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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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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Books to Gift and Read Over the Holidays

As 2020 comes to a close, many of us are looking for gifts. Here at Robin’s Nest, we believe that a good book can be a great and meaningful present. If you don’t celebrate any December holidays, the break from school can still be a good time to curl up with a good read. We thought we would share some great books to read or gift for this holiday season!

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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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Online Tutoring

Originally published May 2, 2020
Migrated August 30, 2020

Note: This article is outdated. We at Robin’s Nest decided to drop the older Zoom meeting because email proved to be a more useful mode of communication for most students and parents as well as tutors. We are keeping this article for online transparency.

If you would like to sign up for online tutoring, contact us or send an email.

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Resources for Students and Parents during Online Learning

Originally published May 2, 2020
Updated and migrated August 29, 2020

Whether you are a student or parent, access to academic resources to enhance the at-home learning process is invaluable during the strange and difficult time of the COVID-19 outbreak. For most students and teachers, however, knowing where to find useful resources is the primary challenge. To address this, we at Robin’s Nest have compiled a list of free online resources to ensure that every family is able to make the best of a demanding situation. We hope that every Robin’s Nest family is able to make use of these resources and we would love to hear from you if this article helps you, if you need help finding resources, or if you have other access resources you’d like to share.

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