SAT Prep

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Registered: 08-24-2011
SAT Prep
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Wed, 08-24-2011 - 6:05pm

Hi there!

My daughter has been preparing for college since junior high. She's been working hard to get into one the BIG universities and of course we, her parents very much encourage this. Now she is coming us because she came across Ivy Bound Test Prep, a company from what I understand offers tutoring to help students raise their SAT scores.

Have you ever heard of Ivy Bound? What do you think of hiring tutors in preparation of the SAT? Is it worth the money?

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Registered: 11-01-2001
In reply to: mariehsm
Thu, 08-25-2011 - 4:28pm
ashmama wrote:

This is excellent advice. I would hate to see anyone waste their money on a prep course unless they could afford it painlessly and their child really stood to benefit from it. I live in a district where a lot of people hire tutors, batting coaches, just about anyone who they think can help their kids get a leg up over everyone else. This creates enormous pressure and totally unrealistic expectations for many of these kids, who think that if they don't get into Harvard, they're unlikely to amount to anything. So sad and screwed up!

I'm so tired of this mentality too!

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Registered: 01-05-2005
In reply to: mariehsm
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 12:18pm

This creates enormous pressure and totally unrealistic expectations for many of these kids, who think that if they don't get into Harvard, they're unlikely to amount to anything.

ITA! And if anyone with teens wants to stay away from the unrealistic expectations, do NOT visit College Confidential. Seriously...

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In reply to: mariehsm
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 2:20pm

Couldn't agree more about College Confidential!

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In reply to: mariehsm
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 2:41pm

LOL! We had the exact same experience on CC. I think half the people on there are full of

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Registered: 11-01-2001
In reply to: mariehsm
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 7:49pm
theresa1107 wrote:.
And of course, here in IL where PE is required but not weighted, they also do varsity swimming or tennis so that they can opt out of PE and only take weighted AP classes - such a shame that there are only 31! Oh well, more time to devote to the orphanage and violin practice....
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Registered: 01-05-2005
In reply to: mariehsm
Sat, 08-27-2011 - 9:01am

She has an anxiety disorder and if we think it will help then we will do it but, we'd rather she take it once first just to see how she does. Sometimes she does better with things if we just maintain a "whatever" attitude.

Our oldest has a lot of anxiety and the standardized testings were very tough for her. Thank goodness, she took the ACT once and got a 31 (the schools require it here, so she had no choice, but no way was she going to repeat it!). However, she walked into her first AP exam and walked out halfway through. She never took another AP exam, although she continued in AP classes. It was a little upsetting at first, but basically we adopted the attitude, "the point of this is supposed to be learning, and doing so in a class of appropriate challenge/difficulty." We did feel that she was learning, so we gave up worrying about the test. Sometimes, you have to just lay off-as you apparently know. ;) I think it can be hard when you have a kid who is really gifted (this dd tests as profoundly gifted) but who also has other issues. This can be especially difficult/apparent during the college search/college testing etc...

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Registered: 11-01-2001
In reply to: mariehsm
Sat, 08-27-2011 - 10:41am

Yup, we'll see after the Prairie State how she does.

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