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For Private Counselors: The Beauty of “FYO”

Ivy Bound encourages private counselors to offer their students “Form Your Own” (FYO) classes for ACT or SAT. FYO is economical; the cost of an ACT/SAT class with a seasoned instructor is one-third to one-fourth the cost of private tutoring. For some students, it’s also the best way to lock in a study regimen.

For private counselors, the FYO has four extra appealing elements:

blog-study1) You look good. You offer a class tailored for your clients at a convenient time. Parents do not have to shop among various test prep options and Ivy Bound gives you a discount that you can pass on to them.

2) Your students get their test prep done on a schedule conducive to your work with them. Ivy Bound happens to like summer “Boot Camp” classes and summer three- or four-week classes that meet three mornings a week. When students complete their lessons by early August, they can maximize their efforts with you.

3) You will know their progress. Ivy Bound offers Practice Test sessions 11 months of the year. At your request, we can report the Practice Test scores to you for SAT and/or ACT. We know that these scores influence a student’s college list and we generally push for early completion.

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Preparing for AP Exams

Are you ready? The 2016 AP Exams start May 2 and continue through May 13, depending on the subject. Students have been preparing since the beginning of the school year for one three-hour test. As the exam date approaches fast, you might realize that there are certain topics you still haven’t entirely grasped – don’t worry! That’s what the Ivy Bound tutors are here for. Even if you think you know the material inside and out, we can also help you design a study plan and manage your stress level at test time.

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Take Practice Tests

The Advanced Placement program provides practice questions and answers in a step-by-step format for a reason – don’t pass up the chance to experience a real AP exam! You will likely do practice problems in class, but you can continue to test yourself at home. Your weaknesses might not be the same as other students in your class, so it can make a critical difference in your score to focus on your own needs on your own time. The tutors at Ivy Bound are happy to offer assistance with AP prep, even if you’re only stuck on one problem! Instructors can come to your home, work with you on the phone or through Skype.

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Ivy Bound Offers Resources for SAT Subject Tests

blog-collegeAccording to two college admissions officers we spoke to, SAT Subject Test scores will carry more weight this year than ever before. Many colleges across the country still consider these scores to be an important factor in determining whether or not a student will be accepted.

The newly designed and evaluated SAT will not be as significant, as this will be the first year with new scoring criteria. While students should take the SATs seriously no matter what, juniors should be especially focused on getting higher SAT Subject Test scores to submit during the college application process.

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The Benefits of Tutoring for Ages 10-14

Private tutoring has never been more accessible and for some, private tutoring has never been more important. Many parents who hesitantly enlisted their children with private tutors have since become the biggest fans of the method. We will be exploring the benefits of private, in-home tutoring for parents and children who have yet to experience it. Students who align with a tutor instantly have the equivalent of a life raft in turbulent academic waters. Our knowledgeable tutors can provide their services in various ways, either at school, at a tutoring center or in-home.

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For High School Counselors: The Beauty of “FYO”

Ivy Bound encourages counselors to offer their students “Form Your Own” (FYO) classes for ACT or SAT. FYO is economical; the cost of an ACT/SAT class with a seasoned instructor is one-third to one-fourth the cost of private tutoring! For some students, it’s also the best way to lock in a study regimen.

For counselors, the FYO has four extra appealing elements:

blog-study21) You and the school look good. You offer a class tailored for your clients, at a convenient time. Parents do not have to shop among various test prep options and Ivy Bound gives them a discount.

2) Your students get their test prep done on a schedule YOU think is good for them. Ivy Bound happens to like summer “Boot Camp” classes and summer three- or four-week classes, three mornings a week. When students complete their lessons by early August, they can maximize their efforts with you.

3) You will know their progress. Ivy Bound offers Practice Test sessions 11 months of the year. Per your option, we can report the Practice Test scores for SAT and/or ACT to you. We know that these scores influence a student’s college list and we generally push for early completion.

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Online vs. In-Person Test Prep

The importance of SAT, ACT and Subject Test scores can put tremendous pressure on high school students, but we are here to help ease the stress of the entire process. Your child has four options for test prep through Ivy Bound; in-person or online tutoring and in-person or online classes. How do you decide which is the best fit for your child? The choice is personal, depending on your child’s learning style and schedule.

Online Test Prep

blog-inpersonIf you or your child has a busy schedule or limited mobility, online prep is the most convenient option. With after school activities and a potential part-time job, your child might not be home until later in the evening. Online tutoring or classes offer more flexibility. We have heard from several students that online tutoring is just like being in the same room as your tutor. We routinely have international students work online and some students have even attended classes or been tutored while on vacation!

Online SAT prep covers the Math, Writing and Language and Reading sections. Our ACT prep focuses on the Multiple Choice sections. Essay prep for both SAT and ACT is offered separately. If you are not looking for a full class, we offer an SAT Essentials class that focuses on the most important lessons. We also have online classes for the SAT Subject Tests in Math Levels 1 and 2, English Literature, U.S. History, Chemistry and Biology.

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The Importance of SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests allow students to demonstrate their mastery of a subject on a nationwide scale. Each SAT Subject Test runs 60 minutes and students can choose which ones to take. The tests are scored on a scale of 200 to 800 and the scores allow colleges to compare students at a higher level than GPA. A student with a weak U.S History grade can show colleges he has mastered the U.S. History material, without worrying about the impact of the homework assignments he might have missed. It also means a student with a strong grade who lives in a district not known to be particularly challenging can similarly show mastery to interested colleges.

blog-subjectsThe Subject Tests are offered in Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, Latin, Math, Physics, U.S. History, World History and eight modern languages. Students can take up to three Subject Tests on May 7. On June 4, they can take another one, two or three. These can be all new subjects, all of the same or a mix of both.

The SAT Subject Tests have always been important for students considering colleges ranked in the Top 50 in the country. This year, they are especially important for high school juniors because the SAT is using a completely new scale and the ACT is using a partially new scale. Colleges may not put as much trust in the SAT or ACT until these scales are solidified. If so, they will put more weight on the SAT Subject Tests, of which the scales remain the same.

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