For freshmen, the idea of the SAT standardized test may seem like a far-off danger lurking in the distance. Sophomores may find the concept of the SAT scary, yet many choose to ignore the feared exam scheduled in the not-too distant future.
So, many juniors find themselves confronted head-on with the SATs in the fall or spring without much — or any — preparation at all, and the inevitable feeling of panic begins to set in.
How is a student supposed to handle the studying for the tests that even the Princeton Review is “obviously not tremendously fond of”?
Many find that SAT prep courses are helpful, while some students prefer to study independently with review books. However, prep courses are often taught by adults who have not taken the test in decades, if ever. Private tutors, while providing the individualized help that can be beneficial to a student’s test-taking preparation, seem to drain away money unnecessarily. And it’s not too easy to prepare with a 600-page long book full of math formulas and grammar rules.
Ivy Insiders, a division of Revolution Prep — a large, successful test prep and tutoring company — may provide the perfect solution for many apprehensive high schoolers.
Ivy Insiders hires recent high school graduates and current college students who are attending the most selective schools in the nation and scored an average score of 2,260 on their SATs. In doing this, the company ensures that its clients are as prepared as possible — who better to teach the high schoolers than older teens who “beat the system” themselves?
These tutors attend or will be attending top colleges and universities and have demonstrated “dynamic interpersonal skills and proven mentorship abilities.” Plus, there is the advantage that the tutors are young. Having just taken the SAT themselves, they are the people best acquainted with the challenges of the SAT and willingly pass on their expertise to the next wave of students.
Jordan Siff, a recent Weston High School graduate who will be attending Washington University in St. Louis this fall, is one of these tutors. He scored in the 99th percentile on his SATs, and will be teaching two sessions of a 30-hour course this summer.
Jordan, along with other bright high school grads in the area, will be teaching high schoolers how to conquer the SAT by means of lectures and practice tests.
Jordan said, “[This course] has the unique advantage of having a teacher who is young enough to be relatable and thoroughly familiar with the ins and outs of the SAT and the college process.”
The course is much less expensive than private tutors, at less than $20/hour. In fact, Jordan even offers a free diagnostic test and score consultation in late June that students can take before deciding whether or not they need the high-quality tutoring and instruction that he and the other Ivy Insiders instructors can offer them.
Jordan, who also offers private tutoring, recommends the class for rising juniors, but rising seniors who wish to take the SAT this fall are also welcome.
The average score increase with Ivy Insiders programs is 280 points, which is a significant improvement that may be the difference between rejection from a college of one’s choice and acceptance.