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    Wednesday
    Apr262017

    Which College is Right for you? Tutoring and College Planning!

    I see our Junior and Senior students struggling to keep up.  They are exhausted after an arduous day of school, sports, extracurricular activities, and tutoring.  However, our students come to Think Tutoring ready and willing to work.

    Besides SAT and ACT test prep, we offer our parents and students guidance during the college search process. 

    Our first step with any family is to establish SAT and ACT score goals.  In order to do that, we need to know which college is best for your child.

    Five key points to figuring out which college is right for you:

    1. Educate yourself on your school portfolio

    -Make notes of your GPA, PSAT/SAT/ACT scores, extracurricular activities, sports, jobs, etc. (Pre-Planning for College Application)

    -Meet with your guidance counselor to get this information if you do not have it

    -Start thinking about which teachers should write your letters of recommendation

    2. Search colleges online

    -Search college preferences based on GPA, SAT scores, size, major, etc to get a list of schools

    -Search here: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search?clearSessionCriteria=true

    3. Visit campuses

    -Best time to visit colleges are during spring break and summer

    -Plan to visit during your sophomore and junior year

    -Make sure to call admissions for a tour. Tour guides can answer any questions that you have about the campus.

    -Print out College Board’s checklist

    -Make sure that the college offers all of the majors you are interested in

    -Check out the career development center.  Make sure that the school offer internships within your major.

    4. Apply Early Decision and/or Early Action

    -This is a great idea if you are set on a given college!

    5. Wait on Financial Aid Packages

    -Financial Aid packages usually arrive in March after you have received your acceptance letter.  This may be the final decision maker.  Some schools offer no grants and scholarships.  Other colleges can offer you a full tuition grant.

    Call Think Tutoring at 973-593-0050 for more information.  We can offer help and support for not just test preparation, but also college planning and guidance.

     

    Wednesday
    Apr052017

    Morris County High School Student Accepted into all 8 Ivy League Colleges

    Words come to mind such as amazement, wonder, awe, shock, disbelief, and astonishment.  Congratulations to Ifeoma White-Thorpe, a senior at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, New Jersey. According to CNN, White-Thorpe has been accepted into all eight Ivy League Colleges: Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown.  White-Thorpe doesn’t know which school she will be attending in the fall, but she deserves so much praise.  She achieved her dream.

    Our Junior and Senior students at Think Tutoring are also working on fulfilling their goals as well.  They have high hopes as they prepare for the SAT, ACT, midterms, final exams, PARCC, and Subject II Tests. 

    At Think Tutoring, we offer programs that are designed to reach your child’s goals and dreams.  Give us a call at 973-593-0050 for a free consultation.  Additionally, for spring recess, we are offering free SAT and ACT assessments on April 10th and 11th.  For summer, we are offering free SAT and ACT assessments on July 10th and 11th.

    Again, congratulations to Ifeoma White-Thorpe of Morris County, NJ.  We wish you nothing but the best as you choose the college of your dreams.

    Wednesday
    Mar292017

    New Summer SAT Test Date Announced by College Board

    Times are changing! College Board has announced that there will be a summer SAT test date for 2017.  Students will have an extra testing opportunity on August 26th.  This leads to many questions, such as opening schools early, air conditioning, cleaning classrooms, etc.   However, this bodes well for many juniors and seniors. 

    Here is a list of the three main advantages for high school students.

    1.   Early Decision/Early Action: The August SAT allows seniors one more test date that can be applied to early decision and early action applications. Yay! According to the Atlantic, “Students will now have two shots at the SAT in their senior year before early-application deadlines, and College Board will no longer have to deal with the annual headaches caused by the January exam.

    2.   Free of School Demands: I hear it every day at Think Tutoring. “Ms. Kim, my schedule is too overwhelming…I’m so tired.” My students tell me all of the demands of their junior year.  Demands include PARCC, SAT, ACT, midterms, final exams, SAT Subject tests, clubs, sports, a job, and more.  The August SAT test date provides students an opportunity to take the exam in a less pressure pact season.

    3.   More Test Prep Time: The August 26th SAT allows for students more time to prep at a tutoring center or home.  This gives students the opportunity to show their full potential rather than cramming for the June test.  More prep time equals better scores.  Enough said.

    Summer is a great time to prep for SAT.  Think Tutoring offers both morning and afternoon hours for individualized tutoring.   We are also offering introduction SAT strategy classes for students that just need a little prep before the test.  Lastly, Think Tutoring is even offering Free SAT practice tests in April and July.  Call 973-593-0050 or email Think Tutoring at info@thinktutoring.com to register.

    Thursday
    Mar162017

    Students Weak in Reading: What is an Inference?

    As a tutor for nine years, I get this question a lot.  One of my students will always ask, “What is an inference?” 

    If I gave the textbook definition, “a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning,” the student would look at me as if I had two heads.

    Students need to infer in every subject area: reading, math (word problems), science (experimental outcomes), and social studies.  It allows children and even adults to a find a deeper, hidden meaning in the stories we read.

    Instead of giving the textbook definition, I go through these simple steps during a tutoring session.

    1. Relate to the Student 

    Question: If your best friend (Insert Name), comes to school with you one day and he is holding his stomach, sweaty, pale, and didn’t come to school with you the next day, what can you infer?

    Answer: He is sick!

    2. Relate to Life

    Question:  What necessary skill does a detective need to solve a crime?

    Answer: He needs to infer!

    3. Relate to Reading

    An inference is an educated guess.  As a student, your job is to take all the clues in the passage just like a detective and come up with the best answer.

    4. Practice

    Now, it is time to start reading passages and practice inference questions.

    I also remind students that inference questions can look different. Be on the lookout for other words such as conclude, imply, guess, assume, predict, suggest, and even analogous.

    At Think Tutoring, our students learn and master inference skills starting in Pre-K and work on this comprehension skill until our students leave Think Tutoring in 12th grade.  Think Tutoring is offering 15% off our reading programs for the month of March. 

    Call 973-593-0050 for more information. Exclusions apply.

    Tuesday
    Feb142017

    Needing PARCC to Graduate?

    According to the Burlington County Times, “Beginning with the Class of 2020, the rules will require students to take the Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College and Careers' language arts grade 10 exam and the algebra I exam to graduate. Beginning with the Class of 2021, students must take and pass grade 10 language arts and algebra I or go through a portfolio process.” Most parents consider the portfolio as a much better representation of their child’s academic career.

    SAT/ACT/PARCCHowever, students are mandated to pass PARCC in order to graduate until 2021.  Some students have opted to submit SAT or ACT scores as a graduation requirement instead of participating in PARCC.

    At Think Tutoring, we offer test preparation and core subject programs in order to prepare for PARCC, SAT or ACT.

    Think Tutoring is offering a free SAT or ACT Practice Test on President’s Day, 2/20, at 10:30am.  Call 973-593-0050 or email us at info@thinktutoring.com to register.  We can help your child succeed.