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We achieve unparalleled success by teaching students to change bad habits: to transform their inefficient, anxiety-provoked responses to a stressful test.
In order to dramatically improve scores, students need to change the way they approach that test. We certainly help students bridge content gaps in core areas such as Reading, Writing and Math. However, we also change their overall test-taking habits: their confidence, strategy and approach to the test.
The Marks Education Small-Group Tutoring Program has four unique aspects:
At the beginning of each class, each student receives a Test Preparation Binder for the SAT or ACT, which includes hundreds of problems split up into exercises organized by difficulty level. Each binder includes all the core skills and strategies tested on the Reading, Grammar, Math and Science sections of the SAT and ACT.
The binder includes a spreadsheet with her initial test scores and blank spaces for each assessment to follow. In consultation with the teacher, each student develops incrementally higher goals for each assessment, achieving both by altering strategy and by improving core skills.
Each student also strengthens core reading skills with our exclusive Weekly Reading Program based upon Opinion pieces and articles from the Washington Post and the New York Times newspapers and the New Yorker magazine.
Our Vocabulary list includes a comprehensive 1500 word list, split up into five levels, as well as a shorter 350-word high-frequency word list made up of words that have appeared on multiple published SATs over the past 15-20 years. The entire list is available both in flashcards and in interactive web-based games and quizzes.
We update and upgrade our materials every day.
Not many people realize that standardized tests change in small ways every year. Because our tutors take these tests multiple times a year, they can pinpoint these changes and show them in our materials. For instance, we currently have a 1500-word SAT vocabulary list composed of difficult words that have appeared in published SATs over the past 15 years. This summer, we will upgrade this list to reflect SATs published this past year. Also this summer, we will add more than two hundred problems that reflect subtle new changes to the test, to our online and paper resources. Our materials include:
* SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. PSAT/NMSQT is a trademark jointly owned by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which were not involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product. None of the trademark holders are affiliated with Marks Education or this website.