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We’ve all heard the expression, “Practice makes perfect.” In fact, most of us are guilty of repeating that old bromide, typically to encourage some extremely imperfect activity. Nonetheless, this hoary oyster holds within a pearl of pure truth. Neuroscience tells us that practice makes perfect because of myelination. Our incredible brains never stop changing, which can be a bad thing depending on how we invest or squander our time. As they say, you are what you do, thanks to myelination. Everything we think, say, or do involves the firing of long chains of neurons in our brains. Myelin is an insulating tissue that forms a layer or sheath around the axon of a neuron. Apparently, myelin develops along neural pathways that fire over and over, and its function is to increase the speed of neural impulses along these pathways. In essence, the more we perform a certain task, the faster…

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If you know anything about Chariot Learning, you know that we love practice tests. A quick scan of our Events Calendar reveals one common element for our many, many proctored practice SAT & ACT exams: no matter where we run these tests, they are held in the morning. But why? Because the official SAT and ACT are also administered in the morning. Effective deliberate practice requires conditions as close to the real thing as possible. Just as athletes scrimmage on regulation fields and performers rehearse on the big stage, test takers want to replicate all the elements of an official test. Of course you want to use official test material and set a stopwatch, but even factors like where and when you test impact the quality of your practice. We strive to simulate test day conditions as closely as possible within reason. For example, we administer tests at our office,…

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Don’t let the big tests in life master you.

The back-to-school season often feels, at least to adults, like a return to sanity. After the last couple of years, who doesn’t want to fall back into familiar routines? But while classes may start slowly, the SAT and ACT are already upon us. Fall prep for juniors and seniors alike has already started. Will you be test ready? Summer may bring a welcome break from school, but local students certainly kept the dreaded brain drain at bay by working diligently towards the August SAT and September ACT. Chariot Learning proctored full-length practice tests just about every single week. How busy were we since school let out? We proctored 16 different practice SATs and ACTs online, at our office, and at the Brighton Library. It’s good to be seeing students in person again! How many students came to these tests? Would you believe 82 different students from 23 different schools, including…

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If you live in New York, you can be forgiven for missing the beginning of spring, which currently feels a lot like winter. But spring has sprung nonetheless, promising a veritable bouquet of high stakes tests, from APS and Finals to the SAT & ACT. Juniors who put the work in now still have a chance to ace all these exams before summer even starts. Will you be test ready? Local students certainly made the most of Winter 2020 testing opportunities despite the global pandemic. Chariot Learning proctored free full-length proctored practice tests across greater Rochester just about every single week. How busy were we during the coldest months? How many students came to our remote proctored practice SATs and ACTs? Would you believe 129 different students from 29 different schools, including many from outside Upstate New York? Outstanding! We’re especially proud of the students who sat for three or…

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“Exercise in repeatedly recalling a thing strengthens the memory.”   Do you despise testing? Perhaps you’d feel more open to the tremendous value of testing if you knew that one of humanity’s great philosophers and scientists fully endorsed the practice. Aristole saw the connection between repeatedly recalling a thing (testing) and remembering a thing (learning). The testing effect, as it is called, powers academic performance in a way that mere reading never can. All those students who adopt reading and rereading texts as their primary study strategy miss out on the educational impact of active recall of targeted information. Psychologists Henry L. Roediger III and Jeffrey D. Karpicke contributed much to our understanding of the testing effect in their review of a century of research into learning. They also conducted their own insightful research into the subject. Considering that the title of their findings was Test-Enhanced Learning: Taking Memory Tests…

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