Westside Tutoring & Testing Students: ACT, SAT, George Harrison, and Sisyphus

Westside Tutoring & Testing Services Fall 2014 SAT Prep Class

Westside Tutoring & Testing Students

You are an Amazing Group

Be Proud of What You’ve Accomplished to Date!

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Westside Tutoring & Testing Services Fall 2014 ACT & SAT Prep Classes: The Future Is in Good Hands!

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I have been through your practice exams and I have to tell you…I couldn’t be prouder!

Westside Tutoring Students Face a Sisyphean Task
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We are imperfect beings, all of us.

We strive for perfection but, ultimately, it’s a Sisyphean task!

Proficiency and Mastery

Once we’ve mastered a task, a subject, or a physical or intellectual feat, we are faced with even greater challenges. And, as we move forward from one task to another, we are constantly pushed to step outside of our comfort zone. Being pushed is out of our comfort zone is never easy. In fact, it can be downright uncomfortable; and yet, it is only through striving for something better, something greater than ourselves, that we end up knowing our true selves.

Through striving, constantly pushing beyond of our comfort zone, we come to a knowledge of Self:

  • Self-mastery
  • Self-knowledge
  • Self-sacrifice.

These are all necessary steps we must take as we travel our path through life.

Intellectual, spiritual, and physical growth can be difficult…if not downright painful!

To quote The Beatles George Harrison:

“It don’t come easy!”

Nor should it…at least not to the vast majority of us.

Frankly?

I wonder if those individuals who appear to have it “easy.” or “easier,” are really being honest about just how “easy” they have it!

Pushing Through

And, when all is said and done, the triumph is in the doing, the seeking, the exploring, and the striving…in sticking with it, whatever it happens to be, when everything in you screams “QUIT!”

You are a remarkable group of young people and I am proud to be your teacher, tutor, mentor, and friend.

God has blessed you with a myriad of gifts, gifts you have put to good use.

As we move forward and ultimately go our own ways, I want you to know that my door is always open to you and my home is always your home.

It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with each and every one of you and for that I will be eternally grateful!

The future belongs to you…so seize each and every day. I am grateful to be of service and I wish you every good thing in life!

Professor Z

Professor John P. J. “Jack” Zajaros, Sr.
Westside Tutoring & Testing Services
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
216-812-7004 (mobile)

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Studying for Finals 101: Part I

Westside Tutoring & Testing Services: How to Study for Finals 101

The Do’s & Don’ts of Studying for Finals: Part I

Westside Tutoring & Testing Services: How to Study for Finals 101

All-Nighters: A Recipe for Failure

As we move closer to finals week and SAT, ACT, and LSAT dates, the temptation is to stay up later, get up earlier, study in marathon sessions, skip meals, and avoid showers (unfortunately). In point fact, pulling your hair back and into a ponytail often serves as the next-best thing to a shower…for guys and girls!

Westside Tutoring & Testing Services' How to Survive Finals Week 101

Unfortunately, this strategy, or series of strategies, has a real downside…over and above the obvious one!

Almost everyone has pulled an all-nighter at one time or another, myself included. It was one of the most grueling experiences of my academic life and one I wouldn’t want to live through again. My all-nighter came before a Social Psychology final taught by Professor Brian Blake at Cleveland State University. And yes, I got an A on the final and for the course.

But would I do it again?

Never!

If you have several exams over the course of a week or two, coupled with an all-important ACT, SAT, or GRE, adhering to the above-mentioned strategy or set of strategies will do more harm than good.

Instead of going all Kamikaze, here is a strategy that works:

  • Begin at once!
  • Set up a schedule and stick to it.
  • Study in 45-60 minute blocks, depending on how dense the subject matter is.
  • Take a 5-10 minute break and then resume.
  • You can keep that up for 4-6 hours (4-10pm) and still get a decent night’s sleep (weeknights).
  • Study in 3-4 hour blocks over the weekend. Remember to take breaks every 45-60 minutes. You will be able to study longer (3-4 blocks) and retain more.
  • Don’t skip meals “because you just don’t have time” or you’re “just not that hungry right now.”
  • Make sure you eat a decent breakfast loaded with complex carbs on exam day(s).

NOTE: Your brain is a voracious consumer of carbohydrates and you must replenish your body’s stores every day…several times a day during exam week. Think of yourself as a marathoner and carbohydrate loading a necessity.

Load! Load! Load!

Westside Tutoring & Testing Services Recommends Carb Loading

No Kidding!

More to follow….

Please leave a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts and strategies you use that work.

Professor Z

Professor John P. J. “Jack” Zajaros, Sr.
Westside Tutoring & Testing Services
Serving the Students of NE Ohio for Over 3 Decades!
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
216-712-7004 (office)
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Westside Tutoring & Testing Services’ ACT-SAT Honor Roll for 2013

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Congrats to all of the Westside Tutoring & Testing Services students who achieved WTTS ACT-SAT Honor Roll status by earning scores in the 90th percentile on the SAT and/or ACT in 2013.

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services - Test Prep for SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, GED

 

 Over the past year (2013), we have had the privilege and pleasure of working with students from all over NE and North Central Ohio…all of whom were interested in earning the very best score possible on the ACT and/or SAT.

Westside Tutoring & Testing Services ACT Prep

 

Congrats to the Westside Tutoring & Testing Services’ ACT and/or SAT Prep Course students from the following communities and high schools:

Avon: Avon High School
Avon Lake: Avon Lake High School
Bay Village: Bay High School – ACT High Score (tie)
Brecksville-Broadview Heights: Brecksville Broadview Heights High School
Lakewood: Lakewood High School
North Olmsted: North Olmsted High School
North Royalton: North Royalton High School – ACT High Score (tie)
Rocky River: Rocky River High School
Strongsville: Strongsville High School
Westlake: Westlake High School

Lake Ridge Academy – North Ridgeville
Magnificat High School – Westlake
St. Edward’s High School – Lakewood
St. Ignatius High School – Cleveland – SAT High Score
Western Reserve Academy – Hudson

We would also like to congratulate our academic tutoring students for improving your grades across the board.

The Right Tutor, The 4 Es, and Westside Tutoring & Testing Services

We are looking forward to more, and even greater success, in the months and years to come.

Professor John P. J. “Jack” Zajaros, Sr.
Westside Tutoring & Testing Services
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
216-712-7004 (office)
440-821-7018 (mobile)

NOTE: Obviously, we can’t take the exam for our students, nor would we want to! However, we do everything in our power to assure our students of an excellent result. Ultimately, the final score is up to the student and how much time and effort they are willing to put forth. Not to mention how much support they receive from family and friends. That being said, we at Westside Tutoring & Testing Services make sure our students have all of the tools necessary to achieve an outstanding result…whether this is their first time taking the exam or their fifth! We strive to deliver our very best in every instance because…Our Students Comes First…Always! 

Rock Your Entrance Exam: Begin Your ACT and/or SAT Prep Today!

Westside Tutoring & Testing Services' Students Conquer Test Anxiety

Test Anxiety? Well, Our ACT and SAT Prep Students Rock the House!

Westside Tutoring & Testing Services' Students Conquer Test Anxiety

Rid Yourself of Test Anxiety Once and for All!

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Whether this is your first time taking the ACT or SAT (many of our students do, in fact, take both more than once), or your second, third, fourth, or seventh* time through…the Westside Tutoring and Testing Services ACT/SAT Prep Course will help you attain your ultimate Goal Score!

Guaranteed!**

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services offers:

  • 2 and 4 Week Intensive ACT Prep Course (4 one-on-one, 90 minute sessions weekly and at least 1 practice test)
  • 2 and 4 Week Intensive SAT Prep Course (4 one-on-one, 90 minute sessions weekly and at least 1 practice test)
  • 6 and 8 Week Intensive ACT Prep Course (4 one-on-one, 90 minute sessions weekly and at least 2 practice test)
  • 6 and 8 Week Intensive SAT Prep Course (4 one-on-one, 90 minute sessions weekly and at least 2 practice test)
  • 12 and 16 Week Intensive ACT Prep Course (3 one-on-one, 90 minute sessions weekly and at least 4 practice tests)
  • 12 and 16 Week Intensive SAT Prep Course (3 one-on-one, 90 minute sessions weekly and at least 4 practice tests)
  • WTTS’ Fully-customized ACT/SAT Prep Course [3-4 one-on-one, 90 minute sessions weekly and at least 3/3 (6) practice tests]

Similar test prep (entrance, proficiency, and placement) course structures are available for the GRE, LSAT, ASVAB, AP, CLEP, GMAT, etc. 

All Westside Tutoring and Testing Services test prep course and tutoring programs are one-on-one. We do not believe in offering anything less than the very best in individualised, one-on-one instruction. The classroom approach to test prep is, in our view, a complete and utter failure. Sadly, it is what most students are subjected to and it is why we see most of our students after they have taken the ACT, SAT, GRE, or LSAT two, three, four, and five times.

It is fundamentally impossible to reach 30 to 40 students effectively and simultaneously with a prepared (read: canned) script that fails to offer much, if any, wiggle room for questions and interaction.

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services’ ACT and SAT Prep Course students succeed while others fail, relatively speaking, because every WTTS test prep program is designed with our student’s needs in mind. Our primary concern is one student….the student we are working with (i.e., tutoring, coaching, mentoring, teaching, etc.) at that specific moment in time. We do not have to teach to the class average. Or, worse yet, we do not have to teach to the lowest common denominator.

Every WTTS test prep course is fluid, measured and adjusted constantly in order to assist just one individual…the client seated across from the instructor!

Every Westside Tutoring and Testing Services Student is Number 1

Every Westside Tutoring and Testing Services Student is #1!

Additionally, academic tutoring is also offered in only one way: Individualized, one-on-one sessions for no more than 90 minutes (read: The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz; and, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz). Both are excellent books and should be required reading for every teacher, tutor, coach, mentor, employer, etc. In fact, they should be required reading for anyone interested in peak performance.

When all is said and done, we are interested in little else at Westside Tutoring and Testing Service…given the proper structure and guidance, of course!

Ask us for answers to the following questions when we meet for our first, free, 90 minute consultation and assessment:

  • Why doctoral (Ph.D.) level instruction for all of our students?
  • Why do our all of our students require and receive individualized, one-on-one instruction?
  • Why do all of our students require and receive a program built, and constantly monitored and adjusted just for them…and for no one else?
  • Why are our tutoring sessions never more than 90 minutes in length (with the unfortunate exception being practice exams)?
  • Why do we have to teach our students how to take the ACT and/or SAT?
  • Why is more time spent on test taking strategy, and less on academics (although both receive more than their due)?
  • Why do many of our students remain with us for months and, in some instances, years beyond their initial contact?
  • Why does Westside Tutoring and Testing Services specialize in tutoring, teaching, coaching, and mentoring students challenged by and diagnosed with ADD or ADHD?
  • Why do we also have a program for students labeled specifically as Gifted…and often in Gifted programs on taking Gifted courses?

Please know that WTTS also has a very substantial and thriving  tutoring practice filled with students not fighting through the label labyrinth…at least not yet! Labeling can be difficult and destructive…it is seldom productive; and yet, it is entirely human!

The ADHD Specialists: Westside Tutoring and Testing Services - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

 

Suggested Reading: How to Recognize and Hire a Professional Tutor: 30 Years of Working with ADHD Students

Once again, Westside Tutoring and Testing Services offers a myriad of standardized entrance, proficiency, and placement exam prep courses for students in almost every age bracket and at virtually every academic level.

Here are just a few of the WTTS test prep course examples:

  • High School Sophomores – PSAT
  • High School Juniors and Seniors – SAT, ACT, and OGT
  • High School Juniors and Seniors (primarily) – AP and CLEP
  • High School Graduates – ASVAB
  • Adults – GED
  • Undergraduates and Graduate Students – PRAXIS
  • College/University Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors – GRE, MCAT, GMAT, LSAT
  • Nursing Students (university based, hospital based, and others) – NCLEX-PN or the NCLEX-RN
  • Adults in their thirties and forties (non-traditional students) – Math and/or English proficiency exams prior to returning to school after years away

Over the past 5 years we have assisted well over 150 students, all 1-on-1, prepare for that most important of days!

Incredibly, the above-mentioned list doesn’t begin to touch the absolute number of requests we receive for test prep and academic assistance (i.e., tutoring, mentoring, coaching, etc.) annually from, as previously mentioned, students of all ages and at every level.

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services is very careful to take on only those students (and parents when appropriate – because it is a joint venture) who:

  1. Really need our help – either test prep or academic tutoring (this trumps all else – the latter over the former) – this is #1, always
  2. Are committed to doing (supporting in order to accomplish) whatever may be required in order to achieve the student’s goals
  3. Agree, along with Westside Tutoring and Testing Services, to a specific goal, timeframe, and framework for its accomplishment (completion is program dependent)
  4. Finally, the student’s goal becomes WTTS’ goal and we are well on their way to “Making it so!”

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services - 30 Years of Tutoring, Coaching, Mentoring, and Influencing Students

If, after sorting through this article/blog post/promotional piece, you would like to ask us a few more questions, and perhaps discuss your Goal Score?

Or perhaps, more simply, your goals?

Please give us a call today

440-821-7018

Serving Northeast and North Central Ohio for Over 30 Years!

Professor John P. J. “Jack” Zajaros, Sr.
Westside Tutoring and Testing Services
440-821-7018

 

*We are in awe of this student, an incredibly bright and determined young man who, after taking several of the canned presentation and big name test prep courses (for a lot more money!), and falling just short of his Goal Score 7 times, he came to us. Incredibly, after completing the WTTS 8 Week Intensive Program for the required proficiency examination in his area of concentration (3 sessions weekly, 1-on-1 for 90 minutes), he blew away his previous scores and achieved his Goal Score, and more. This was, without a doubt, one of the highest points in my 30+ years of teaching, tutoring, coaching, and mentoring young people. In a lifetime filled with high points, we were all so happy for him because he went all-in and, in the process, learned so much about himself, what he is capable of, and what he can do with the proper mindset…and the right assistance (i.e., coach, mentor, teacher, tutor, etc.). And he’d also become part of the WTTS family!

**Your success is our success and we won’t stop working until you (your son or daughter) have achieved the desired outcome. The Goal Score is just one measure, of course; and naturally, your son or daughters’ measure, including the Goal Score, will be agreed upon in advance…after the free consultation and assessment is completed. Call today! 440-821-7018

What We Offer: Specializing in Tutoring Gifted Students and Students with ADD and ADHD

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services - 30 Years of Tutoring, Coaching, Mentoring, and Influencing Students

Professional Tutoring throughout the Cleveland Area for Students from 5 to 55 Years of Age

Tutoring for All Subjects and All Levels: Specializing in the Gifted and Students with ADD and ADHD

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services is an education-based consulting firm focusing on academic support, to include one-on-one tutoring throughout suburban Cleveland.

 

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Below you will find a partial list of the subjects Westside Tutoring and Testing Services offers tutoring in. Westside-Tutoring and Testing Services tutors students of all ages, from pre-school and elementary school through graduate and professional school:

 

Science Tutoring

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services of Lakewood, Ohio Specializes in Science Tutoring

Earth Science

Physical Geography

General Science (often taught in the freshman year of high school)

Biology

  • Embryology
  • Osteology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Gross Anatomy
  • Microbiology

Chemistry

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

Physics

Math Tutoring

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services Pays Tribute to the MathMan

PreSchool Math

Elementary Math

Middle School Math – General Math

Pre-Algebra

Algebra I

Algebra II

Geometry

Trigonometry

Pre-Calculus

Calculus

Statistics – Beginner through Graduate Level

In tribute to a great math tutor and educator.

We’re sorry to inform you that Henry the Mathman passed away on September 8, 2011.

He was 88.

History Tutoring

Cleveland's Westside Tutoring and Testing Services Makes History Tutoring Interesting

World History

US History – Pre-Revolution to 1865

US History – Reconstruction to 1945

US History – Post WWII to Present

Western Civilization – The Golden Crescent to the Fall of Rome

European History – The Fall of Rome through Enlightenment and Revolution

European History – Emerging from Revolution to WWII

European History – The Holocaust in Depth

European History – WWII to Present

Egyptian History

Africa and the Fight for Colonial Power (we can drill down – Africa is a huge continent and topic)

Africa: Emerging from the Yolk of Colonial Power to Present (we can drill down – Africa is a huge continent and topic)

Asia – Focusing on China and Japan (we can also delve into Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, etc)

Russia – The Tsars (Peter the Great, the Ivans, Catherine the Great, and the fall of the Tsars)

Russia – The Revolutions of 1905 and 1917 through Perestroika

Russia – The Purges

Russia – From Lenin through Stalin

South American History

MesoAmerican History

Mexican History – Pryamids to the Fall of the Aztecs

Native American History and First Contact

English Tutoring, Grammar Tutoring, and Literature Tutoring

Westside Tutoring and English Tutoring - A Lifelong Love Affair with the English Language

English – Grammar

English – Reading

English – The Essay, Critical and Creative Writing

English – The Research Paper and Technical Writing

African American Literature

American Literature – Prior to 1860

American Literature – 1860 to 1945

American Literature – 1945 to Present

American Literature – The Great American Novel

British Literature – The Greats: Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, etc.

British Literature – The Industrial Revolution to 1945

British Literature – 1945 to Present

British Literature – The Novel

Humanities Tutoring and More

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services - 30 Years of Tutoring, Coaching, Mentoring, and Influencing StudentsAnthropology Tutoring

  • Archaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Physical Anthropology

Psychology Tutoring

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Learning and Cognition in Psychology
  • Personality Psychology

Sociology Tutoring

Economics Tutoring

  • Micro-economics Tutoring
  • Macro-economics Tutoring

Business Management Tutoring

Marketing Tutoring – Across a Broad Range of Topics

Sales Instruction – Want to be a better salesperson?

  • Learn from one of the best! Results are guaranteed!

Test Preparation

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services - Test Prep for SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, GED

High School Standardized Tests

PSAT

Standardized Tests (there are several used at present – school district dependent)

Graduation and Graduation Equivalency Exams

Ohio Graduation Test or OGT

GED

Teacher Certification Exams

PRAXIS – We’ve had tremendous success, 100% of our students achieving a qualifying score!

College Entrance Examinations – Undergraduate

ACT

SAT

CLEP

Graduate School Entrance Examinations

GRE

Professional School Entrance Examinations

LSAT

GMAT

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional School Application Consulting

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services Offers College Education Consulting

Application Support – College or university and graduate school or professional school applications must be professional and set you apart!

  • We can help you do this!

Personal Statement Assistance

Scholarship Application Assistance

Complete Application Support – From targeting the right program through admission

  • Our program yields results for students focusing on academics and/or athletics!

Reading

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services Believes in Building the Proper Foundation and Reading is an Integral Part of the Foundation

Fundamental Reading – For those struggling with the ability to read

Speed Reading – Our most recent student went from 190 words per minute to 1100wpm in 12 weeks! Of course, every student is different and the above mentioned student was and remains highly motivated, but anyone can double, triple, and quadruple their reading speed in 12 weeks.

Our Most Popular Courses by Far: Study Skills and Time Management

Westside Tutoring Believes that Study Skills and Time Management Go Hand-in-Hand -Or it's a Nightmare!

Study Skills – Think back to the many courses you’ve had that deal with study skills….

Westside Tutorinjg and Testing Services Offers a Complete and Effective Study Skills Program for Cleveland Residents

  • Yeah, that’s our experience too. To date we’ve not had a student who has had a course that taught study skills, much less time management!

In fact, most students can go through 13 to 17 years of education, some students at the best prep schools and universities in the country, and never have a class on how to read faster and with greater comprehension.

  • Westside Tutoring and Testing Services teaches students to read more effectively in order to get the most out of the material you are reading, whether it’s for some sort of academic pursuit, business endeavor or project, or some other “serious” pursuit because that sort of education is lacking too.
  • Westside Tutoring and Testing Services teaches students to write well, and in a way that conveys both the student’s thoughts and ideas in a clear and concise manner.
  • Westside Tutoring and Testing Services teaches students to study for an exam…the right way!
  • Westside Tutoring and Testing Services teaches students to outline a chapter…again, the proper way!
  • Westside Tutoring and Testing Services teaches students to do independent research…in a library with real books that require a different sort of attribution….even when taking an independent study course!
  • And so on….

I think you are getting the idea by now. Westside Tutoring and Testing Services, and its founder and CEO Professor John P. J. Zajaros, Sr., are motivated to one end, to eliminating the need for tutoring services…for anyone! No, it will not happen, not completely and not in our lifetime. But we can make it possible for students to no longer require our services one student at a time.

Kind of like planned obsolescence!

No, we will never be obsolete, at least I hope not.

However, as one of our students discovered, a very bright boy in the local school system’s gifted program, if you apply yourself for a specific period of time—and we mean really commit—you will never need our services for that course again! Sure, you may need a little help here and there, even Michael Jordan had a coach, but you will never need the kind of help you need if you’re about to crash and burn in geometry!

By the way, the student I mentioned above has since moved to Pennsylvania and is doing extremely well! I know this because I received a Father’s Day text from him.

Well, it is a different world, I guess!

Time Management – Begin to take charge of your life as never before!

Westside Tutoring and Testing Services Takes a Unique Approach to Time Management

Whether you are considering this course for a child, perhaps a high school or college student, or for yourself, this course will change your life!

Again, the results are different for each and every student but one thing seems to be universal:

  • The students graduating from the Time Management course are far and away better off than they were coming in.

Study Skills and Time Management are not taught in the conventional fashion.

We know you know all about “To-Do Lists!” We are going to introduce you to a new way to think. In fact, we will revolutionize the way you think…and conduct yourself day-in-and-day-out. No, I am not talking about a lot of new age mambo-jumbo, I am talking about a course that works. In fact, the Time Management course sells out every year. We only take 10 students per year and we do not accept more than ten until someone has move on and is successfully applying our principles…with exciting, even gratifying results.

Why limit it to 10?

We’ll, first and foremost, we want every student to get the most out of the course and out of the instructor. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, we only have so much TIME!

So, call today, spots always fill up fast as we move closer to the New Year.

For information and/or a free consultation and assessment, call today!

440-821-7018

 

 

Professor John P. J. “Jack” Zajaros, Sr
Westside Tutoring and Testing Services
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
440-821-7018

 

NOTE: We do not answer the phone while with students, that’s their time! So, if Professor Z or one of his assistants cannot get to the phone, leave a message. We will call you back as soon as we are free, and certainly by the end of the day. Thank you!