We believe that test prep is all about the methods, not a student’s intelligence. Anyone can reach a perfect score if they follow the right procedure and put in the work. We focus on using smart testing strategies, good note taking, rigorous practice, and time management to help students achieve their best scores. We also believe parents are an integral part of supporting students through the test prep process and keep our parents in the loop by inviting them to class and sending email summaries of classes if parents cannot attend.
Our SAT/ACT Prep method:
For SAT/ACT, classes are typically 1.5 hours at a time, weekly. Classes are held in person at our office in Santa Clara or online via Skype. We assign 1.5 hours of homework per class. All our classes are private, one-on-one instruction.
During our first class, we will produce a customized learning plan and timeline of how long we think your student needs tutoring for, what score goals to aim for, and how long we will spend working on different topics. Typically, we work on one section at a time of the SAT/ACT before moving onto the next to ensure a student fully masters the skills and concepts necessary for a section. At the end, we will review to ensure that the student retains all necessary information.
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Students take detailed notes, keeping track of tips and learnings for review and to keep parents in the know.
Students do extensive homework to practice and refine the learnings from their sessions. This includes targeted practice drills as well as full practice tests.
Students drive each session, reasoning out loud through each question. We help them arrive at the solution through directed questioning, not telling the answer.
Both the prep process and test day can be stressful! We work with students on stress and time management skills to make the process positive and productive.
Understanding why you made a mistake and what went wrong in the process are just as important as understanding how to fix the mistake. Students reflect with teachers on how their new actions and behaviors will avoid mistakes from before.
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How to avoid getting discouraged when you see questions you are unsure about
How parents can help students calm nerves
How to make time for test prep during a busy school year
How to pace yourself on the test to make sure you have time for double checking
For students with learning disabilities
Registering for testing accommodations
Special test taking techniques for students with ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and/or test anxiety
What to do the day before the test and the morning of
How to read and skim quickly
What to do when you’re stuck between two answer choices that look identical
What to do when you don’t know a word
How to memorize vocab quickly and efficiently
How to pick between two similar definitions
How to create accurate paragraph and passage summaries