TIME AND LOCATION
Sessions are held Saturdays 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., January through May, with emphasis on preparing for the May 4, 2019 SAT test date. Classes are held at the SF Salvation Army Kroc Center in San Francisco, near the Powell Street Muni and BART station.
ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY
Jackson, a friendly golden retriever certified by the SF SPCA as an animal assisted therapist, will join sessions to reduce students’ math anxiety and test anxiety.
The course is targeted for academically motivated college-bound juniors planning on taking the SAT on May 4, 2019. They must have consistently earned a grade of “B” or higher in their math courses (the program is not remediation for those struggling in math) and must not have an IEP (Individualized Education Plan). Students must be English-fluent, have no behavior or discipline issues, and be comfortable in the presence of a friendly animal-assisted therapy dog.
SAT test scores are one of the most important components of a student’s college application. This course helps high-schoolers prepare for the SAT math test and covers test-taking strategies that can improve a student’s SAT math test score (these strategies are not taught in school math classes). Students will become familiar and more confident with the SAT math test, including its format and topics. The course presents approaches for optimizing test scores, including time management and test-taking strategies. Students will learn about and apply these strategies to problems like those on the SAT. The course also builds students’ confidence with the content covered in the SAT math test (basic and advanced algebra, geometry, problem solving, data analysis and statistics, trigonometry and additional topics). Each student will have access to an online SAT prep service featuring a diagnostic and personalized study plan for independent practice between sessions.
After four sessions the SAT math test prep program raised students' SAT math test scores an average of 11% and reduced math anxiety 15%. On a 0-10 point scale for willingness to recommend the program to others, 67% of students provided a rating of "9" or "10".
“Hey Dr. Luke, I just got my second SAT score and I improved my math score by 80 points!! I couldn’t have done it without your help, your tips and tricks were incredibly useful. Thanks for taking the time to help!!”
“Dr. Luke broke down a lot of the really difficult problems, and I am a lot more confident because of it.”
“The tips helped a lot and made the questions go faster. I was scared about the time taking the SAT and this really helped.”
“What was most beneficial was when we went over problems slowly which helped me understand better than my math teacher at school tried to do. I have more confidence in math without a calculator now with different strategies that I learned from this course.”
“I learned shortcuts.”
“I really like the tricks that make the answers easier to find quickly. I'm always worried about time so this really helps.”
“I liked doing the practice problems and learning review strategies.”
“It was good learning some of the math shortcuts.”
“Our teacher was patient and welcoming.”
Families who cannot afford fees for SAT Math Prep can apply for a discount. To be considered, please fill out a Scholarship Form and submit at least three weeks prior to the start of the requested camp. Approved scholarships start at 15% OFF!
Dr. Clifton Luke is a former math school teacher and department head at New England prep schools and was awarded national Master Teacher recognition from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation at Princeton University. He has also taught math to Upward Bound high schoolers in Boston and to University of Phoenix college students. He volunteers as a math tutor at City College of San Francisco and at the Salvation Army SF Kroc Center. He offers the SAT Math Test Prep course at Mission High School, Burton High School and at 100% College in the Bayview. He earned a PhD in cognitive science from Harvard University and has over 25 years of experience in the educational technology industry. He has been a San Francisco resident since 1999. View his professional LinkedIn profile here. View his YouTube channel of instructional SAT math videos here.
Jackson, Clifton’s six-year-old golden retriever, is certified by the SF SPCA as an animal assisted therapist. Jackson also has his AKC Canine Good Citizenship certification. Clifton and Jackson volunteer at local hospitals, schools, and SF International Airport.
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