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Get Last Minute Tutoring for the Following Subjects

Help welcome guest tutor, Vik Magadi,

who comes highly recommended by Inspiring Test Prep’s clients. He is graduating from the highly esteemed STEM school, Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology, with a GPA well over 4.0 and SAT scores of 1590.  He is uniquely qualified to tutor the following subjects: math through BC Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics for the low price of $70/hour (a $35 discount off our regular price).  He is also available for SAT 2 prep for the June and August SAT subject test (at $150/hour).

To find out if he can tutor a topic not listed, call him directly at 703-850-8742, then book a session by clicking this link for academic and this link for SAT 2.

If preparing for a SAT subject test, you will need to take a subject test diagnostic before the first tutoring session.  The hour long test can be booked here at $25/each. Vik is available Monday through Thursday 5pm to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 2pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm for the remainder of the school year.  During the summer he is available 11am to 5pm Monday through Thursday.

2019-05-13T12:49:04-04:00

At Home TJ Math Drills

When clients call for advice to get into TJ, the first thing I do is have them take a one hour at-home math test to see how strong the student’s problem solving skills are.  My test is extremely predictive: a poor score means acceptance to TJ is nil unless the student takes action to improve basic math skills.

To address the deficit, we conduct math drills for 7th graders on Tuesday evenings during the spring and summer.  The students come in, sit for a timed 25 question test, and then we review the problems that gave them difficulty.  This is an excellent method for improving math test taking skills and over the years it has made a dramatic difference, in conjunction with our comprehensive TJ prep class and SIS workshop, in enhancing their admissions outcomes.

Unfortunately hurdles abound for parents trying to get to our drill classes.

> I can’t get there on a weekday evening.
> It is too far.
> There is too much traffic.
> I’m too busy.
> The drill class is at dinner time.
> She has sports conflicts.
> He has a test.
> He has after school activities.

Fortunately we are working on a solution.  We have started math drills at home project and have launched our first drill.

We have four drills scheduled so far.

Drill #1 average difficulty
Drill #2 higher difficulty – recommended if you did well on drill #1
Drill #3 average difficult – recommended if you did poorly on drill #1
Drill #4 higher difficulty – recommended if you did poorly on drill #2

We will continue making drills if there is a demand for the videos.

To find out more, click here.

2019-05-04T16:28:40-04:00

Upcoming Presentations

LearningRx – A New Approach to Old Problems

Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:30pm

Recently, I met with Maureen Loftus, Executive Director, of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston. What an exciting meeting! I am astounded by what this brain training method can do.

She recounted situation after situation in which students have been able to train their brain to create new pathways and connections to learn previously challenging academic studies. (more…)

2019-04-16T22:43:33-04:00

Summer Course Schedule – Enroll Now, Pay Later

Not ready to commit?ACT, am I ready?

Take advantage of our enroll now, pay later plan.  Just enroll in the class that most interests you and pay later.  And, if your plans change, cancel your enrollment with no obligation.

When you are ready to commit you can get the following rebates:

JULY

July SAT Course starts Monday, July 8th — Get a $200 rebate if paid by June 8th.
July ACT Course starts Monday, July 8th — Get a $200 rebate if paid by June 8th.
July ACT/SAT Combo Course starts Monday, July 8th — Get a $200 rebate if paid by June 8th.

August

August SAT Course starts Monday, August 5th — Get a $200 rebate if paid by July 5th.
August ACT Course starts Monday, August 5th — Get a $200 rebate if paid by July 5th.
August ACT/SAT Combo Course starts Monday, August 5th — Get a $200 rebate if paid by July 5th.

See why Inspiring Test Preparation is becoming the most talked about test preparation in Northern Virginia.  Schedule a free consultation here.

2019-04-16T22:32:31-04:00

Six Quick Tips for the Monster that is the AP Lang Exam!

The AP Language exam is coming up in just over a month and it is always a tough nut to crack.  As a writing professor, I always give my students the same advice when thinking about this particular test.

  1. Study up on your rhetorical devices – make sure you have a strong list of them and can identify them easily in a sentence so you can master those multiple choice questions.
  2. Practice reading passages and answering comprehension questions.  There are a number of websites and books available for specifically this type of practice that covers unique AP Lang type of questions.
  3. Read short passages in pairs and practice writing comparative thesis statements that focus on the ideas of the passages.
  4. PLAN PLAN PLAN! Don’t just write off the cuff – read the selections then write a short plan to guide your essay before you actually write it.  If you don’t plan it out at least a little bit, it will definitely come out sounding disorganized and you might forget an idea or two. 
  5. When practicing for the synthesis essay AND the analytical essay, be sure you are using thesis statements and topic sentences that show HOW a writer uses devices, not just what the author is saying in the passages.
  6. When taking the multiple-choice section of the test, do not take too much time on any one question.  Give your best answer and mark the question to come back and think about after you reach the end.  Very often your brain will re-work questions without you consciously thinking about it so they’re clearer on a second read a few minutes later.

It’s not too late to get a session or two of help before the test.  I’m available evenings and weekends until the test date in the second week of May.  Call or text me at 571/275-6521 for information.
Cheers,
Dr. Aimee Weinstein
Term Assistant Professor, George Mason University
 
PS: I bet you can’t wait until we announce our college essay workshops and tutoring sessions starting in June!  I’m happy to answer questions about those when you call or text.

2019-04-08T22:16:25-04:00