In an effort to better serve the needs of Westminster students, test prep tutorials and small group SAT and ACT prep courses will be offered throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Instruction is provided by Vicki Saucier, a well-respected local educator who has many years of experience preparing students for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT assessments. Vicki has a BS in education and a MA in English and has been providing individualized instruction to Westminster students for over 16 years. These small group classes and individualized PSAT/ SAT/ACT prep tutorials are offered as a la carte alternatives to the prepackaged instruction offered by large test prep companies. Vicki is familiar with the aptitudes of Westminster students and with the rigors of our academic and extracurricular schedule. Course times have been carefully selected to help students prepare for the demands of academic testing while working around school commitments.
Test Prep Tutorials
One on one instruction is tailored to suit the needs of individual students. Highly individualized tutorials target strategy and skill development while taking into account the strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences of individuals. Tutorials are scheduled during free blocks, after school, during study hall and on weekends at the convenience of each student.
The SAT: Reading, Language and Writing Prep
This six session course is designed to empower students with key strategies for attacking the five types of core questions posed on the 65 minute reading section of the redesigned SAT and to familiarize them with the key concepts of grammar, usage and mechanics evaluated by the 35 minute language and writing section. The SAT prep classes are scheduled as follows:
Block 1 meets Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30-8
9/13, 9/18, 9/20, 9/27, 10/2, 10/4
Block 2 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30-8
11/2, 11/7, 11/9, 11/16, 11/28, 11/30
Block 3 meets Tuesdays and one Thursday 6:30-8
4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/19, 4/24, 5/1
The ACT: An Introduction to the Four Core Subtests
This condensed course is designed to introduce students to the ACT. The class meets four times and provides an overview of the ACT and tips for attacking the science, reading, mathematics, and English subtests. Emphasis will be placed on the format of each subtest and on the skills assessed. After each subtest is introduced, students will complete several sample questions, and a full timed practice test section will be assigned. This process will help students identify strengths and weaknesses and take a more calculated approach to the exam. The ACT prep classes are scheduled as follows:
Block 1 ACT meets Tuesdays 6-8
10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24
Block 2 ACT meets Wednesdays 6-8
11/1, 11/8, 11/29, 12/6
Block 3 ACT meets Wednesdays 6-8
3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11
Westminster School SAT/ACT Mathematics Section Preparatory Course
In order to prepare Westminster students for the college entrance exams, small group SAT and ACT Mathematics preparatory courses will be offered during both semesters of the 2017-2018 academic year, consisting of five session programs. The programs will be taught by Stu Radin, a well-respected local educator, who has many years of experience preparing students for the SAT, ACT, 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 in both areas. One-on-one PSAT/SAT/ACT prep tutoring is also available to those students who prefer individualized instruction.
Course times have been carefully selected to help students prepare for the demands of academic testing, while working around the Westminster school calendar. Classes shall meet on Monday or Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays from Sundays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., (u.n.o.)
Fall SAT prep classes: 9/10 (Su), 9/14 (Th), 9/17 (Su), 9/24 (Su), and 10/1 (Su).
Fall ACT prep classes: 10/1 (Su 1:30-3:00), 10/5 (Th), 10/9 (M), 10/15 (Su), and 10/22 (Su).
Spring SAT prep classes: 1/18 (Th), 1/25 (Th), 2/8 (Th), 2/15 (Th), and 2/22 (Th); all classes meet from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Spring ACT prep classes: 1/21 (Su), 1/28 (Su), 2/11 (Su), 2/18 (Su), and 2/25 (Su); all classes meet from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Stu has earned the level of Professional Educator for Mathematics, Grades 7-12, in the State of Connecticut. He is also "BEST" (Beginning Educator Support and Training) Certified and have been determined to be "Highly Qualified" by the state of Connecticut. Stu’s formal educational background consists of a BS in Civil Engineering, a Masters of Business Administration and a Connecticut Teacher’s Certificate for grades 7 through 12. Stu is also a Professional Engineer. He has been teaching and tutoring in the Farmington Valley area since 2005, making a career change after a 20 year career in engineering and the construction industry. Stu has resided in this area for the past 27 years. Currently he teaches at the Farmington Valley Academy Montessori School and the University of Hartford. He is well 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.