SAT Tutoring and ACT Tutoring with Mr. Eisenberg
I'm Jeffrey Eisenberg. I help students in Long Island to succeed on the SAT and ACT. I've been doing so for over 20 years. In addition, I teach Social Studies at East Meadow High School, and have been doing so for the same length of time.
I work with students to:
Students who embrace my techniques and practice them as assigned typically improve their scores significantly. I look forward to discussing with you how we can work together towards this goal.
I also tutor students in preparation for both the Global History and United States History Regents examinations, as well as the Advanced Placement exams for United States History and U.S. Government and Politics. Again, students who do the assigned work achieve a high rate of success.
Please Note: Professional ethics and district policy prevent me from tutoring any of my current classroom students. I hope that the reasons for this are appreciated and understood.
If you are interested in having me tutor you to increase your standardized test scores, or to help you to understand your Social Studies work, please do contact me. (See info below) We will establish a mutually convenient schedule. Thanks for visiting!
Phone: (516) 660-0168
E-Mail: tutor (at) abcandj.com
Long Island Regents Prep Don't need an indivdual tutor? Or do you wish to supplement your study? With courses designed and taught by experienced teachers, this group provides review for Regents exams in one day. Full disclosure: I have taught the Global History Regents prep course for LIRP in recent years.
College Admissions And Financing
The Big Test Before College? The Financial Aid Form This February 21, 2009 article from the New York Times addresses the stalled efforts to streamline the FAFSA form, and the difficulties faced by those that rely on aid for college.
To Keep Students, Colleges Cut Anything But Aid This NYT article was published February 27, 2009. It delivers the news that in this unusual financial environment, colleges and universities are maintaining and in some cases increasing the aid provided to students as a means of stabilizing enrollment.
In Shifting Era of Admissions, Colleges Are Sweating This article, published on March 7, 2009, discusses the shift in the balance of power towards applicants. Considered in combination with the findings of the previously linked article, it seems that students may well have more choices and perhaps even lower costs in the next few years. Of course, I've always been an optimist.
The College Board This page on the massive College Board site is the starting point for those interested in taking the SAT's. It provides tools for registering for the exam online, viewing your score report electronically, and basic information such as test dates, deadlines, and information on how to contact the CB directly.
The ACT Exam This exam, once dominant in only the areas of the nation between the Rockies and the Mississippi River, has become increasingly popular on the east coast. For many students, this exam is fairer, and as a result, an easier exam on which to acheive a high score. This site includes the same kind of information as is found on the College Board site, but of course, as it relates to the ACT.
ACT-SAT Concordance This page from the ACT site provides a rough equivalency between the scores on the two exams that is used by many colleges. Accordingly, it provides a useful guideline for those of us on the other side of the admissions process.
ACT Trig Help
For the most part, the SAT and ACT exams cover familiar ground. However, there are four (ONLY four) Trigonometry questions on the ACT exam. For those students who are nervous about this, the two following links should prove helpful:
Math Warehouse: Sin, Cosine, and Tangent Part of a larger site, Math Warehouse, this page in particular reviews the fundamentals of these basic trig concepts. Don't sweat it---as much as this page may seem to skim the surface, it goes furhter in depth than is even necessary for the purposes of the ACT. Remember that most ACT SOHCAHTOA problems involve simple substitution. Master the concepts here, and you'll be fine!
Mathwords: Logarithm Rules Again, this page is one small part of a larger site (Mathwords.com) designed to help students review Math concepts. This page covers the basic rules associated with logs, and goes as far as you'll need to for the purposes of the ACT's. Just bear in mind that a log is simply another way of expressing an exponent.
Essay Scoring Rubrics
SAT Essay Scoring Guide
ACT Essay Scoring Guide--This is the new rubric, though careful observers will notice strong similarities between this and the previous guide.
The "New" SAT
First of all, are you in either the Class 2016? If so, you can skip this section.
The changes take place in March of 2016. Therefore, only those in the Class of 2017 and beyond need concern themselves with this. I recommend that students in the Class of 2017 give serious consideration to avoiding the first several administrations of the new exam, in order to focus on the ACT.
Redesigned SAT This page from the College Board site gives the outline of the changes, with links to more specific information. This is an excellent starting point for finding information and sample questions.
SAT Cosmetic Surgery Ignores Test's Basic FlawsThis statement issued by FairTest details some of the ongoing problems with the exam that we can expect with the restructuring of the exam. Just as one might expect the College Board's site (see above links) to be skewed towards what they claim to be the positive aspects of the new exam, FairTest's analysis comes from their cynical view of standardized testing as a whole. On the matter of the SAT's, I would argue that FairTest is closer to the mark.
9 Things Changing On The New SAT Want just a quick summary of the changes for now? This Time article has it.
Frontline: Secrets of the SAT This site, developed from the in-depth and fascinating on-air study of the SAT's undertaken by PBS, provides many different views regarding the nature of the exam, and the many issues surrounding college admissions.
Private Schools Are Expected To Drop Dreaded Entrance Test This September 19, 2013 article from the New York Times gives hope that sanity may be restored to the admissions process for New York City private schools.
Let's Not Forget About Academics
New York State Education Department The official site for the state includes a vast wealth of information, including district report cards.
Regents Prep Run by the Oswego City School District, this site includes materials to aid preparation for the Regents' exams, and downloads of prior tests for practice.
You can view the SAT and ACT dates together in one calendar by going to my shared Google Calendar for these events.
Downloadable version that you can use to include these dates in your own calendar.
You can also view the dates in Google Calendar using the live view below. To view more dates in "agenda" view, simply click "look for more." To view details about the test date, including registration deadlines and the date that scores will be available on the web, simply click on the text "SAT" or "ACT" for whichever date you desire.