Archive for March, 2010

Use Spring Break Wisely – Prepare for the April 14th SAT

It’s Spring Break, and the last thing most students want to worry about is schoolwork.

However, the holiday break offers the perfect opportunity for students to prepare for the upcoming SAT.  The short reprieve from homework, sports and other extracurriculars allows students the breather necessary to really focus on SAT prep.

Advise your student to use the College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide to familiarize him or herself with the format and content of the test.  Make sure your student sets a timer and adheres to the time limits given in each section.

Once done your student should grade his test and take note of his strengths and weaknesses.

The book Up Your Score has a  fantastic section full of tips on improving your student’s writing score, and is worth the small investment for that section alone.  For students who are aiming high, books like Math 800 offer lessons and practice problems that cater to already excellent math students shooting for near perfect scores.

At Wellington Tutoring we are offering an SAT Prep option for students looking to make the most of their spring breaks.  We can give your student direction and resources tailored specifically to their strengths and weaknesses.

Don’t pass up this opportunity to set your student apart from the crowd.  Prepare for the SAT over Spring Break – and contact Wellington Tutoring for further tips or to set up an appointment!

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Making the Most of the April 14th SAT

As most parents are now aware, students are being given the SAT during school hours on April 14, 2010.  How can your student make the most of this opportunity?

1.  Students at many schools were given a copy of the College Board’s Official SAT Study Guide. Encourage your students to take a look at the practice tests contained in the latter half on the book.  These tests are identical in structure and similar in content to what will be on the actual SAT.

2.  Have your student get familiar with the time limits for each section. If possible, have your student take one of the eight practice tests.  Set up a timer and have your student adhere to the time limits.

3.  Have your student grade the test, following the directions in the book. S/he will notice that some questions are more problematic than others and your student should focus on reviewing the material that is most challenging for him/her.

4.  Make sure your student knows the rules for guessing. The SAT penalizes incorrect answers, so unlike on other tests your student has taken, guessing is not encouraged for all questions.  Omitting is better.

5.  Try to see the April 14th test scores as your student’s starting point. Many effective students take the test more than once, using the scores from the first test to help them prepare for the next one.

6.  Consider a private tutor or SAT class following the April 14th test to prepare for the June 5, 2010 exam.

Best of luck on the upcoming test and feel free to contact Wellington Tutoring with any questions about your student’s test prep needs!

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Why do I need a tutor?

Why are parents seeking tutors to help their children more and more often?  There are many reasons for the increased need for a tutor’s help.  As parents who want their students to be well prepared in a competitive world, you are probably all too aware of the following:

1.  The No Child Left Behind Act. Because of this act, standardized testing in schools is the new measure of success.  Many teachers are being forced to teach to the tests.  This is robbing teachers of the time necessary to focus on their own curricula.

2.  A struggling economy and less funding for education. Less funding means less rooms in the budget for programs that cater to struggling or special needs students.

3.  Busier parents. With both parents working, parents have less time to help with homework.

4.  AP Courses. As college admissions become more competitive, many students are electing to take AP courses.  Students often need tutors to succeed in these more difficult courses.

5.  Competitive college admissions. Standards are rising as the pool of applicants becomes larger.

6.  Larger class sizes. With more students, teachers can’t afford to cater to high achievers or to those who are struggling, and instead must teach to the middle level students.  Both ends of the spectrum suffer as a result.

7.  Learning disabilities. The number of learning disabled students is on the rise.

For all of the above reasons, tutors are more necessary today than they’ve been before.  A competent tutor can make a big difference in your students’ academic achievement, and as importantly, confidence.  Contact us at Wellington Tutoring with any questions or to set up an appointment.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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