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Unlocking Your Digital SAT Success: Get an Early Start Now!

Getting an early start has always been important when preparing for standardized tests. Since Academic Approach was founded in 2001, our data has shown that students who begin regularly working with us 6-9 months ahead of their test dates have the greatest score growth. In a year of change to the SAT, planning ahead for the 2023-2024 school year will be more important than ever. Families should start figuring out a test preparation plan now. Why so early? College Board begins rolling out its new version of the PSAT this fall, and the SAT in Spring 2024. These new test forms will be both digital and adaptive and replace the existing paper-and-pencil forms. While the overall skills that are tested—mathematics, grammar, and reading comprehension—remain the same, the testing experience for students will be very different. Students and families need to take these changes into account. Students graduating in 2025 or 2026 will not be able to choose the format of their PSAT and will be given the digital version of the PSAT in the fall. However, students who plan ahead can still have a choice when it comes to the format of the SAT. Students who had planned to take the SAT during the 2023-2024 school year will want to carefully consider the testing date they sign up for because it will determine which version of the SAT they receive. See more on this strategy below. What are the differences between the existing and new SATs? The biggest changes to the SAT include: Digital administration Multistage adaptive testing model Combination of Reading and Writing into a single subject Passages are shortened and have a single accompanying question Calculators used throughout the Math test For more detailed information on the changes to the SAT, call us at (773) 985-3551. What do these changes to the SAT mean for students? In short, students who plan to take the digital SAT must prepare differently. Academic Approach has released new curriculum specifically designed for the digital SAT and we can prepare your child for the PSAT and SAT digital exams. Students who wish to take the paper-and-pencil SAT will need to sign up for a Fall 2023 testing date, which will require earlier and perhaps more frequent tutoring sessions than originally planned. Students involved in fall extracurriculars or sports may especially want to consider beginning a tutoring program this spring or summer when they have more availability. What are the advantages of taking the digital SAT? The biggest advantage of the digital SAT is that it is shorter. Instead of 3 hours, the digital SAT is 2 hours and 14 minutes. Additionally, there are overall fewer questions and more time allotted per question. Students who struggle with the No-Calculator section on the current SAT may appreciate that calculators are allowed on the entire digital SAT. Students who struggle with reading comprehension, particularly of long, complex texts, may appreciate the shortened Reading and Writing passages and the fact that only one question accompanies each passage, [...]

By |2023-03-10T16:27:26+00:00March 10, 2023|Digital SAT, SAT|0 Comments

New Year Resolution: Achieve Your Goals with Academic Tutoring

January is a time of new beginnings. Whether you’ve made resolutions for yourself, for your family, or for your student, it’s always important to consider how goals will be achieved. Most students begin their second semester with the best of intentions, but without a plan or additional resources, old habits can take hold by the time the snow melts.   Academic tutoring can help students meet their academic goals and, most importantly, ensure that critical skills are being mastered and retained, which will not only benefit them later in life but also on standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT.   Let’s be honest: students these days have a lot to contend with. Rates of depression and anxiety among students have surged. Even if individual students are doing well academically, their class may still be behind in reaching pre-pandemic educational benchmarks. Learning loss, particularly in mathematics, may be slow to reveal itself as students progress to advanced math courses that build on skills that students are assumed to have mastered.   The benefits of academic tutoring are numerous. However, the personalization of a program to a specific student’s needs may be the most profound. Academic tutoring provides a space for students to ask questions they may not have wanted to ask in class. It gives students valuable one-on-one time with an educator, who accesses the student’s critical thinking processes in addition to their final answers.    For your student, the benefit of academic tutoring may be simpler. It carves out time to dedicate to their schoolwork. According to a 2021 Teacher Survey by the Inverness Institute, 41% report that students are struggling to conduct independent learning, 44% report a decline in student motivation, and 60% report a decrease in students’ attention span. Through academic coaching, students don’t have to struggle on their own. They have an educator there to help guide them through their work, keep them on task, and help break up overwhelming concepts into smaller, attainable steps.   Signs Your Student May Benefit from Academic Tutoring Services It's important to note that good grades do not necessarily equate to good learning practices, and to remember that even high-achieving students may be struggling in ways that aren’t immediately obvious. Some subtle signs that indicate your student could benefit from academic tutoring include:   High rates of stress or anxiety   Procrastination   Memorizing content just to “get through a test”   Spending excessive time on homework or studying  Rarely doing homework or studying  Changes to their sleeping habits  Is defensive or easily angered by questions or discussions about school   Becomes easily frustrated by tasks or is easily distracted Often makes careless errors or typos in schoolwork  If you’ve noticed these behaviors in your student, it is important to get them additional help with their schoolwork. That may mean talking with a teacher or school guidance counselor. It may mean having regular check-ins with your student and asking them questions such as:   Which class are you struggling the most with right now? Why?   Would you like me to edit [...]

By |2023-01-10T21:52:37+00:00January 10, 2023|Academic Tutoring|0 Comments
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