Posts By: Melissa Slive

SAT Vocabulary: Develop Your Potty Language!

To the distress of many students, vocabulary is an integral part of the SAT reading component (both sentence completion and reading comprehension questions). Therefore, studying vocabulary must become an integral part of every SAT-taker’s life. Now, I don’t know the ins and outs of my students’ lives. I don’t know when they have sports, when… Read more »

Get in the SAT Zone

It is the perfect time for you to embrace the SAT and to get into the SAT Zone! You should absolutely spend time fine tuning SAT skills and strategies. Deliberate practice is not just about completing test after test and getting a score*. It is about ACTIVE learning – completing a section, analyzing the answers,… Read more »

The Five Characteristics of Supportive Parents

Adapted from The Zen of the SAT by Susan Fine A few years ago, I read an interesting book called The Zen of the SAT, by Susan Fine. In this book, the author presents the five characteristics of supportive parents, an excellent set of guidelines for parents hoping to lessen their children’s stress throughout the SAT process and… Read more »


Everyone needs a pick-me-up during the reading sections of the SAT and ACT. Your child shouldn’t be slugging back a Red Bull during the test, though. That’s overkill, and he or she will waste time going to the bathroom for the remainder of the test. Rather, get out of the “fog” by popping in a… Read more »


I don’t know about you, but it is not often that I see someone walking down the street wearing two hats. Yet, metaphorically, students often wear two hats when they address the English section of the ACT. And, as we know, wearing two hats is a fashion no-no! There are two types of questions in… Read more »

The Return of the Pink Eraser!

Do not show up to the SAT or ACT with a mechanical pencil, and definitely do not show up with a bad eraser! Every year I yell and scream these Do Nots and every year students don’t listen and there are tears! Therefore, this year I am putting these Do Nots in writing. Here’s what you need to know… Read more »

Play the Sentence Completions to Win!

As I watch my husband and sons prepare to attend Monday night football, I am reminded that the sentence completion section of the SAT is like a football game: to win, you must go on the offensive. Too many students make the mistake of passively “listening” to how each possible word choice sounds in the… Read more »

Math Vocabulary!

When we think of vocabulary, we most often think of the reading component of the SAT and ACT. Yet, understanding vocabulary is just as important for acing the math section of these tests. Below are some key math vocabulary terms. Perhaps you don’t need flash cards, but you do need to practice putting these terms… Read more »

WilsonPrep’s Top Ten Study Habits

Now that students are settled into the school year and the tutoring routine, I am getting lots of questions from parents about how their children should be studying at home. Preparing for the SAT and ACT is different than preparing for school exams; therefore, students need to be ready to try new methods. However, your… Read more »

Gearing Up for Grammar!

Quick quiz: Do you know what a contraction is? Pronoun? Preposition? If your answers are no, no, and definitely not, you are in the same boat as many high school students. Most likely you learned some basic grammar in fourth grade and then quickly moved on to reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Hamlet, happily replacing grammar rules with… Read more »

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