25
Jun

The Davidson Tutoring “Tutorless” Approach to the SAT

The Davidson Tutoring “Tutorless” Approach to the SAT There are three types of students who don’t get tutoring for the SAT. That’s right. This tutoring company is going to talk about how to not get tutoring for the SAT. Why? Because we know that the path to reducing stress for test prep can sometimes include not having an instructor. If you are reading this, you are the Batman of SAT Prep prepared to fly solo into the competitive college application...
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12
Jun

5 Things Schools Expect You To Know When You Apply

5 Things Schools Expect You To Know When You Apply The landscape for applications in the greater Los Angeles area shifts rapidly and it seems that every year, parents and students face new challenges. Limited spaces, difficult testing expectations, vague answers from admissions advisors and conflicting information from other parents converge into a complicated grab bag of half-truths and rumors. We all want the best for our kids and can’t get enough information about what the best might actually be....
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30
May

10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your SAT Prep

10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your SAT Prep Summer prep time is here! Most of our SAT students have their sights set on the October SAT with the goal of spending their summer with their books on hand to review their math, dive deep into grammar and explore the deep layers of symbolism in old English subtext. The SAT has come a long way and, though it is a standard bearer, it is not immune to shifts of...
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15
May

The Importance of Being Assessed

The Importance of Being Assessed Written by Deborah Hurtado, Director at Davidson Tutoring My eloquent uncle often sipped his coffee near enough to the holiday buffet table and – with a squint-eyed, far off gaze – espoused pithy aphorisms to his beleaguered relatives as they sliced fruitcake and balanced freshly churned ice cream over warm pecan pie. His most beloved axiom still resonates with our family years after his 18 nieces and nephews have left those holiday traditions and grown-up...
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26
Mar

Interview with Dan Vorenberg – Head of School at Mirman School

Recently, we had the chance to catch up with Dan Vorenberg, head of the co-educational Mirman school for highly gifted children in Los Angeles. In the 90’s, Dan made the leap from teaching to administration where he worked as the head of a number of independent schools. Looking at education through so many lenses made Dan the perfect fit for the Mirman school whose founders, Norman and Beverly Mirman, were on a mission to serve a significant population of gifted...
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26
Feb

Think the testing is done once the acceptance letters arrive? Think again!

Think the testing is done once the acceptance letters arrive? Think again! With school applications complete for our elementary, middle and high school students, all of our families can breathe a sigh of relief. The hard work of SATs, ACTs,  APs, ISEEs, HSPTs, and SSATs are done! But, lo! The testing isn’t completed! It takes some students and parents by surprise that there’s another set of Math testing looming. Though nothing like the standardized tests the students have conquered, students...
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12
Feb

3 Facts about the links between the ISEE and the ERB tests

3 Facts about the links between the ISEE and the ERB tests 1. The Tests are Written by the Same Company, the ERB The Educational Records Bureau is a non-profit achievement and assessment testing company based out of New York.  They write both the ISEE admissions test and the ERB (CTP-4) assessment test – both common buzzwords for private school families in the Los Angeles area.   Since the same company writes both the ISEE and the ERB-  as it...
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24
Jan

The Process of Learning – Our Interview with Marcia Capparela, Director of Admissions at Westland

It’s About Community We were lucky enough to snag half an hour of Marcia Capparela’s time recently and were able to dig into her huge depth of knowledge as the admissions director at Westland for the past 7 years. Marcia actually got into education as a parent in the 1970’s when she became involved with her own child’s schooling to such a degree, that she launched a career from it. Marcia says she’s been driven since she was a young...
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16
Jan

What Parents Should Know – An Interview with Abeni Bias, Admissions Director at Echo Horizon

The Echo Horizon Difference Abeni Bias is in her second year as admissions director for Echo Horizon—a school that emphasizes character education in concert with academics in order to facilitate social and emotional growth, critical thinking, autonomy resilience and social responsibility. Abeni has dipped into every facet of education from the classroom to administration. Originally from the Bay Area, her passion found focus in admissions where she says her love for working with families inspires her day to day above...
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