Friday, December 28, 2012

Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy Separate

Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy Separate 

This Blog is called: Kweller Prep: High School, College, Life, and More... 

This post is the "More" part. 

How sad to hear such news right before Christmas. 

I have followed and admired Bettheny for quite some time. I admired her as a female entrepreneur, socialite, philanthropist, author, chef, wife & mother. On the entrance way to Kweller Prep, you can see a copy of Bethenny's book, "A Place of Yes" as a recommended reading. She started with nothing-- and became a self-made, successful, multi-millionaire with a legacy that will last long after her passing. News of her separations has been incredibly sad. I almost want to shake her saying, "don't do it." 

Bethenny Frankel truly had it all- 

1. An accomplished business woman (chef, reality TV star, liquor designer- she even had her own talk show) 

2. A ton of money (over 120 million collected from the sale of her Skinny Girl Margarita alone) 

3. A doting husband. I mean-could anyone ask for more than Jason? He comes with a loving family (his parents), a kind heart, and every picture you see of him with his daughter Bryn beams with his love for her. 

4. A healthy and happy baby girl. Thanks to Jason's genetics, this girl is simply beautiful. 

I have loved Watching Bettheny Frankel's empire grow. During my darker times (I was divorced prior to meeting my now soulmate), I read Bettheny's book "A Place of Yes" and that book really hit the spot. I read it to the last page thinking how, like Betheny, I can have everything. 

I think Bethenny is making a huge mistake to separate from such a wonderful man. He loves her and their child. This is evident from every picture I see.  She needs to be reminded why she is with Jason in the first place, and how much her life has changed for the better thanks to him.  Now that she is super-successful financially, she need not forget who supported her way to the top. 

Also, personally, It is scary to see a woman reach her career goals and have a child, and then watch her personal life- her most intimate relationship-fall apart. I think it's sad because Bethenny is no longer my all-around role model. It's so hard for me to find good role models!!!!! 

I am at an interesting point in my career; 30 years old, with the love of my life, the puppy of my life, and the job of a lifetime.. no kids yet.. but seriously, this Bettheny Separation is freaking me out! She has absolutely everything-- so sad to watch her personal life crumble. Why Why Why?  

Keeping a marriage is incredibly hard. It's really sad that after meeting such a great guy, making a ton of money, and having a healthy & beautiful baby, she couldn't stop to smell the roses and keep it all together. She has more money in one lifetime than a third world country in whole. She has the financial means to provide for her family, extended family, and generations to come. 

Today I was pretty sad to see the torn photo on the cover of OK magazine. I guess you can sometimes be your own worst enemy. Very very sad. 

Bethenny, I hope you come to your senses, stop being so stubborn, and reconcile with your truest partner, Jason Hoppy. Stop fighting & go try to have more kids to leave Bryn some siblings. 

That's my two cents. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Myers Briggs Personality Test

PLEASE take a myers briggs personality test BEFORE going to college and PRIOR to choosing a college major & career.

This test is used in Corporate America ALL THE TIME

In fact, it should be MANDATORY for all graduating high school seniors

here is a free test online:

the full PAID version is better, but hey, the free one is pretty decent as well.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hunter Entrance Exam Sample Grammar Questions sign up for classes now!

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Grammar and Usage

In the following sentences, four parts of each sentence are underlined. If you think any one of the underlined parts is incorrect, choose the letter under that part as your answer. If you think the sentence is correct as written, choose (E) as your answer. Please note: read together, all of the sentences in this section make up a story.

Hunter College High School became co-ed in 1974 as a result of a lawsuit by Hunter College Elementary School parents, a development which was described by the New York Daily News with the headline "Girlie High Gets 1st Freshboys". In January 1982, the school was featured in a New York Magazine article entitled "The Joyful Elite.” No error

The Correct Answer is E. There is no error.

The high school has occupied a number of buildings throughout it’s history, including one at the East 68th Street campus of the College (1940–1970). For several years in the 1970s, it was housed on the 13th and 14th floors of an office building at 466 Lexington Avenue (at East 46th Street). No error

The Correct Answer is D. Sentence should read its, not it’s

Since 1977, it has existed in a nearly windowless structure at East 94th Street between Park or Madison Avenues on the Upper East Side. No error

The Correct Answer is D. Whenever you see the word BETWEEN, always choose AND, not OR. Also, use the word BETWEEN when you compare two things exactly. When you compare three things or more, use AMONG.

Formerly, this was the site of the 94th Street Armory; Today, part of the armory's empty shell (including two abandoned towers) stretches for the entire block of Madison Avenue in front of the school. No error

The correct answer is C. After a semicolon (;), you need a lower case letter, not an upper case letter. RULE: A semicolon (;) is stronger than a comma (,) but it is weaker than a period (.). A semicolon (;) connects two similarly related ideas.

The greater part of the armory building has been demolished. Designed to resemble the previous structure, the school is known for its near absence of sunlight, poor ventilation, and low air quality. No error

The Correct Answer is E. There is no error here.

Because of its architectural peculiarities, Hunter is often called "The Brick Prison." Its "inmates" is housed in this building from grades K through 12, since it contains both the high school and Hunter College Elementary (collectively known as the Hunter College Campus Schools). No error

The Correct Answer is C. Inmates ARE housed because inmates ARE plural.

Admission to the high school is only granted in seven grade, and is a two-step procedure. Students from the five boroughs of New York City with strong scores on standardized tests are eligible to take the Hunter College High School Entrance Exam in the January of their sixth grade school year. Eligible students must first meet Hunter's standards in reading and mathematics proficiency on fifth grade standardized exams. No error

The Correct Answer is A. Seventh grade, not seven.

For example, in 2011, sixth grade students that wished to enter Hunter during the 2011–2012 school year must have achieved scores of at least 689 out of 770 on the reading test and 722 out of 780 on the math test, that is, scores in the 90th-and-above percentile of all test takers. No error

The Correct Answer is A. Sixth graders are PEOPLE and PEOPLE are always WHO not THAT.

The admissions test have thirty-five multiple-choice mathematics questions, sixty multiple-choice English questions, and an essay-writing portion. No error

The Correct Answer is A. ONE admissions test HAS; many admissions tests HAVE. RULE: One teacher teaches; many teachers teach. You can only have the “S” once.

Out of about 3,000 test-takers, about 175 is offered admission on the basis of the exam. This 6.6% admissions rate, not considering the many students denied the chance to take the exam because they did not meet the state exam requirements, makes Hunter one of the most selective high schools in the nation. No error

The Correct Answer is B. 175 ARE not IS. Plural is always ARE.

Approximately 50 students from Hunter College Elementary School also enter the 7th grade class each year annually. Beginning with incoming students in the 2010–2011 school year, elementary school students must make ‘satisfactory progress' by fifth grade in order to gain admission to the high school. No error

The Correct Answer is B. Here, you are being redundant. There is no need to have the word annually if you already have each year. The word annually means each year and therefore should be deleted from this sentence.

Prior to this, students at Hunter College Elementary School was guaranteed admission into the high school. No error

The Correct Answer is B. Students WERE guaranteed admission, not WAS.

In total, entering 7th grade class contain approximately 225 students. No error

The Correct Answer is B. One class CONTAINS, but many classes CONTAIN. RULE: one teacher TEACHES; many teachers TEACH

Most students, commonly known as "Hunterites," that enter the high school remain there through their senior year. No error

The Correct Answer is C. Students are people, and people are always WHO not THAT.

In eighth grade, some Hunter students take the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test to transfer to other competitive public high schools in New York City, although most choose to stay at Hunter. No error

The Correct Answer is E. There is no grammatical error here.

The graduating class usually retain about 200 students. No error

The Correct Answer is C. The graduating class RETAINS not retain. Remember, one teacher TEACHES but many teachers TEACH. You can only have the “S” once.

The total enrollment from grades 7 through 12 are approximately 1,200 students. no error.

The correct answer is C. One enrollment IS; many enrollments ARE

Hunter is a open campus, allowing students to go outside during lunch and free error.

The Correct Answer is A. Hunter is AN OPEN campus, not A. Before a vowel, you must use the article AN not A.  

Monday, December 17, 2012

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hunter Entrance Exam Essay Tips & More

The kids at Kweller Prep ask Geri about everything from the HCHS admissions essay to her favorite elective courses at Hunter.

Math Olympiad 8th Grade Questions

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Connecticut Shooting

It is with great sadness I blog about the Connecticut elementary school shooting, murdering 28 people including 20 children.
I have had enough and I can’t imagine what these poor parents must be going through.


1. Every single child must carry a cell phone.  I don’t care what the schools say; if my kid can’t carry a cell phone or reach me in case of an emergency, I won’t let him go to that school.

2. Every single school door should be LOCKED from now on. Bullet-proof glass should be installed, and the NRA (national rifle association) should PAY for it. I’ve had enough with lobbyists supporting gun laws and the 2nd amendment right to bear arms. Enough is enough.

3. Teachers need to undergo emergency training. We grew up with FIRE drills in elementary school, how about GUN drills? We are way too comfortable at schools.  How many more shootings do we need until enough is enough.  Columbine, Virginia Tech- now this?   

4. We need to revisit the Constitution. All men are NOT born Equal and crazy men should not carry guns. A massive background check needs to be performed before issuing anyone a weapon. How did a 20 year old get into school? How is that OK? How the H** did he get in with not ONE but TWO guns? I mean how do you hide that? The guns were LEGALLY registered to the mother. What? Why does she need 3 guns registered to her name.  I’ve had it with guns & weapons in the wrong hands. AN AVERAGE PERSON DOES NOT NEED AN ak-47.  The 3 weapons Lanza used were legally purchased and registered.

5. Violence on TV needs to STOP. Look at the shooting at the movie theater in Colorado. It MIMICKED a scene from a cartoon depicting a movie theater shooting. Coincidence? I think Not. I bet this crazy gunman saw something violent on TV and did some form of copycat.

6. We need stricter gun laws. I’m so sad, so incredibly sad the poor kids who survived will be so traumatized over this.

7. We need to hold the people who SELL the guns criminally liable for the acts of the guns and gunman. Yes you heard me. THE GUY WHO SOLD THE GUN TO THE CRAZY PERSON should be held criminally liable. You can’t just sell a gun to anyone. I can’t believe this is the SECOND time this  year a crazy man enters a crowd and starts shooting. Enough already.

8. You can't even send your kids to school safely? Where were the security guards? THEY  should be armed. All school teachers should have guns now too... ugh anything to prevent this trauma... how many more times do we need to relive a VIRGINIA TECH  or COLUMBINE to realize that too many dangerous weapons are in the wrong hands.

9. We need to register people with massive mental illness... we have Megan's law for pedophiles; we need to have a law requiring the state to register the mentally disturbed.

I can't even begin to imagine what these families must be going though now. Such an incredibly sad day in History.
Connecticut School Shooting: 20 Children, 6 Adults, Gunman Confirmed Dead

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6:40 p.m.: Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy has ordered U.S. and Connecticut flags flown at half-staff in mourning for shooting victims until burial services.

The Associated Press reports that Lanza drove to the school in his mother’s car. Police found three guns at the scene: a .223 caliber rifle, and Glock and Sig Sauer pistols. NBC News reports that a rifle used in the shooting and two pistols were legally purchased and registered to the gunman’s mother, Nancy Lanza. But in a public records search, TIME was unable to find any firearms or weapons permits under Nancy Lanza’s name.

6:10 p.m.: Authorities say that Ryan Lanza, 24, the brother of shooting suspect Adam Lanza, 20, is now not believed to have any involvement in the mass shooting on Friday, according to the Associated Press. He had earlier been questioned by police.

6:00 p.m.: “Evil visited this community today,” said Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy at a briefing Friday evening. “As you know there area a number of victims, teachers, beautiful beautiful children who had simply come to school to learn. Their days ended a different way than any of us can possibly imagine.”

5:45 p.m.: Earlier this afternoon, the CBS affiliate in New York City showed video of a man said to be Ryan Lanza being taken into police custody in Hoboken, N.J. Ryan Lanza, 24, is reportedly the brother of shooting suspect Adam Lanza. Ryan Lanza was raised in Newtown, Conn. but currently lives in Hoboken, N.J., according to public records obtained by TIME.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

math olympiad math questions

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Hunter Admissions Exam Essay Tips

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Hunter Entrance Exam Essay Tips


Note: These are just TIPS! Not a comprehensive understanding. You need to work on at least 2 dozen practice essays hand-graded by Kweller Prep tutors prior to taking the Hunter College High School Entrance Exam

Overall Comments:
            Format – The essay should be 4-5 paragraphs long; should include: An introduction, 2/3 paragraphs, and a conclusion. REMEMBER THIS ESSAY IS ABOUT YOU, use “I” instead of you.
            Spatial Awareness – DO NOT cram words closely together, DO NOT space out words too much, DO NOT write too little (leaving many blank lines on the essay), DO NOT write too much (going past the number of line numbers allotted for the essay). Both QUANTITY & QUALITY are equally important for the essay.
            Vocabulary – Use higher-level vocabulary but only if the vocabulary word makes sense to use in the context.  Don’t just use a “big” word for the sake of using a “big” word. You need to actually make sure the word fits into the sentence. Only use higher-level vocabulary that you know the definition of.  SPELL THE WORDS PROPERLY.  Using vocabulary improperly or awkwardly (not the right vocabulary word for the content of the essay) will hurt your essay grade, not help it.
            Contractions – Contractions are shortening words such as cannot to can’t.  DO NOT use them because they are too informal. Again stay away from “can’t”; instead use cannot. I don't care that you learned them for months at school. Stop using them on your Hunter essays!
            Sensory Details – Use adjectives/adverbs to describe parts of your essay.  The SHOW DON’T TELL method is key.  You need to be descriptive in order to keep the reader engaged, make the reader feel like they are in the essay, experiencing its content rather then just reading it. Know at least 100 adjectives and be comfortable incorporating them into your essay. Hunter is a HUMANITIES based school. The graders spend a lot of time grading the essay.
            Figurative Language – Use similes, metaphors, and idioms in your writing to make it jump out at the reader.  There are 3,000 students taking the exam, and 3,000 essays that teachers may potentially be reading, so make yours stand out from the competition.
            Punctuation – DO NOT use exclamation points or quotation marks.  This is a personal essay-- not a play or story, which means NO DIALOUGUE.  Kids should especially stay away from drawing any sort of hearts or designs or triple exclamation marks to prove a point (!!!) Watch for semi-colons and commas.  Commas are used to separate 2 related phrases that CANNOT stand-alone if the comma was replaced with a period.  Semi-colons are used to separate 2 related phrases that COULD stand-alone if the semi-colon was replaced with a period.  A semi colon (;) is stronger than a comma (,) but weaker than a period.
            Proof Read – You should be able to reread your essay at least twice during the exam. Look out for awkward, unclear sentences, grammar problems, structure and if or not you have followed the tips given to you by Kweller Prep.
            Intro: This should take up 3-6 sentences
                        -Must generalize the topic to a universal audience
-Must answer the essay prompt question
                        -Must NOT let the reader realize that they are reading an essay
                        -Must address the supporting paragraph topics without listing them

            Body Paragraphs: Each one should be 7-10 sentences
                        -Must stay on one SUPPORTING topic; if you start another topic then create a new paragraph
                        -Must refer back to the essay prompt question
                        -Must use the SHOW DON’T TELL method
                        -Use figurative language
                        -Have a clear flow of ideas; Transitions should be smooth from one paragraph to another.  Should have topic sentences and a concluding sentence, summing up the paragraph while relating back to the essay topic.  DO NOT use traditional transitions too much, i.e. for example, in conclusion, one reason is, another reason…
                        -DO NOT be repetitive
                        -Must summarize the introduction WITHOUT repeating the same sentences/phrases used in the introduction
                        -Must answer the essay prompt question again
                        -Must NOT let the reader realize that this is an essay and that this is the end of it without saying it outright, i.e. DO NOT use the phrase: in conclusion
                        -Concluding sentence must clearly indicate that this is the end of the essay without saying it outright, i.e. All in all Christmas is my favorite holiday and I cannot wait for next Christmas to come quickly enough.

Hunter Entrance Exam Test-Taking Tips



Hunter Entrance Exam Test-taking Tips

·      Always be aware of your time
o   Leave some “breathing room” for sections that you know you will struggle with
o   Save the most difficult questions for last
·      There is no penalty for guessing so do your best to eliminate answer choices and take an educated guess
·      Be well-rested and confident when taking the test
o   Being nervous, hungry or otherwise in a bad state of mind will affect your performance more than you think


·      Outline your ideas for the essay à make sure each paragraph transitions to the next
o   May seem time-consuming but can end up saving you time when you have a good grasp of what you need to write
o   Be sure to include the structureà intro, 2 or 3 body paragraphs, conclusion
·      Use more advanced vocabulary and phrasing
o   If you read a lot-which you should-try to copy some of the sentence structures of your favorite author
§  You get better at writing by learning from others and emulating their style
·      Longer essays tend to score better but make sure you have something interesting to say with every sentence
·      Make it a story! à every sentence, paragraph, and idea should flow and transition into another
·      Make reader WANT to read more à a captivating introduction-with some high level vocabulary-is especially important
o   First impressions are crucial


·      Reading the sentence aloud-but quietly, you’re in a test-can help you find mistakes
o   Don’t rely on this completely! Know your grammar rules.
·      Tense agreement, noun-verb agreement, adverbs, pronouns, proper nouns, etc.
·      Don’t be afraid to choose “no error”! Have confidence in yourself.


·      Practice your reading speed and comprehension through repetition and reading techniques
o   Getting used to reading at a “testing speed” is important à it’s not necessarily important to know every detail-although it would be great if you can-but enough to answer the questions
o   Techniques such as reading the introductory and conclusion paragraphs or learning the idea of a paragraph through its topic sentence
·      Grasp the author’s tone
o   Does he use a lot of words with a positive or negative connotation when talking about something? Does he use a lot of extreme words to show his emotions?
o   Ask questions like these to better understand the main idea of the passage and more easily answer questions


·      Know topics such as geometry, algebra, probability, and coordinate system
·      Learn efficient but organized “scrap paper technique”
o   There’s plenty of space to do your work so use it instead of solving problems in your head
§  Helps you be less prone to making mistakes
o   However, make sure your work is organized and clear so you don’t confuse yourself with work from different problems
·      Use the multiple choice to your advantage à you can save time by plugging in the choices that seem most likely for algebraic equations and other questions
o   “Guess and check” except you know the right answer is in front of you

Monday, December 3, 2012

SAT perfect 12 sample essay college board

SAT Sample Essay (page 699)
Can Success Be Disastrous?
            Growing up in twenty-first century America, one is brought up with the perception that they are living in a time and place of unparalleled opportunity; that the world is at their fingertips. The determination for reaching the top is one often instilled into children at a young age, in tangent with the values of their society. Indeed, the “American dream” is one in which success is the ultimate goal, and many become the products of their upbringing and will settle for nothing less. However, sometimes people get consumed in their drive for success, caught up in their pursuit of a single goal until it becomes their lone reason for living, only to find that success is not at all the equivalent of happiness. This theme is one that has permeated throughout scores of great literature, particularly within the novels “The Great Gatsby,” and “Brave New Word,” with both of these works presenting the darker aspects of success.
            F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” tells the story of an affluent society during America’s Roaring Twenties, a time characterized by its rampant consumerism and economic prosperity. It was a period during which many were able to make quick fortunes, one such man being Jay Gatsby – a member of the “newly rich” whose motivation lies in his need to succeed. Outwardly, Gatsby’s purpose for amassing his riches stems from his effort to impress and woo Daisy, the love of his youth, who is also a member of the aristocratic “old rich.” However, as the novel progresses, it becomes evident that the only thing attracting him to Daisy is the wealth and affluence that she symbolizes, the world of grander and social success that she represents. His infatuation with the world of material wealth leads him to be blinded by the need for success, and it is this very success that corrupts his life and ultimately leads to its end.
            In Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” the protagonist, John the Savage, is driven by the achievement of a single goal as well, although this time it is not for the purpose of material wealth. Having grown up alienated from his community on the Reservation, John’s life is characterized by an all-consuming desire to leave his world behind in favor of the image of another, better world that his mother has drilled into him. However, when he succeeds in this venture, he finds that this new world and everything it stands for is utterly abhorrent to him, and the fact that the very thing he spent his whole life aiming towards; abandoning the Reservation for a glittering utopia, has brought him such misery upon his attainment of it, crushes him and drives him to suicide.
            The stories of Jay Gatsby and John the Savage provide poignant illustrations of the dangers and drawbacks of success. Although each character succeeds in the achievement of their goals, this success fails to bring them the happiness or fulfillment that they expected. Instead, it proves to be disastrous, leading to the untimely death of both protagonists, and in the process, stressing the continuous relevance of the age-old saying: “Be careful what you wish for.”