Fore Abinusawa is an achiever. Whether it’s running a race for her school’s track and field team or preparing for the SAT with A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, this Germantown Academy rising senior is meticulous and industrious, perfecting her skills and persevering through challenges to ultimately accomplish her goals. With the help of her A+ tutors, Beth Bantley and Rob Gelb, Fore was able to improve her score by 130 points! We spoke with Fore and her tutors so they could reflect on their work together and to better appreciate Fore’s impressive results.
A+: Congratulations, Fore, on all of your success! Looking back, what drew you to A+ and what were sessions like?
FORE: My older brother also attended A+ tutoring for his SAT. Sessions were done online, but it almost felt like I was still in a normal in-person setting. My instructors managed to keep me engaged throughout our sessions, and I had the chance to ask my own questions to help solidify my understanding of material. One thing that was particularly helpful was taking notes during my lessons. I would write them on sticky notes and arrange them right by my desk so that I could review them and keep track of different literary terms or strategies and different math equations.
A+: It sounds like the experience was a good one for your brother and for you, which is great to hear! Although your overall experience was positive, did you face any challenges?
FORE: There was a brief period of stagnation where my practice test scores and performance of homework exercises didn’t seem to be improving, which was hard to navigate. Despite that, my instructors stuck with me even if it meant reviewing the same material over and over until it made sense and I was getting problems correct.
Fore’s tutors return the praise with compliments of their own. Math tutor, Rob Gelb, describes Fore as someone whose “aptitude was clear.” He says that “working through pressure was a major challenge” for Fore, “so we took a step back and figured out how to alleviate that pressure as much as possible. The main source of that pressure was the idea of a time limit, so we flipped that limit on its head and used a stopwatch approach, counting UP to 25 or 55 minutes for each math section instead of counting DOWN. The improvement was almost immediate.”
Beth Bantley, Fore’s verbal tutor, was equally impressed. Along with asking detailed questions when she needed clarification, “Fore was determined not only to find the correct answers but also to understand why the answers were correct.” Bantley and Gelb agree that a key to Fore’s success was her flexibility and positive attitude toward the learning process. As Gelb notes, “Fore was very open-minded to the suggestions I gave her, so her progress had everything to do with finding the right approach given her personality.”
A+: Tutoring is a collaborative experience between tutor and student. Do you recall the best piece of advice you remember getting from your tutor?
FORE: The SAT isn’t a sprint but a marathon. Even if I may be unsure of an answer, I can always skip it and answer other questions correctly and come back to it. Also, when in doubt, or if I run out of time, I can always guess and won’t get penalized for that.
Gelb and Bantley not only gave great advice, but they were also pleased that Fore was able to make such good use of it during her preparation and testing. “Fore should feel very proud of her progress, as increasing already high scores as she had is no easy feat,” says Bantley. Meanwhile, Gelb describes Fore as “a joy to work with. Her commitment to the program was evident in each session we had.”
A+: So, now that you’re finished with the SAT, what are your future goals?
FORE: I’m interested in the intersection of science and business, so I hope to possibly pursue healthcare management. I also possibly am interested in the pharmaceutical industry and am considering going into pharmacy school post-grad.
Congratulations to Fore! A+ wishes you all of the best as you pursue your future goals.
At A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, our practices are based on the latest developments in educational theory and research. We have an excellent team of tutors who can help you with standardized testing, executive functioning, or achievement in any other school subject. If you want to find out more about our services, our Client Service Directors Susan Ware and Joelle Faucette can be reached at 215-886-9188.