FEATURED SAT Student: Julia Glassman, Abington Senior High School
220 Point SAT Score Increase
Julia Glassman is not your typical junior in high school. From her highly organized schedule to her people skills, she has a lot of traits that will contribute to her success in the future, according to her A+ Test Prep tutors, John Ambrose and Pam Carroll.
Both describe her as a highly motivated young woman who was easy to work with and ready to learn. John said, "She had a great attitude towards the material, towards me, towards the future and towards taking the test."
"One of the things I found delightful about her was that she asked so many great questions," Pam shared. "Most people are terrified of acknowledging they've made a mistake and admitting they have no idea why," Pam said. This wasn't the case with Julia. She was always ready to figure out what she could do to improve.
John, who works as an executive recruiter during the day, immediately noticed Julia's people skills. "Academic or book learning is an important part of success, but people skills are just as important," John said. "The way Julia connects with people will serve her well in the future."
Perhaps one of the things that's helped her develop her outgoing attitude is the work she is doing in hopes of achieving the Congressional Award, awarded by the U.S. Congress, to young people who demonstrate initiative, achievement and service.
Julia is also very good at managing her schedule. "I have so much stuff going on that I have to be organized. I put myself on a schedule," she said. Julia is in her ninth year of karate, plays trombone in the Abington Senior High School Band, serves as a board member for the Jewish teen leadership organization BBYO, teaches Hebrew school, and has a full schedule of honors classes.
Pam was impressed by Julia's organizational skills. "She would prioritize what was important so no other activities suffered" as she was preparing for the test, Pam said.
Julia found that Pam and John "understood what I needed help on and didn't waste time on the rest." "They worked on what would help me the most, and did not take the same approach as they would with another student," she said.
John helped Julia determine the optimal number of questions to answer on each math section, based upon her skill level and the total amount of time available.
To help Julia with the vocabulary portion of the SAT, Pam used stories and nursery rhymes to assist with memorization. "I have her voice engraved in my brain when I go to answer different questions," Julia said.
Her work on SAT vocabulary has changed the way she looks at words, Julia said. "I look at vocabulary differently. I'm thinking, 'What is this related to? What's the root word?'"
Walking in to her SAT, Julia felt pumped up. With a pep talk from Pam the night before, Julia was thinking, "Yea, let's do this," she said. Her preparation and positive attitude helped her improve her SAT score 220 points.
Excited to share the news of her improvement, she called both of her tutors after getting her score. "It made me feel like the work I did was valuable," John said. This was one more example of her fantastic people skills, he said.