SAT/ACT

SAT/ACT, Test Anxiety, Test Prep

Rethinking When To Take The SAT/ACT


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Dealing with the SAT/ACT is similar to the check engine light on our car. Until it alerts us, we’re not proactive about handling it.

Ask most and Spring for Juniors and Fall for Seniors are the most popular times to take the tests, but they aren’t necessarily the best times for a maximum score.

For example, summer time or winter break are when students least prefer to take the SAT/ACT, but contextually it’s when they have the least amount of schoolwork.

Preparing for the SAT/ACT is like reviewing for Finals. Cramming doesn’t work and the more focused time without distractions from other classes gives you the best chance to get higher scores.

As a parent, convincing your teen to prep for the SAT/ACT will be like pulling teeth so you might as well suggest the optimal time to increase their chances of succeeding in fewer tries.

Since both tests are offered on average every other month, there’s not really a “best time” to take them. A one size fits all approach shouldn’t be considered. Help your child step back and take a big picture look at their academic schedule in high school. From there carve out a few months where they’ll have the least amount of other activities so they can put in the time to get their desired results.

You shouldn’t be pressured into taking the test because your friends are taking it at a certain time. There’s an “ignorance” factor with SAT/ACT prep where we default to the popular times because we’re too lazy to do our own research.

One way we an alleviate some of that stress you may be feeling is by filling out this Student Profile Form and we’ll set up a complimentary 30 minute video meet and greet to discuss test taking strategy. Once you have a game plan you can execute on it.

Without one it’s like throwing darts with a blindfold on.

Let us help you “see” the best option for your teen.

Matchmaking, Online Tutoring, SAT/ACT, Test Prep

What I Love About Matchmaking


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This story began years ago when I was a Church Youth Director and Youth Basketball Coach.

Part of leading a youth group entails programs such as summer camp. One of my favorite tasks was to put students in cabins with youth leaders.

As a basketball coach, it’s more of a long-term partnership where the players don’t change much, but the dynamics do. At certain points in the game individual players mesh better, perform better or match up better against the competition. It’s a constant chess match that I love.

The reason the examples above are relevant for Online SAT/ACT test prep is because synergy matters.

This part skill, part art form of matching the right tutor and student is guided by profile questions, but ultimately an intuitive process.

There’s never a guarantee when matching two people together similar to online dating. But the chances of student’s being motivated to work harder because they actually like their tutor increase dramatically when done thoughtfully.

Because I don’t do the actual tutoring with students, I experience victory indirectly through the parents, students and tutors. My role is to set them up for success, then support and be a cheerleader along the way.

It’s extremely gratifying to be a part of a successful partnership. It’s the impactful testimonials that drive me.

That’s why I love matchmaking.

College, SAT/ACT, Test Prep

The Ultimate Payoff For Test Prep


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If you Google search “SAT Tips” there are endless strategies and tactics to get you prepared for the test, but that doesn’t motivate the average high school student.

Think as a consumer: do you buy what you want or what you need?

If you answered the former, you’re being honest.

Outside of necessities, we are drawn to purchase what interests us.

Case in point: SAT/ACT tutoring is NOT attractive.

But you know what is? Your dream college.

Most high school students don’t know what they’re going to eat for lunch today, but where and why you’re going to college should be discussed early and often.

Statistics show most students will accumulate debt post-college and won’t land a job in their major. But a lot of that has to do with the backwards process of college counseling.

In high school, you’re urged to apply for college, but not guided on what you want to do as a career.

Attending college won’t solve that question for you. At best it will provide the resources and network to make life after college a smoother transition.

My point is: we are committed to increase your chances of getting into your dream school.

As mentioned earlier, GPA’s are more competitive now so the differentiator of college acceptance falls on SAT/ACT scores.

Focusing on your dream school is thinking big picture. That’s why test prep should be viewed as an investment for your future.

To be honest the education at a more prestigious University may not be better than your local college, yet once you decide what industry you’re interested in the higher SAT/ACT score gives you more options to choose from.

Motivation is about what’s next so if you’re thinking about working with us, know that our goal is to expand your college options. Where you decide to go is up to you.

Online Tutoring, SAT/ACT, Test Prep

Why Your Company Story Matters


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The About Us Page.

Normally scrolled over, but the “why” behind what you do matters.

Let me explain.

Sales is what separates a hobby from a business, but what makes a customer choose you over the competition can be the story of how you started.

Recently I shared about my (SAT/ACT prep) company to a group of high school parents online. The positive responses from moms who messaged me were about me and my values as a person, not about price or other differentiators.

What that told me is when my story connects to my customers it positively impacts them. If what I value speaks to the heart of an individual it is the deciding factor.

Another business I run, Behind My Brand, believes in the same theory: when people fall in love with your story, they buy your product/service.

The average consumer is way more savvy these days. They want to know the origin of what they’re buying. Clarifying your story can be the difference.

Whenever you hear culture, mission or core values of a company it means alignment – personal with organizational. If there’s no overlap, the best you can expect is a simple transaction.

I want to fall in love with a creator’s story. If I do, I will follow and support them.

I think you want that too.

Story matters.

A lot.

College, SAT/ACT, Test Prep

How Competition Makes The SAT/ACT More Important


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Did you know that your SAT/ACT score accounts for 25% of college admission?

GPA is 50% while the remaining 25% is made up of extra curricular activities (volunteering, clubs, sports, etc.).

BUT since weighted GPA’s are rising maintaining a 4.0 or higher isn’t that exclusive anymore…

Therefore SAT/ACT scores are the difference maker when it comes to deciding whether you or someone else gets into the college of their dreams.

The reason why is: it’s much harder to get a perfect score on the SAT/ACT.

Which is why SAT/ACT prep becomes more important!

Also, the SAT/ACT is NOT a measurement of how smart you are as a student. Many “A” students score low while “C” or below students score high. It’s because the test makers write the test in order for you to do poorly on it.

When else in your high school career are you going to sit through a 4 hour test? (let alone be away from your mobile phone for that long)

Our tutors focus on helping students demystify the test. For example, we teach you how to identify the types of questions on the test and eliminate wrong answers before you even read the entire question!

If you can take out 2 wrong answers prior to examining the problem your chances double (25% to 50% choosing the correct answer)!

We’re not saying take your grades lightly. Instead take your SAT/ACT prep more seriously!

Your score closes the gap between making your dream school a reality.

Don’t delay. Get started here!

SAT/ACT, Test Prep

Right Vs. Wrong: Which Strategy Is Better For The SAT/ACT?


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The SAT/ACT is different from any other test you’ll take in high school.

Myth: the SAT/ACT is a measurement of your math and reading/grammar skills.

False. Understanding how the test is made is more important than knowing the subject matter.

For most multiple choice tests it’s smarter to look for the correct answer, but with the SAT/ACT it’s just the opposite: identify the wrong answers and eliminate them immediately.

Our tutors will teach you how to identify the types of questions on the test so you can get rid of 2 wrong answers which doubles your probability of getting the right answer.

Imagine your odds on each question improving from 25% to 50%!

The elimination strategy is key to finishing each section with enough time to both skip difficult sections then go back plus re-check your work.

In fact the practicality of this strategy can also be applied to other subjects. Instead of choosing the right answer, narrow down your selections by taking out wrong ones first.

Rarely does any student know every answer on the test, but there’s no reason why you can’t learn how to eliminate half of the wrong answers from each question in seconds.

The SAT/ACT is really a numbers game (not only the math parts). Every student can improve their score with the elimination strategy.

Contact us and we’ll teach you how!

SAT/ACT, Test Anxiety, Test Prep

If A Test Prep Company Guarantees A Point Increase, Run!


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Benjamin Franklin said there are only two thingsĀ certain in life: death and taxes.

So if a test prep company guarantees a certain amount of points increase on the SAT or ACT: run fast!

There are too many factors in point increases including: new material learned, how much studying between sessions is done, comprehension, test anxiety, enough sleep the night before, the higher your initial score; the harder it is to increase next time accordingly, etc.

Guarantees are more of a desperation sales tactic. It’s getting the sale and offering a money back guarantee if it doesn’t happen. Bold, but at the same time crazy.

Tutors don’t take the test. Students do.

If anything a tutor can provide it’s accountability. It’s challenging for a student to be motivated to take the SAT or ACT, yet much more challenging without some additional help.

Parents, we welcome your involvement in the tutoring process. It’s why we invite you to the complimentary 30 minute video meet and greet with your child and tutor. You can request recordings of any tutoring session to review. Our hope is with our transparency we can earn your trust.

Students don’t want “helicopter” parents, but we also understand parents are paying for this service. They deserve to know what’s going on.

Focus on constant communication in the form of update emails, phone calls, student-tutor, tutor-parent and parent-company conversations. Similar to an annual review, there should be no surprises about an outcome if the feedback is regular.

We’d love to offer a score increase guarantee, but the problem is it’d be a lie. Doing business ethically is more important to us than just another sale. When it comes to serving families we try our best to put our money where our mouth is.