Wouldn’t the SAT and ACT be easier, if you could solve every math problem using 4th grade math skills?
Wouldn’t the SAT & ACT be easier if you could solve every math problem using 4th grade math skills?
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The delivery and focus of our instruction is the strength of our system. I’m a former college head coach, and I will prepare your student for the SAT the same way I would prepare a team for a critical game. I treat the SAT and the ACT like an “Opponent” a sports team would face on the field of competition. I’ve taken countless SATs (3-4 full length SATs per year since 1999 – at a minimum), and have plotted out tendencies within the test itself. Using all of this experience and “film study”, to use a coach’s term, I have created a unique game plan to ensure victory for your son or daughter on SAT & ACT test day.
Simply put, we know with a high degree of certainty which questions will be asked on test day. As such, my game plan is essentially a full breakdown on the most frequent types of questions your student will see on game day. This isn’t simply a discussion of the type of questions in each section (eg: algebra or geometry problems, etc.), but an example of the actual question – complete with a thorough discussion of its difficulty level, theories as to why students struggle with the particular problem, and most importantly, a simple way to solve it correctly. In addition, I will explain all of the possible “looks” a particular problem can take on. These different looks serve as disguise mechanisms to try and offset any value in SAT Prep courses like mine. More importantly, the questions on the SAT are constantly falling in and out of favor. We’ll see a particular question on every SAT for 9 months, and then it’ll disappear for 3 years; only to reappear at a future date. It’s important to know “what’s coming next.”
Our competition doesn’t take my approach. Rather than focus on problems that will appear on the next SAT or ACT, they try to cover every possible scenario. This is one reason their courses are so much longer than my course, and because they’re covering every possible scenario a student could face, they can’t spend the time necessary to ensure student mastery of any given problem.
Another point about the competition: In my opinion, they unnecessarily complicate things. The competition will spend countless hours teaching your student a "specialized math class" technique for every conceivable problem he could possibly see on the SAT. The sheer number of techniques to be employed typically overwhelms, confuses, and demoralizes the typical student. Furthermore, at the core, the approach is fundamentally flawed because it unnecessarily complicates things.
Unlike the competition, I approach the SAT and the ACT with the goal of “simplification via standardization” as a priority. For example, in my system, rather than have your child memorize 10 different math class techniques to work 10 different problems in the Math Section of the SAT/ACT (like our competitors would have your student do), I teach ONE technique, that I developed, which allows my students to work ALL of the problems on the SAT/ACT's Math Sections – using elementary school math skills. The result is predictable. As long as you’re kid can still do 4th grade math, he’ll do fine on the Math Section of the SAT and ACT with my techniques. We take a similar approach to in the Evidenced Based Reading & Writing section.
Now, I could go on for hours about why I believe my course is the best SAT course out there, but I’ll leave you with this simple truth: I do what I do because I want to make an investment in your child’s life – an investment that no one ever made in my life.
Based on my career occupation, you might be surprised to know that I was not a very good student in high school, or in college for that matter. To this date, I have never come across anyone who scored lower than I did on the SAT. In fact, if it weren’t for the commitment of one college soccer coach, I’m certain I would have never gotten a chance to even go to college. Now when I see old college or high school teachers and old classmates ~ who invariably ask me “what I do for a living?” ~ I am not surprised when they begin to laugh when I say, “I help students improve their SAT & ACT test scores.”
The simply don’t believe me. The think I’m kidding, because there was nothing in my academic career that would point to the career path I’ve taken.
To the point though, for years after I graduated from college, I believed I was an “idiot” because of my low score on the SAT. Only later did I realize that I wasn’t dumb. More accurately I just wasn’t coached “to win” on the SAT. Now, using the simplification strategies that I’m going to teach your child, I regularly score in the 1550 – 1600 range on the SAT (Evidenced Based Reading & Writing, and Math). These extremely high scores make me wonder what I may have done differently if I’d had a 1550 to 1600 on the SAT instead of the 620 I received in high school. During periods of reflection, I find myself wondering, “How might my life be different had I had a higher SAT score when it mattered?”
Of course, what is done is done. There are just some things you never get to do over again in life. As such, my focus for the future is to make sure that everyone who wants a higher SAT or ACT score gets it. I want to give your student the all the advantages I didn’t have when I was in their shoes. I want to invest in their lives where no one was able to invest in mine. I can and will make a difference in your child’s life – let me show you.
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