Friday, September 11, 2009

College Prep Genius Part I

College Prep Genius is a course designed to raise SAT scores and help your students eligibility for college scholarships. This course developed out of author Jean Burk's classes that she began teaching in Texas and then branched out all over the United States. For those who are unable to take her class or bring her out to speak, she has placed her entire program on DVD. Her
Master the Sat Class
includes a 10 hour DVD set, a textbook, and a workbook.

My 16 year old daughter is anxious about sitting for her SAT's this Spring, so we were both happy to receive this program for review. The author does recommend starting this a lot earlier than we are, and taking practice tests over a couple of years, in order to raise scores. We aren't a big standardized test family, and no one's trying to get into Harvard, so we're okay with starting a little later. If you are interested in scholarships and Ivy league schools, you'll definitely want to start preparing earlier!

I sat down to schedule out the SAT Prep course and found it somewhat difficult to understand the set up. There is a textbook, a workbook, and a DVD set but I was unable to find clear instructions on how to use these items together. I decided to try viewing the DVD with the workbook in front of us and then reading the textbook afterward. I printed out a practice SAT test from www.CollegeBoard.com, which my daughter will use as a reference as she works through the textbook. The text also recommends The SAT Official Study Guide from College Board, but we are going to try it with just the practice test and see how that works.

As there were no clear instructions on how to use this, I looked through the materials and estimated about eight weeks for the course. We will spend six weeks now working through the materials and then return for a two week refresher course prior to the actual test. This is just our plan, I'm sure it will look different for each family depending on the needs and age of the student.

We'll begin this next week and after we are a few weeks into the program, I will post Part II of this review. In the meantime, if this is something you need more information on right now, check out their website. They're currently offering a 30% off limited time special price of $79 for the set.

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