If you are worried about making the best impression to admissions offices when you apply to the college of your choice, you may find academic camps during your vacation to be a great asset in getting you noticed and preparing you for you admission tests. It’s a good way to take your vacation time to get a leg up on the competition.
Don’t kid yourself, getting into college is a competition – and the criterion is getting stiffer because more students are competing for less openings. For this reason you need to be the best prepared as you can be. You have to deal with college admission tests, the SAT, and ACT tests, there scholarship to research and apply for. What admissions offices are looking for are students willing to go that extra mile, do the research and find out exactly what each school expects and the correct way to go about applying for it. There are always techniques that can be learned to give you a better score on admission and standardized tests, and amazingly few students will go that extra mile to understand the tricks to help them do better.
The SAT is, for most students, the single most important test in their high school careers. In recent years the SAT has become a greater determinant of admissions and scholarship decisions than ever before. It is a test that is “coachable” on how to get a better grade — through studying the proper categories, understanding how the questions are formatted, following instructions and learning how the test is scored.
Due to the fact that most students don’t attend classes in the summer, it is the best time to take courses to prepare for the SAT, which is usually given in the fall. Because the SAT is mostly a test of skill, and not memorization, it still leaves room for recreation so the student doesn’t feel they are missing their vacation.
One example is Ivy Bound Test Prep.“Ivy Bound’s academic camps allow students to enjoy their vacation while simultaneously helping to build a strong college application,” said Mark Greenstein, founder and lead instructor of Ivy Bound Test Prep. “We see tremendous improvement in SAT scores and academics during our intense vacation camps.”
During school vacation periods Ivy Bound Test Prep offers a variety of academic camps for students in seventh through eleventh grades that feature classes on topics including SAT prep, ACT prep, study skills, public speaking, math, speed reading and economics.
“With just 60-90 minutes a day during vacation college-bound students can see a significant improvement,” said Eugene Hazanove, a senior instructor at Ivy Bound Test Prep.
Their highly qualified teachers are available for tutoring, or instructions to a group. These teachers/coaches regularly take and maintain scores in the upper 2% on SAT, ACT and SAT II tests. They have been successful in getting average improvement scores in Math and Reading of 170.6 points for students in 2010, based on a prior SAT or PSAT score. These results significantly increase the offers for admission and scholarships for their students.
The academics have found that the best results for memory retention comes when students review their course study WITHIN 24 HOURS of learning it. Repetition while the material is still fresh is better for memory retention. Each class has a minimum of 50 hours of home study before test day, and students will be able to pace themselves with a schedule of two solid hours a day, three times a week, over a nine-week period.
Ivy Bound is based in Connecticut, and has tutors available in 23 states and internationally. If you live far from any scheduled location you can organize a group and have an instructor come to almost any meeting place during the summer or fall.
Scholarships are possible for those who qualify, and group rates are also available to save money individually. They even have qualified people available to brainstorm your college admissions essay and help with review and editing.
You can never be too prepared, nor start too early, to get going on preparation for college admission.
About the author:
Ron White is a memory training expert. As a memory keynote speaker he travels the world to speak before large groups or small company seminars, demonstrating his memory skills and teaching others how to improve their memory, and how important a good memory is in all phases of your life.
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