April SAT results are in and The Learning Consultants has its phone/e-mail immersed with pleas from parents.
False hope for many was created by:
(1) Khan Academy: the idea is great and it is free. Now try watching one of the videos and see how long your attention lasts. Then consider how long the attention of a normal 17 year old will last, particularly as the 17 year old has a myriad of far more interesting distractions. If you had to get in shape for the Olympics or anything meaningful, would you turn on videos or hire a trainer? The same holds true for SAT prep
(2) Online classes: same as above
(3) In school classes: taught by those who are not expert in the SAT and many of whom actually disdain teaching to the test
What to do?
Sign up for the June SAT or ACT.