Advanced SAT Tutoring

Fees: $200/hour

Location: 4626 River Rd.
Bethesda, MD 20816.

 

In home tutoring is available for an additional fee.

 

For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, please call (301) 320-3634.

SAT Tutoring FAQs

Additional Information for Education Professionals

 


 

Advanced SAT Tutoring
Now available worldwide via Skype!

Remember, if you are trying to become a National Merit semifinalist, you need to be ready by October of your junior year.

Recommended Lead Time: 6 months (what’s this?)

AVE’s Advanced SAT Tutoring
Standard SAT Tutoring
Learn to SOLVE the hardest problems
Learn to SKIP the hardest problems
Learn to solve problems directly, efficiently, and with confidence
Learn inefficient and unreliable techniques like plug-in, backsolve, and process of elimination.
Use a mix of advanced texts and AVE’s proprietary training materials. Practice with material harder than the actual test.
Practice with material that is often easier than the real test.
Become better at reading, math, and writing in general. Do better in school and college classes. Improve your cognitive abilities.
Learn gimmicks that only apply to standardized tests. There will be no gain in academic skills. In fact, techniques like backsolve and plug-in can actually make your algebraic reasoning skills atrophy.
Learn to solve every problem quickly and surely.
Learn to use an unreliable process of elimination and guesswork.
Get Overprepared
Never learn to solve the hardest problems

 

There are demanding private coaches that train the worlds best gymnasts and tennis players. There are rigorous private teachers that train the world’s best musicians. If there can be an equivalent for SAT preparation, that equivalent is private tutoring with Arvin Vohra.

From the beginning you will train with the most challenging materials – LSAT and GRE passages for critical reading, and AVE’s proprietary progressive systems for writing and math. The goal is complete mastery of the material; in other words, to be able to solve every problem easily and efficiently. Several of AVE’s advanced tutoring students earn perfect SAT scores, many more earn perfect scores in one or two sections, and even more earn 2350+ scores.

You won’t spend a lot of time learning inefficient methods like plug-in, backsolve, and guesswork based on an unreliable process of elimination. Those methods are just inefficient ways to avoid using direct algebra. If you are planning to do Advanced SAT tutoring at AVE, you probably do not need to avoid algebra.

If you are a hardworking, determined, overachieving student who plans to attend an Ivy League college and then go to medical or law school (or start your own company), this is a setting you will find appropriate. You will find that AVE holds educational standards that are much higher than those of other educational institutions. The coursework is tough and the program is demanding (more intense than an honors or AP course, for example). But through the process your reading, grammar, and math abilities will fundamentally improve. You will become better at the SAT, better at academics, and better at thinking.

Fees: $200/hour. Initial Consultation: Free.

For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, please call (301) 320-3634.

You may also want to consider: SAT Math Cognition; Vocabulary Synapse

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are diagnostic tests given as part of the process?
The primary method of determining a student's current level is direct observation of a student's problem solving methods. This method allows deeper insight into the student's cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and provides the information necessary to tailor an appropriate strategy. Sample SAT tests are used as backup diagnostics, to catch anything that may have been missed during direct observation.

What teaching materials are used?
Texts vary based on the student, and may be selected from a wide variety of SAT preparation books and related materials designed by AVE and others. Advanced students often use training materials designed for the LSAT, GRE, or GMAT. When needed, additional materials are developed for the student.

How early should SAT tutoring begin?
This depends largely on a student's starting level; a larger gap between the starting and desired levels necessitates more time for preparation. In most situation, a few months are necessary, but this can vary dramatically. It is not necessary (or even preferable) to schedule tutoring to stop right before the actual test. AVE's methods target fundamental cognitive skills, and lead to long-term and pervasive changes. Thus, they are not easily forgotten, and it is advisable to allow some extra time for complete integration of new methods.

Do students learn basic facts and formulas as part of the process?
Students learn fundamental facts and formulas as part of the process. This part of the process is vital; without basic facts, no level of cognitive ability will be sufficient.

Do students learn vocabulary?
The tutoring process incorporates Vocabulary Synapse, the text developed by AVE specifically for SAT and GRE preparation.

Can SAT tutoring be done in a shorter time frame?
Any amount of time can be used to develop students' abilities and scores. Students often see results after one or two sessions. However, the full realization of a students potential takes time.

Will students learn test-taking strategies?
Students will learn test-taking strategies. However, this process is much simpler than the development of fundamental problem solving and reasoning skills. Thus, although test-taking strategies are thoroughly covered, they are not the primary focus of the process.

My child really struggles with standardized tests. Will tutoring help?
Several issues can cause a student to struggle with standardized tests. Insufficient familiarity with the information, inefficient cognitive methods, and anxiety are some of the more common causes. In most situations, AVE's SAT tutoring methods are appropriate.

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Additional Information for Education Professionals

Because SAT tutoring works with so many different aspects of learning and cognitive development, a comprehensive description of methods is not practical. Instead, this section focuses on situations in which students test scores and school grades are differ dramatically. These situations are often of particular interest to educators.

Success in school tests generally comes from a combination of mastery of fundamental principles and a knowledge of detail. A sufficiently high level of the latter can compensate for weakness in the former. For example, a student can memorize twenty formulas for a math exam instead of learning the small number of fundamental principles.

When students learn in this way, they often forget large amounts of this memorized information. Exam performance is often weaker than quiz and homework performance. Sometimes, when a student is sufficiently disciplined, exam performance is at the same level as quiz and homework performance.

Success in school that comes through knowledge of detail is possible because there is a limited amount of information. Even a math final exam has a finite number of problem types to choose from. Thus, the student can memorize formulas, facts, and rules of thumb to succeed in school. Each year, he can memorize new information, and succeed to some extent in his classes.

The SAT, however, has an inordinately large number of potential problem types. Memorizing enough to do well is basically impossible, and success requires an understanding of fundamental principles.

In general, the longer a student has relied on memorization as a substitute for understanding, the more intensive SAT preparation will have to be. Long-term calculator use, when combined with reliance on memorization, can be especially damaging to mathematical reasoning.

SAT tutoring addresses these issues by building fundamental knowledge and cognitive skills. Drills are uses to build basic skills, and challenging problems are used to build much of the required reasoning. Development of problem-solving skills is often accomplished by making students make connections and intellectual leaps on their own. Problems are often broken down into smaller components to make this possible; additionally, the student's attention will be directed to the part of the problem that requires the intellectual leap. This method is often preferred to more traditional methods of direct instruction; however, both are used as appropriate. This applies to math, reading, sentence completion, and even certain grammar problems.

Please note that situations in which SAT scores are significantly lower than what school performance predicts make up just one of the many types of circumstances in which SAT tutoring is appropriate. SAT tutoring is available for all levels of students, ranging from those struggling with the rudiments to the most advanced students. Educators with specific questions can contact AVE directly at satprep@arvinvohra.com.

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