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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

SAT Coaching barely worth it?

SAT Coaching Found to Boost Scores -- Barely - Wall Street Journal.

My daughter is going to one of those SAT tutorings this summer and it ain't cheap. I don't like the price, but I view it as worth it. Some tutoring is worth it, and others are not. It all depends on the test center. I did teach an SAT course and I appreciate the worth of good study materials. There is also some psychology behind the test questions which can help in figuring out the right question. My daughter took a sample test and did pretty good, but I have high expectations on what a summer of heavy duty tutoring will do to her scores.

I also had a nice chat with the owner of the test center an she is currently getting math tutoring there. I have been impressed with how much her Math has improved (Math Analysis) which seems to be half Calculus and whatever you take before that. We tried another Math tutoring place last year and it just did not work out (no improvement and my daughter worked unbelievably hard at it with my wife). Another tip for Math Classes - get the right teacher, having the right teacher in the regular Math Class makes a huge difference. And there are sites out there that rate High School Teachers, I found a bunch at my daughter's school to my surprise.

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