Summer Test Prep
“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” Who would have known amidst his journey to becoming one of the most gifted writers in the English language, Shakespeare would have known how to approach standardized test prep! We have fun with our literary references, but let’s be real: students need to take advantage of standardized […]
The Proctor Nightmare
Sign this petition to urge standardization of SAT/ACT proctors and test site: https://www.change.org/p/high-school-families-make-each-sat-act-proctor-and-test-room-standardized-8bc51f5c-0f5d-44c7-8129-a4e1e21653df Imagine it’s the morning of test day. Your student wakes up fully rested, prepared and confident that their SAT/ACT preparation is going to pay off. They’ve done their due diligence. They’ve hit the books, found a tutor, and done seven practice tests, […]
The Admissions Essay: Don’t Let the Prompts Define You
Say it’s a loved one’s birthday. You plan on going out and buying them a gift that’s unique to your relationship and makes them think of how thoughtful and caring you are. But alas, you’re crunched for time and the birthday party is tonight, so you gather all your allowance and decide to get the […]
The Burning House Dilemma
Imagine you’re in a burning house, what would be the few things you grab before you scram for the door? You wouldn’t be able to bring the antique china set that has been passed down through generations and, honestly, you wouldn’t even have much time to decide at all. Due to the severity of the […]
Students Don’t Read and Don’t Know Where to Start
“The problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth, that the ties of brotherhood may still bind the rich and the poor in harmonious relationship. The conditions of human life have not only been changed but revolutionized, within the past few hundred years. In former years there was little difference between the dwelling, […]
The University of Virginia brings back Early Decision
As the college application process insidiously approaches and students make last minute touch ups to the common application essay, it is critical to encourage students to weigh their options in order to make the most informed decision about which schools to apply to and when. While some might choose to apply to every school on […]
How will the “Adversity Score” impact college admissions?
The Varsity Blues celebrity admissions scandal that broke just a few months ago left many yearning for a so-called meritocratic admissions system. Just last week, the CollegeBoard announced their development of an “Adversity Index” that will allow colleges to view an applicant’s SAT score in the context of the socioeconomic status, crime rate, and average […]
But When Will I Ever Use This?
“Lines are stupid; I’ll never use these dumb formulas” Every teacher has heard this, and we at Streamline Tutors hear it constantly: “why do I need to know this beyond this test? I’m never going to use the formula for a line in the real world, so why learn it now?” There are multiple answers […]
Too Late to Apply for Accommodations on the SAT and ACT?
In many cases, parents don’t even realize their students have a learning difficulty. They might just assume their student is a “poor test-taker,” without realizing there’s a legitimate reason why. Learning difficulties can be hard to detect, especially when high levels of intelligence mask underlying struggles with attention or processing.
Why 4 months of tutoring for the SAT/ACT?
Some parents rush to sign up for SAT/ACT prep a month or two before the test, but the reality is that dramatic score improvements typically occur with 4 months of tutoring.