How to Succeed on the ACT

A common question that almost every high school student will have at some point is “Should I take the SAT or the ACT?”

Most of you will have some familiarity with the SAT and its younger sibling, the PSAT, through school administered tests. Because of this, a majority of you will choose to take the SAT, simply because you have never taken the ACT before. But in reality, the ACT is not much different from the SAT, and with a few simple tips, you can learn how to adequately prepare and ace for the ACT.

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Robin’s Nest Tutoring Year in Review: 2020

2020 was, by almost all accounts, a difficult year – but despite everything, we at Robin’s Nest have a lot to be thankful for.

Amidst all of the bleakness, 2020 was a year full of growth and development for Robin’s Nest, in only our second full year as an organization. And as 2020 comes to an end, we think it’s worth reflecting on how far we’ve come.

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The Value of Studying Fine Arts: Series Introduction

Fine arts come in many different forms, each helping individuals express a piece of themselves. The arts have the capability to reveal things found deep within the soul that is often difficult to convey with mere words. Those who participate in the arts understand that some human emotions and ideas can only be felt and communicated by artistic means. Whether it be through theatre, art, choir, orchestra, band, dance, or any other artistic outlet, each unique fine art enables creativity, effort, enjoyment and collaboration. Fine arts can also teach students ideals that other subjects neglect to instill, such as the power of perspective, the beauty of different interpretations, and the blessing of diversity. The arts are a crucial part of society and impact how individuals form their identity. The true value of fine arts should never be overlooked or taken for granted. 

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Interesting Summer Programs to Apply to

Summer programs can potentially be extremely valuable resources for middle and high school students, as they can allow you to access information and teachings from outside your local sphere. However, with such a variety of programs available, it is sometimes difficult to find educational and affordable summer camps to apply to. Here are a few summer programs – including many local options – that we recommend taking a close look at in case you or your child are interested.

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6 Quick Tips for Succeeding at Science Fair

With Science Fair right around the corner for most students, we thought we’d share some tips compiled from former Science Fair Regionals qualifiers and award winners. Whether you want to win a placement at regionals, do well at your school’s science fair, or just make the A for your science class, we’ve got you covered with these six tips. 

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Why and How to Practice Reading

Why is reading important?
The greatest accomplishment of many early elementary students is arguably learning to read. Though all students are taught a plethora of other subjects and skills in elementary school, not all students hone and use these skills in their college and career paths: athletes rarely need a deep understanding of higher-level arithmetic, writers typically do not need a deep understanding of chemical kinetics, electrical engineers do not need a deep understanding of music theory, etc. However, all students, regardless of intended college or career path, can benefit greatly from gaining literacy.

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The Importance and Utility of Extracurriculars

Originally published August 12, 2020
Updated and migrated August 30, 2020

As students progress through middle and high school, many hear the term ‘extracurricular’ told more frequently. Emphasis may unexpectedly move from their activities in the classroom to those outside the classroom, known as extracurricular activities (or informally, “extracurriculars”). Uninfluenced by their school’s offerings, extracurricular activities are important for students of all ages to participate in; unlike school (or formally, “curricular”) activities, excluding summer school, they can be completed during summer break and other school breaks as well. Heading into the 2020-2021 school year, these are some of the many extracurriculars that students can enjoy and benefit from.

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