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Building Better Habits of Thinking
Articles about how champions in every field use their beliefs to make themselves better at what they do.
Building Better Habits of Feeling
Articles about how champions in every field use their emotions to make themselves better at what they do.
Building Better Habits of Learning
Articles focused on helping you learn how to master any game of skill.
Mastering School Subjects
Learn a better approach to your more challenging classes.
Mastering the SAT and ACT
Learn a better approach to practicing for the SAT and ACT.
Overcoming Test Anxiety
Learn a better approach to pressure situations so you can always play your best game.
Parents, These Are For You
Steve and Tom offer advice on how to support your teenagers as they strive to improve themselves.
Student Case Studies
Lessons we've learned from working with certain students over the years.
Testimonials
A collection of thank-you notes from our students and parents that we've held onto over the years.
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The SAT, ACT And Test Optional Admissions: How to Help Your Teenager PrepareMuch Smarter logo
Will your teenager really need to do well on the SAT or ACT? Steve discusses the trend toward "test optional" admissions and questions about the fairness of standardized testing.
Is Your Teenager A “Just Okay” Student Who Needs A New Start On The ACT? Here's How You Can HelpMuch Smarter logo
If your teenager has never been the strongest of students and they're dreading the ACT, here's how you can help them get the new start they need.
How Your Teenager Can Conquer SAT / ACT Test Anxiety, Part 2Much Smarter logo
If your teenager is too stressed out to do their best work on the SAT or ACT, there’s one key skill they can learn right now to help them get through it.
What Learning to Play Baseball Can Teach Us About the ACTMuch Smarter logo
Attention student athletes: if you’re struggling with standardized tests, we’ve got good news for you: you can use the lessons you’ve learned from improving your game of choice to become a capable, confident test-taker!
How Your Teenager Can Conquer SAT / ACT Test Anxiety (By Making A Game Out Of It)Much Smarter logo
Does your teenager struggle with test anxiety to the point where it derails them on big tests? Here's what you can do to help them learn to handle the pressure.
For Students Who Consider Themselves “Bad at Reading”... How to Get Better Before the SAT or ACTMuch Smarter logo
If you struggle with reading comprehension and you're worried it will bring your SAT or ACT score down, here are the three things you can do to start improving right now.
Why Your Teenager Has Test Anxiety About the SAT or ACT -- And How You Can HelpMuch Smarter logo
Test anxiety keeps many students from performing their best on the SAT and the ACT. Recognizing the four main reasons behind your teenager’s standardized test anxiety is the first step in setting them up for success.
Why Good, Even Great, Students Sometimes Struggle with the SAT or ACTMuch Smarter logo
If you’re a good student who is “bad at standardized tests,” don’t get down on yourself. The problem may have a much easier solution than you think it does. Here’s how to become a capable, confident test-taker.
If Your Teenager is a Good Student but a "Bad Test-Taker," Here's What You Can Do to HelpMuch Smarter logo
There's a simple reason why so many good students struggle with the SAT or ACT. Here's what parents can do to help their teenagers become stronger, more confident test-takers.
What Do Soccer and the ACT Have in Common?Much Smarter logo
If you’re good at soccer, but bad at standardized tests, we’ve got good news for you: you can use the lessons you’ve learned from improving your soccer skills to become a confident test-taker!
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