psat/act/sat test Prep
Content. strategy. confidence.
start here! Tika's Math Prep course
watch. learn. repeat.
This online course is the first step in learning and reviewing the foundational math skills your child needs to take the PSAT, SAT, or ACT math test. For a great low price, your child will have access to over 80 step by step solved math problems they can watch and rewatch (approximately 4 hours of study) at their own pace through the course of a year! After this class, they are better prepared to join Tika's private or group test prep, which should start the summer after Sophomore year; since the actual test in spring of Junior year (11th grade), this will give them about a year to prep.
Private Test Prep
10 sessions, book at your convenience.
With this option, you can tutor with Tika one-to-one and target specific needs to maximize your child's score. This class comes with access to Tika's Google Classroom where your child will find a plethora of review, testing, and practice materials. This is a great way to keep track of the tests you have taken and communicate with Tika. This class is availlable to anyone across the 50 states via Zoom or feel free to come in person (Oswego, IL).
Group Test Prep
Class meets every sunday
With this option, you can tutor with Tika in a fun and interactive group environment. Students for years have really enjoyed this option. In this more relaxed session, your child will enjoy studying for these tests, without feeling overwhelmed with trying to lead learning. In a group atmosphere students can often discover answers to questions you didn't know you had. This class also comes with access to Tika's Google Classroom where your child will find a plethora of review, testing, and practice materials. This is a great way to keep track of the tests you have taken and communicate with Tika. This class is availlable to anyone across the 50 states via Zoom or feel free to come in person (Oswego, IL, space is limited).
15+ hours of online content to rewatch until they understand
Review all English grammar, punctuation rules, usage, sentence structure, and strategies
Math review covers Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Algebra I & II, Trigonometry and strategies
Learn how to manage time and identify common themes in Reading
Science review will involve indepth graph and table analysis
Understand how to apply all the skills taught in the online course
Know what each question is actually testing you on
Review all your incorrect test questions and build confidence
Learn why the wrong answers are... the wrong answers!
Complement your child's current coursework
Fills suspect holes in learning
Privates can give individualized learning
Communicate directly with Tika in the Google Classroom (included with Group or Private Tutoring options)
Access Google classroom with many review tests and other materials at your convenience
Live tutoring options available in Oswego, IL
Online Zoom option is available to all 50 states
Submit specific questions by text to Tika anytime!
Frequently asked questions
Why is PSAT/ACT/SAT test prep important?
The national average is a 20.6 and this hasn't changed much through the years, but neither have foundational math and english concepts. So, why are we still struggling if the content hasn't changed in decades? There could be several reasons your child is not able to break past the average. Therefore, to best prepare them for higher learning, it is imperative to get prep outside of school to help that score move.
When should my child get started with prep?
Your child can get started with private test prep as young as 3rd grade. For the PSAT/ACT/SAT test, the best time is the summer after Sophomore year (10th grade). The PSAT will be administered in the fall semester of their Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior year. However, the REAL ACT/SAT will be given the spring semester of their Junior year (11th grade).
Is the ACT/SAT test required for college admissions?
Not all colleges are requiring these tests in the admission process. However, I feel this is quite a disservice in motivating our kids in getting academically serious about their college investment. Let's put it this way, if you are going to college, you should be serious about this test. College is a HUGE financial commitment, our test prep is a small fraction of the commitment that will secure this investment. MIT did the studies and is actually reinstating the ACT/SAT requirement, and for good reason! Remember, these colleges are also making an investment in your child's education and want to be sure they can survive the rigorous courses ahead of them. It is so important for us parents to make sure we are equipping them with these skills.
What if we decide not to take them?
If your child does not take this test, they will not be eligible to attain the numerous scholarships opportunities available to save lots of money! If they can get above a 24 (ACT) or about a 1200 (SAT), they may qualify for thousands of dollars of savings. Ironically, it directly reviews academic content they will be EXPECTED to know to be successful in their first couple of years in college. It also provides an opportunity to learn the important strategy in answering multiple choice questions, which they will encounter not only during college, but for their GRE, MCAT, LSAT's and so on.
It usually takes 100 hours of study to make a dent in a score. Although this sems like a lot, let me put it this into perspective... if your child gets above a 30 or 1380, they are eligible to recieve $70K of schlorships... which means every hour of study could be making $700 an hour! Now, that's not so bad is it! :)
Still have questions?
helpful links for planning...
SAT Test details:
These tests are given by the College Board
Here is the link to see when test dates are around your neighborhood
ACT Test details:
These tests are given by the ACT
I personally love this test and it's organization... call me if you want to discuss the differences!
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