SCHOLAR READY ALUMNI IN THE NEWS...

Three Dawson High School alumni who attended PSAT/SAT preparation courses offered in the Center for Executive Education at University of Houston-Clear Lake were named National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists.

Kyle Bundick, Ashley Phillips and Jordyn Taylor are among the fewer than 1% of U.S. high school students who have achieved this status. Students advancing to the finalist round compete for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth over $31 million. 

TSI Trouble? Try These Resources
(713) 553-6557 

Are you planning to take or retake the Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) in the near future?

What Students Should Know About the TSIA2
  • The exam determines a student's readiness for college-level reading, math, and writing.
  • The TSIA2 is comprised of 3 parts: English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR), Mathematics, and Essay.
  • Students who fail a part or parts of the TSIA2 will be required to take developmental (remedial) classes. These classes do not count toward a student's degree program, adding additional time (and often, expenses) to the student's college experience.

What Class of 2023 & Younger Students Should Know About the TSIA2
  • Students who attain a minimum ACT composite score of 23 and at least a 19 on the ACT English and at least a 19 on the ACT math are exempt from the TSIA2.
  • Students who attain at least a 480 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and at least a 530 on the SAT math are exempt from the TSIA2.
  • If a student is not exempt from the TSIA2 because of SAT or ACT scores or these other exemptions, taking a strong algebra-based math class in 12th grade will enable the student to prepare for the exam. Think Algebra II, Pre-calculus, or Calculus.

While avoiding algebra will help a senior coast through the end of high school, he or she will struggle as a college student. Statistics, Math Models, Algebra III, or a math fluff class will not do the job. These colleges are not playing with these placement exams.

What Parents Should Know About TSIA2 & Developmental Classes
It's simpler for your student to boost his or her math, reading, and writing performance while he or she is under your roof. This past school year, I taught students striving to complete remedial classes. These students lived on campuses that are at least 90 minutes away from their hometowns. Getting them to attend tutoring -- consistently and on time -- was stressful and melodramatic. Profanity lit up the Distraught Parents' Hotline! When your student is home, attendance and punctuality are easier to control.
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ESSAY WRITING FOR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Recommended for Class of 2023 and 2024
Students will learn...
  • How to write a personal essay
  • How to build a scholarship plan (where to find scholarships and what to write about in other essays)
  • How to complete an application for college admission
  • How to request letters of recommendation
  • Interviewing skills.

100% Live instruction on Skype. Class size is limited to 4 students. 
Pay $125 to reserve your student's spot, $550 due before the course begins
SESSION I: June 6 – June 30. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 am – 10:15 am. 3 SEATS REMAINING

SESSION II: July 5 – August 1. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 am – 10:15 am.2 SEATS REMAINING

To register, call (713) 553-6557 or email jdledwith@scholaready.com
100% Live instruction on Skype. Class size is limited to 4 students.
Resources for the TSIA2
The College Board is the creator of the TSIA2. Visit the College Board's TSIA2 information page and its sample questions.

For extra practice, use these practice exams from EBSCO LearningExpress.

Note: These practice exams lack the functionality and explanations of the online versions. For Harris County Public Library cardholders, access to the online versions is free. Follow these steps.

  1. Visit www.hcpl.net. If you are logged into the website, log out.
  2. Go to the very bottom of the page. Click Research Databases.
  3. On left side of page, select School & College Prep.
  4. Click Learning Express: College Admissions Test Preparation.
  5. If prompted, enter your library card number or register for a library card.
  6. Top left toolbar: Click the drop-down menu for Centers. College Center Plus>Prepare for State Placement Tests.
  7. Click Prepare for State Placement Tests: Select TSIA Preparation.

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PSAT/SAT Preparation: Geometry, Measurement, Proportions, Percent
June 6 – June 23. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:30 am – 11:45 am. 3 SEATS REMAINING
100% Live instruction on Skype. Class size is limited to 4 students. 
Pay $245 
Students will learn PSAT Math content (geometry, measurement, proportions, and percent); test-taking strategies; and how to practice for the exam. 
To register, call (713) 553-6557 or email jdledwith@scholaready.com. 
PSAT/SAT Preparation: Linear Functions
June 27 – July 14. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:30 am – 11:45 am. 2 SEATS REMAINING
100% Live instruction on Skype. Class size is limited to 4 students. 
Pay $245 
Students will learn PSAT Math content (linear functions); test-taking strategies; and how to practice for the exam. 
To register, call (713) 553-6557 or email jdledwith@scholaready.com
PSAT/SAT Preparation: Reading
June 27 – July 14. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm. 1 SEAT REMAINING
100% Live instruction on Skype. Class size is limited to 4 students. 
Pay $345 
Students will learn PSAT Reading content (vocabulary, background knowledge); test-taking strategies; and how to practice for the exam. 
To register, call (713) 553-6557 or email jdledwith@scholaready.com
PSAT/SAT Preparation: Quadratic Functions
July 18 – August 4. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:30 am – 11:45 am. 1 SEAT REMAINING
100% Live instruction on Skype. Class size is limited to 4 students. 
Pay $245 
Students will learn PSAT Math content (quadratic functions and advanced math concepts); test-taking strategies; and how to practice for the exam.
To register, call (713) 553-6557 or email jdledwith@scholaready.com
PSAT/SAT Preparation: Writing and Language
July 18 – August 4. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm. 1 SEAT REMAINING
100% Live instruction on Skype. Class size is limited to 4 students. 
Pay $345 
Students will learn PSAT Writing and Language content (vocabulary, background knowledge, grammar, usage, and punctuation); test-taking strategies; and how to practice for the exam.
To register, call (713) 553-6557 or email jdledwith@scholaready.com
PSAT/SAT Class Pass
Would you like to participate in all 5 sessions and the October 4 - 6 Test Review?
Invest in a Class Pass! $1295
To register, call (713) 553-6557 or email jdledwith@scholaready.com
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Summer Math and Literacy Program: Nonfiction & Pre-Algebra
Recommended for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders
June 6 – June 23. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 1 pm – 2:15 pm & 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm. 3 SEATS REMAINING
100% Live instruction on Skype. Class size is limited to 4 students. 
Pay $425
Students will build background knowledge to understand this summer’s novel We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry. Students will use proportions, percent, and ratios to depict colonial America.
To register, call (713) 553-6557 or email jdledwith@scholaready.com
Summer Math and Literacy Program: Research & Analysis & Algebra
Recommended for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders
June 27 – July 14. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 1 pm – 2:15 pm & 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm. 2 SEATS REMAINING
100% Live instruction on Skype. Class size is limited to 4 students. 
Pay $425
Students will learn to use podcasts, videos, articles, and other media to research and analyze topics in this summer’s novel We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry. Students will use algebraic models to analyze their research. Students will choose among these topics in the syllabus.
To register, call (713) 553-6557 or email jdledwith@scholaready.com
Summer Math and Literacy Program: Fiction & Algebra
Recommended for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders
July 18 – August 4. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 1 pm – 2:15 pm & 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm. 2 SEATS REMAINING
100% Live instruction on Skype. Class size is limited to 4 students. 
Pay $425
Students will read We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry and discuss the author’s use of symbolism, foreshadowing, and allusion. Students will use algebraic models to compare events in the late 20th Century to those of the present day. Students will also learn vocabulary, grammar and usage, and critical thinking skills. 

Would you like to participate in all 3 Math & Literacy sessions? Invest in a Class Pass! $975
To register, call (713) 553-6557 or email jdledwith@scholaready.com
REGISTER FOR SPRING CLASSES
  • SAT Preparation: All subjects or individual subjects (Next SAT Date: June 4)
  • ACT Preparation: All subjects or individual subjects (Next ACT Date: June 11)
  • Math, English, or Reading Tutoring 
ABOUT SCHOLAR READY

Jennifer Ledwith is the owner of Scholar Ready, an educational services company. She meets with clients online or in person in Houston, Texas. She also studied Personal Financial Planning at Rice University and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.
 
Scholar Ready tutors Math, conducts personal essay writing workshops, and prepares students for PSAT, SAT, and ACT exams. To learn more, visit www.scholaready.com and  http://www.youtube.com/scholaready .
 
Ms. Ledwith is the PSAT and SAT instructor at University of Houston-Clear Lake's Center for Executive Education. Learn more about her most recent course at University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Contact information:

(713) 553-6557