SAT Exam Tutoring

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With SAT Exam tutoring time coming up the question is should your child have one person or class cover all three sections or higher the people or the classes.

Here are some ways to figure out which situation is best for your child.

If you hire one person that knows all three subject areas your child will be reviewing all of the strategies and sections weekly.  If you hire three people that would require three sessions a week and most likely three times the price.  If your child focuses on one section at a time they will mostly likely forget the strategies over time if they are not using them every week.

However, if your child really struggles with every area or is looking for the perfect 2400 a specialized tutor will help your child pull up the grade in each section.  If your child has one area that is weaker you can hire a tutor that specializes in that area but also knows the other areas.

Think about how much you can afford financially.  If you want your child to spend time working on all 3 sections each week in order to improve all sections, you can either pay for 1 hour a week, or 3 hours a week.  One hour a week will cover all of the strategies and practice.  Three hours a week can go more in depth.

Most students do very well with one tutor or taking one class.  However if you think your child needs a specialist for each subject are you should hire three tutors or attend three classes.

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College Essays

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Many colleges require students to write an essay.  The essay helps the college to decide if you would be a good fit to the school.  Your essay should be personal and different.  Essay topics fall into 3 basic categories: personal, academic, or discussion.  Don’t forget to download our free Proof Reading Check List.

Tips

  • Don’t wait until the last minute. Give yourself plenty of time to plan, write, and revise your essay.
  • Have a friend or family member proofread your essay.  They might find something that you missed.
  • Type your essay in a standard font and size 12.
  • Make your essay stand out and personal. Each school receives thousands of essays; you want them to remember your essay.
  • Your essay should be about 500-600 words. Don’t make your essay too long or too short.
  • Give specific examples.
  • Be honest.

Topic ideas

  • Personal
    • Pick an event in your life that made you who you are.
    • What is your biggest accomplishment?
    • When did you fail at something and how did you handle it?
  • Academic
    • Why you want to attend a particular school.
    • What you want to do and why. (How you will contribute to the world with your degree.
    • Why you want to attend college.
  • Discussion
    • Both sides of a political problem.
    • How to make the world a better place.
    • Both sides of a social problem.

High School Transcript

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As a senior there is not that much that you can do about your transcript. Your transcript consists of all of your classes and the grades from each class.  If you are unhappy with your transcript there are a few things that you can do.

  1. You can study and try to improve your grade.  You can attend extra help, go to peer tutoring, or hire a professional tutor.
  2. You can try to take an extra elective or two.  High schools offer many choices of electives.  It is also helpful to see what your interests are to help you decide on a possible college major.

As an underclassman you still have many opportunities to improve your transcript.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  Start taking control of your education now.  Study and maintain a good average. Take a few electives instead of extra study halls.  You will be surprised; you may find a new interest or hidden ability.

College Recommendation Letters

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Colleges and most jobs require a letter of recommendation.  In high school you ask your teachers for the letters of recommendation.  You should try to get 3 letters.

Remember that you are not the only student. Ask the teacher early so they have time to write all of the letters.

  1. When you ask the teacher be polite and remember to say please and thank you.
  2. You have teachers from all 4 years of high school, you can ask any if them for a letter.
  3. Try to give the teacher all of the forms at once so they can include the same letter easily.

If you are an underclassman you still have time. Make sure you have a few teachers that are able to write a letter of recommendation for you.  If not, now is the time to try to connect with some teachers.  Personalized letters look better for colleges the the teacher must know you to be and to write one.

College Application Resume

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Most of you have never written a resume before. A resume is used to show your background and skills.  You write important accomplishments and experience that pertain to what you are applying for.  Your resume should show that you are well rounded and have different experiences.

Education: Include the name and location of your high school.  Write the name of the degree that you will be receiving.  Also be sure to include any awards and honors that you received.  If you were a member of any honor societies you should also include them.

Experience:  If you had a part time or temporary job while you were in high school this is where you would include it.  Any summer job or retail job should and listed.  You sound include the company’s name, location, job title, and your responsibilities.  Write what you were required to do while at work.  Some examples are: ring up the customer’s purchase, count the drawer at the end of my shift, provide change to the customer, stock shelves, assist customers find items, clear the table, take the drink order, seat customers, help watch the children during activities, run the arts and crafts table, take children to the bathroom, ext.

Extracurricular activities:  List the clubs, sports teams, or other extracurricular activities that you were part of in school.  If you held a leadership position, such as captain, president, secretary, or treasurer you should also include that under the name of the activity.

Community Service: If you volunteered or did any community service project while you were in high school this is where you would include it.   You sound include the organization’s name, location, job title, and your responsibilities.  Write what you were required to do while at work.