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Test Prep Sanity: How To Help Your Child Excel On Standardized Tests Without Driving Each Other Crazy
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During the entire time he kept tutoring high-school students, many of them from New York City's most demanding families, with high expectations. And he kept adding to the manuscript, adding details about his approach, knowing that reading a book was not quite as good as personal tutoring and mentoring, but also knowing that the more he added the closer he got. He read books on brain science, on learning, on evolutionary biology, on hypnosis, on language, on neurological development and disorders. He attended seminars on writing, and presenting, and teaching. He added all this to the book. He kept investing in the material in the book, investing in his student's success.
Yes, this is a biased review because Elie is a friend. And if you are a high-school student, or the parent of a high-school student, and you want to ace your SATs, then this book will help you.Read more ›
This may be an artifact of the truism that times have changed since most parents have been in school. There was considerably less emphasis placed on standardized testing two decades ago and, consequently, many concerned and well-intentioned parents may find themselves at a loss as to how to best advantage their children in this domain. Unfortunately, mainly due to a lack of information, many parents respond to this situation by disproportionately emphasizing the importance of the test, placing (largely unwanted) pressure on their children, and unwittingly instigating the very difficulties they were seeking to avoid.
Mr. Venezky offers parents a way out of this paradox. In an industry fueled by fear and greed, his common sense pragmatism does much to dispel the aura of uncertainty that can hold students - and their parents - in thrall to anxiety. It is a breath of fresh air.
Enter "Test Prep Sanity". No lie - this book has worked magic - for our daughter and, if you can believe it, us. "Test Prep Sanity" clearly identifies anxieties that date back to my own experience taking significant tests, but instead of suggesting banal calming or memorization techniques, this book offers a methodology for overcoming that debilitating tension. In essence, it's a book about demystifying the process and making everything less complicated.
I could not be more adamant or confident: if you are a parent with children approaching standardized testing age, you MUST READ THIS BOOK. It's a treasure and I only wish it had been around three years ago.
Highly recommend this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm really glad that I purchased this book and the companion version for my daughter. I learned a lot while reading it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mom from Connecticut
This book is wonderful for keeping your family sane and rational during SAT time (or any standardized tests). Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by Kiki del Ringo
As a parent of a high school junior, I found Test Prep Sanity by Elie Vanezky extremely helpful. It addressed every aspect of test preparation - tutoring, test anxiety, how to... Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by SRH888
This book was a life saver! I'd heard so many conflicting stories about the SAT that I didn't know what to do. This book clearly explains how to handle a child's test preparation. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by Magda R
An absolute 'MUST READ'. This brief, easy to read paperback is the cure for the test prep crazies (high school & college) ALL parents dread (for those in the dark - just wait!). Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Ira Kantor
I was lucky enough to get a copy of the book for my younger sister. It is amazing how much sanity this book actually brings to the test preparation process. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by DDR
A very helpful book for a international parent who is trying to figure out how to help my child deal with the American standardize tests. Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Erik
well it is about time to have a book who will help the children in a important subject that is easy to read and understand