I have been involved education as long as I can remember. My parents were educators. They helped start a school, were on the board of another, and were founding board members of the North Dakota Home School Association. I started teaching at the age of
thirteen, as a volunteer. I have taught professionally, for over fourteen years. I have coached soccer. I co-founded a school and taught a wide...
Back in the day, where you wanted to go to college dictated which standardized test you took. Colleges in the midwest generally required the ACT, while those on the coasts wanted the SAT. These days, the score conversions are commonplace enough that most
colleges will accept either one. So how do you choose which one to take? Well, there are a few differences to keep in mind.
A few good questions and thoughtful answers can make tutoring an actual learning process. This is substantially different from cramming sessions, emergency sessions to pass a class and homework 'completion'.
I ask parents and students (where it is age/capacity appropriate) to explain their goals and expected outcomes. This question serves three significant purposes for the student and...
Schedule for SAT Crash Course:
Lesson 1: Test Basics, Sentence Completions (singles and doubles), Short Paragraphs
Lesson 2: Long Passages (Narrative, Expository, Persuasive)
Lesson 3: Double Passages, Difficult Passages, Essay
Lesson 4: Grammar Basics (Voice, Parallelism, Continuity, Conciseness)
Lesson 5: Verb and Pronoun Errors
Lesson 6: Modifier, Comparative, Idiom,...
It's the fall season, which means students are back in school! Don't let the rush of new classes and uniting with friends stop you from preparing for upcoming college entrance exams. Seniors, this is your last chance to improve
your scores if you want to start college next fall, and, Juniors, get a jump start on some awesome scores with test prep tutoring and at-home practice tests...
Well, the new school year has started, and that means SAT test dates are fast approaching. In fact, the first one is this coming weekend. To anyone taking the SAT on Saturday, good luck! Remember to get a good night's sleep on Friday!
If you are thinking about applying to college in the next few years, it might be time to schedule an SAT date! Remember, you can retake the test as many...
You can take a free ACT test through this link: http://www.4tests.com/exams/examdetail.asp?eid=13.
It is very good to understand your starting point, and only then to make the decision if you need a tutor or not, and for which of the modules.
You may take this free test and score badly - don't be discouraged! Scoring low may be because of the time pressure (to...
Normally, an equation has a single solution when it contains only one undefined variable. For example, take the equation 3x + 7 = 19.
3x + 7 = 19 [original equation]
3x = 12 [subtracted 7 from both sides]
x = 4 [divided both sides by 3]
This is one case of a larger trend in algebra. As I've...
The first thing you should know about studying for the SAT is: You can’t. You don’t know exactly what material is going to be on the test until the day you sit down and open your booklet. You will never be able to predict exactly which questions will be
asked and precisely what you must know in order to get all of the questions correct.
So if you can’t study for the SAT, how are you...
Summer is the best time to start studying for college/career entrance exams. Since there is no school and homework, you will not feel overwhelmed when it is time to study. Studying for just an hour a day, 5 days a week, will increase your chances of getting
a higher score and you will still have time to enjoy the summer.
Alternate subjects weekly. Familiarize yourself with all the...
You may have heard that the Scholastic Aptitude Test is being redesigned, with a new version being introduced in 2016. The testing company that creates the SAT has said that they will strive to make the test more relevant and more reflective of the content
that high school students cover in their classwork. Therefore, there will be a reduced need to learn obscure words that are rarely...
As parents of rising seniors plan standardized testing schedules for the summer and fall, one very important standardized test for most highly selective colleges sometimes gets forgotten: the SAT Subject Tests. The majority of the nation's highly selective
colleges and universities require or strongly encourage students to take 2-3 of these tests to demonstrate their subject knowledge...
Practice is the key to SAT mastery. No matter what preparatory course you take, what tutor you hire, or what study guides you purchase, all of your resources are for naught if you don’t devote significant time and effort towards practice exams.
Knocking out a healthy load of practice tests is particularly important for standardized exams. Why? Because standardization means that the test...
Given all the publicity around the new SAT, families need to be aware that it is NOT being implemented immediately. If your child is currently a rising senior, he/she will still be taking the old SAT this summer or next fall. I will update my profile
to reflect New SAT when it becomes an issue, but for the coming testing season, the SAT we all know and either love or hate is still...
Nailing an 800 on the math portion of the SAT can be a tricky feat, even if you are steadfastly familiar with all of the requisite formulas and rules. A difficult problem can overwhelm even the most prepared individual come test day. Time constraints,
test surroundings, and the overall weight of the exam can unnerve the most grounded students.
So what do you do when panic strikes and...
Preparing for the 2016 SAT Changes
Written by tutor Regan C.
Starting in the spring of 2016, the SAT will be significantly different than the current SAT exam. Among the changes are revisions to the scoring format and math and verbal content.
How Do the Changes Affect Me?
The good news is that most of the changes are an attempt to reduce the topics tested. For example, students will...
The “silly mistake” is quite possibly the most mischievous and irksome of the math demons. It is a sly beast that lurks in the deepest recesses of your mind, emerging only periodically to sully your scores in a most disturbing way. Because of its crafty
nature, it is able to lull you into the false belief that your thorough understanding of mathematic concepts will keep you safe from its clutches...
A few weeks ago I posted an article about the impending SAT redesign and the changes that have been announced. I mentioned at the end of that article that I'd be posting another one soon with my thoughts on the redesign, once I'd had time to think more
about them. Well, this is that article.
Overall, I think the motivation for the redesign is good – that the College Board's heart is...
Having worked with hundreds of test-takers on standardized exams over the years, I have tutored students of all abilities and levels of commitment to their studies. Most students want to know how many hours of tutoring are necessary to achieve the results
they desire. While there is no single number of hours uniformly required for all students, for all exams, I do recommend as a rule of thumb...
As students prepare for standardized tests for college admission, "Vocabulary" suddenly becomes an important subject. Both the Writing and Critical Reading sections of the SAT reward a strong vocabulary. I try to emphasize to students that having a college
(adult) level vocabulary will continue to reward them far beyond a one-day test.
Studying SAT related...