Test Takers, here’s a Holiday Challenge from Saxonny Rich – Catalyst Prep

Holiday Challenge
Saxonny Rich, Catalyst Prep

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We are in the thick of the holiday season and to me, this means that I’m thinking of friends and family a lot.  In honor of diversity, inclusion, and of course test prep, my holiday challenge to you is to read a book about a culture that doesn’t inherently celebrate during this time of year. This blog is dedicated to my friends who don’t celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other holiday at this time.

How is this a test prep challenge? Reading is a great way for students of all ages to increase their vocabulary and improve critical reading skills, both are necessary to ace the SAT & ACT. Many students will soon be off from school for at least a week. I can’t think of a better time than a long holiday break to devour a fantastic book! What do I suggest? “The Interpreter of Maladies” by Jumpa Lahiri. In this book, composed of a series of short stories, you will read about families balancing Indian traditions with life in America. This ties in well with our theme because while many Indian families living in America participate in celebration, it is a function of assimilation.

To make this interactive, I’d love to hear your thoughts about this book. Did you like it? What did you learn? Which story was your favorite and why? Did you learn any new words? Feel free to let me know at saxonny.rich@catalystprep.com. I hope you all have a great end of the year and will join us in January 2015 for our upcoming events. I’ll leave you with these important reminders below. Saxonny

Important Reminders

Some students took the SAT on Saturday, December 6th or the ACT on Saturday, December 13th. However, for those of you looking to take the next exams, here are the upcoming deadlines.

SAT Date: January  24, 2015   Deadline to Register Without Penalty: December 29, 2014
ACT Date: February 7, 2015     Deadline to Register Without Penalty: January 9, 2015


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