Reducing SAT Anxiety and Stress

How to help reduce SAT stress and anxiety. A great read for parents and students alike.

A parent remarked that his son had begun his SAT study with a combination of "zeal, anxiety, and stress". Let me address the "Stressed and Anxious" aspect:

Test Prep with Ivy Bound REDUCES stress/anxiety. We teach students new skills that will help in the areas they most worry about. And we get students to do practice tests, over and over. After five or six of these, students know what to expect of the test and what to expect of themselves ON the test. The anxiety about the "unknown" should evaporate. 

A second anxiety, anxiety about the "importance" of the SAT, still often exists. That I can't eliminate; but since most students already know the SAT is important, now I can reduce that anxiety with this message:

Push hard, but know that if you fall short of full SAT success you'll still be successful beyond high school. You'll go to a good college somewhere, you'll have a career, you can marry well, your parents will still love you. In working really hard for SAT success, you will almost certainly have a higher level of success that you otherwise would see. So I like telling students who currently have mid-level scores (1550 - 1750): shoot for the 500 point improvement. If you fall short and "only" rise 350 points, you just GAINED 350 POINTS! 

Even a 150 point improvement puts most students into a whole new tier of likely college acceptances, and/or higher scholarship award money.

Students who takes a "full throttle" attitude inherently reduce anxiety. That's because they are looking UPward at a hill they are beginning to climb. Falling down is not even a thought unless you are looking down from heights. Look upward, knowing there's a safety net below, and I suspect your anxiety will lessen.

Ivy Bound offers SAT "Boot Camps" throughout the Northeast and on eight college campuses. Boot Camps get students to build SAT reading skills, to build SAT essay skills, to perfect their grammar, and to begin "reasoning" the SAT way.

Each "Boot Camp" is open to students in grades seven through 11. They include three hours of daily teaching and a mandatory two hours of daily self-study.

Parents who lack a private admissions counselor have the option to attend a one hour "Know the SAT / Understanding College Admissions" seminar the first Sunday of every month at 9:15 p.m.

Parents seeking to enroll their children for an upcoming class or for private tutoring, with the instructor coming to the home (or conducting tutoring by phone), can e-mail info@ivybound.net.

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Linda Kaye February 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Of great importance is to begin studying months before the SAT and work regularly and consistently. Learning the grammar rules, increasing vocabulary, and enhancing essay skills– each is a time consuming endeavor. Also, use a book which includes detailed answer explanations so that the student is able to enhance skills by learning from inevitable mistakes. I use both Barrons and McGraw-Hill with my tutorees. http://www.Tutormaven.com


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