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If you are about to graduate high school and you are interested in attending a four-year college or university, you might be required to take the SAT. This standardized test takes roughly three hours to complete and it assesses your language, reading, and math skills; it also has an additional writing component which is optional, and takes an extra 45 minutes on average. While preparing for the SAT may be stressful and overwhelming, working with an experienced instructor in a one-on-one setting might be a great way to get the assistance you need to score highly. If you are interested in getting the most out of your SAT studies, Contact an educational director at Varsity Tutors to find SAT tutors in Louisville, KY, to get started today.

A professional SAT tutor in Louisville, KY, could provide you the best opportunity for success on your exam. You might benefit from one-on-one lessons that are taught in a student-centered manner. This means that instead of reviewing material in comprehensive study guides, you are able to actually work with your tutor to understand various problems. Since every lesson may be customized to fit your specific goals, you may learn in a manner that prepares you for the overall exam, or you may focus on certain areas. This means that you may study for the verbal portion of the exam, for example, while skipping over the concepts that you already know. For this reason, private tutoring is one of the most efficient ways to prepare for a standardized test.

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Louisville, KY SAT tutoring
The student had taken a practice test since our last session, so we spent this session working through many of the questions she had missed on that test. We started out with a math section. There doesn't seem to be a pattern in the questions she missed. They're spread out between statistics, geometry, and combination problems. The one common factor seems to be that she understands the math concept behind the question. For example, the median in a statistics problem that we covered. But, she doesn't always see how to approach them in a test problem. Seeing the different ways that these concepts can appear and be used on the test seems to be key to helping her shift her thinking from the straightforward math she does in school to the more convoluted thinking that these problems entail. On these, though, she did manage to correct herself on a few of them the second time around, with no help from me. This is good because it shows that she understands the problem and how to answer it. On the critical reading section, she does seem to be having a consistent problem with vocabulary. Her reading comprehension seems good, but she's missing the questions because she doesn't know what all of the words mean. We've discussed a few ways she can work on increasing her vocabulary by reading more or keeping a list of words she comes across that she doesn't recognize. I think in our coming sessions, we'll also spend some time devising sentences for words from test vocabulary lists. The main trouble with learning the test vocabulary is that the lists are so broad that memorizing definitions for each of them is simply impossible. However, if she can give herself some context in which she has seen the words, she can at least remember connotation and perhaps how the word was used. This is all she will need to correctly answer the vocabulary-based questions on the test. Finally, in the writing section, she is having difficulty with the questions where the answer is "No error." I am still encouraging her to examine all the answer choices and articulate a reason to herself for why that answer choice must be grammatically incorrect, to keep her from marking the wrong answers and to satisfy her worry that she'll mark a wrong answer as "No error." In general, though, she seems to have stopped marking these "No error" questions incorrectly and has started skipping them instead, which is excellent progress. In addition to keeping a list of new vocabulary words and continuing to read widely, I suggest that she continue working on a handful of test questions per day to keep her mind working in that vein and to continue exposing herself to the different ways the test will present different concepts.
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Louisville, KY SAT tutoring
Today, we had a very productive session with the student. She had taken a critical reading and writing diagnostic exam, and we initially went over the critical reading exam. I showed multiple test-taking strategies to the student on how to approach the critical reading portion of the SAT. We went over how to summarize passages into short sentences, how to skim when needed, how to use the question and multiple choice answers to your advantage, and how to use vocabulary to help answer questions. We went over the critical reading exam, going through the questions that the student had gotten wrong or was confused about. It helped a lot to go through the questions together, so that the student could see how to approach critical reading passages and questions without getting overwhelmed. We then went over the writing exam. We did a similar approach, going over test-taking strategies and how to approach these kinds of questions. I typically recommend a two-point approach - initially saying the sentence aloud or in your head in order to identify flow and problem areas. Secondly, use grammatical rules to justify the error that is found. We also went over use of apostrophes, commas, periods, semi-colons and colons and I sent the student a study guide that lists the various uses of punctuation. She has most trouble with comma use and singular/plural errors, so I will be sending her more problems concerning these areas. We spent the last thirty minutes going over the simple interest formula A=P(1+rt), which is easier to apply than the previous formula the student had learned, I=prt. We did a couple of simple interest problems to demonstrate the formula and the student understood it very well. I will be sending her more math review in coordinate geometry, complex numbers and algebraic problems as well as more review in writing and critical reading sections. She is progressing very well so I am confident she will be ready to take the PSAT.
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Louisville, KY SAT tutoring
We analyzed critical reading sections at the SAT level. The student is improving his effort to put more time into preparing for the SAT.
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Louisville, KY SAT tutoring
I had a very productive session with the student this afternoon. We reviewed his homework, which he was able to complete nearly all of. The only assignments he did not do were the essay, making new flash cards for last session's words, and reading the New York Times articles looking for vocab words. To make up for the essay, we did a practice outline and half essay today, which was actually a very good opportunity to reinforce the practice of making detailed, but brief, bullet-pointed outlines. He still tends to err on the side of making his outlines too full of sentences and can bog himself down. We also spent some time clarifying some of the more difficult math and grammar concepts from all the great work he did this week. In the past month of our work together, it's become increasingly clear to me that his math concepts are really quite solid. His main errors occur when he misreads what the problem is asking for (a typical SAT issue) or is confused about how to set up the problem, even though he does know the tools involved. We will begin to focus more on these math testing strategies in the coming month. Because he is doing well, I'm assigning him to take his next practice test one week earlier than planned. I spoke to him about this and he did not seem nervous. Much of his homework, in addition to the test this week, includes work from what he gets wrong and analyzation of his own progress. This will give us a great springboard for next week's meeting. Homework for the coming week is as follows - Sunday: take timed practice test in test prep book. Monday: rest. Tuesday: correct all of Sunday's test, write down new vocab words from all reading sections for list, and make a list of all wrong answers, listing what type of concept they were testing and what type of mistake it was (math error, didn't know concept/vocab, simple mistake, etc.). Wednesday: make new flash cards from test list and the list from last week, go through all new flash cards. Thursday: do all passage-based reading questions in test three, correct, and add unknown words to list. Friday: do both writing multiple choice sections from test three, correct answers, go through unknown flash cards.
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Louisville, KY SAT tutoring
This was our second session and it went well. Both students had taken evaluative tests so we were able to identify their strengths and weaknesses for the Writing and Reading sections. Before the next session, they will take a Math evaluation. We worked through practice problems together. Both students will be reading and listening to news/advanced articles in order to improve their vocabulary in context.
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Louisville, KY SAT tutoring
The student completed a practice test where he did well. He still needs to improve overall about 150 points to achieve his goal. We practiced the different reading and grammar sections. He is on target.
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