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Chantal C. Math and Study Skills Testimonial (Natick, MA)

You are a wonderful tutor to our daughter and I want to thank you for everything you do with her. I still can’t believe she wants to step it up academically next year, that she actually has the confidence inside her to give it her best shot! Thank you thank you!!!!

February 6th, 2017
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4 Things the SAT and ACT Test Creators Will Never Tell You

Check out the Four Things the SAT and ACT Test Creators Will Never Tell You. Alexis Avila, Founder of Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation told us more.

1. You can learn to beat the test. By practicing and learning test-taking strategies (such as back solving questions on the math section or answering reading questions as you read the passage), you won’t only improve your test score, but can ace the test.
I had a student who practiced SAT problems each day, got tutored, and took the test 5 times, and then after super scoring his results (combining his best sections from multiple sittings), he improved close to 500 points and got into Brown University.

2. The essay graders spend no more than several minutes reading and grading your essay. The SAT graders are trained to do a masterful job of glancing through hundreds of essays in a sitting. Therefore, it’s critical that you make a great first impression on the judges by taking care of the basics.
Qualities of a cosmetically appealing essay include:

Neatness:
Legible handwriting (not cramped, enough spacing between words)

No cross-outs (erase all mistakes)

Structure:
3 to 5 indented paragraphs (introduction, 1 to 3 supporting paragraphs, conclusion)

Length:
The longer the better (minimum 1.5 pages. In general, scores decrease as the length decreases)

3.The SAT is probably a harder test than the ACT test.

For years, students have come to my office to take my Test Prep Selector Practice Test which is an ACT SAT Hybrid Test comparing your ACT score to your SAT, and find that the majority of students do better on their ACT sections than on SAT sections. Why is that? The ACT is a more straightforward, less trickily worded exam; with fewer answer choices, no guessing penalty, and best overlaps with the school curriculum.
The SAT, which is getting redesigned starting March 2016 is trying desperately to look more like the ACT. The SAT got rid of the guessing penalty, there are fewer answer choices, and made the essay optional, but still the SAT exam questions look harder than ACT questions! So when applying for colleges, consider taking the ACT.
4.The SAT and ACT tests will help you get into college but not predict how successful you will be in college and post-college.

A good SAT or ACT score may get you into a better college on paper. But it’s proven that an accurate predictor of success is not the college you go to but how you utilize your time while in college.
A recent Gallup poll surveyed nearly 30,000 college graduates last year and found the percentages of students, who were thriving in all aspects of their lives, did not vary whether the grads went to a public or private four-year college.
I have students who got descent test scores, didn’t get into a top college but are doing amazingly well. What is their secret? These students maximize their time while at college. They find great programs and professors to partner with, they take advantage of the many internships available to them, and make great social and professional connections.
Overall I know students who didn’t ace the SAT and they are now young adults running their own businesses, working in careers that suit their passions, and best of all these students are happy. Just don’t tell the SAT that!

4 Things the SAT and ACT Test Creators Will Never Tell You

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January 18th, 2016
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Episode 63: Who or Whom Am I Talking To?

On this grammar tips episode, Alexis Avila teaches you a few simple tricks on when to use who vs. whom.

  1. Start with your sentence
  2. Try plugging in “he” and “him” to answer your sentence
  3. Check the sentence

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May 12th, 2015
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5 Ways To Get Your Children Hooked On Reading Infographic

In the age of digital entertainment, it can be difficult to get kids excited about the quiet joy of reading.

But don’t lose hope! Here are five easy ways to get your children to keep books in their hands!

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5 Ways To Get Your Children Hooked On Reading Infographic (PDF)

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March 2nd, 2015
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Podcast Episode 37: Three Qualities That Make a Good Tutor

The Prepped and Polished Podcast is an educational and inspirational show that offers tutoring and test prep tips as well as interviews with celebrities and leaders in education. It is hosted by Alexis Avila, founder of Prepped and Polished LLC, a tutoring and test prep firm for K-college.

On today’s show, Alexis introduces the tutoring and test prep tips series with the “The Three Qualities that Make a Good Tutor.” During the episode, Alexis talks about the importance of each of these traits and explains why you should look for them when looking to hire a tutor for yourself or your child.

Enjoy, Thanks for Listening and remember at The Prepped and Polished Podcast, We Empower You to Take Control of Your Education!

 

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January 11th, 2015
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Episode 17: Monica Matthews, How to Win the College Scholarship Game

Alexis Avila talks to Monica Matthews educator and founder of www.how2winscholarships.com . In 2008-2009, Monica helped her oldest son procure over 100K in scholarship money. Monica now helps parents and students all over the world find and win college scholarship money.

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May 25th, 2014
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Episode 16: Teresa Huggins, Creating Teen Leaders

Alexis Avila talks to Teresa Huggins author, speaker, and founder of Leaders for Life Teen Leadership Program . Teresa has a Bachelors from SUNY Plattsburgh, Masters in Education and Masters in Counseling from SUNY Oswego, and over 20 years of educational experience. Teresa’s empowering programs help teens discover their true selves as they navigate high school and prepare for college.

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May 24th, 2014
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Episode 15: Brian Ricks, Homeschooling 101

Alexis Avila talks to Brian Ricks educator and founder of 101 Homeschool Ideas. Brian has a PhD from BYU in Educational Leadership and has over 12 years of teaching experience. He has homeschooled his children off and on for over five years. Brian is a homeschool expert who helps parents, children, and other educators come up with enriching homeschool learning activities.

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May 23rd, 2014
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Episode 14: Maria Furtado, Colleges that Change Lives

Alexis Avila talks to Maria Furtado executive director of the non-profit organization Colleges that Change Lives. Maria is a Stonehill College graduate and served as Director of Admissions at both Eckerd College and Clark University. Maria educates parents and teens about how to look beyond college ranking and explore colleges that best fit the student’s particular needs.

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May 22nd, 2014
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Ryan S. (Melrose, MA)

“I reached out to Alexis for his advice on preparing for the GMAT test. After we had a discussion regarding where I currently was at (Practice Exam Score) and what my goals were, Alexis set forward a schedule of tutoring sessions and found a tutor that fit my needs. Jason was the tutor that Alexis set me up with and he was terrific. Having been a GMAT 760 scorer, he knew firsthand what it took to achieve a high score on the GMAT. My goal was to earn a 700, a benchmark that most highly-rated schools look for. Over the 10 weeks, I saw gradual progress in my practice score tests. Alexis checked in weekly to ensure that everything was going well. When I took the test, I felt fully prepared for the challenges of the GMAT. I scored much better than the 700 goal score I set – I scored a 740! Thank you to my tutor, Jason! Thank you to Alexis and Prepped and Polished!”

April 24th, 2014
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