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HSPT Tutoring in Chicago, IL

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Experience HSPT tutoring by highly credentialed tutors in Chicago, IL. We'll help you master the HSPT through one-on-one tutoring in the comfort of your home, online, or any other location of your choice.

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Selected HSPT Tutors in Chicago, IL

The HSPT tutors are exceedingly qualified to help you reach your goals. They come from such prestigious universities as MIT, Stanford, UChicago, Yale, Harvard, UPenn, Notre Dame, Amherst, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, Rice, Columbia, WashU, Emory, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, UNC, Michigan, UCLA, and many other top programs.

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Undergraduate Degree:
Illinois State University - Special Education

Graduate Degree:
Northern Illinois University - Curriculum & Instruction

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Undergraduate Degree:
University Of New Orleans - Elementary Education

Graduate Degree:
Northeastern Illinois University - Gifted Education

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Undergraduate Degree:
Indiana University - English; Speechwriting

Graduate Degree:
University Of Cambridge - English

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Recent Tutoring Session Reviews

I spend the first hour with the first student on SAT math, which I will break down into specific topics for in-depth work next week. Then I spent the next hour with the second student on reading and vocab for his practice test. I saw extreme improvement in his reading skills.

Since it was supposed to be the student's last week of tutoring, I gave him a practice test to see his progress. I did not cut him off when he ran out of time, but I did watch the time. He still needs more tutoring before he can get the score he needs on the test.

We went through his multiplication flash cards several times, and talked about different methods he could use to remember them. We continued to work on multiplication of two digit numbers and long division, with which he's doing better. We practiced some percentage problems and number manipulation, both of which he can do if he slows down and focuses on each step.

Today we did verbal and quantitative review. I timed the student on a verbal section, and he finished with about a minute and a half left, which was good. Last time, he was a little more pressed for time. Next time, I want to time him on quantitative reasoning because I think he does spend a little too much time on a lot of questions. I gave him a packet of vocab words and roots to make flashcards for.

Introduced conversion problems, reviewed logic questions, studied vocabulary. Her biggest issues on the Mathematics exam were conversions, interest word problems, symmetry, and angles, so we focused on those. The student will complete a full length practice test over the next week to gauge progress.

Went over base 5, percentages, and several other topics related to problems he'd gotten incorrect on practice tests. He worked on another timed practice test and is getting close to finishing them within the allotted time. We were working on guessing the last few to make sure he has all questions answered by the end of the section. He is finishing another practice test for next week.

Looked at Reading comprehension on the SAT, and then focused primarily on the Grammar section, covering a very wide range of subjects. There's a lot on that part of the test, but the student was definitely progressing even within the session!

We continued SSAT prep. The student turned in his first essay assignment, which we reviewed for content and mechanics. We covered 40 pages of quantitative work in the practice book, then spent the remainder of the session on SSAT verbal exercise and vocabulary.

Today we went over exam prep. The student and I went over math and verbal problems given for homework at the previous session, began discussing strategies and approach to reading section (e.g. passage types, question types, distractors). He was very pleasant and attentive, continues to pick up on concepts easily and is doing very well.

The student and I first began by covering the structure of the test and what the test covers. Next, I gave him some general tips on testing and how to cope with stress during the test. We then dove into synonyms and antonyms (using the book as a guide), where I covered much of the vocabulary as well as more specific methods for this portion of the test, which included eliminating obviously wrong answers, skipping difficult questions temporarily, and recognizing parts of words based on their Latin/Greek roots. Throughout these exercises, I provided examples of sentences where the words were appropriate and analogies to Spanish words that I knew that had similar Latin roots. Afterwards, I advised that he read an article a day on a topic he is interested in that contains challenging words. Since he likes videogames, movies, and baseball, I suggested that he read movie review, videogame reviews and baseball articles to widen his vocabulary.

We worked on the Language during this session. We worked primarily on identifying punctuation errors including semi-colons, singular vs. plural pronouns w/collective nouns, and other grammar. The student's command of grammar & mechanics is very strong, and the only errors that challenged her at all were those involving semicolons or those that we accept in conversational English. We then moved on to the Verbal section where we spent time on some more roots & prefixes, plus some often-tested words that don't break down into recognizable roots; as well as synonyms with different tones. In the Quantitative Skills section we went over sequences & logic problems.

We began with a cumulative vocab quiz. Then, we reviewed the questions she had from her practice SAT this week. Afterwards, she did the timed essay from that test. We reviewed it, and it was by far her best essay yet! The strategies we discussed on Tuesday really seemed to make a big impact. Finally, we focused our attention on strategies to tackle difficult higher thinking critical reading questions.

How can a tutor help you master the HSPT?

Varsity Tutors understands the importance of helping 8th grade students excel on their high school entrance exams. We offer tutoring for students taking the HSPT. Our tutors work with your student one-on-one in the comfort of your home or other convenient location. We individualize our approach to each student so that they gain the strategies, content knowledge and confidence needed to help them excel on these important tests.

Unlike certain standardized tests, it is crucial to score well on the HSPT the first time you take it. Why? In the vast majority of cases, a student simply cannot complete the HSPT more than once. This sounds bad, but don’t panic. While this can cause understandable stress among students, Varsity Tutors Chicago HSPT tutoring can help.

Our outstanding Chicago, Illinois tutors are expert instructors with a wealth of knowledge about the HSPT. They can model key math and verbal techniques that can help you approach the exam with more confidence, and spend less time on it as well. Some of the tested information may be more unfamiliar to you, but it isn’t to our tutors. During your HSPT tutoring in Chicago, they can tap into your strengths and weaknesses, as well as your learning preferences, to teach you it in the most efficient manner possible. HSPT tutoring even takes place in your home or in a location of your choosing, at a time that works for you.

High School Placement Test (HSPT) Information

The HSPT is given once a year in January to 8th grade students applying for admission at certain Catholic High Schools. The test is administered only once per year, and students should take the test at their first-choice Catholic High School.

The tests takes a total of 2.5 hours, including a set break, and students take it in one sitting. There are five sections on the HSPT: Verbal Skills, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading, Mathematics and Language. All questions are multiple choice.

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