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You are told if you are smart, you will get good grades and do really well on standardized tests. Nothing can be further from the truth.
Just because a student is smart, it does not mean she will end up with good grades. Yesterday, we had a meeting with concerned parents and their talented and smart daughter, who was barely getting by in school. She was doing well, and then suddenly her grades fell. Her parents were concerned brought her to Hillview Prep to provide her with academic and test prep support. Her father kept on insisting that his daughter is smart. We did not disagree, as after talking to her we could tell that she is a typical smart and talented girl, who has too many things on her hand. She is active both in academics and in sports, and says she is not a good test-taker, but does all her homework. She said she does not like math and is not good at it, but loves science.
Usually, when someone is good in science, they are good in math too. The problem is that students often do not know their learning style and skills they need to do well in academics and in tests. They just do things intuitively. They haven't learnt that one can be good in any subject. It all depends on learning good methods of learning. Do you know how to take control of your academic abilities? Do you know how to learn effectively?
Well, if you are smart, why are you not good at taking tests? Test taking is fundamentally a skill, just like any other skill.
Many parents and teachers don't want to equate intelligence or mastery with good grades. Intelligent kids often do poorly in tests, because they never were taught test-taking skills. This is especially true with timed tests. . Sometimes they find the test easy, so they overcomplicate it because of their need for a challenge. Overcomplicating a question or an inference can take away precious seconds and put them under time pressure.
Time interval training using the Smart Scoring System can help with time management as well as finding out whether you are complicating questions by going too abstract rather than being literal and answering the question asked; whether you are skipping steps, doing mental math or not paying attention, so you make minor errors, etc.
This is why even smart kids need to be taught the proper way to take a test. The ACT and the SAT are probably the most important tests that students will ever take, but it is also the most difficult and most stressful. Even a straight-A student who excels at test taking may struggle with the ACT and the SAT, so test prep is extremely important.
The Smart Scoring System is the tool to teach students—any student—how to learn better and how to take tests better.
How the Smart Scoring System helps smart students?
If you are interested in learning how the Smart Scoring System can help you or someone in your family, let us know. We offer a complimentary assessment using the Smart Scoring System to evaluate where you stand: your learning style, your strengths and weaknesses, etc. Click below for a free assessment.