The Power of Tutoring

Reading for the SAT

Ah, one of my favorite subjects.  Why?  Because many of our high school sophomores and juniors are lacking strong literacy skills, especially the type of skills needed for college and beyond.   Our students need to be well-read in multiple subject areas.  When working with high school students, I often recommend they read both print and digital media, e.g., Science Digest, Science Today, The New Yorker Magazine, The Atlantic, Technology, Business, and a variety of print newspapers.  I encourage then to visit their school and town libraries for more than video games (although games have their own set of skills) and to find books and novels that hold their interest.  But all of this is only the beginning. Students who want to do well on the Reading section of the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) will want to learn the needed reading skills as well as the reliable test-taking strategies.

For this reason, I think the focus of most SAT and ACT prep courses is lacking.  Students will not be successful at the strategy of Process of Elimination if they do not comprehend, contain, and quickly analyze what they are reading.  A focused test prep is beneficial only if your student has acquired advanced reading skills prior to test prep.

Here are some questions to consider:

  • Does your daughter or son read for pleasure?  Read over the summer?
  • Talk to friends about what he/she is reading?
  • Is your teenager aware of current events?  Does she ask questions about what is going on in the world?

Academic Reading is an acquired skill and one that does not come naturally for many students (and adults).  Possibly, your son or daughter has not quite acquired this skill during English class and could use a bit of 1:1 tutoring.  A few private reading sessions could be well worth the expense.

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The Power of Tutoring

When working with students at the college level, I am always amazed at how many talented students do not have healthy study habits—from note-taking to knowing the simple rule of reading with a pencil in their hand.  Helping students to learn that their academic success depends on productive study habits is a significant reason why I believe in the power of tutoring.

When working with a tutor, students become adept at reading textbooks strategically, e.g., learning to pay attention to headings, subheadings, visuals, and context clues like bold and italics. With a tutor, high school students learn how to read and annotate articles from academic journals, pose questions, and write college papers, which, by the way, are miles away from the high school five-paragraph essay. For students preparing for college, tutors become guides and mentors by teaching teens how to improve their skills.

While the cost of tutoring may, in some cases, be beyond a parent’s financial means, working with a tutor for even a short time can make a difference.  At Broad Star Tutoring,  we design each session according to the student’s needs.

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Dr. Elaine Hays

Broad Star Tutoring