SAT Reading Section Tips While Taking the SAT
1. Actively read, meaning underline keywords and main ideas in passages!
2. Determine main idea and/or purpose of author after reading BEFORE you read the questions.
2. After reading the question, take a guess at what the answer might be BEFORE looking at the answer choices so that you have an idea of what you are looking for.
3. Eliminate as many answer choices as possible that are irrelevant or do not answer the question.
4. Finally, choose the best answer based on steps 1-3
SAT Reading Section Preparation that You Should Do Throughout High School
1. Read as much as possible to build your vocabulary and comprehension skills!
2. Use context clues when reading to determine the meaning of unknown vocabulary words.
3. Study etymology (meanings of word parts, prefixes, suffixes, etc) so that you can break down unknown words to determine meaning.
4. Keep a journal of unknown vocabulary that you encounter...
1. Model example problems while explaining and writing step by step notes to accommodate visual and auditory learners.
2. Provide various practice problems that the student can try while looking at your example and notes.
3. Correct and provide written and verbal feedback.
4. Allow the student to solve practice problems without notes and examples to test application skills.
5. Create similar examples in which student can master content before moving onto harder concepts.
1. Set goals and times for goals and use a timer for student to beat their own time. Reward students for ACCURATE, complete, and fast work
2. Have students do hardest stuff first to get it out of the way
3. Take short breaks (5-15 min) between subjects when doing homework
4. Have students do homework right after school to get it over with and then have a reward activity after
5. Post a schedule so students know expectations and what they can do after homework
After tutoring Spanish for the last 8 years, it has come to my attention that although students have to learn the names of the Spanish alphabet, teachers rarely give students a pronunciation chart that will help the be able to read new words that they see. I have made this chart for many of my students and welcome you to print it and use it to help your child or teen.
Spanish Alphabet Pronunciation Chart
a- short o (like hot)
e- short e (egg)
ge or gi= h
i- long e (eat)
o- long o (boat)
u- long u (suit)
Writing is one of the most important skills a student can master, not only for their academic careers, but also for their business and person lives. One of the most common client needs is essay writing. I have developed an essay formula that is pretty simple to follow, and I can help your child/teen use this so they can develop more confidence in their writing! In addition, they will feel more comfortable and less stressed once they realize that writing an essay follows a common structure that they can master. It is not a puzzle or mystery:)! Here is a sample of the beginning of the formula. If you would like more information, please contact me through our website’s contact form.
1) Hook- 1-2 sentences
2) Background/Summary (if there is a novel, include the title and author’s name) 3-4 sentences
3) Thesis (the most important part:)!!! -1 -2 sentences
Body Paragraphs- Paragraph 2-4
1) Introduction Sentence (tied to thesis)- 1 sentence
I believe it is important to provide students with an editing checklist to make the revision process less scary! For example,
Did you use at least three transition words in your supporting detail paragraphs?
Did you start your introduction with a hook?
Did you provide general background information in your introduction paragraph?
Is your thesis the last sentence of your first paragraph?
Does your thesis address what the following three paragraphs will cover?
Do all your supporting paragraphs 1-3 support your thesis?
Do you lead into your quote with background information from the source (ie novel)?
Do you explain the significance of your quotes?
Did you use proper punctuation and capitalization?
Are all words spelled correctly?
Do you have a conclusion sentence at the end of every paragraph?
Did you restate your thesis in your conclusion using different words?
Did you comment on the implications of the or give your opinions in the...
Throughout my tutoring experience, I have found that many students of all ages have difficulty writing conclusion sentences. A good activity for elementary students is to give them a topic sentence and then tell them they need to write a conclusion that expresses the SAME IDEA but use DIFFERENT WORDS. They should NOT add new information (ie details) in their conclusion. It is extremely important to give them examples.
Topic: Winter sports are lots of fun.
Conclusion: I always look forward to participating in winter sports.
Topic: Last summer, I went to Hawaii with my family.
Conclusion: I enjoyed spending time with my family in Hawaii
Here are some other topics your student can try:
Topic: Students should not wear uniforms at school.
Topic: It is important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables if you would like to have a healthy diet.
As a Special Education teacher for the last ten years, summer tutoring can make an enormous difference. Whether you are taking Algebra next year or had difficulty last year, it is a subject that you will need to pass the CAHSEE and college entrance exams. I have had great success with my students by breaking down concepts, providing easy to follow step by step notes, modeling, guided practice, and finally independent practice. I am very enthusiastic, patient and a great role model for students. Even parents who have told me their son or daughter was resistant to tutoring at first have had great success. I do have "Inside Algebra" materials or I can use your school's book. Please contact me for discounted rates for summer.
Ivie S., MA in Special Education/Dual CA Credential