Cal Newport, noted author on performance among other areas, wrote Deep Work a few years ago and it has quickly become a must read for anyone in the field of helping others perform at peak levels.
The ability to focus will be a superpower for this next generation. Our smart technology has made this generation not so smart in areas that require high attention.
One of those areas, of course, is the SAT.
“Kyle did way worse than expected on the SAT. Can you help?” Mrs. Shein said about her very bright junior at Old Lyme.
After working with Kyle a few times, I agreed. This is not always the case. Sometimes parents expectations are not based on real data but rather hope. In Kyle’s case, he definitely demonstrated a mastery of SAT problems that illustrated an underperformance. And, as the hour of tutoring drew near, it became clear that his attention would waver causing him to miss problems.
The solution: our SAT-ACT Mastery Seminar. While the class if fast paced, engaging, and involves social learning, it also compels paying attention long problem sets that students rarely would compel themselves to do on their own.
Stamina training is one of the areas where I have created a best practice framework for improvement. Parents and students should know that the ability to pay attention is an important factor for SAT and ACT success.