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2017 - Standardized Testing Camps


How Not To Sweat the Standardized Test: 10th-12th Grades
It’s hard to get through a day as a high school student without encountering some form of standardized testing.  ISTEP, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, ACT, AP … the list sometimes seems endless, and the exams are unavoidable.  You need the ISTEP to graduate, the SAT or the ACT to go to most colleges, the ASVAB to go into the military, and Ivy Tech has its own admission and placement exam if you haven’t taken one already.

Every student knows that he or she will score higher on an exam for which he or she has prepared. “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail”, said Benjamin Franklin.  But just how do you prepare for an exam that you haven’t even seen?

This one hour workshop walks students through the ins and outs of how to succeed on a standardized exam and covers material that includes how best to prepare for the exam, how to recognize and retain important information, how test questions are written, (and how to use this information to improve your score), as well as how to prepare mentally for success on the exam.  (Part 2, SAT / ACT Boot Camp, is for students planning to take these exams and will meet immediately following. (Enrollment in both this workshop and “How not to Sweat About a Standardized Test” will be discounted from $200 to $175.)

Tom Miller has been helping people to excel on standardized exams since 1995.  His students have included high school and college students who have gone on to bachelor’s and graduate degrees, US Navy personnel taking exams to advance to the next pay grade, corporate trainers preparing for certification as Certified Professionals in Learning and Performance, (CPLP), and countless other standardized exams here and abroad.

He has written and edited exam preparation material for The Princeton Review and for McGraw-Hill Education, as well as having taught at secondary, post-secondary, and university levels.  He currently tutors a number of students attending Zionsville, University, Westfield, and Brebeuf high schools, and teaches first year Statistics and Economics in the Butler University MBA program.

Session #1
Time
Days Dates Location Fee Register
10th - 12th Grades 1:00p - 2:00p Saturday September 23rd Freshman Center LGI $65
10th - 12th Grades 1:00p - 2:00p Saturday November 18th Freshman Center LGI $65

Instructor: Thomas Miller  |  thomasjmiller1@gmail.com


SAT / ACT Boot Camp: 10th-12th Grades
There’s a lot of anxiety about college admissions and the role that the SAT and ACT play in the process.  “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail”, said Benjamin Franklin.

Private tutorials and multiple week preparation courses aren’t, however, appropriate for every schedule or budget.  This Boot Camp covers all sections of the exam: Heart of Algebra, Problem-solving and Data Analysis, and Passport to Advanced Math in the Math section, and in the English and Reading sections, Command of Evidence, Words in Context, Expression of Ideas, and Standard English conventions.

This is NOT, however, just a review of English and Math.  It is a behind-the-scenes guided tour by an SAT and ACT expert through the traps the questions writers set and how to avoid them, and techniques you can employ to maximize your score by knowing which questions to answer, in what order, and strategies on how best to answer them.  In short, we cover the information the College Board and the ACT don’t want you to know.  (Enrollment in both this workshop and “How not to Sweat About a Standardized Test” will be discounted from $200 to $175.)

Session #1
Time
Days Dates Location Fee Register
10th - 12th Grades 2:00p - 4:30p Saturday September 23rd Freshman Center LGI $135
10th - 12th Grades 2:00p - 4:30p Saturday November 18th Freshman Center LGI $135

About the Instructor: Tom Miller has worked with students applying to college and graduate school since 1995. He has written and edited exam prep material for The Princeton Review and for McGraw-Hill, as well as having taught at secondary, post-secondary, and university levels.  He currently tutors a number of students attending Zionsville, University, and Brebeuf.

What People Are Saying:

“M felt good about her test today and I cannot thank you enough!” – MR, UHS parent

“You make it simple” – GT, UHS student

“Kudos to you … you should bottle your method and sell it!!” – NT, UHS parent

Instructor: Thomas Miller  |  thomasjmiller1@gmail.com