What is your general philosophy for education & tutoring?

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General FAQ

Q: Why you should consider tutoring…

  • Improved Grades
  • More control over academics
  • Increased Self-Reliance
  • Better Time Management
  • More Efficient Information Management
  • Reduced Stress
  • Long Term Planning

Q: What happens after the first contact?

We will assess the student’s specific needs, determine individual goals, and then begin to develop a plan for improvement. Many families choose to schedule an orientation meeting to further discuss specific needs.

Q: What is one-on-one tutoring?

It is a service designed by the Make the GrAde staff to specifically address the needs and goals of the individual student with a personalized curriculum. Most one-on-one sessions last one hour and convene once a week. For more information go to our ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING page.

Q: Who does the tutoring?

Dr Steven Greene, EdD is the owner, operator and lead instructor at MTG. He oversees all tutoring that occurs at MTG. Dr Greene personally designs all academic and test prep agendas for all students. He also performs most of the tutoring. From time to time, other tutors on staff may be available to assist the students and their families with their academic needs. This would depend on circumstances and trying to always get the best match of student with instructor.Q: What is Online Tutoring?
This is any form of tutoring that utilizes the internet to teach. This most commonly involves an interactive means (like IM or a whiteboard). The advanatage of online tutoring is convenience and flexibility. It also affords a more economical way to get assistance.

Math & Science FAQ

Q: What Science subjects does MTG cover?

MTG covers all levels of Science for grades K-university. Thsi includes: General Science Life Science Physical Science Earth Science Biology Chemistry Physics Environmental Science This includes advanced and AP classes as well as preparation for the SAT subject area tests.

Q: What Math subjects does MTG cover?

MTG covers all levels of Math for grades K – University. This includes: basic math arithmatic pre-algebra algebra geometry advanced algebra pre-calculus calculus trigonometry statistics Math Analysis MTG covers all levels of Math for grades K – University level. This includes basic math, arithmatic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics and trigonometry. MTG also covers all levels of Math Analysis. In addition MTG will prep for AP and Honors classes and the SAT subject area tests.

Online Tutoring FAQ

Q: What is Online Tutoring?

As the name implies, online tutoring is tutoring that occurs online. This can be done through the internet via a sophisticated online classroom which includes a chat area, white board, screen share and other technology.

Q: Who takes advantage of  online tutoring?

Anyone can… but typically it’s a matter of convenience. Unline face to face work, online provides the convenience of meeting just about 24 hours a day at your convenience. It also allows for small increments of time used… have one math question only? Then spend 5 minutes in an online session.

Another  example is geography: Dr Greene conducted an  SAT class for students in Paris France this past winter.   Students all over the US and now the world use online instruction to supplement their studies.

Q: What are some examples of Online Tutoring?

Dr Greene conducted an SAT class with 7 students in Paris France. Ths class was done entirely online via Skype and a white board. The students met for 12 weeks… 1.5 hours per week. The class convened online and worked cooperatively. Students were able to email homework for grading, etc. Even better, all of the students in the class improved their scored by at least 90 points!

Test Prep FAQ

Q: How long are typical prep courses and how far in advance of the test should my child take a program?

Typically 8-15 weeks.   You should start so that the program concludes with the test date

Q: Do prep programs require daily student practice?

YES… 20 – 30 minutes a day 4x or 5x a week

Q: Where do students have the greatest resistance?

Scheduling is usually an issue (they are busy and often this occurs during school time with sports / homework / plays / out of school activities etc).  Some students welcome test prep as a challenge, and others treat is as a ‘rite of passage’.  The key is to show the value of test prep to the students.

Q: Are PSAT scores in 10th or 11th grade a reflection of how my child will do on SATs?

They are a benchmark of expectation since the PSAT emulates the SAT.  The 11th grade PSAT is a better benchmark. An  expectation (based on test publishers) is that without prep, a student will score +/- 40 net points from the PSAT score.

Q: What are the dates/deadlines and websites for registration for the SAT or ACT tests?

www.collegeboard.org  for the SAT

www.actstudent.org for the ACT

Q: Which test should my child take if he/she doesn’t know the type of school he/she wants?

Since colleges will accept both tests, the decision should first be based on which test you feel your child will do better on (higher score) since the goal is about getting a better relative score to increase the possibility of admission to the institution of choice.

Q: What can my child do now in 9th/10th grade to plan ahead for these tests?

Study vocabulary now since it’s a long term activity. Keep up with school concepts, especially in Math.  The SAT and ACT both have online practice test materials that can be utilized or questions of the day.  Even doing a problem a day is a start.

Q: Are there advantages/disadvantages of my child doing more than one prep program?

Yes, and no.  You can argue that the more prep the better, but sometimes different courses have different and conflicting test taking strategies… so really it’s more about consistency and having a consistent plan for the tests.  The goal is for a student is to approach the test and practice for the test in the most consistent repeatable way possible. My opinion is that the longer prep is spread over time the more effective it is and different classes have different pacing.

Q: How much can we realistically expect our son/daughter’s scores to improve with test prep?

Bear in mind that since the higher your starting score, the more difficult it is to improve, so a person with a  starting 1000 score (of 1600) would and should improve more than a person with a start score of 1200 (of 1600).  Having said this, a reasonable expectation is an improvement of 100 points.  I have had students increase >300 points or more in some cases however.

Q: Are there differences in requirements between in-state vs. out-of-state schools?

In terms of admission and admissions test, very little. Many large state schools may have quotas for the number of in-state students that they must accept which limits the number of out of state candidates.

Q: My child has accommodations in school such as extra time on tests… will we get this as well on a standard test?

Any test accommodation must be arranged with the test administration companies.  An accommodation that is granted in a school setting (e.g. extra time on test) is not automatically granted on a standard test. It is an independent approval.   A guidance counselor should be able to address your specific situation better.