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Intensive Class April ACT; Special Class June ACT; Individual Tutoring

Intensive Class for April 8 ACT starts April 1. Special price class ($500) for June 10 ACT starts week of April 23. Individual tutoring is ongoing. For more information…

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“After receiving a recommendation from a friend, we decided to use the services offered by Dr. Michael Smith to prepare our daughter, Jessica, for the PSAT, SAT and ACT. She thoroughly enjoyed working with Dr. Smith and looked forward to their sessions”.
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“The Word Problem,” from Humble Pi: The Role Mathematics Should Play in American Education. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 1994. (Chapter 3, pp. 77-96)

Two trains leave at the same time but from different cities. One train is traveling west at 120 mph while the other is traveling east at 100 mph. Assuming the trains are traveling on opposite but parallel tracks, and the two cities from which they leave are 440 miles apart, how long will it take before they meet?

It seems that every time I mention the train problem, nervous laughter ensues. Practically everyone remembers the difficulties of doing word problems in high school math courses. Why are these problems so difficult and why do they evoke such bad memories? Do people have latent phobias about trains, perhaps caused by a primal archetype that even Jung overlooked? Read more…View/Print Adobe Acrobat File.

ACT Home Study Courses
This home study course was designed by Michael K. Smith, Ph.D., a national expert on standardized testing. The DVDs and student workbook can help a student prepare for all sections of the ACT and SAT college admissions tests. This course will be posted for free access to all Knox County students by January 2017. Check back for more details.

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