Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SAT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student Review!

SAT Prep
SAT Prep

When I requested SAT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student to review, I didn't know what to expect.

I know that my 8th grader will need to begin studying for the SAT test next year.  But I thought any old review book will do, right?

I mean, they are all the same, right?

WRONG!

Eliminate test anxiety with proven strategies and effective skill development in the SAT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student.  Easily integrated into your student's busy life, the course is designed to help students prepare for the SAT by doing a few lessons per week rather than a massive "cram" weeks before the exam, all the while encouraging them to grow in the Lord.  This new enhanced edition also includes a bonus book to help with college admission essays!  This specialized course for the Christian student offers:
*   Helps in building disciplined study skills
*   Development of an extensive vocabulary
*   Encouragement in the development of writing skills
*   Opportunities for writing practice essay
*   Advanced reading selections to enhance critical thinking skills for both verbal & math       problems
*   Answers to general questions about the PSAT, SAT and NMSQT tests.
Rather than approaching the SAT challenge with the goal of just "outsmarting" the test, the SAT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student helps develop and reinforce godly character that will hopefully follow the student and lead to success in college and life!  It's not a quick fix, but investing in SAT preparation over a length of time will ensure your student the best chance to achieve their highest SAT scores, and give vital tools for thriving in secular school environments.
So, rather than just preparing your child to score high, SAT & College Preparation Course for the Christian Student is valuable in preparing them for their life's journey.

"Why should a Christian student prepare for the SAT I any differently than a non-believer?  SAT preparation must be understood in the context of our spiritual journey.  In 2 Timothy 2, Paul urges the young pastor Timothy to study hard and to do his work as if he were working for the Lord.  So must we do all that God  calls us to do with all the strength, vitality, and courage we can.  This book challenges you to work hard and to study to show yourself approved of the Lord."

In addition to the actual study materials (150 lessons in all), this book also contains practical helps such as:  vocabulary helps, test-taking strategies, dealing with stress and jitters and transcript helps all sprinkled liberally with scripture.  There's an interesting section of the Rise of the Secular University and a very useful "50 Examples of College Admission Essays".

One aspect of this book that I really appreciate is a clear and easy to follow schedule to help your students whether they are beginning to study in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade.

Each days' lesson starts with scripture, followed by a life's application that includes thoughtful questions to be answered by the student in their devotional journal.

Reading is emphasized as the best way to build vocabulary.  A list of recommended books are included and it is recommended that the student read at least 1 book a week.  Their vocabulary cards will be obtained from this reading.

Followed by a mix of:  grammar, define a word, math problems, critical reading comprehension, essay, sentence completion, and comparisons to name a few.

After reviewing this book, I can now honestly say that this is one book I would not be without for use with my college-bound highschooler.  We will definitely be using this goldmine next year!

Disclaimer:  I received this item free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the information. Sounds like a good resource to check out!

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  2. Good review. I have this book to review as well and honestly, I felt overwhelmed! I am going to go with it next year (dd's 10th grade) because she is just now feeling that high school is actually doable :) If I were to add in the suggestions from this book (while they are wonderful suggestions) I think she would just die! (not literally of course!)

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