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Getting in the Door

A Group of our SAT Students Taking a Practice Test before the October Exam

A Group of our SAT Students Taking a
Practice Test before the October Exam

The SAT exam is one of the keys to your college application. While your essay and grades help you stand out, your test scores establish your baseline of eligibility. Our tutors have been through this process. And they came out brilliantly, having graduated from some of the most prestigious schools in the country, including the Ivy League colleges. SAT Tutors are selected for their warmth and friendliness as well as intelligence, and they give students the confidence to get through what can be an emotionally and academically trying time.

We offer one-on-one and small group classes at a very reasonable cost to help students work quickly and effectively on these exams. Students consistently raise their scores, often 100 points on each section, and build their opportunities for acceptance.

Our students at work on an SAT Practice Test

Our students at work on an
SAT Practice Test

We Begin with a Customized Program

Our SAT tutoring begins with a diagnostic exam. We then customize a program for each student’s needs, pulling together preparation materials from 4-5 sources. As we seamlessly weave them into each session, students receive the best products available, including those designed by the College Board, the writers of the SAT exam.

We Build SAT Skills with Extraordinary Speed and Innovative Tools

We have developed our own hands-on activities to make the development of vocabulary, critical reading skills, math concepts, and writing interesting and fun! We know of no other company in the nation that is doing this highly interactive instruction for the SAT. Our students are learning three times as much material in the available time and are enjoying themselves in the process. This multi-sensory approach is richly adaptive to all learners, including those with learning challenges.

Each session then incorporates the traditional SAT prep, building on the foundation of the hands-on exercises. We then meticulously track students' progress, keeping data on strengths and weaknesses on homework and practice tests.

Students have a choice of SAT Instruction from our top-scoring professionals

  • Private one-on-one tutoring gives you great opportunities to raise your score with very reasonable fees

  • Group classes are extremely small and affordable. With a group of no more than 8 students, individuals can receive the personal attention they need.

What One SAT Tutor Says About Her Teaching Philosophy & Methods

"I view organization and repetition as the two most vital parts of the learning process. Meeting with a student on a one-on-one basis or in a small group allows the student to take a step back, lay out the subject matter, and organize it clearly. This allows the student to digest the material. Once this foundation is built, practice and repetition pull everything together. Since problems arise when a student is missing a "small piece of the puzzle," the process of sorting out the pieces and putting them back together several times builds a student's confidence. This also allows him or her to tackle the next set of problems with new tools.

When preparing for the math section of the SAT, students must not only organize an immense amount of material but also be able to recall it when needed. This retrieval of information is best reinforced by practicing numerous problems in each area. Students whom I have been tutoring for the math SAT have been consistently increasing their scores on the math section by at least 100 points."

- Mary Beth G., Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, teacher, researcher


Please Remember to Prepare Correctly for Your Test Day

Because the SAT is given on Saturday morning, you should resist the temptation to stay up late on Friday night. Eat a good dinner which includes protein, carbohydrates, and a vegetable, and see how this practice will work wonders for your brain on Saturday morning. Don't study - just relax and go to bed early. Then eat a nutritious breakfast in the morning.

ITEMS TO BRING TO THE EXAM:

  • Your admission ticket and photo ID
  • 2-3 pencils
  • Calculator (Graphing or scientific are permitted. Four-function calculators are not recommended.)
  • A watch (without audible alarm)
  • Water bottles (1-2)
  • 1-2 Energy bars for the breaks
  • Tissues
  • Layered clothing


Testimonials

“Our daughter will be attending the University of Gloucestershire in the UK this fall! I feel she was accepted, in large part, by her high SAT scores, and I can't thank you enough for the skilled SAT tutoring Big Mind Learning gave her. You helped her realize her dreams.”

Allison W., Averill, NY

“The SAT course really helped me a lot. It was much more personal than others I have taken, and I liked how it was interactive. I liked how the instructors were certain that we did our homework. I also learned vocabulary at a very fast pace.”

Sreeja M., Latham, NY

“My daughter said that the SAT test was 'easy.' Will keep you posted about how she did.  Thanks again for making a difference in a young woman’s pre-college career – your personal interest in her helped so very much!”

 

Beth P., Amherst, MA

“THANK YOU to Marea & Chad for all of their help through the Big Mind Learning SAT prep classes. Our daughter’s scores went up 110 points in Critical Reading, 100 points in Math, and 100 points in Writing on the June test. She has met her entry requirements for the college of her choice, and she is ecstatic. I HIGHLY recommend Big Mind Learning for SAT prep. If your child is driven and willing to work hard, these are the folks for you. Thank you again.”

Joe R., Mechanicville, NY

“Thanks, Marea, for all your help and best wishes. You are wonderful; I think you really care about your students and their success. I really appreciate it and will definitely be referring Big Mind Learning to our counseling center. I know my daughter felt prepared, and the prep definitely helped her. Her SAT scores and GPA are more than acceptable for the NCAA Division 1 sliding scale and I think she will have a good chance of getting into one of the colleges of her choice.”

Marilyn W, Niskayuna, NY

"Thank you for the SAT tutoring that you provided our son. On his first SAT test, he scored a 470 on the Critical Reading section. After your tutoring, he scored a 600 on that section and was accepted into the school of his choice for Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. Thank you so much for your time and effort."

Steven C, Albany, NY

"As a high school junior our son was recruited to a lot of colleges for lacrosse but needed to pull up his scores 100 points on both the verbal and math sections. With your tutoring, his scores went up 300 points and he was accepted to Brown, Bucknell, SU, West Point and Bryant with great scholarships. Thank you for your help!"

Danielle M, Greenwich, NY

“Many thanks and appreciation to your math tutor, Alex. My daughter has learned from him in an amazing way as she's never learned from another math teacher. She said: ‘I understand this. I get it now.’ The success of her 100-point improvement on her SAT math score just smoothes out the rest of her year. She's not afraid to ask for help now. She has so much more confidence.”

Maureen C, Clifton Park, NY

“I just want to say, you have been an amazing help! Thank you so much for supporting me and being such a positive influence! Because of your classes and tutoring, I scored 700 on the Writing section, 660 on Critical Reading and I was able to achieve 560 on Math (which is very difficult for me) for a total of 1920.”

Willow L, Student, Stillwater, NY

“Thank you for preparing my daughter for the SAT today - you are obviously invested and truly care about your students, and it certainly shows. I appreciate your time and talent (as I know she does as well) and we thank you for being her tutor.”

Jackie M, East Greenbush, NY

“Thank you so much! Your course was a great benefit. My daughter now scores in the 90th percentile in Reading and in the 90th percentile in Writing. She is very excited about her improvement.”

Gina S, Delmar, NY

“My daughter did much better on her June test and she’s thrilled! In all her scores went up 130 points! Her scores are now: Math 650, Writing 610, and Reading 640. She wants to continue in classes with you and bring her scores up even more.”

Sue B, Loudonville, NY

“I got my SAT scores back and I am very happy with them. I was able to raise my math score 100 points during my time with you and I got it into the range that the colleges I am looking at want. I am interested in coming back in the fall before the fall SAT. I need to get my reading score up even more, and your prep class really helped.”

Abby M., Student, Averill Park