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Customized private in-home and online tutoring

Experience ISAT tutoring by highly credentialed tutors. Top tutors will help your child master the ISAT through one-on-one tutoring in the comfort of your home, online, or any other location of your choice.

Selected ISAT Tutors

We can help connect you with exceptional tutors who are ready to help your child master the ISAT. The tutors come from top institutions such 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 additional high-caliber institutions.

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Elizabeth

Undergraduate Degree:
Harvard University - Studies Of Women, Gender, And Sexuality

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Chris

Undergraduate Degree:
Georgia Institute Of Technology - Biochemistry

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Emma

Undergraduate Degree:
New York University - Economics

How a tutor helps your child master: the ISAT

SETTING ISAT LEARNING TARGETS

You will have learning objectives mapped out by our educational director based on your student's specific academic needs.

IDENTIFYING INSTRUCTIONAL PRIORITIES

Your instructor will identify your child's current ISAT skill level, as well as specific weaknesses to be addressed.

PERSONALIZED EDUCATION PLAN

Personalized instruction will address your child's weaknesses, polish his or her strengths, and help your child succeed.

Recent Tutoring Session Reviews

We covered the act writing section as well as the reading section. The student is doing very well. The student has already excelled at the ACT, and being a bright and confident student, I think she will continue to excel this time.

The student and I met per our weekly schedule to review ACT Math. I was informed of the student's recent ACT results and we therefore decided to focus primarily on Algebra type questions. After walking the student through a "100 ACT Math Concepts" sheet, we utilized the review book to work problems.

First, I looked over the essay that the student wrote since our session yesterday. She wrote it very well, so there wasn't much for me to add. This was the last section of this practice test, and her final score on this practice test was a 34-35. We continued to practice for the writing section by looking at prompts and discussing arguments and specific evidence to use. Then, she did several science passages, including one difficult one. She only missed a few questions on these. We finished up with math practice, which she did well on. For next time, I asked her to complete a full practice test.

Today I went over Science content and test taking strategies with the student. We covered how to read graphs and tables, how to tackle experimental questions, and how to read the science viewpoints passage. I had the student practice how to mark up her test and how to passage map the Science section effectively. She is highly proficient at reading. I left her with a Science and a Reading passage to practice answering questions more confidently.

Continued with "The Death of Ivan Ilyich." The student seems to be responding very well. I have been asking her to identify the meanings of very sophisticated vocabulary words from context, and she is able to do so fairly frequently. I really think that she is understanding the material at a significant level.

Took a global overview of the test: reviewed Critical Reading strategies from last time, talked about how to approach math problems one is unsure about, worked on essay writing. She has a good idea of how to structure the essay.

We went through questions together. I gave her some tips on understanding her time. I had her sit quietly until she felt a minute was up; and timed her while doing questions. She is an amazing student and this was our last session, so I hope that she does well, and I know that she will do great things.

The student just finished two finals today. We were able to test and correct math, critical reading, and writing sections.

We went over a particularly difficult practice exam. She is a strong mathematician, and I believe these last two sessions are all she needs to earn a strong score on the subject test.

Had the student write an essay before the session; I graded it and went over the essay with her. She wrote another essay during the session, and we went over that one as well, giving her important points about the essay that she should adhere to, regarding supporting evidence, topic sentences, etc.

This one hour session covered remaining questions the student had about his upcoming SAT test this coming weekend. We focused on all areas of the study guide with particular attention paid to Asian and Middle Eastern culture and history. We reviewed the practice test at the end of the study guide and analyzed questions that he did not feel comfortable with. Our last session prior to this weekend's SAT exam will focus on test taking strategies and final questions pertaining to World History. The student will be reviewing an additional practice test at the end of the study guide/text in preparation for his upcoming test.

The student and I completed two reading tests under timed conditions. He scored a 30 on the first one and 33 on the second. He is set to do extremely well on this portion of the exam. We will do one more practice reading test during our next meeting before moving on.

How can a tutor help your child master the ISAT?

Varsity Tutors can help connect you with an experienced tutor to meet individually with your child in your home or another location of your choice. Sessions are scheduled around your child's classes, extra-curriculars and other activities. Our Directors provide free consultations in which you’ll learn how your hand-picked, highly credentialed tutors can help your child achieve his or her ISAT goals while providing scheduling flexibility. 

We understand the importance of helping elementary and middle school students in Illinois excel on the ISAT. ISAT tutors offer 1-on-1 tutoring, individualizing their approach to each student so that he or she gains the strategies, content knowledge and confidence needed to excel on the ISAT.

Your private ISAT tutor provides guidance and content knowledge instruction for all sections of the ISAT, in addition to coaching and simulated tests.

Call us today and our Directors will discuss your goals and time-table to create a customized plan that meets your ISAT goals.

Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT) Information

The ISAT is given once a year in early March to all Illinois public schools in grades 3 through 8. The test is administered over a period of one or two weeks, depending on the choice of each individual school. Students are tested on reading comprehension, mathematics and writing skills. In 4th and 7th grade, students are also tested on science content.

The test is a combination of multiple choice, short answer (math), extended response (math) and extended response (writing). Students’ scores help schools and parents to measure individual progress and the progress of the school population as a whole. For 7th grade students in the City of Chicago who are interested in applying to selective enrollment high schools, it is important to note that 7th grade ISAT scores count for one-third of the selection criteria.

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