Just Math SAT Prep

SAT Math Prep — Classes, Tutorials, and Packages

Almost all students will benefit from doing SAT Math Prep.  For many students this work will do double duty — in addition to improving their SAT math scores, it will strengthen areas of weakness and prepare them for required college math courses.

I offer both classes and tutorials for SAT math prep.   These can be taken singly, as a series, or as part of a Test Prep Package .

If you are starting off in your SAT journey, it may be easiest to sign up for a Test Prep Package, and then go from there.  All of my classes allow flexibility in choosing your dates in order to accommodate vacations and other prior commitments.

Date flexibility is possible because unlike a normal math class, where the material builds on itself, the material in The Official SAT Study Guide is presented in a somewhat random, and circular order.  The information doesn’t build on itself so much as it loops back eventually in a slightly different form.

Typically the most effective way to prepare for the math portion of the test is to have a student do classes paired with follow up tutorials.

Both classes and tutorials use the material in the practice tests that are in The Official SAT Study Guide published by the College Board.  This book is by far the single best SAT prep book available.

A description of my classes, tutorials, packages, and rates follows.  The Math Rates Charts at the bottom of this page gives an overview of rates.

 

Just Math SAT Prep – Classes

Classes are a good starting point for SAT math prep because there is a lot of SAT-specific material in The Official SAT Study Guide that most students will want to cover, plus a lot of math fundamentals that they will want to review.  A class gets everyone started off with an initial pass at the material.

Classes are limited to 6 students per class, so that each student gets individual attention and help .

Using the College Board’s The Official SAT Study Guide. we work through math practice tests, taking the time to go over “problem” problems in depth.

Some of the more difficult problems are like Russian nesting dolls, with a question inside a question, inside a question.  These problems can require competency in 2 or 3 different areas.  In these instances, I will cover the needed background material and provide smaller practice problems for each area.   I will “chunk down” the material.

Sometimes I will consider multiple approaches to solving a problem, and I may have students work problems that are quite similar, but with different numbers.

As homework, students will be asked to go back and rework the problems on their own, without looking at the solution.  Mastery is not gained simply by understanding a problem, but by being able to solve it on your own.

Rates

  • $105/class for a single class  that is not part of a series.
  • $85/class for a series of 4 – 7 classes.  ($340 – $595)  You decide how many classes you want to commit to, and you choose the dates to fit your schedule.  A series of classes must be completed within a 10 week period, and must be paid for in advance.
  • Math Classes are also available as part of a Package that adds in a Proctored Practice Test, and optionally some Verbal Classes and/or Tutoring.   See below for Math SAT Test Package descriptions and rates.

Classes with 3-6 students run for 2 hours and 20 minutes.

I will run classes with only 1 or 2 students, but the classes are SHORTER.  A 2-person class runs for 2 hours.  A 1-person class runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes.

For quick reference, here is a rates chart :

 

Dates

During the school year, classes will be offered on Saturdays.  During the summer, classes will be during the week.

Choose your class dates from those listed below at the bottom of this page.  The same information can be found on the Class Dates page.

Flexible class dates work because the material the students will be covering is not sequential in terms of the learning the way it is in a normal math class.

I will cover topics in the order that they appear in The Official SAT Study Guide — but The Study Guide presents information in a sequence that tends to be circular, and seems somewhat random.  Over the course of several tests the material loops back on itself, but usually in a slightly different form.

It is probably preferable for a student to take their classes in sequence because then they progress through the book in an organized fashion, but if scheduling doesn’t allow this, it certainly isn’t necessary.

Ideally, a student should be working their way through 3 or 4 of the SAT practice tests (with or without help) prior to taking the test.   A series of 4-7 classes gives the student a good start down this path.  Several series of classes will see them really beginning to deepen their command over the material.

Once a student chooses their class dates, then their schedule is set.  Scheduling flexibility is available at the beginning of a series of classes, but not in the middle of a series.

Location

Classes are held at my River and Campbell location in Tucson.

Also…

The SAT tests geometry as well as algebra, so students need to have completed a year of geometry before working on SAT math prep.  For most students, this will mean that they can start doing math prep any time after their sophomore year in high school.

Study TipAt its most basic, SAT math prep requires working lots of SAT math problems, particularly those problems that are difficult for a student.

 

Just Math SAT Prep – Tutorials

It is possible to forgo classes, and just do tutoring.  This is usually most appropriate for those students who have an excellent math background and who will be able to move through the material quite quickly, but will benefit from a little bit of help with it.

Tutoring is often recommended in addition to classes.   It is usually a good idea to combine classes with follow up tutoring.   Class explanations are detailed and come with extra examples, but if the content covers material that a student has always found confusing and has never mastered, gaining competence from one explanation, no matter how good it is, is going to be difficult.  Often just a little bit more of a boost is needed.

This is when you add in tutorials.  Students that have real areas of weakness are probably going to need the additional practice and help that can only be gained from working one on one.

In addition, the tutorial provides a time for checking in with the student to see if he or she was able to successfully rework the problems that were assigned, and receive additional help when needed.

Follow up tutorials do not necessarily need to be long.  They can range anywhere from 25 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the student’s needs.

Rates

Math tutorials can be purchased as single tutorials, as a series of tutorials, or as a series of tutorials bundled with a class.  Pricing varies depending on what you choose.

Rates for a 1 hour tutorial are

  • $90  for individual tutorials (no series, no class)
  • $75 for students choosing a series of 4 or more prepaid tutorials (NO classes)
  • $60 for students bundling a series of 4 or more prepaid tutorials WITH a series of 4-7 classes

Rates for a 1 hour and 30 minute tutorial are

  • $130  for individual tutorials (no series, no class)
  • $110 for students choosing a series of 4 or more prepaid tutorials (NO classes)
  • $90 for students bundling a series of 4 or more prepaid tutorials WITH a series of 4-7 classes

Rates for a 2 hour tutorial are

  • $170  for individual tutorials (no series, no class)
  • $145 for students choosing a series of 4 or more prepaid tutorials (NO classes)
  • $120 for students bundling a series of 4 or more prepaid tutorials WITH a series of 4-7 classes

 

There are also mini-check-in tutorials that are typically used in conjunction with taking a series of classes.

Rates for a 25 minute check-in tutorial (usually via Skype) are

  • $45  for individual tutorials (no series, no class)
  • $40 for students choosing a series of 4 or more prepaid tutorials (NO classes)
  • $35 for students bundling a series of 4 or more prepaid tutorials WITH a series of 4-7 classes

Rates for a 45 minute check-in tutorial (usually via Skype) are

  • $65  for individual tutorials (no series, no class)
  • $55 for students choosing a series of 4 or more prepaid tutorials (NO classes)
  • $45 for students bundling a series of 4 or more prepaid tutorials WITH a series of 4-7 classes

 

For quick reference, here are rates charts :

 

Dates

Tutoring is available after school during the school year, and more flexibly during the summer months.   Weekend tutoring is typically not available.  Call me or email me to set up a time.

Location

Tutoring is done in person at my River and Campbell location in Tucson, or via Skype.

Also…

Not everyone needs a tutor.  Whether or not a tutor is needed will depend in part on how strong a student’s basic foundation is, and in part on how good that student is at ploughing ahead on his or her own without outside help or motivation.

Students who are missing the basics of middle school math and pre-algebra would probably get more out of 6 months of work with Kumon or Mathnasium than they would get out of tutoring.

Study tip : Pre-algebra fundamentals need to be solid before embarking on SAT math prep.

 

Just Math SAT Prep – Test Packages

I also offer SAT Prep Packages.  These include a proctored practice testclasses, and optionally tutoring.

Test Packages are intended to provide a flexible framework to help students work their way through  The Study Guide practice tests, and to provide an incentive for students to take a Proctored Practice Test.  (Taking a Proctored Practice Test is a very good idea.)

Class dates are flexible, but once you have chosen them, you have to stick with your choices.

It is possible to offer flexible class dates because the material in the The Official SAT Study Guide is presented in a somewhat random, and circular order.  The information doesn’t build on itself so much as it loops back eventually in a slightly different form. 

Thus it isn’t essential that a student make it to every date in the sequence that the classes are given.   It matters more that they keep coming back (on their own, or with help) to the process  of working their way through The Study Guide.  Ideally a student would eventually work their way through 3 or 4 of the practice tests before taking the actual SAT.  

I list the Math Test Prep Packages below.  Verbal Test Prep Packages are also available.  See the Just Verbal page for more information.

Just Math Test Prep Package  $510

  • 1 proctored practice test  (choose the June, July, or January date — see below)
  • 6 Math Prep Classes  – 14 hours (choose from the Math SAT Class Dates — see below)

Just Math Test Prep Package with Tutoring  $840

  • 1 proctored practice test  (choose the June, July, or January date — see below)
  • 6 Math Prep Classes – 14 hours (choose from the Math SAT Class Dates — see below)
  • 6 1-hour Tutorials

Mostly Math Test Prep Package  $660

  • 1 proctored practice test  (choose the June, July, or January date — see below)
  • 6 Math Prep Classes – 14 hours (choose from the Math SAT Class Dates — see below)
  • 2 Verbal Prep Classes – 4 2/3 hours (choose from the Verbal SAT Class Dates — see below)

Mostly Math Test Prep Package with Tutoring  $990

  • 1 proctored practice test  (choose the June, July, or January date — see below)
  • 6 Math Prep Classes – 14 hours (choose from the Math SAT Class Dates — see below)
  • 2 Verbal Prep Classes – 4 2/3 hours (choose from the Verbal SAT Class Dates — see below)
  • 6 1-hour Tutorials

Class Size and Length

Classes have a maximum of 6 students.

Classes with 3-6 students run for 2 hours and 20 minutes.

I will run a 1 or 2 student class, but then the class is SHORTER.  A 2-person class runs for 2 hours.  A 1-person class runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes.

 

For quick reference, here is a Test Prep Package Rates Chart :

 

 

Dates

Proctored  SAT Practice Test Dates

  • June 28th (Thursday) 10:00 – 1:30
  • July 30th (Monday)  1:30 – 5:00
  • January 12th (Saturday) 1:30 – 5:00
  • more dates will be scheduled if needed

Math SAT Class Dates

Fall  Semester — Saturdays from 11:10 – 1:30

  • Aug     11th, and 18th
  • Sept    8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
  • Oct     20th and 27th
  • Nov    3rd, 10th and 17th

Winter/Spring Semester —  Saturdays from 11:10 – 1:30

  • Jan     20th, and 27th
  • Feb     3rd, 10th, and 24th
  • Mar   3rd, 24th, and 31st
  • April    7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th

Summer — Mondays and Thursdays from 2:40 – 5:00

  • June   11th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 25th, 28th
  • July   9th, 12th, 16th, 19th, 23rd, 26th

 

Verbal SAT Class Dates

Fall  Semester — Saturdays from 3:00 – 5:20

  • Sept    22nd and 29th
  • Nov    3rd, 10th
  • more dates will be scheduled if needed

Winter/Spring Semester —  Saturdays from 3:00 – 5:20

  • Feb     10th, and 24th
  • April    7th, 14th
  • more dates will be scheduled if needed

Summer — Mondays from 11:10 – 1:30

  • June   11th, 18th,  25th
  • July   9th, 16th, 23rd (skip July 2nd)

 

2018 SAT Test Dates

  • March 10th
  • May 5th
  • June 2nd
  • August 25th
  • October 6th
  • November 3rd
  • December 1st

2019 SAT Test Dates (currently published)

  • March 9th
  • May 4th
  • June 1st

 

Recommendations

It is an excellent idea for students to have 2 copies of The Official SAT Study Guide so that they can use one copy for notes, and a second copy for reworking the problems from scratch.

 

Most students will get far more out of their SAT math prep if they combine classes with tutoring.  Truly mastering difficult material requires repetition and practice, and  few students are willing to buckle down and do this on their own — especially with material that they find difficult.  Tutoring gives students the extra impetus and help needed in order to do the hard work.

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