We help students develop a personal “tool kit” for success to help conquer test anxiety and prepare for future tests to come.
We have found through our 20 year experience, that most standardized examinations require the same strategies and the same fundamental skills—reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing skills, critical thinking, math problem solving. All tests are basically the same with a variance in content, focus and content level. The same skill set required to do well on the SOL examinations during elementary and middle school will be required of a student who takes the SAT or ACT examination in high school. In other words, the skills needed to be a successful test-taker should have been nurtured and developed during the elementary school years.
The benefits of in-home, one-on-one test-preparation are:
- Students often find that augmenting what they have learned in school with individualized tutoring as that feared examination date approaches engenders increased self-confidence and enhanced test scores.
- Students also learn better (and faster!) in a one-on-one setting.
- Students may also require a more flexible scheduling due to extracurricular activities or work commitments.
- Finally, one-on-one tutoring also allows students to focus on just the areas where they are experiencing difficulties, rather than sitting in class listening to explanations of things they already understand.
A student who is psychologically prepared for these examinations has a greater chance of performing at his or her highest potential. Our tutors spend a significant amount of time providing students the tools they will need to approach the exam free of misconceptions and anxiety.
- Our tutors will address the following:
- Test-taking tips and strategies
- Time management techniques to increase test completion rate
- Overall familiarity with the format of the exam
- Practice tests and questions
- Explanation of and practice for the new essay portion of the test.
- Overview of subject matter covered in the exam, focusing on areas of weakness.
We have tutors that can assist students in a multitude of tests, including:
- SOL (Elementary, Middle School, High School)
Whether a 3rd grade SOL examination, the SAT or ACT in 11th grade, the GRE for graduate school admission, or MCAT for admission to medical school, the same fundamental skills are required. Of course, the content may vary and it most certainly increases in intensity and difficulty as a student progresses through the test-taking process. However, it is critical to remember that if a student at any level lacks reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, math, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, that same student is at a disadvantage when taking any standardized examination – SOL, SAT, GRE, or MCAT.
“Thank you so much for the service you have provided to our son. We are very pleased to tell you that he was able to raise his ACT scores and apply for the U.S. Marine Corps program! Michael did a great job tutoring and we will highly recommend him and your tutoring service to everyone. Thanks again for being so easy to work with and for catering the tutoring directly to our son's needs.”
“I wanted to let you know that my son came up 200 points on the SAT. Please convey to Ellen, his tutor, our gratitude. His score in critical reading improved greatly. He now feels good about himself and this experience has helped build his self-confidence”