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Episode #116, Stacey Howe-Lott, A Peak into the World of SAT Tutoring

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On episode 116, Alexis Avila talks to SAT tutor and educator Stacey Howe-Lott. Stacey took the SAT about 45 times, answered approximately 10,000 questions, provided 20,000 explanations, and, has helped more than 500 students improve their scores.Stacey graduated from University of Puget Sound, with a B.A. in English, and has a Masters in Education from University of Virginia.

On today’s episode Stacey talks about her experiences working as an online SAT tutor and gives us a peak into the world of test prep, revealing the good and bad!

Great free SAT resources: PWN the SAT (challenging math), and The Critical Reader (reading and writing)

Advantages to online tutoring: most kids are comfortable online and you spend less time commuting to appointments

Best way for a student to increase his score? Know yourself and your weaknesses, then work on addressing them

A good tutor is: empathetic and an expert

How to avoid getting a bad tutor? Ask for references and talk to both parents and students

Take home tip for parents: Breathe, and choose one test to take (ACT or SAT)

Words of wisdom for teens: You can do anything you put your mind to, find your areas of improvement and work on them.

For another related conversation, check out my podcast w Debbie Stier,Episode #30, DebbieStier: Meet the Woman Who Took the SAT Seven Times in One Year

Episode #116, Stacey Howe-Lott, A Peak into the World of SAT Tutoring

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March 29th, 2016
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Corinne F. (Wellesley, MA) SAT Preparation Feedback

I can’t thank you enough. Our daughter came home with a new attitude towards the SAT’s last night and felt the 2 hours she spent with you topped all of the other tutoring she has had thus far. All of a sudden her confidence is through the roof. Thank you!
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Olga S. (Sudbury, MA)

“Thank you very much for your help with our daughter’s preparation for the SATs. She just got her results back and she got a 2230, a score she is very happy with.
Thank you for your help.”

May 26th, 2014
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Meet Isabel, SAT Tutoring Student Testimonial

February 7th, 2014
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May A. (Natick, MA)

“My daughter had a great experience preparing for the SATs. The tutor was extremely helpful, and fully engaging. She worked really hard, and improved tremendously (over 450 points), thanks to the approach and methodology used by Prepped & Polished.”

February 5th, 2014
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Three Common SAT Grammar Mistakes Students Often Make and HOW TO AVOID THEM

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SAT Verbal Instructor Terri of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts lists three common grammar mistakes students often make and how to avoid them.

1. Avoid idiom errors by memorizing sets of words that must go together, usually involving a verb and preposition.
2. Avoid pronoun agreement errors by making sure pronouns agree in number and gender.
3. Avoid parallel structure errors by making sure that a series of equal items is written in the same logical structure.

 

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January 21st, 2014
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The 4 SAT Sentence Completion Strategies You MUST Know!

SAT Verbal Instructor Terri of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts gives a comprehensive overview of the four most important SAT sentence completion strategies.

1. Use logic to predict the missing word
2. Find the clues in the sentence

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3. Determine the connotation of the missing word
4. Plug in the answer choice and eliminate
Bonus Tip: Remember to always read the sentence after you have selected your answer choice to see if it makes sense!

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January 9th, 2014
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Five Tips to Master Sentence Improvements on the SAT Writing Section

SAT Tutor Terri K. of Prepped & Polished, LLC in South Natick, Massachusetts teaches you five tips and one bonus tip for sentence improvements on the SAT writing section

1. Read the entire sentence carefully.
2. Don’t waste time reading choice A carefully.

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3. Do not read the choices on their own.
4. Aggressively identify common problem areas in the sentences.
5. Eliminate any answer choice that changes the meaning of the original sentence.

BONUS TIP: If you get into a jam, select the most concise answer.

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December 4th, 2013
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Claudia A. (Milton, MA)

“Our SAT/ACT tutor was an outstanding teacher and a very pleasant and kind person. She worked well with our son, and the sessions were very productive. The overall experience was far superior to our experience with a company we contracted with for our older daughter.”

November 13th, 2013
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Beth M. (Holliston, MA)

“Amy has been a tremendous asset in improving Ben’s writing and organization of his thoughts. I wish I had thought of having a tutor for him a few years ago. Regarding the SAT prep Amy did with Nick and Ben, a lot was covered during the 6 or so weeks that she worked with the boys and again, great results. Amy had a great connection with both boys and got to know each of their learning styles very quickly. She is laser focused when she is here and keeps the lesson moving. Both Nick and Ben enjoyed working with her and felt they gained a lot from her tutoring. Thank you again for everything and your flexibility with the SAT prep scheduling.”

November 4th, 2013
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