“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” This quote by Mark Twain reinforces our beliefs at WriteRight because we work to provide an advantage for each of our students. Our goal is to foster reading comprehension, writing, and vocabulary skills for all our students in grades 2-12 because these skills are the foundation of all school and college subjects. Reading Comprehension, writing, and vocabulary acquisition are constant works in progress. The three, reading comprehension, writing, and vocabulary, work together like the spokes on a wheel; as proficiency and skills improve in one area, the improvement leads to a direct improvement in the other areas. At WriteRight, class instruction is fortified through weekly homework; therefore the combination of instruction and homework will lead to an improvement in reading and writing skills. Reading and writing skills are essential not only because of the shifts in curriculum and standardized tests, but also because the new SAT echoes the importance of reading and reading comprehension.

No one can underestimate the power of the SAT. Even the fact that it is second to only high school grades when considering college acceptance is debatable. Prior to 2005, the SAT was a 1600 point test; students were not required to write an essay, however, there were entire BOOKS of vocabulary and analogies to study. Once the essay was introduced, the score was increased to 2400 points. Now, with the reversion to the 1600 points, the College Board has once again taken the stand that a single essay cannot accurately and/or fairly determine a writer’s skill. A well written essay is the sum of many factors. In order to construct a strong essay, a student must formulate an opinion on the topic, provide strong and concrete examples that relate to the topic and his opinion on the topic, and finally convey all of the preceding - neatly, concisely, precisely, and quickly. The essay has not been completely eliminated. The essay is optional yet a requirement for the better colleges. For those who write the essay, the time limit has increased to fifty minutes. Since more time has now been allocated for the essay, a better developed and well written essay is expected. According to the College Board, over 7 million students take the SAT each year. What will set a student apart from 7 million others who answer the same standardized multiple choice questions? His thoughts, ideas and beliefs, and skill in expressing his individuality – namely, what he writes on the essay will make the student more desirable to potential colleges. Therefore, to answer the question “Will I still have to write the essay for the SAT?” YES, if you want to attend an above average college and/or you want your college application/SAT to be different from 7 million others.

Vocabulary tested on the SAT has been labeled obsolete, obscure and even moronic by students for many years. The College Board vows to alleviate this ordeal for students by testing words students are more apt to encounter, however, vocabulary acquisition must start at an early age, years before students reach high school. The Reading section of the SAT however, will see little change to its format. Heretofore, the passages were on the following subjects: history, social studies, science, and literature, and they will continue to be on the same topics. The difference will be that students will now be given a document with real world contexts which will have to be analyzed using knowledge gained from high school classes (scientific, historical and literal examples). Students will also have a passage from one of the Founding Documents of America (such as the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution), the Great Global Conversation, the Age of Enlightenment or something they inspire (works by Gandhi or MLK). This change should prove to be a welcome one and have a twofold benefit: the new passages should convey a sense of humanity, global unity, and patriotism; and the new passages should not only be more interesting, but also easier to understand.

Scientific studies have proven that people will not only pay more attention, but they will also do better at those things they find interesting. WriteRight makes reading and writing interesting. Our goal at WriteRight is to help all our students from grades 2-12 understand the English concepts tested on all assessments culminating with the SAT and the ACT. We teach our students to master reading comprehension techniques, conquer confusing vocabulary, and of course, score well on assessments. From constructing basic sentences to constructing SAT and college application essays, our students learn to consistently write well. The long term goals are high SAT/ACT test scores and acceptance into choice college, and so the earlier we start preparation, the better the chances for a higher score, acceptance into choice colleges and scholarships.
 

 


WriteRight Tutoring Center has two locations where we work with students in grades 2-12, Norcross and Cumming, Georgia. Please contact youcanwriteright@gmail.com  or 404-514-5401 for further information or with specific questions.

 

June-2-2016