Writing College Applications in the Sweet Spot

Lots of college-bound students make two critical mistakes when it comes time to think through and write applications to college: they do it too soon, or they do it too late. Too soon? Is there really such a thing? Yes, there is. Emphatically so. Many high schools, both public and private, […]

Sweet Spot


Be Mindful of When You Choose Not to Be

Be Mindful, But Give Yourself n Break In his beautiful compendium of teachings, Peace Is Every Step, Vietnamese Mindfulness teacher Thich Nhat Hanh gives us the secret to finding happiness every instant of every day. “Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. […]

Why CPE’s 4-in-1 Super-Value Math Class Is Right for YOU Right Now

   For further details on the class, visit our 4-in-1 Super Value Math page Dr. Yo’s 4-in-1 Super-Value Math Class is one of those rare classes that makes excellent sense for the vast majority of high school students regardless of their achievement and regardless of the caliber schools they’re considering or hope […]



2 Reasons Why CT Juniors Should Take 2 SATs in 4 Days

Why did the CollegeBoard make their flagship exam, which was already too long to begin with, nearly an hour longer? They didn’t think very hard about it. They didn’t read any scholarly research on the subject. They value marathon runners over sprinters. They don’t care a whit about students. Don’t […]

Taking the ACT this weekend? 5 Tips for Cramming

If you’re taking the ACT next weekend and haven’t been able to prepare as thoroughly as you’d like—hey, we understand, midterms, midyears, new semester starting, sports commitments, yada yada yada—do not despair. Because there’s no vocabulary on the exam, you don’t need to spend nearly as much time studying as […]

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Dr. Yo’s New (March ’16) SAT vs. New (Fall ’15) ACT At-a-Glance

Download it here: New SAT vs. New ACT – Dr Yo’s Overview of Major Differences See also: New SAT debuts Saturday: Here’s what you need to know

The SAT and Snow Cancellations

With the current weather forecast for snow this weekend in Connecticut, many parents and students have been asking about the SAT scheduled for this weekend, January 23/24. Do they actually cancel for snow? What happens then? Can they really do that after all work you invested gearing up for and scheduling […]

Snow and SAT Cancellations


Dr. Yo’s Easier/Harder Guide to the NEW SAT for March 2016

You’ve been hearing quite a bit about the substantially redesigned SAT rolling out this March (March 2 in WeHa public schools, to be specific, and March 5 nationwide). And I strongly suspect we’ll be hearing quite a bit more in the weeks to come. The bottom line is, despite the […]

On Doing the Same Thing and Expecting Different Results

In all due respect to Albert Einstein, doing the same thing and expecting a different result may be insanity in a scientific experiment, but it doesn’t apply to human activity. I know from years of experience as a teacher. For example, I may explain the Pythagorean Theorem or Hamlet’s To […]



Shedding Light on the Dark Ages of Junior Year

Back when I was in school, teachers sometimes liked to call the Middle Ages the Dark Ages.  Perhaps a misnomer, the term Dark Ages was meant to suggest that during the Middle Ages—the period in Western History between Antiquity (Greeks and Romans) and the Renaissance—nothing very interesting happened as far as historians […]