We sat down with one of MEK’s busiest and most popular teachers to ask her about her most memorable student from last year, and why she thinks MEK is the best in test prep:
Interviewer: So how long have you worked at MEK?
Erwin: I’ve been working here for close to two years, but I’ve been working in education for 4 years.
Interviewer: And you taught SAT Prep last summer, correct?
Erwin: Yes, me and several other excellent teachers taught SAT Prep. My focus was on reading and writing for the SAT.
Interviewer: How long is the summer program?
Erwin: It’s about 7 weeks, but the students come Monday through Friday.
Interviewer: And who is one student in particular that stands outs to you from last year?
Erwin: That’s easy. It would have to be John P. He was a dedicated and hardworking student that showed up to every class and gave it his best.
Interviewer: MEK offers students several free full length practice SAT tests throughout the course. What was John P.’s initial score?
Erwin: It was 670 in Math which is not a bad starting score, but he earned a 590 in the reading/writing section. Reading and writing was definitely an area of struggle for him.
Interviewer: How so?
Erwin: He struggled with some foundational knowledge. He had gaps in his understanding of grammar rules, specifically punctuation or subject-verb agreement. In reading he struggled with inference and rhetoric questions. However, through guided practice and constant feedback we were able to help him raise his score.
Interviewer: What was his official score on the SAT after completing the course?
Erwin: (smiles) He received a 730 on the reading/writing portion of the SAT and a 1520 overall.
Interviewer: Wow! That’s quite an improvement in such a short amount of time. Why do you think the MEK SAT Prep course is so effective?
Erwin: Two reasons: Strategy and targeted feedback. At MEK we use data analysis to pinpoint a student’s specific weaknesses and strengths. The SAT is compiled of certain types of questions. When you know the tests as well as we do, we are able to show a student not just his score, but exactly what type of questions he is missing. That’s the targeted feedback.
Also, when we teach the SAT we give students specific strategies so they can solve the problem in the most efficient and effective way possible. Every time they come across a question in the SAT, they will be able to recognize what type of questions it is, they will have a specific strategy that will lead them to right answer for that question, and they will be able to save valuable time. That’s the MEK proven method.
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