Importance of Balancing Schoolwork with Extracurricular Activities

In high school I was a three-sport athlete, honor roll student, and member of the wind ensemble all four years. I went to a private school in Alexandria, VA that had an extremely demanding curriculum and boasted a 100% graduation rate. One of the biggest motivating factors for me was finding that although I wasn’t… Continue reading

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How to reduce foreign language anxiety? Own it!

It’s no surprise that the strand of language anxiety research is currently growing at an exponential rate. Everyone struggles in some form or another with committing errors when speaking a foreign language. In fact, despite being a linguistics major with five languages under my belt, I still get nervous conversing in any of them on… Continue reading

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Tips: How to Get Started Coaching with Novastar Prep

Welcome to the wonderful world of teaching! If you’re new to the coaching game, it might seem a little overwhelming. You might be thinking, “Where to start?” “How do I talk to kids?” “What should I start with?”.   Before you get started, contact your student’s parents. Ask them what your student’s weak spots are… Continue reading

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Latin: A Ghost Among Us

People say Latin is a “dead” language because people don’t speak it anymore. Well, that much is true. But if it is officially dead, Latin is a ghost that still walks among us.   Latin Built English   Latin and German are the building blocks of English. Learning one or both brings clarity into how… Continue reading

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SAT Prep is like training for a Marathon

Every high schooler with college ambition wants to know, how to do well on the SAT?   The shortest, easiest answer is to be in it for the long haul: be dedicated in all your subjects, especially reading and math each year. The SAT evaluates math skills in Algebra 2, integrates reading and vocabulary with… Continue reading

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