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May 6, 2014

Introducing Mosby Cogswell, PLA’s Newest Member

Pacific Learning Academy is excited to introduce you to the newest member of the PLA team, Mosby Cogswell! Mosby is joining us as our new Assistant Director, which means she’ll be speaking with parents about options for their students, developing programs and resources for our teachers, and helping us continue… Read more

April 3, 2014

Busting Some SAT/ACT Myths with Jenni Butz

If you have the right information and preparation, the SAT/ACT don’t have to be scary. In the video below, Jenni Butz discusses some common SAT/ACT myths and how you can prepare to meet the challenge. If you don’t like your score, take it again! The test is given nationwide almost… Read more

October 20, 2013

When is it time to get a tutor

Every year Pacific Learning Academy asks families whether they called us at exactly the right time, or if they wished they had called sooner or later in the year. Not one family ever says “later,” and about half say they wish they had called sooner. It’s tough to gauge the… Read more

July 19, 2013

Streamline your SAT essay planning using databases

“What is courage?” “Are some people more equal than others?” “Is there such a thing as an inherently selfless act?” How about, “Is there such a thing as an easy SAT essay prompt?” While ACT test-takers  happily write about the perils of vending machines in schools or the disadvantages of… Read more

May 25, 2013

The Math that Began Our Music

Mathematics is such a fundamental subject that it tends to play a part in just about every discipline, scientific and otherwise. As a certified math and music teacher, I had a diverse course load throughout my college days. The fun part about having two foci in college is that the… Read more

April 23, 2013

To Guess or Not To Guess? SAT Version

You may have heard of the SAT’s notorious wrong-answer penalty. Get a question wrong, and not only do you not get the point, but you also lose an additional 1/4th point. It sounds cruel, but it’s really just there to make sure that random guessing can’t change your score very… Read more

March 19, 2013

When should my child take the SAT and ACT?

As you undoubtedly know, the college admissions process has many different components that students must juggle while simultaneously challenging themselves with rigorous courses and demanding sports and extracurricular schedules. When you factor in college visits, PSATs, SATs, ACTs, application essays, requesting letters of applications, interviews, FAFSA, and, of course, the… Read more

February 19, 2013

SAT/ACT Diagnostic: Save Time & Money with shortened prep

Hey, Juniors and Sophomores, want to cut your test prep in half? If you’ve been dreading spending months prepping for both the SAT and ACT, Pacific Learning Academy has great news for you! We offer a comprehensive SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test that mimics the questions and conditions of the real SAT… Read more

January 21, 2013

Test Prep: Classroom Course vs. 1:1 Tutoring

[Carrie is the SAT/ACT Program Manager at Pacific Learning Academy] With college admissions becoming increasingly competitive, particularly for the top colleges, more and more students are spending considerable time preparing for the SAT and ACT, the standardized tests to get into college. Gone are the days when students simply show… Read more

January 14, 2013

What Does it Mean to be an Interpersonal Learner?

Recently I sat down with a family looking for some writing help for their 5th grader. We soon started to talk about how he was responding to his reading assignments as well. *David‘s mom shared that he had a hard time containing himself. After every few paragraphs of reading, David… Read more

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