Academics

Academic Support — SAT/ACT Prep

Academic Support at Westminster School

The human brain is capable of so many amazing things and with the right tools and strategies, anyone can learn how to improve their academic skills, understand and remember more information, and increase their knowledge base. Westminster’s Academic Support Program is designed to help students improve their memory, boost their reading comprehension, become great advocates for themselves and gain confidence. It teaches students cutting-edge learning techniques that will help them in high school, in college and beyond.  
 
As Westminster’s Learning Specialists, Kelly Curtis and Maya Leete teach effective study skills through individualized and group instruction. Some of the lessons and strategies include:
  • Organization
  • Time Management 
  • The Human Brain
  • Setting and Achieving Goals 
  • The Importance of Attitude
  • Mindset
  • Self-Motivation
  • Flexibility 
  • Building Grit 
  • Task Initiation
  • Successful Note-Taking
  • Test-Taking Strategies
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Focus and Working Memory
  • Brain Health and Exercise
  • Anxiety and Stress Reduction

SAT/ACT Preparation

Westminster School offers two independent options for SAT and ACT preparation.
 
  • Students can select online test preparation through Test Innovators, a web-based platform that allows students to log in and access practice materials from any location.

  • Students who prefer individual or small group test preparation are invited to meet remotely via Zoom or on campus with educators Vicki Saucier or Stu Radin. These seasoned educators provide highly individualized, one-on-one test prep tutorials and small group SAT and ACT preparation courses throughout the academic year and are not affiliated with Test Innovators.

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Kelly Curtis

    Kelly Curtis 

    Learning Specialist, Accommodations Coordinator
    (860) 408-3059
  • Photo of Maya Leete

    Maya Leete 

    Learning Specialist
    (860) 408-3004
  • Photo of Willard Sistare

    Willard Sistare 

    Director of Studies
    (860) 408-3003
  • Photo of Betsy Heckman

    Betsy Heckman 

    Academic Dean
    (860) 408-3746

Online SAT and ACT Preparation

Test Innovators offers a web-based SAT and ACT preparation platform for Westminster Students. The platform allows students to log in and access practice materials from any location.
 
Students have access to:
  • Full-length practice tests with the ability to score official practice tests within the platform.
  • Timing analysis to help build critical time management skills while practicing online or on paper.
  • Detailed analytics that provide insight into practice performance and progress.
  • Personalized plans with recommendations for next steps that target areas for improvement.
 
Cost is $100 for SAT or ACT, or $150 for SAT and ACT preparation. To register, please contact Kelly Curtis at kcurtis@westminster-school.org.

Individual or Small Group ACT and Verbal SAT Preparation

On campus, in person, one-on-one SAT and ACT tutorials will be offered throughout the academic year in an effort to best serve the needs of Westminster students. These highly individualized tutorials target strategy and skill development while taking into account the strengths, weaknesses, and learning preferences of individuals. Tutorials are recommended for students of all abilities who want to take their test taking performance to the next level.
 
Instruction is provided by Vicki Saucier, a well-respected local educator who has many years of experience preparing students for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP® assessments. Mrs. Saucier has a bachelor’s in education and a master’s in English and has been providing individualized instruction to Westminster students for over 19 years. She is familiar with the aptitudes of Westminster students and with the rigors of our academic and extracurricular schedule.
 
Tutorials are scheduled at the convenience of individual students during free blocks, after school, or during evening study hall. For information regarding fees and registration for test preparation tutorials, please contact vsaucier@westminster-school.org.
 

Individual Math SAT and ACT Preparation

Mathematics skills for the SAT and ACT will be taught by Stu Radin, a well-respected local educator, who has many years of experience preparing students for the SAT, ACT, SAT-Subject Test, AP® Exam, SSAT and PSAT assessments. Optimizing a student’s ability on the SAT and ACT requires a combination of content knowledge and test taking strategies. Stu is uniquely qualified to provide instruction encompassing both areas. He has worked with Westminster students for the past nine years.
  
In order to focus on the needs of each student, preparation will be provided via one-on-one instruction. Individual tutoring offers a more “surgical” approach, which can better identify each student’s unique areas of need and focus on those topics and skills which the student needs to improve. Sessions, which are normally one hour in length, are scheduled during free blocks, after school, during study hall and on weekends, at the convenience of each student. Due to coronavirus concerns, all instruction will be conducted remotely, until further notice.
 
Stu has earned certification as a professional educator for mathematics, grades seven through 12, in the State of Connecticut. He is also “BEST” (Beginning Educator Support and Training) certified and has been determined to be “highly qualified” by the State of Connecticut. Stu’s formal education background consists of a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a Master of Business Administration and a Connecticut teacher’s certificate for grades seven through 12. Stu is also a professional engineer. He has been teaching and tutoring since 2005, making a career change after a 20-year career in engineering and the construction industry. Stu has lived in this area for the past 30 years. He previously served as the middle school mathematics teacher at the Farmington Valley Academy Montessori school and as an adjunct professor of mathematics at the University of Hartford. He is familiar with a wide variety of learning styles and ages and has a knack for making math instruction an entertaining, as well as educational experience.
 
For fee and scheduling information, please contact Stu at sradin@westminster-school.org or
by telephone/text at (860) 670-4848. For more information on Stu’s background, teaching/tutoring approach and teaching philosophies, please visit his website: www.stuartradinmathtutor.com.
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