05
Oct

Reduce Stress by Knowing the ISEE – An Everything Guide

Reduce Stress by Knowing the ISEE – An Everything Guide Every year, I talk to hundreds of parents about the ISEE. This is my 8th year doing ISEE Prep and each year, families come to Davidson with questions, anxiety and specific concerns. There is a community of parents in Los Angeles who love their kids and wants the best for them, but often the peer pressure and rumors, combined with geographic limitations and school choices make the application process far...
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14
Sep

Interview with Ashley R. Jackson, ​Middle School ​Director of Admission at Milken Community​ ​Schools

Admission Misconceptions: Our Interview with Ashley R. Jackson, ​Middle School ​Director of Admission at Milken Community​ ​Schools There are few obstacles more difficult for Los Angeles parents to navigate in the private middle and high school application process than the misconceptions: the rumors whispered at school pick-up, the whispers of Dos and Don’ts which ultimately have no basis or foundation in truth. Parents often would prefer to ask each other questions than speak directly to a school admission counselor since...
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07
Sep

Which Private Secondary School Is Best For My Student?

Finding A Home Away From Home School tours. Interviews. Application deadlines. The ISEE is only a piece of the entire application process. Making a decision about where you child should apply can be a source of stress for a lot of parents. You have to weigh your child’s best interests and the extra-curricular activities against the basic logistics of living in Los Angeles – distance, carpools, cost and sibling attendance. Even if you find a school that is the best...
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10
Aug

All About ISEE Accommodations

All About ISEE Accommodations In order to allow all students access to the ISEE test, the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) does provide accommodations for students who qualify. The path for students to qualify for testing accommodations is sometime hard to navigate, so it’s good to know what the process looks like before hand. We have outlined below the nuts and bolts of applying for and receiving accommodations. (Disclaimer: this is for informational purposes only. This is in no way a...
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03
Aug

When should my student take the ISEE?

When should my student take the ISEE? It can be confusing deciding when and where your student should take the ISEE test. We discussed taking the test on a computer at a Prometric center vs taking it on paper at a school location in a previous blog post (click here), so now let’s discuss the “when” of taking the test. Testing Windows Students have three “testing windows” over the full year to take the ISEE, which is a radical change...
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19
Jul

Where to take the ISEE?

Where to take the ISEE? Parents often wonder what the best option is for their child to take the ISEE – a paper and pencil test offered at a school site or a computerized test offered at a Prometric center. There are pros and cons to both. We’ve outlined them below to help Davidson Tutoring families weigh the options and choose what might best suit their own student’s needs. Most of our students take the ISEE in a classroom setting...
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27
Feb

Spring Testing

Spring Testing Sharpen those Number 2 pencils, dust off the TI-84s, and set your watches…Spring is a time for cleaning, shopping, and tanning for Summer, but at Davidson Tutoring, we know that test taking season is in full bloom. SATs, ACTs, ERBs, APs!!! Yes, Dr. Suess could easily make a poem of those, but our point is that the need to prep for any exam is critical. No matter the test length or type, all tests have a few standard...
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24
Feb

GPAs vs SATs

GPAs vs SATs What started out as an IQ test for Army recruits in the early 1900s quickly became the most popular scholarship test for Ivy League schools. Today, the SAT is probably the most extremely useful tool in the college admissions process – something that many American high school students anxiously dread this time each year. With spring approaching rather quickly, news of admissions will soon reach these students as well; but many believe that what most colleges and...
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14
Jan

Benefits of Individual Tutoring

Benefits of Individual Tutoring Large group, small group, Skype, one-on-one instruction…the options are unlimited and can get a little tough to choose between when searching for the right fit for your child and his/her tutoring needs. At Davidson Tutoring, we pride ourselves in providing top notch individual instruction. Every student has a unique learning style that our tutors can teach to in a one-on-one setting, and the benefits of having individualized instruction exceed further than the classroom. One-on-one instruction provides...
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