ACT Writing Strategies

Of all the sections on the ACT, the only part that is optional is the ACT Writing section. That means you’re home free, right? No reason to take it if it’s not required!   Not quite.   While it’s true that the ACT writing section is separate and optional, some colleges still require that score…

 
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Final Exams Tips

Final exams season is approaching, which means it’s time to dust off those highlighters, whip out those note-cards, and get down to business! You might already have a study routine in place. But if this time of year leaves you floundering, here are some tips on how to survive your final exams. A note before…

 
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How to Help Kids Study

For many students, “study” is a four-letter word. Particularly with elementary-aged children, studying seems boring and unnecessary. However, solid study skills will carry your child throughout their entire education! So it’s important to establish excellent study habits early on. Luckily, there are so many fun, engaging ways to help kids study. In fact, here are…

 
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ACT vs SAT

ACT vs SAT: which one is a better choice for you?   In late 2015, we wrote about this very topic. However, College Board has since updated and changed the SAT. The ACT has also undergone some changes. Consequently, we decided it was time to write an updated post breaking down each test.   Previously, colleges…

 
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4th Grade Tips

Mrs. Joanne Lund teaches 4th grade at Lily Lake Grade School in Maple Park, Illinois. The following article shares some wisdom she has gained over her 30 years of teaching. This expert advice is geared especially toward fourth graders and 4th grade parents.   A student’s 4th grade year is a pivotal time for the individual as…

 
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Walk in the PARCC

PARCC Test. What is it? Why does Illinois use it? What are some ways to study for it? Where can students take a PARCC practice test? Learning Ascent has answers to all these questions and more! So read on to learn more about this standardized test.   Background Information   As described by Test-Guide, “The…

 
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Organizational Skills: Middle School

Strong organizational skills can be the difference between passing and failing, between an okay grade and a really excellent one. Getting organized is an important part of academic success, but especially when your student is in middle school. It’s the perfect time, really: they’re gaining more responsibility by the minute, yet they’re young enough that they’re…

 
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LA Summer Enrichment

Dive Into Summer Learning with Learning Ascent!   Does your student love learning about dinosaurs and airplanes, building Lego models, and doing cool science experiments? Would you like them to make scholastic advances this summer? Perhaps you want them to start learning a language? Would you like to see them hone their math, reading, and…

 
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ACT and SAT Superscoring

ACT and SAT Superscoring: Get that Super Score!   So you’ve taken your standardized test for college admission. Multiple times, even. But you’re still just a few points shy of your goal. You don’t get it—some of your subscores have gone up, but maybe some went down, and now you don’t have that ideal composite…

 
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NEW! Homework Resources Page

A New Home For Homework Resources   Learning Ascent has an exciting announcement. We have launched a brand-new “Homework Help” page!  It is chock full of online homework resources and reviews for elementary and high school students.  Parent resources, too!   This project has been in the works for a few months, and we will…

 
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