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Published September 18th, 2014

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Published November 24th, 2015

How To STORM The New SAT: Part II

Perhaps the answer is NOT to storm the new SAT…perhaps the key to your college admissions success lies in taking the ACT instead.

But how do you know?
sat vs act showdown freeze frameToday on our sister site, ScottDoty.TV, BrainStorm Founder & CEO Scott Doty is weighing the pros and cons of the new SAT vs the ACT. Check out his video now!

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Published November 13th, 2015

THE POWER OF CONTEXT: Why choose a Learning Center?

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Since our inception in 2006, BrainStorm has been committed to creating life opportunities for our students by any means possible—that means constantly innovating new ways to teach that cater to every student’s style of learning.

In 2011, we took what is possibly our biggest stride toward this goal to date: we opened our first brick-and-mortar learning center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Opening a learning center means we can provide a whole new suite of offerings to our client families who prefer to work with a tutor outside of the home, of a broad scope of reasons.

A learning center makes it possible for students to escape from the myriad distractions of their own household—videogames, pets, siblings, the clatter of the kitchen, etc.

Additionally, a learning center gives students access to instruction for all of their academic needs under one roof, eliminating the cost and time commitment associated with hiring several different private tutors.

A learning center also provides a collaborative environment from students who work better with peers. It gives students a platform to help one another and essentially “learn by teaching.”

Lastly, and possibly one of the most compelling aspects of a learning center, a learning center employs “the power of context.” It gives students a “third space” for learning outside of home or school—a space associated with focus and achievement.

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Published October 28th, 2015

How To STORM The New SAT: Part I

Prepare for the new SAT

Maybe your high school student came home from school in a panic one day. Perhaps you read about it one of our newsletters. Or maybe you saw the interview with Scott Doty on 

The bottom line is: You know the new SAT is coming. What is your college hopeful doing to get prepared?

The new SAT doesn’t have to be this dark, ominous storm cloud standing between your high school student and his dream college. As with any unknown, knowledge is power.

Your first (and arguably best) defense against the new SAT is to get informed. Examine the opponent in order to formulate your best plan of attack, as any good strategist will tell you (or at least anyone who’s played a lot of “Risk.”)

To this end, on Wednesday, October 28th from 7-9pm, BrainStorm is hosting a free information session on the topic of The New SAT. All are welcome, but space is limited and registration is required.

To register for The New SAT Info Night, fill out this form or email, being sure to include the number of people in your party and your best contact phone number.

Published October 16th, 2015

What to do about the new SAT: An expert weighs in

BrainStorm Founder & CEO Scott Doty

BrainStorm Founder & CEO Scott Doty

There’s a lot to consider at the start of every new school year: What will I wear for homecoming? Should I transfer into Honors Chemistry? Who will I sit with in the lunchroom?!

This school year, there’s one question in particular that’s ringing in the halls of high schools nationwide: What to do about the new SAT?

“The New SAT” has become a sinister entity, dreaded by both college hopefuls and concerned parents throughout the country.

BrainStorm founder & CEO Scott Doty recently unmasked “The New SAT Monster,” dishing out his expert advice to

“I’m actually quite optimistic about the new SAT,” commented Doty. “I agree philosophically with many of the changes, and think in the long run it will benefit the education landscape.”

Read Scott’s full article on the new SAT

Published September 25th, 2015


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Published June 1st, 2015

The Growing Importance of High School Internships

Contribution by Katie Weigl

hello my name is internInternships are a relatively new part of the academic experience. I remember being in college and my parents being perplexed and also mildly horrified that not only was I expected to work for free, but also that is was virtually a prerequisite if I hoped to ever get hired post-graduation. But to the modern-day student, an internship or two (or three) is as much a part of the academic experience as studying for tests and writing papers.

However, internships are not just for the collegiate set anymore. Rather, internships represent a new frontier for high school students.

A 2014 study conducted by Millennial Branding and revealed that 90% of companies surveyed agreed that completing high school internships could give students a competitive edge when seeking a college internship or full-time time job, and could influence acceptance into a better college.

As it turns out, this trend may be fueled by the ambition demonstrated by today’s high school students. Millennial Branding and report that high school students actually exhibit a higher rate of entrepreneurial aspirations than college students do.

Employers are happy to respond to this new demand for high school internships. This same study revealed that 50% of employers currently accept internship applications from high school students or plan to launch an internship program within the year.

Are you in agreement with this trend toward high school internships? Do you consider it an invaluable learning experience, or an unwelcome distraction from classroom academics?

Published December 16th, 2014

The Tenets of Productivity: Part IV

Contribution by Scott Doty

Time to give thanks for this, our fourth and final installment of The Tenets of Productivity! We hope you’ve enjoyed this series, and are rockin’ and rollin’ through your to-do list like never before because of it.

If there’s something you’d like to see on the BrainStorm Blog, email…we’re taking your requests! _
youve got mailAnd now for Part IV…

Conquer Correspondence. Of all the most common 21st-century distractions, surely correspondence is king. Among the thorny bushes of social media, texting, email, phone calls, & meetings, it is tremendously difficult to create a flowering productivity. Productive people hack away at the bushes: they prune some based on clear usage guidelines (“I will only check my email at 11am and then again at 4pm”), they build skills relating to the bushes (like faster typing and more diplomatically succinct ways to end conversations), and some bushes they uproot entirely (“just say no” to FB).

You HAVE Time; What You Don’t Have Is Priorities. Want to get something done? Ask a busy person. Why is this aphorism true? Because productive people have learned the alchemy that is turning usable hours into productive, enriching opportunities to excel. Part of this alchemy is eschewing the disempowering (and inaccurate) excuse “I don’t have time” and espousing instead the correct philosophy: “I have 168 hours in my week, just like Oprah, and the Pope, and everyone else. Any project I want to get done will get done, if I decide to prioritize it.” Productive people MAKE time for their priorities, and allow the small stuff to fit in around those priorities.

Honor the P’s. Whether you’re trying to study physics or prepare the masterpiece of your culinary career, consider the effect of these 3 P’s on your ability to focus and be effective:

  • Place. Is your space clutter-free and away from distractions like TV? Is it well lit, and not so warm that you feel lethargic?
  • Posture. If the world’s best physics student or cook were to undertake this exact project right now, how would he or she sit/stand? Would his/her outfit or body language reflect the high level of attention about to be given to the effort?
  • Phonics. What sounds make you most productive? Is it silence, or is it binaural beats, or is it the sound of a bustling café around you? If you love music, perhaps you should be listening to lyric-free music while you tackle this high-focus project? (Miles Davis and Mozart have repeatedly been shown to be ideal for this) You can always sing along to Mumford & Sons or Bruno Mars while you wash the dishes—a low-focus activity.


I am worthy of success

I am not afraid of exceptional success

Failure is part of success, so I welcome it

Attitude and effort are up to me

I am already victorious!

Published November 19th, 2014

The Tenets of Productivity: Part III

sherlock holmesContribution by Scott Doty

A new quarter of the academic year represents a fresh slate–and the ideal time to turn over a new leaf. With the first marking period of the school year coming to a close, BrainStorm presents Part III of our multi-part blog series on optimizing productivity.

Multi-Tasking vs. Mono-Tasking. Some to-do’s, such as writing a business proposal or driving on a busy highway, are high focus activities; others, such as chopping carrots or making the bed, require low focus. The essence of good multi-tasking is combining one HIGH focus with one LOW focus activity, such as listening to an engaging TedTalk while folding laundry or reading a cerebral article while running on the treadmill. Productive people separate their to-do lists into “high focus” and “low focus” columns, and look for opportunities to mix & match. They also recognize that some projects are too important to do during multi-tasking—for these, they follow the model of Sherlock Holmes in reveling in the profound productivity of mono-tasking.

Routinize & Batch Small Decisions to Keep Them Small. Unproductive people waste a lot of energy on small decisions like what to wear or where to go for dinner this Friday night. Productive individuals “batch” their small decisions—they do them all at once. For example, they will prepare all of that week’s meals, or choose all of that week’s outfits, or do all of that week’s errands, in one focused batch of energy. Thus, they save themselves the angst of making manifold daily decisions about picayune concerns, and open up mindspace for accomplishing tasks of real value.

Know Thyself. Shakespeare had it right on this topic~ you have to be true to yourself. What time of day do you focus best? Gather your most high-value, high-focus projects into that window. Do you focus best after eating, or before eating? Are you only effectively disciplined when you have an accountability partner? Take the time to know yourself, and then act accordingly and without apology to those who don’t operate as you do.

Our final installment is coming soon! In the meantime, may as well revisit parts I and II…it would be the productive thing to do!

Published November 6th, 2014
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