Author’s Purpose

In both the reading and social studies section of the GED, HiSET, and TASC, students will be asked to reflect on the author’s purpose. What is the central idea of a given passage? What evidence does the writer use to support a claim? Is there obvious bias in the author’s tone?

Authors write for different purposes. If you are aware of why the author wrote something, you can better understand the text and how it’s useful to you. To find the purpose, look at the big picture and details. Not sure what that means? Let us show you!

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Testing in the Time of Covid

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaped 2020 in countless ways. It’s altered the way we do life, work, school, and social gatherings. Even picking up groceries and sporting activities look and feel different. But here’s some good news: You can STILL reach your goal of completing your high school equivalency this year. You just need an extra dose of patience and flexibility as test format and administration changes evolve.

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Study Guide Freebies

Did you know that Essential Education has free study guides specifically designed to address key aspects of the GED, HiSET, and TASC? 

Our top educational designers created these subject-based outlines to specifically meet the unique needs of those preparing for their high school equivalency exams. The guides are full of helpful tools and resources, including FREE downloadable chapters from some of our popular Essential Skills workbooks.

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Math Mindset

Reading is always most effective when you read with purpose. Approaching a text with a certain mindset, or what you tell yourself to expect when you read, will put your brain on high-alert. When you know what you seek, it will be easier to find!

Attacking math-based texts with a math mindset is vital to critically thinking and working through problems. In large part, this means getting familiar with mathematical sub-sections, terms, and concepts. Here are a few you will need to know for your GED, HiSET or TASC exams.

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Workbooks Work!

Are you looking for a great way to enhance your study efforts? Consider adding one of our Essential Skills workbooks to your current routine.

These resources are jam-packed with further instruction, additional practice problems, and countless skill-boosting tools. As a bonus, if you are a subscribed Essential Education student, the workbooks are fully aligned to your personal lessons and learning plans. Just follow the notations in your Homeroom for additional workbook practice.

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Meet Your Coach

Get to know Jen Denton: your resident student success coach at Essential Education! 

Jen has helped students in their educational efforts for over 20 years. After obtaining her Master’s in Multicultural Education from National University in San Diego, Jen began her teaching career in Indio, CA. Here she had the unique opportunity to serve a diverse group of elementary-aged students during the day, and teach English as a second language to many of their parents and neighbors in the evenings.  

Jen moved to the East Coast in 2005, where she continued her work as a classroom teacher, family advisor, and school administrator. She has had the pleasure of partnering with students from 4 to 74 years of age, coast to coast! Jen continues that service with Essential Education, as she provides hard-working students (like you) with the skills and resources they need to succeed in study, work, and life.


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