Test Taking Strategies

scantron1Understanding Test Question terminology is important in comprehending test questions.
It is important to read and understand all directions to answer questions carefully and follow directions.
The following is a short review of test taking terms.


Contrast: Identifying differences between two or more things.
Comparison: Identifying how two or more things are alike.
Define: To give a meaning of a word.
Describe: To write about a subject using facts and details.
List: To identify items in a particular order or series.
Summarize: To describe the main idea of an event or story.
Discuss: To discuss and elaborate the ideas, facts, information and details about a topic.
Illustrate: To explain a topic using drawings, graphs, or diagrams.

Summer Learning

summer-academy1Students lose at lot of what they have learned over the school year during the summer months if they do not participate in summer academic enrichment activities. Take advantage of the summer and include academic learning during time off from school. There are a variety of summer learning activities from which to choose. Take available summer school courses to catch up or get ahead. Using the summer to get ahead with  Test Prep courses for SAT/ACT can help improve test scores.  Summer workshops in Reading, Math or Speed Reading can be helpful. Parents can also assist students at home by incorporating summer bridge books with daily home activities.

Academic Advantage Tutoring offers a Summer Prep Academy to prepare students for the upcoming school year. Students are taught in advance of the school year and return to school ahead of their peers with the knowledge and confidence to excel and succeed. Exciting educationally based field trips allow students to learn both in and out of the class setting. Students who enroll in the program return to school prepared for fall coursework as well as standardized testing.

summer-academy-34We also offer Remediation programs in Reading and Math. Diagnostic testing before tutoring allows us to focus on specific learning gaps with the goal of teaching the student specifically what is needed in order that they may be on grade level or above by the start of the school year.

We can also help students taking summer school courses, online courses and students preparing to retake CRCT, EOCT and GHSGT exams.

Students may also enroll in our Writing, Math and/or Spanish workshops for Fall Academic preparation.

Study Tips for Better Grades – Establish a Set Daily Routine

To get better grades, it pays to set a regular time for homework and after school study.  You must establish a set daily routine. Plan to do your homework at the same time every day to establish a routine.  The following study tips can help you:

You must decide if it is best for you to come home first, eat a snack, rest and then do homework or if you choose to sit down right after school and get it done right away.  Use the same place for studying every day.  Try to find a quiet non-distracting place at home in your room, den, study or kitchen that has the space you need.  Your regular study space should have materials handy such as pencils, pens, paper, dictionary, computer, etc.  Make sure your space has comfortable seating, desk space and proper lighting.

Keep your distractions to a minimum.  This means no tv, music, cell phone, ipod, texting, social media, etc.  Begin with the homework subject that interests you most.  You can probably get those assignments done quickly, then move to assignments that may require more research and practice.

Be sure to read all assignments carefully, follow the directions and write your work neatly.  Remember to make notes of questions you may have about a particular problem or assignment question.  You can then be prepared to ask your teacher about specific questions you may have when you arrive for school.  Write your assignments down neatly in a notebook or agenda/calendar book.  Don’t wait until the last week to work on school projects.  Organize your calendar and plan to do research daily on the project after you complete your class homework.  Studying and working ahead will help you to eliminate procrastination and last minute anxiety.

Organizational Tips for a Successful School Year Agenda Book

Step 1.  Agenda Book

Building strong skills is key for a successful school year.  Learning how to study is imperative before you can study effectively! What do we mean by learning how to study?  The first step is to get organized.  Start on the first day of school.  Use an agenda book to write down homework assignments in each class.  Most schools provide students with agenda books.  If so, you already have the tool for the first step in place.  If you need to purchase your own, be sure to obtain a book that has days, date and space for writing daily assignments.  If you prefer, you can also search for online calendars that you can print, hole punch and place in your own three-ring binder.  An agenda can help you plan your study time.  Writing down all homework and class assignments is the perfect way to remember it all without stressing your brain to remember every thing in every class.  Trying to keep too much information in your head is the perfect way to forget it.  Write down all work assignments and the date they are due.  Include the materials you will need to take home to complete the assignment at home i.e. Textbook, Class Handouts, etc. Be sure to add these items to your book bag to take home. Doing this will help you to avoid that terrible sinking feeling of getting home and not having the assignment that is due tomorrow in first period class.  As you complete each assignment, put the work and materials neatly back into the book bag so that in your morning rush, you can grab your book bag and go. During the day, keep your agenda book easily accessible.  As you attend each class, take it out of your book bag and place it on your desk so that you can record any information on class assignments your teacher gives you.

Personalize your planner so that it will become like your special friend.  You may want to draw pictures or add stickers to the cover.  If you consider your planner as your friend, you will be less likely to walk off and leave it in your locker or in a classroom.  An agenda book will also help you avoid “double booking” events.  You don’t want to plan to attend a party or movie with a friend the night before your Algebra test.  Use your agenda to help you keep track of study times.  Record the times you will study in your agenda.  Establishing a daily time routine for your studies and extracurricular activities can help you to focus in every area.  For example, if you know you have a set time for studying, you won’t have to worry during tennis or piano practice or social outings about completing school assignments. You can enjoy that time stress-free.  Check your agenda daily to focus and prioritize your goals.  Your agenda allows you the ability to plan ahead.  You will feel a sense of satisfaction as you cross off each completed task on your list.

student-writing-3You will find your agenda book to be portable, convenient and reliable.  Reliability of your agenda is an important factor.  If you don’t keep up with your assignments and record all important information, then your agenda won’t be reliable.  Reliability of the agenda depends on you and your being responsible to record all details neatly and completely.  Recording in pencil is best in case dates for assignments change or you need to make corrections or additions.

An agenda, an organized locker, neatly organized backpack, organized subject notebooks and an organized home desk in a quiet place are your first steps to studying success.

Test Taking Tips For The PSAT

Test Taking Tips for the PSAT:

1. Learn the directions for each type of test question. Don’t waste valuable time on test day reading directions.

2. All questions are worth equal points. Answer the easy questions first. Questions tend to increase in difficulty.

3. Don’t waste time on any one question.

4. Check frequently to make sure you are answering questions for the correct number.

5. If you can eliminate three answers, make an educated guess between the remaining two answers. Good Luck to all October 2011 test takers.

Homeschooling with Traditional Teaching or Public School Online Curriculum

Picture_How_We_HelpHomeschooling with traditional teaching or homeschooling with public school online curriculum.  The choice is yours. Different forms of Homeschooling are available.  Students may prefer an online public school curriculum or may opt for a more traditional way of learning with a live teacher and textbooks.  Academic Advantage Tutoring offers both.  In the Homeschool Academy, students are taught in a small class and receive personalized attention.  Upon enrolling, students receive diagnostic testing to determine strengths and weaknesses.  Small classes allow students to receive the individualized attention to close any academic gaps if needed.  Once the student finishes remediation of academic gaps and receives post-testing, students are taught the designated curriculum.  In small homeschool classes, students are taught academic subjects using the state based curriculum which is supplemented to include, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, reading comprehension and study and organizational skills.  Students excel in an individualized setting while making significant academic gains as evidenced by ITBS and nationally normed post diagnostic testing.  In addition, the homeschool academy assures that students have the ability to pass state mandated exams.  Students are graded, receive progress reports, report cards and have a transcript that can be forwarded to any school upon request.

For students who enroll in a public school online curriculum such as Dekalb Online Academy (DOLA), or any online curriculum program, our teachers are able to supplement student online learning with in person teaching support and coordinate student communication with online instructors.  All work is submitted online and is graded by state certified teachers or online teaching staff.  Students receive credits toward their public school diploma or online curriculum program. Our teachers in the Homeschool Academy ensure that students learn instructional information in the time limits required while reinforcing learning, student understanding and retention and making sure that all student work is submitted on time.  Parents are afforded the freedom to work from the office or home while having comfort in knowing that their child is receiving the quality teaching and support they need in a quiet, safe, secure learning environment.

Selecting an After School Program

student-and-teacherSelecting an After School Program can seem like a daunting task.  When selecting a program, seek a program that will help your child excel academically.  After daily attendance at many types of programs, parents still have the task of sitting down at home to complete homework at the end of a long, tiring day for both parent and student.  An After School Program should not be a baby-sitting program.  It should provide an opportunity for your child to utilize after school time wisely to complete homework, work on projects and work ahead of his or her class.  A program with these qualities will help instill your child with the confidence and knowledge needed to do well and have a productive school year.  At Academic Advantage Tutoring-After School Tutoring Program, our students not only gain these skills, but also prepare for end of year state exams.  Our students not only pass these exams, they pass with the score of exceed!  The best time to for your child’s future is now.  Start earning a higher grade point average, a strong academic foundation and the skills needed to achieve high scores on standardized exams.  Getting a strong foundation today can be the difference in having the opportunity to obtain future money for college scholarships.

At Academic Advantage Tutoring, our students are taught in a clean, quiet, secure and structured environment by experienced, college degree tutors and certified teachers who ensure that your child receives individualized attention and assistance with school homework (all subjects), projects and extra practice. When students complete daily homework assignments, they work ahead of their class on the next topic of instruction and on end of year test preparation.  Students work in small groups, receiving specialized attention.  Students are encouraged to keep neat notebooks, daily agendas and to organize their work.  When parents pick up their child, home time is now family time.  Students now have time to go out, play, exercise and spend time with family.  When students leave the program on Friday with homework complete, they can enjoy weekend time with friends and family without the stress of waiting until Sunday night to work on a school assignment.  Many students are now challenged with daily homework in each class course which can lead to frustration.  Many parents do not find out that their child is struggling with a course until it is too late to get the help needed or it is too late to improve because it is the end of the semester.  Enrolling in an After School Tutoring Program can be the first step in the foundation on the path to future success.