The first week of the Summer semester flew by! However, it didn’t go by so fast that MEK didn’t notice all the hard work and immediate improvement students made. Since we promised to make you a part of our journey, we are eager to share our Week 1 progress with you.
Week 1 was all about students committing to the program. We constantly reminded students to give homework their full effort, to increase their focus in class and on exams, and to use the strategies we provided. Our motto for the week was “it will work, if you work.”
During Week 1, all SAT exam prep students began breaking inefficient study habits to improve overall test performance. Instructors explained the scope of each exam and introduced benchmarks and class objectives. Students have started to shift their thought processes to better reflect “test” thinking.
SAT A: Test Review
- Students took 3 full-length, professionally proctored SAT exams in a realistic testing environment
- Student reviewed each section of the 3 tests with an SAT instructor
- Instructors showed students strategies for approaching missed questions so students would have a method to find the right answer for the next test
- Instructors provided supplementary material or lessons when needed that covered key aspects of test content
- Students learned how to read their detailed error analysis report and track their own progress through a progress monitoring form
- Students set mini-goals for each section in order to make steady progress toward their target score
- Students took vocabulary quizzes based on words from SAT exams to build their vocabulary bank
SAT B: Building Foundational Knowledge
SAT READING & WRITING
- Effective reading & passage approach
- Time management and annotation techniques
- Question-Passage-Answer approach for reading closely, textual evidence, and word in context questions
- Grammar skills: subject/verb agreement and punctuation
- Algebra: linear equations/functions, quadratic equations
- Interpretation & word problems
- Time management & problem-solving skills
- Proper efficient study methods
- Increasing focus & attention span
- Proper SAT essay structure
- Rhetorical strategies: ethos, pathos, & logos
- Overview/scope of the SAT
- Subject/verb agreement & Sentence structure
- Annotating texts to improve time management
SAT Core Reminders
- Students must remember to annotate as they read essay material, CR passages and multiple-choice options!
- Students must turn in essays on MEK paper not typed or spiral notebook paper.
- Students should email their teachers with any questions on a regular basis.
WORDS FROM YOUR INSTRUCTORS
“First week of exam prep is challenging. The key is to create a study routine that can help your maximize your time and your use of the given materials.”
“Students should be thinking about progressing toward their goals on week 1, day 1. If you wait until week 7 to start thinking about your target score, you will not reach it. You need to be making progress, getting better, scoring higher every week.”
“Always use the strategies given and put full effort into your homework. Homework is where the real progress happens.”
“Students must get a good night’s rest before a long day prepping at MEK. Going to bed early is especially important for SAT A students who take a full-length practice SAT every time they come to MEK.”
MEK STUDENT OF THE WEEK
Congratulations Enrique Rodrigues!
Enrique was chosen by his instructors to be Student of the Week because he applied MEK strategies and always gave full effort on every single assignment. His efforts caused him to improve throughout the week. Enrique has committed to the program, and it is going to get him very far!