Tag Archives: success

Today, just as we do every two years, people and nations around the globe celebrate another round of Olympic Games. No spectacle captures the world’s imagination on such a grand scale. But we’re not tuning in to catch up on air rifle or luge or any of the other hundreds of sometimes obscure events (race walking… really?) we assiduously ignore every other week of the year. No, we thrill to the competition, the effort, and the unquenchable, unwavering commitment to win. Anyone and everyone committed to achieving their best grades, scores, or performance can learn what being the best really requires from those who have paid the costs and reaped the rewards–-from gold medals to lifetime celebrity to enshrinement on boxes of Wheaties–-of enduring excellence… “I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” — Mia Hamm,…

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High stakes standardized tests like the SAT & ACT distribute scores along a massive bell curve, where most test takers fall within the big part of the bell. Anyone taking one of these tests seeks to score as far to the right on that curve as possible, knowing that only 1% of the population can score in the 99th percentile. But what if you found out about an online community–free and accessible to anyone–where more than one out of every two members score in the 99th percentile on the ACT. Would you want to join? Before I reveal this magical society of testing savants, we should talk about basketball. Bobby Knight, a legend of men’s college basketball, retired as one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history. And, as you’d expect of someone often described as “winningest,” Knight shared a few thoughts on the topic of winning, including one timeless…

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A long (and in Western New York, rainy) summer is winding down. Shake off the summer brain drain by getting excited about all of the victories you’ll earn this academic year! If you need motivation, here are some of our favorite recent inspirational tips from TestBeast…             Do you need daily motivation for monster test scores? Most people do, so join the movement towards greatness by subscribing for free to the Daily TestBeast!

When adults try to measure success, metrics vary widely, from financial wealth to professional distinction to emotional satisfaction. We usually evaluate success in children more narrowly: grades. Excellent grades imply accomplishment in school that may translate to mastery in the workplace. For better or for worse, great grades mean a lot to many of us, parents and kids alike. While asking how much academic achievement should matter deserves consideration, a more practical question asks how to achieve academic success. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development digs deep into that issue in its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Survey of the educational performance of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics, and science in OECD countries. Surprisingly, this research finds that simple and direct correlations between students’ academic achievement and their attitudes toward school were near zero. From developed countries to developing ones, across genders and socio-economic backgrounds, there is no real…

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With winter on the wane, most students still have plenty of time before the big tests at the end of the academic year. But success later depends on what you do right now! If you need motivation to get moving towards your goals in a big way, here are some of our favorite recent inspirational tips from TestBeast…           Do you need daily motivation for monster test scores? Most people do, so join the movement towards greatness by subscribing for free to the Daily TestBeast!

A new year offers a new opportunity to commit to your best work. Imagine what you can accomplish in 2017 if you just pursue your dreams step by step with dogged determination and unquenchable fire. If you haven’t started yet, start now. If you’re waiting for a push, here are some of our favorite recent inspirational tips from TestBeast…           Do you need daily motivation for monster test scores? Most people do, so join the movement towards greatness by subscribing for free to the Daily TestBeast!

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