Episode 01 - Introduction to Educational Alchemy

Episode 01 - Introduction to Educational Alchemy

Jan 3, 2024

Welcome to the Assessment Alchemist podcast, where we turn assessment into a journey of empowerment and achievement for educators and students. Tina's mission is to conquer test anxiety and enhance effective test preparation. In each episode, you'll find expert insights, practical strategies, and inspiring stories to transform test-taking into a positive experience. For teachers, school counselors, and education enthusiasts, this is the place for learning and assessment alchemy.

This week’s episode of The Assessment Alchemist is brought to you by My2tor CEO and standardized test prep expert Tina Wiles. In this episode, Tina Wiles shares her background and what Educational Alchemy means.

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About the Episode:

Episode One: Introduction to Educational Alchemy

  • Welcome to the Assessment Alchemist podcast, where we turn assessment into a journey of empowerment and achievement for educators and students.

  • Tina's mission is to conquer test anxiety and enhance effective test preparation.

  • In each episode, you'll find expert insights, practical strategies, and inspiring stories to transform test-taking into a positive experience.

  • For teachers, school counselors, and education enthusiasts, this is the place for learning and assessment alchemy.

Key Points:

What is an Educational Alchemist?

  • Alchemy is about transforming things for the better.

  • Assessment Alchemist seeks to transform the educational landscape by reducing testing anxiety.

  1. Why Focus on Assessment?

    • Tina's background is in Industrial and Operations Engineering.

    • Transitioned to tutoring, realizing the significance of standardized test scores.

    • The importance of simplifying test preparation and boosting student confidence.

  2. The Framework for Success

    • Balancing content review, test-taking skills, and the right mindset.

    • Empowering students to walk into tests with confidence.

  3. Upcoming Podcast Topics

    • Interviews with experts and researchers.

    • Addressing bias in assessments.

    • Strategies for educators to become alchemists in their classrooms.

    • Discussing student well-being and its connection to test anxiety.

  4. Test-Taking as a Learnable Skill

    • Test-taking is a skill that can be improved.

    • Helping students understand they can learn how to excel in tests.

Stay tuned for more episodes of the Assessment Alchemist podcast as Tina dives deeper into educational alchemy and empowering students and educators. 

Magical Quotes from the Episode:

  1. "An Educational Alchemist is someone that wants to join this journey of researching, listening, and contributing to the discussion around how we can transform the educational landscape for the better."

  2. "I just want the students to walk into tests more confident because with the thousands of students I've worked with, I've realized that the more confident the student is, the better they're going to do when they take an exam."

  3. "Test-taking is a skill, and since it's a skill, it means that we can improve it."

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