PSAT tutoring: get ahead early

PSAT Tutoring

I don't have to tell you what a big difference good PSAT scores can make in high school admissions, camps, college prep programs, and more. To get your child ready to participate in the best, early and skilled academic coaching, whether one-on-one or in a small class, can help. Remember, a great PSAT score can mean a National Merit Scholarship (I got one, so I know) and guarantee admission to excellent private universities. It's worth the effort to do well on the test.

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Standardized exam prep for kids and teens

Too much pressure on standardized test scores can backfire in a big way, so tread carefully. If you're working with a tutor, find someone who can make it an enjoyable experience. My page on homework help for kids offers some useful advice.

Shmoop offers fun PSAT prep online

I'm very impressed with Shmoop, an award-winning education site with fun, teen-friendly teaching materials and test prep programs. (They're not paying me to say this, either!)

Here's a some info about their program:

At $19 per student, we’re making a statement: high-quality test prep for college entrance exams should be affordable for all families.

Shmoop is almost certainly the only source for rigorous PSAT preparation that uses examples ranging from Mario Brothers to the history of Coca-Cola to “I am the Walrus.”

Shmoop Online Preparatory Standard Aptitude Test Prep, by the numbers:

43 References to Tetris and other old-school video games

701 Practice Problems in PSAT Reading, Writing, and Math

3 full-length timed Practice Exams with interactive scoring

47 In-Depth Review Topics

10 Shmoop t-shirts awarded to students who rack up the most Shmoints by successfully completing Drills and Practice Exams.

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A page on how to make a test prep study plan.

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