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We posted this on our Facebook page but it was too good not to share on our blog, as well.

Radiolab offered up a look at the power of suggestion, “white lies”, and placebo on this show that originally aired in 2007. They examined not just the “Placebo Effect” but the use of hypnotism on patients and the power of white doctor’s coat. We thought some of this might be useful in a science or psychology class, but it is definitely enthralling stuff regardless of your area of expertise. This episode turned out to be one of those shows that you listen to even after you’ve reached your destination. Click this link to go to the episode’s home page.

Last Spring we launched a new navigation system for the site. It is is all based on the large pull-down menus in the top right corner. Only problem is there was no easy way to return to each test home page.

We corrected this by making the test name heading a hyperlink to do just that. We hope this makes navigating that site easier for all subscribers.

Cheers!

I was doing a yahoo search of our site and discovered this intersting question posted in YAHOO! answers.  A student asked “How to cheat on usatestprep???”  Someone posted a fantastic response to the question.  Here is a screen capture of the post.

grow.jpgWe have often gotten requests from teachers for specific questions to be added to the database. For this reason, we have recently developed the “Help Grow the Database” feature. This new feature allows teachers to add questions in an easy, step-by-step process. These questions are then internally reviewed and added to the online system for students to start using.

You will find this listed as the second item at the top right under “Other Items” after you log in as a teacher. We hope you enjoy this new feature, and we look forward to receiving your submissions.

We know that the AHSGE will soon switch to Biology only. In looking at the DOE AHSGE page, the same science standards are listed that have been there for years. If anyone knows what standards will be implemented or can provide some information, we can get started and make sure we are ready as soon as the state switches over. Contact us at joe@usatestprep.com if you have any information