Jonathan Arak

Jonathan Arak has 28 years of tutoring experience. Jonathan was the original author of the best-selling Cracking the Specialized High School Admissions Test.

How to Tackle Test Anxiety: An Interview with Noodle Pro, Jonathan Arak
31 March, 2021
By Casey Loalbo Are you immediately overcome by fear of failure right before it's time to take an important test?  Do you find yourself having negative thoughts and maybe even experiencing physical symptoms?  Racing thoughts, excessive sweating and dry mouth are just a few of the somatic symptoms experienced by some individuals who suffer from test anxiety. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.  Test-taking can evoke these feelings and symptoms and sometimes, it can be difficult to unders
Get The Most Out of Your College Recommendation Letter
12 August, 2020
Teacher recommendations are an important component of your college admissions package. Getting good recommendations requires picking the right recommenders and asking them the right way; more goes into this process than you might think! Think you are ready to ask for a college recommendation letter? Not without these tips. Give Yourself Enough Time First of all, it’s important to think about the timing of your requests. You want to make sure your teachers have at least 4-6 weeks to take care of
How to Explain a Bad Grade to College Admissions
12 August, 2019
A bad grade can seriously damage your college application. Sometimes bad grades come without a particularly useful explanation; they are simply the result of a failure to work at the appropriate level for the course you’re taking. But some bad grades are the result of situations beyond your control. In those instances, it’s worth taking the time to provide the admissions committee with the context to understand those bad grades. Malady or Other Ailments In the case of illness or surgery, you sh
How To Explain A Bad Grade In College Admissions
16 January, 2018
Sometimes bad grades come without a particularly useful explanation; they are simply the result of a failure to work at the appropriate level for the course you’re taking. But some bad grades are the result of situations beyond your control. In those instances, it’s worth it for high schoolers to provide college admissions committees some context for what exactly happened. Maladies or Other Ailments In the case of illness or surgery, you should address this situation; do not allow your applicat
The Timeline You Should Expect For Different Types Of Tutoring
13 December, 2017
If you’re planning to hire a tutor to deal with one or several areas based on your child’s performance during the previous academic year, you should find the tutor before the school year starts. This will let you set up a tutoring game plan for the year. *** When planning to hire a tutor, timing is crucial. Experienced tutors know that the timeline will be different for ongoing academic tutoring, for a specific academic project, or for test prep. So let’s take a look at the ideal timing for t
Get The Most Out Of Your College Recommendation Letter
30 October, 2017
Teacher recommendations are an important component of your college admissions package. Getting good recommendations requires picking the right recommenders and asking them the right way; more goes into this process than you might think! Give Yourself Enough Time First of all, it’s important to think about the timing of your requests. You want to make sure your teachers have at least 4-6 weeks to take care of the recommendation. That means that if you are applying Early Decision/Action, it’s bes