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

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SSAT tutors are exceedingly qualified to help your child 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 other nationally recognized programs.

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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 can help your student master: SSAT Prep

PINPOINTING SSAT PREP AREAS OF NEED

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

EVALUATING STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES

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

INDIVIDUALIZED CURRICULUM

Your tutor will create a personalized learning program for your child.

Recent Tutoring Session Reviews

Today I had the student do a vocabulary matching activity since she has been having trouble learning her vocabulary words. We also did practice tests for synonyms, analogies, and reading. I then helped her work through a practice math test.

Completed two sections of the quantitative portion of the exam. The student did well on the 50 questions overall. I encouraged him to take his time and show as much work as possible. I told him all standardized tests have a wide array of difficulty in terms of the questions asked and to focus on getting the easy ones right. We also reviewed vocabulary words and I told him to construct precise sentences to convey the exact meaning between the words for each of the analogies.

Since we're less than 2 months away from the student's test, I'm going to start making him take a lot of practice exams. Today we covered reading comprehension, math II, and the essay portion. He got 100% on the math section, but struggled a little bit with time on the reading comp part. We will focus more on the English side of things. Next week, we'll review the questions he missed, and finish the verbal and math I sections.

In this last session, the student worked on her last practice test. She worked through the math section, and we reviewed the problems that she missed. She then worked through the reading and verbal sections, and I checked through them. Lastly, we finished the session by reviewing general information about the test and test-taking strategies.

Analogies & reading comprehension strategies. The 6 different kinds of reading comprehension questions. She should take the 3rd practice SSAT test in the test prep book next week.

The student got his SSAT/ISEE study guide and we went through the math diagnostic test. The student was solid on almost all of these problems, but again he had some calculation errors when he was working with a word problem. I encouraged the student to split up these longer word problems into parts, and solve them in parts, and then, when he'd finally accumulated the necessary info, answer the question. We then went over some of the analogies section. The student is very strong in this section. As homework I assigned him about twelve words to learn for next session--he has the skills for the verbal section.

Today was the final review for the test Saturday. We finished reviewing the English section and I reviewed the students overall strategy of section timing, when to guess, and what to do to get ready for Saturday.

For our first meeting, I asked the student which sections she felt were most challenging for her so far. She mentioned analogies as a trouble spot, so we worked on the different types of analogy questions and then tried some synonyms. I assigned a short practice test on synonyms.

The student and I worked through an SSAT practice test. We started with the math section and finished with some reading comprehension. We reviewed some basic test taking strategies, and practiced using scratch paper to solve problems.

Today we covered analogies, more long division practice and started learning about the story-writing process. Our sessions will most likely start to look more like long division practice for 10-15 minutes and the remaining lesson on writing (structure, grammar, spelling and test strategies).

We looked over the review sessions of a study book. I picked reading speed and the times tables as two things to focus on, and got the student to make flashcards. He looked at patterns in the multiplication tables and added the 13s column.

The student and I worked primarily on vocabulary, particularly word roots during this session. We discussed the challenges he currently has with reading and what we will work on the next few months to prepare him for the SSAT. Namely vocabulary, reading comprehension and effective essay writing.

How can a tutor help your child master the SSAT?

The SSAT tests verbal, quantitative, and reading skills, and it assesses the likelihood of your student doing well at a private school; therefore, many private schools take performance on it seriously in their admissions process. The SSAT is considered a highly reliable standardized test. If a college-preparatory school is on the horizon for your child, the SSAT may need your attention.

Whether you're a student (or the parent of a student) taking the Elementary, Middle, or Upper level SSAT, an SSAT tutor can help in the test preparation process. By creating a personal studying plan, a tutor can help your student in any areas of weakness. In addition, tutors across the U.S. can model important test-taking and studying strategies, which your student can use when taking future standardized exams, like the SAT and ACT. 

Studying for the SSAT can be stressful, particularly at a young age. SSAT tutoring can motivate your student and encourage him or her by making sessions personal, fun, and engaging. We recommend preparing for the test a few months in advance, but even if your student is taking the SSAT next week, a tutor can make a big difference in your student’s experience studying for the exam. Call Varsity Tutors today to learn more about SSAT tutoring.