If you love movies and entertainment, then you probably tuned into the Academy Awards . And while you were probably gawking at Anne Hathaway’s constant costume changes and wondering why Nicole Kidman never ages, you may not have noticed that these Hollywood pros can actually help you get motivated too for Critical Reading. Hollywood employs some of the best critical readers around- screen writers, directors, and actors. Directors have to understand the nuances in the passages of a screenplay and make it a vision. Actors need to be able to read in-depth into their characters… Continue Reading
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Nicholas Carr’s most recent book, The Shallows, What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, is based on an article he wrote in 2008 that catapulted him to fame in the writing world. That article, Is Google Making us Stupid?, is a must-read for anyone who has spent time wondering if surfing the web is affecting our ability to immerse ourselves in a book or lengthy article. Carr’s answer: It most certainly is. Surfing the Internet, he says, has profound implications on our critical reading capacity. This includes our Critical Reading skills- “Reading … is… Continue Reading
It’s already past a month into your summer break! I know you’re enjoying the freedom but have you been actively keeping your brain busy? Remember, this is the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming school year and study for the SAT and/or ACT. Yet, I know that studying itself can be tiresome. Instead, why don’t you consider reading some books? It’s a great way to keep your brain thinking while reading about captivating plots and entertaining new possibilities. In particular, look for books that stretch your intellectual possibilities. While the Harry Potter series is… Continue Reading
If you’re having a hard time with the SAT, I’ll bet that you have trouble solving the critical reading section. Critical reading is what we at Excel see people struggling with the most, and it’s easy to see why. Grammar and math consist of complicated but concrete rules that you can break down into recognizable patterns and strategies. Critical Reading is a different game. It requires abstract thinking, knowledge of archaic vocab, and a high tolerance for reading passages. So if you’ve practiced and practiced and you’re still not seeing your score rise, what should… Continue Reading