1 hour of SAT Coaching
The SAT test is required for all students in the U.S., who wish to receive financial aid. Also, the better your SAT score, the better the universities you are allowed to attend. Topics are covered as follows:
subject-verb agreement, run-ons, comma splices, independent and dependent clauses, non-essential clauses, verb conjugation, parallel tenses, singular and plural possessive, redundancy, verbosity, gerunds, participles, parts of speech, nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, pronouns, conjunctions, interjections, articles, punctuation, commas, periods, colons, semi-colons, dashes, parentheses
skimming, word scanning, inference, time management
factoring quadratics, quadratic formula, logarithms, improper fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, percentages, ratios, proportions, order of operations, integers, rational and irrational numbers, polynomials, linear systems of equations, inequalities, absolute values, exponents, radicals, mean, median, mode, permutations, combinations
Pythagorean theorem, graphing, angles, parallel, perpendicular and skew lines, distance formula, midpoint formula, slope intercept form, point slope form, parabolas, scalene isosceles, and equilateral triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, perimeter, circumference, surface area, volume, prisms, cylinders, cones
SOH-CAH-TOA, sine, cosine, tangent, secondary / reciprocal functions, cosecant, secant, cotangent, unit circle
tables, charts, trends, predictions, hypotheses, interpreting patterns
How is the coaching best conducted?
Our coach usually meets with students for two hours once per week over Skype, the course of three months. During the six days in between sessions, students are invited to take timed practice sections on their own. Once they are graded and scored, our coach has them re-try the problems they missed and read the sample explanations the preparation book provides. Students are invited to take personal notes here.
Once they encounter something that they have missed twice, read an explanation, and attempted to take notes and they still cannot figure it out, then our coach has them rate their problems. With multiple problems each week "the hardest of the hard problems" from each section - math, writing/grammar/reading (or science, if applicable) - will be attacked first.
Each session is different and is geared toward helping the students with problems they were unable to learn on their own. Our coach will be acting a bit as a "police officer," assigning homework and making sure that the work is done do it, tracking their results, and keeping students encouraged. However, the main purpose of the session is to Find problems each unique student cannot figure out. Then, our coach shows them how to do those problems with proven best practice techniques or to develop some techniques of their own.