Posts Tagged ‘SAT help’

Optiminds Offers Coaching to Prepare for College Athletic Scholarship Programs

April 5, 2013

NCAA1If you are a high school athlete and you think you are good enough for a college scholarship offer, your grades will just as important as your athletic abilities. College coaches want to recruit well-rounded athletes who excel on and off the playing field.

If you want to play in a NCAA Division I or II school, you must have a 2.0 GPA (or better) in your core courses. The higher your GPA, the better. College coaches want to recruit athletes who will be successful in the college classroom.

Your scores on the standardized tests (SAT and/or ACT) are also important. Standardized test scores, taken in conjunction with your high school grades, are used to predict your academic success in college.

Optiminds coaching sessions can help you ensure that your grades are in top shape. One of our main areas of focus is on helping students qualify for college scholarships, and that includes NCAA scholarships. Our programs are designed to follow NCAA eligibility rules and NCAA Clearinghouse guidelines.

Here are some suggestions if an NCAA scholarship is on your agenda:

  • Consider taking one or more advanced placement courses if you high school offers them. This shows your dedication to taking a challenging high school curriculum.
  • Doing volunteer work and participating in extracurricular activities other than your sport shows that you’re responsible enough to handle the pressures of school and your sport, while still taking part in other activities.
  • Consider taking the SAT in your sophomore year. This gives you time to see which areas you need to improve on so you can get a good score later. Without good grades, some schools will not even consider you for an athletic scholarship.

You can access and print your high school’s List of NCAA Courses at:

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ customized tutoring programs by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at:

Prepare for SAT and ACT Testing in 2013

January 15, 2013

If you are a high school student, there are six letters that are probably on your mind at any given time—SAT and ACT. These standardized tests are an important piece of the puzzle, along with high school grades and other factors, in helping colleges decide which applicants will do well if they are admitted. Many colleges use test scores to award “merit aid” scholarships, which is financial aid not based on need.

The ACT and SAT are different tests that measure similar but distinct constructs. The ACT Test is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. Test scores reflect what students have learned throughout high school and provide colleges and universities with excellent information for recruiting, advising, placement, and retention.

The SAT and accompanying SAT Subject Tests are a suite of tools designed to assess your academic readiness for college. The SAT was designed as an aptitude test—it tests your reasoning and verbal abilities, not what you’ve learned in school. It lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection.

With competition to get into a good college so great today, many families turn to tutors to help boost grades and SAT and ACT scores. If your teen is preparing to take the SAT or ACT this year, Optiminds can help them prepare, identify types of problems they will encounter, and equip them with essential test-taking skills.

When it comes to tutoring services in metro Detroit, Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ customized tutoring programs by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at

Make Optiminds Your Personal Tutor

May 12, 2012

Are you or your child struggling at school? Maybe all you need is a little tutoring from Optiminds.

Optiminds is a professional tutoring service that has been helping students of all ages improve their academic skills. We serve the metro Detroit area, including Southfield, Bloomfield Township, Royal Oak, Oak Park, and Farmington Hills.

It’s a fact that most schools today are not equipped to handle the individual demands of every student. Optiminds’ success is based on an approach comprised of customized, individualized exercises designed to stimulate targeted areas of the brain.

We tutor in math, writing, reading and speed reading. Our programs focus on everything from problem-solving, critical thinking and time management to study skills and test preparation. This includes ACT Prep, ACT Math Prep and ACT Reading Prep.

“This program has given me the tools to manage school, work and homework with less stress and more organization,” says Sally, a high school student who completed an Optiminds tutoring program.

If you are looking for experienced tutors in metro Detroit, give us a call today at (248) 496-0150 or email us at:  Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has been helping people of all ages improve their cognitive, memory and learning skills. To learn more, be sure to visit our website at

Optiminds Programs Make Great Gifts

December 20, 2011

When you are making up your Christmas list, why not consider giving an Optiminds program to a friend or loved one? We offer cognitive training programs for all ages—from Math Strategies for kindergarteners to Brain Fitness for seniors.

So if you know someone who needs a little help with test taking, memory improvement, reading or math, we can create a customized Optiminds program to get their year off to a great start. Here are just some of the targeted areas for which we can create a customized Optiminds program:

  • Boomers Brain Fitness
  • Study Skills
  • Test Prep
  • Problem Solving
  • ACT and SAT test help
  • Speed Reading
  • Time Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Tutoring
  • Home School
  • Initiation
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Improve Cognitive Skills
  • Faster & Easier Information Processing

We’ll identify problem issues and design a variety of tasks that incorporate Mental Exercises, Visualization Techniques and Computerized Drills—plus recommendations on diet and physical exercise. We also develop Life Strategies programs for individuals of all ages.

Give us a call today for more information! Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has been helping people of all ages improve their cognitive and memory skills. Find out more about Optiminds programs by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or email us at: And be sure to visit our website at

Put Your Summer Break to the “Test”

May 25, 2011

Taking tests is a big part of being a student, and tests can make or break a grade. There are weekly tests and quizzes, midterms, finals, standardized state tests, ACT and SATs, to name a few.  Summer break is a great time to invest in some test preparation that could pay big dividends down the road.

Optiminds helps students master effective test-taking strategies and develop solid study habits that will ease the transition from high school to college studies. Our instructors are experienced in preparing high school juniors and seniors for all-important college entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT. We can also help students get the grades they deserve in high school placement tests, MEAP, ASFAB, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and GMAT. As an added benefit, we offer support and coaching for parents as students utilize our programs.

As an Optiminds client, you can expect a customized test preparation plan that covers these key areas:

  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Math
  • How to find the correct answer
  • Educated Guessing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Essays
  • Reviewing Grammar
  • Build Stamina
  • Speed Reading
  • Vocabulary
  • Manageable Plan for Targeted Score

Call Optiminds today at (248) 496-0150 or email us at: to find out more about our test preparation courses. And be sure to visit our website at:

Study Skills and Test Taking Success Strategies

October 29, 2009

Getting help and training in test taking and study skills is very beneficial. Your ACT/SAT or any other test scores will be better if you use effective study skills, get pointers, and take practice tests. Don’t be hesitant to ask for help. Even one study session can improve your results.

So you are thinking of taking a standardized test such as the:
o ACT,
o SAT,
o GRE,
o LSAT, or
And you may be worried about how to go about it.

Lots of people are telling you different stories and some of the top students you know did not do well in on one of these exams. Is that bothering you? Relax! Don’t worry. With the help of good tutoring, you can pass any of these tests with a good score. All you have to do is polish your study skills.

The most important thing is focus. You must have focus and a will to study. The motivation plays a vital part in your studies. If you find that you do not have strong motivation for your studies you will have to work out a way to deal with this problem.

Always remember what works for one person may not necessarily work for you. We all have different learning styles. So, the first step is to know yourself. Are you a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner?

In addition, what is your natural Acadian clock? Are you a morning person or a late night person? Think what you love to do and what time of day you like to do these things. That is likely to be the best time of day for you to study. Some people like to study early in the morning while some prefer late nights. So find out which time of the day suits you the best.

Once you know what the best time of day is for you, next thing to do is to make a plan. To make a plan you need to know is the scope of the subject. So you need to look at the syllabus. If the syllabus recommends any reference books, then get the books! Before you sit down to study make sure you have all the materials that you need. Being prepared for your study session will make it more productive.

Making notes while you are studying is very important. After you have finished the chapter you should have some notes on the paper. The notes will be your guide lines for the chapter. If you realize that you remember things better if you put that on a flash card or draw some picture then do that. Be creative. Come up with acronyms that will explain or remind you what the chapter is all about.

SAT or PSAT or many such exams are created to test if you can think logically. So take as many practice tests as possible. The practice tests will help you in overcoming your anxiety and fear of failure. The more you practice the more confident you will become. Maybe the first practice test will be an eye opener for you and it will show you the areas in which you will need to work the hardest. That is your baseline score. Your can expect to improve each time. The difference between practice tests and actual tests will be the time, focus, and preparation. Time, focus, and preparation pay off!

Your study skills will come in handy and you can apply these skills Optiminds will help you develop while taking the standardize tests. Taking tests for school or college admissions is a fact of life! If you are taking PSAT, SAT, ACT or even an MCAT or LAST — all these tests are standardized. Your score or grades will determine if you will be admitted to certain school and if admitted how much of a scholarship award you may earn. So, I think we can all agree the time spent preparing is worth the effort!

As for study techniques first thing to do is to get acquainted with the format of the test. Generally it is divided into four parts. You have math, language, reading comprehension and essay writing. Most of the questions are objective types. You are given four options and you are supposed to pick the correct option. Read all the instruction carefully before you start to write the answers.

Work smart! Use time to your advantage. If you have taken practice tests before taking the actual test you must have realized the importance of time. You have to complete the test in stipulated time. Start with the questions that you think are easy. If you find that you are stuck for long time on one particular question mark that on the test paper and move ahead. You can come back to that particular question after you finish with the other questions.

Write in legible hand writing. Pay attention to your spelling and grammar when you are writing essay type questions. Good hand writing, correct usage of punctuation and spelling will always improve your grades.

For optimal performance, a tutor may need to work with you on a weekly basis to improve your test scores and send you off to the college of your choice.

Author Resource: Dr. Jane Stewart is an expert in Brain Fitness. Her company is comprised of customized, individualized, exercises designed to stimulate targeted areas of the brain that can be utilized online or in person.

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