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Aim For Perfection Without Ruining Your Life
"If you're using perfection as a club, remember this one thing: you're the one holding the club, and you can stop hitting yourself any time you want."
Have High Expectations Without Crippling Stress
"The idea of embracing a high goal and letting go of it may seem to be a contradiction—and it is! Great performers learn to do both."
Smarter Than An SAT Or ACT Score
"At the end of the day, being 'smart' is more of a discipline than a talent. It’s about having the confidence that, if you need to, you can train yourself to be excellent at anything you want."
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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.
A collection of thank-you notes from our students and parents that we've held onto over the years.
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Why Good, Even Great, Students Sometimes Struggle with the SAT or ACT
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 Help
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?
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!
My Struggle With Test Anxiety...in the Batter’s Box
Test anxiety doesn't only apply to big tests. Here’s how to manage your nerves and become a more confident test-taker--no matter what the test looks like.
So You’re “Bad at Math.” Here’s How to Fix It In Time for the SAT or ACT.
If you’ve been “bad at math” for a while, and it feels like nothing you try to helps you improve, it’s time to try a different approach to the problem.
What Does it Mean to be Smart?
"Being smart means much more than any of the things that we normally associate with intelligence. Being smart ultimately means knowing how to use your mind!"
Make the Most of Your Mind
Steve talks about what it means to make the most of your mind: you can learn anything you want, use that knowledge to create the life you want for yourself.
Still Much Smarter…Many Years Later
A former student reflects on how the lessons she learned from working with Steve on her SATs helped her master new challenges when she got to college.
Grit and Much Smarter
Steve talks about "grit" one more time...and how MuchSmarter's coaching method is specifically designed to help you get more of it.
How Can You Have More Grit?
Apparently, the answer is yes! Part Two of Steve's discussion of Angela Duckworth, PhD, and her book "Grit."
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