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Top 10 Test Taking Tips to Ace Your Test

Effective Test-taking Strategies

The college entrance tests are standardized tests that are aimed at selecting the students who will fit the academic requirements of the school.  Standardized means that the topics and the content of the test questions have been studied and reviewed across the country, to regulate the qualification of students entering a university.   To become qualified and accepted in a university, a student must pass a certain standard score or grade.  The subjects covered may differ from one university to the next, but, in general, the subjects covered are Math, English, Filipino, Science, and Abstract Reasoning.

The Phil. Science High School NCE (National Competitive Examination) is also a standardized test.  The subjects covered are Math, English, Science and Abstract Reasoning.

1.) Spend time to review.
The first college entrance test that senior high school students take is usually the UPCAT (UP College Admission Test) which is held every August of your senior year, followed by the ACET (Ateneo College Entrance Test) in September, then De La Salle and UST late September and October, then the other universities.

Enroll in a review program if you can.  This has many benefits. For one, you get exposed to a variety of test questions.  These questions may come from the review center, or from the inquiring minds of your review classmates.  Second, you get to see how other students perform academically as well.  Third, the review center may include program perks that will boost your test taking abiltiy and confidence, such as comprehensive review materials, leadership conferences, and career conferences.

2.) Know the coverage of your test.
University tests, in general, cover Math, English, Filipino, Science, and Abstract Reasoning.  High school entrance tests cover Math, English, Science, and Abstract Reasoning.  To be sure, consult the admissions office for the complete list of test subjects.

Happy 2013 from Young Einstein!

Greetings from Young Einstein!

Thank you for being with us – whether in the recent years, or long ago from when we began in 2004. (Wow, it has been 9 incredible years!)   It has been, and always will be, our mission to equip students with the right tools to succeed.   For our students: We hope that, in our time together during the tutorials, we have brought you a little closer to your goals.

Here’s to wishing you an amazing 2013!



There’s nothing better than a fresh start!  When you enter as a freshman in high school or college, you begin a new chapter in your life, a clean slate.  It’s the same thing with starting your 2013.

Goals vs. Resolutions: What is the Difference?

The Math in Boxing

by Kristine Tan
Dec. 13, 2012

It has been less than a week since the historic Pacquiao vs. Marquez Fight IV, and though our very own Pambansang Kamao lost by a knockout that stunned the whole MGM and Filipinos worldwide, many Filipinos abroad and at home are very much proud of the humility and sportsmanship that the long-time Pound-for-Pound champ exemplified right after the bout.

For the math enthusiasts like me, but more especially for those who are not, there IS math in boxing!

Here are the top 5 trivia in boxing that involve numbers and counting:

1.) In time: “10 seconds”
The difference between a Knockdown and a Knockout is the 10-second count. A KNOCKDOWN occurs when, as a result of a legal blow by the opponent, any part of the boxer’s body other than the feet is on the canvas (the boxing floor). The referee begins counting, and if the count reaches 10, then it is then classified as a KNOCKOUT. The opponent may or may not be declared the winner, as the referee sees the boxer fit to continue. (World Boxing Federation rules)

2.) In weight: Weight Divisions

Oh, the places you’ll go!

Last February 4, 2012, our very own Teacher Karen Ruth Lorenzana had the opportunity to share about her life after graduating from UP. With her permission, we are posting her speech:

Oh, the places you’ll go!
By Karen Ruth C. Lorenzana
A speech given on February 4, 2012
To graduating BS FLCD students of UP Diliman

When people mention college, UP, FLCD, studying, I always go back to my last sem in UP. For my last sem, I had FLCD 147, 188, 174, flcd 200, I had 2 PEs- to name a few of my subjects, all at the same semester. So I would be balancing practicum 2 with the feasibility study, out of campus FLE programs, then gathering data for my thesis. Oh not to mention I had 2 PEs, squeezed in my week. Those who are graduating this year will definitely understand this. Some people like to say, keep work (or back then, academics) and your personal life separate. Mixing it up is a no-no. But as an answer to the first question, I would like to say the opposite. What got me through that sem was not the meticulous separation of all the aspects of my life, but the successful meshing of it. First, I chose my closest friends in FLCD to be my feasib mates- we know each other’s strengths so we were quick to divide work, and our feasib over nights didn’t feel like a burden to us, it was an instant slumber party! So instead of ranting “oh no,acads today I have no time for friends”, we were able to do well in our work, and be in good company as well. I did the same for thesis- data gathering was spent with a friend, that while we were waiting for respondents, we would work on our laptops for other requirements, and having coffee together was a reward in itself. I would tell my mom and my siblings about what I’m doing, and my ever generous mom would even let me do some of our work in my house. Had I not let my friends and family into my acads, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to give time for all of these aspects in my life. For a break, my 2 PEs were my R n R. it was my alone time. I stop thinking of my acads, I concentrate on breathing techniques, I put myself into what I’m doing, and I was always rewarded with natural endorphins which got me through the week.

My child is smart. And how by saying so are making them otherwise

A review of “The Inverse Power of Praise”, P.Bronson and A.Merryman, from the book NurtureShock
by Karen Ruth C. Lorenzana

My child is smart.

Say it often enough, more so in front of him – many believe this would greatly help any child’s self-esteem and academic performance improve. Agree?

Research and current studies show otherwise.

I am a Teacher and I have worked with students with ages varying from preschool age to grade school, high school, college, and though these children’s parents may have varying expectations of their kids, I have seen that it is very popular for their parents to be generous with praise. Why not? We’re proud of these kids, we would love to brag about them, sometimes exaggerating once in a while to boost their confidence. What’s wrong with that? Apparently, a lot.

That’s why it is still hard to swallow for parents, and I admit as an educator myself, to reconstruct our way of addressing children today away from praise.