GETTING READY FOR THE AP GOVERNMENT EXAM GETTING READY FOR THE AP PSYCHOLOGY EXAM HUMANITIES GETTING READY FOR…

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