Lexile and You Does it seem like you are always hearing that word? Your child is below his or her Lexile? They need to be at a 540 or at a 1080? What exactly is a Lexile and how can you make it work for you? Lexile is a reading meta-matrix that actually takes reading material and assigns it "value". The "value" is referred to as its Lexile score or simply as its Lexile. It is simply a numerical device for charting reading material. As with all reading values, there are anticipated levels each student will reach at each grade. You will hear them referred to as benchmarks. They also have other names and phrases teachers use, though. Perhaps you have heard expressions like 'just right books', or 'on level', or 'on grade level'. These are all used to refer to books meeting Lexile expectations. Not all books are created equal in the Lexile system. Higher value is awarded to non-fiction, to books that require reader stamina (longer books) and books that deal with... read more
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Hey Wyzants, One of the the ways that I communicate breaking a tie on sentence completion, that is, when my students are down to two possibilities; I tell them "Don't be afraid of the dark!" I explain that the test has a psychological component and that we should consider the way the average student reacts to unknown words. Specifically, when a word has been seen before, even if the definition for it can't be formed, it will be preferred to the word that is completely new. Since, the average person would choose the slightly more familiar, then we should choose the unknown.
Did you take the SAT on Saturday? Are you freaking out about how confusing it was, and feeling like you had no idea what you were doing? Never fear; many people take the SAT's multiple times, and if you get a little tutoring help in between (from yours truly) you can radically improve your score on the second go-around. Here's the remaining test dates for the 2013-2014 school year: November 2 December 7 January 25 March 8 May 3 June 7 I recommend you start studying for the SAT at least one month in advance, longer if you plan on going it without a tutor. If you'd like to work with me for the November or December test cycle, send me an email ASAP. The sooner we can get to work, the higher your scores will be!
"How should students prepare to go back to school if they only have a few minutes to spare each day?"
The SAT website, found at http://sat.collegeboard.org, has a "Question of the Day" section. They will send these to your email if you sign up, and so with that, one question a day, you're one question more prepared to go back to school. The specific URL or the "Question of the Day" is http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-question-of-the-day. Explore the website for even more practice opportunities!
The SAT messes with your head. Don't feel embarrassed, it messes with everyone's head. It's designed to. The SAT is a test of your critical reasoning skills, meaning it's actually far more about logic and figuring out the correct course of action than it is about actually knowing the material. This is nowhere more evident than on the Math section. The SAT Math trips up so many students because they expect it to behave like a math test. The truth is, the SAT Math is about figuring out how to answer each problem using as little actual math as possible. It's all about working quickly, and the questions are structured such that they conceal the quick logic and context-based route behind the facade of a more complicated math question. They're trying to psych you out; to make you think the problem is harder than it is. In math class you're taught to be thorough, to show your work and not leave out any steps. On the SAT, it's not only possible but downright preferable to... read more
For juniors and others preparing for the spring 2014 SAT and ACT tests, tutoring at under $11/hr is available. Don't miss out on this bargain coaching !!! This course has the common techniques and tricks which all test prep courses provide. However, there are ingenious strategies in this training which are not in other courses. We also do extensive review of the content you are expected to know, which further boosts your score. A number of students have increased there SAT score over 400 points in a few weeks with this training. While it is unusual, most students can increase their scores significantly with the right techniques and practice. Contact me right away for the course which starts this weekend.
Good afternoon students! If you live in North Carolina, chances are that your classes have already started. As you pack your backpacks, decorate your lockers, and eagerly make plans to hang out with your friends, remember that you only get one shot at school - make it the best ever! But you might be asking, how? Well, let CleverCat Tutoring help you out! Whether it's study skills or a pesky Algebra problem, I can provide expert strategies, experience, and knowledge to give you a leg up on your classmates! I make it my business to not only build a loyal clientele, but to build lasting friendships. My students return to me again and again because I make learning fun! Stressing about the SAT or ACT? Look no further, and don't stress out! I can help you build the confidence and skill necessary to ace your entrance exams. I work tirelessly to make sure YOU are prepared to make the highest score possible on your SAT/ACT... read more
Despite the title of this post, I’m not actually suggesting that parents hire an SAT tutor for their preschoolers or that they drill their preschool children on SAT practice questions. Rather, I’m suggesting there is one important skill essential to doing well on the SAT that is a lifelong skill and should be started early: vocabulary building. The average SAT test preparation book contains about 2,000 vocabulary words to study. If your child has an especially poor vocabulary in high school, hiring a tutor three months before the SATs will only do so much. Creating a good vocabulary must start as early as possible. Helping your preschooler develop a good vocabulary doesn’t mean using flash cards or lists of vocabulary words. The best way to learn new words is through exposure to them. Baby talk has its place, of course. When babies and toddlers are first learning to talk, listening to baby talk encourages them to imitate basic sounds that make up our language. However,... read more
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For many high school and college seniors, Fall is the time when college and graduate school applications come to dominate their lives. The "college application essay" has taken on a life of its own, and many students dread the thought of condensing their hopes, dreams and aspirations to 1,000 or 2,000 words. Fear not. The essay portion of your application does not have to be the bane of your short life. In fact, with ample planning, preparation and practice, your essay can become the shining centerpiece of your application. After all, this is where the admissions reviewers can get to know you beyond your grades and test scores. Everyone has a unique story to tell. Yours is just as valuable as the next person, and you should welcome the opportunity to tell them as much about your life, interests and experiences as possible. Before you write a single word, it is important that you have a good idea of the portrait you want to paint with your essay. Will it be a close-up... read more
After tutoring a student for 20 or so sessions on the math SAT I am learning that this test checks mathematical maturity and it is not easy to make a high score without a lot of preparation. One thing that makes a big difference is recognizing that a lot of questions require you to write down an algebraic equation and then solve for one or two unknowns. It helps to have a lot of experience with solving algebra word problems. Trigonometry is not heavily required but you do need to know the Pythagorean theorem and the distance formula for the distance between two points on a Cartesian coordinate system. Something that seems to pop up a lot requires factoring numbers into their primes and solving problems related to consecutive integers. You need to know how to deal with changes in areas and volumes when they vary as the square and cube of their radius or edge. It helps to understand that when you increase X by 5% that is the same as multiplying it by 1.05. You need to know how... read more
I cannot stress enough the need for a 24 to 30 hour preparation course for this test. Some of the math problems on this test are problems that your teen has never seen before. This is not the fault of the school system. The SAT writers give problems that look foreign to students, yet only require the students to think out of the box. If they are prepared, they will fly through these odd looking problems. If they are not, they will spend entirely too much time trying to figure out the problem, wasting time when they could be solving much easier problems that are still to be solved. It is such an easy solution: preparation! Without professional preparation for this test, some of the problems look like Chinese. Yet, they don't have to! After some simple explanations and practice, anyone can master these odd looking problems. The SAT writers are making the students think in a way that schools don't usually teach. Patterns, mapping, substituting, POE, and more. It's only a matter... read more