Monday, May 5, 2014

Memory, Photoshop, the ACT and Spring Flowers

According to NPR, honing my digital photography skills and learning to use Photoshop will keep my memory sharp. I have started to learn Photoshop. My proudest moment was removing an advertisement for a biker bar from one of the pictures on my website. Unfortunately, my forays in to the mysteries and miracles of Photoshop had to be postponed so I could battle my way through an ACT preparation book. My tutoring responsibilities have expanded to include a student who wishes to improve her score on this standardized test. Reviewing punctuation rules, algebra tricks and geometry theorems is not a problem. For me, the challenge is figuring out how to teach another person how to do ACT problems as quickly as possible. On the ACT, time is your enemy. Perhaps this isn’t an appropriate forum for my rant about the ACT. Have some spring wildflowers instead. 


Kristin Lenz said...

ACT, SAT, GRE... Yes, let's breathe and focus on those lovely flowers!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love the flowers. My daughter is going to take the ACT one last time in June to see if she can increase her score from 30. Today she's taking the AP Chemistry test. I'll be glad for her when all these tests are done.

Ann Finkelstein said...

Kristin: The SAT and the GRE are better tests than the ACT which is all about how quickly students can recognize trick questions.
Natalie: 30 is an excellent score. Please congratulate your daughter for me.

Ruth McNally Barshaw said...

The ACT. Arggg.
My kid spent weeks going through online tests, retaking them, studying... It was frustrating to both of us that her math classes haven't even covered some of the subjects, so there's no way she could get those answers right without guessing.
She did fine on the ACT. I think she took it twice.
She'd be delighted with a score of 30. Her cousin got a 32.
::sigh:: When is "really good" going to be good enough?
She's a 3.95 student. That's good enough, isn't it?
I love the flowers, Ann. They're calming and I guess that's what I need today.

Ann Finkelstein said...

Ruth: Some schools place more importance on ACT scores than others. Bigger universities tend to value standardized test scores more than smaller schools because they have more applications to review. The amount of pressure placed on these kids to get the highest possible score is phenomenal.