As you may know, when your age starts with a "4", it's more likely that your muscle tissue has gone from bouncy and bendable to something more like beef jerky.
So several months ago, I decided to take up yoga again. In Normal Heights, there's a yoga studio called Pilgrimage Of The Heart Yoga. (That could be the most "yoga" name of all time, by the way.)
The teachers were great, the people were friendly, and even the rooms were huge (zero people kicked me or dripped sweat on me). So after I tried it out, I signed up for a 10-class pack. But as the weeks went on, I found it harder and harder to make myself go. Before I knew it, six months had passed... and my class pack had expired.
Even when dealing with an altruistic business that seemed to truly care about my health and fitness, I managed to waste my money.
Test prep, unfortunately, is an industry in which a lot more money is wasted.
Never mind that a good percentage of the industry is only marginally effective. Even quality companies who truly want students to do well see parents waste their money every day. The problem? Many students don't do what we tell them to do at home, for a few reasons:
What I suggest to parents is this (taken from my "For Parents" page:
Working with your son or daughter to establish goals and a routine will greatly help the entire process (not to mention make my job a lot easier). Just keep in mind the above conversations may take time.
In addition to monitoring study time, I also suggest having the student send me a weekly email (cc'ing you) with what he has done that week.
My hope is that by adding more accountability to SAT and ACT prep, students will be empowered to do the work they need to do to raise their scores, thereby decreasing their stress, your stress, and my stress.
Questions For Discussion:
1. What's your favorite yoga pose? (Mine is "pigeon".)
2. Has anyone ever dripped sweat on you? Explain.
3. Do YOU have any secrets for making your kid more accountable?