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Sheldon S.

Sheldon Soper is a ten year veteran of the teaching profession and currently serves as a junior high school teacher in southern New Jersey and as a freelance writer. His primary focus is building reading, writing, and research skills in his students. He holds two degrees from Rutgers University: a B.A. in History as well as a M.Ed. in Elementary Education. He holds teaching certifications in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Elementary Education. Thomas has also worked as a tutor for grades ranging from second through high school in a wide variety of subjects including reading, writing, calculus, chemistry, algebra, and test prep. His core educational beliefs stem from the notion that all students can be successful; it is the role of educators to help facilitate growth by differentiating and scaffolding student learning on a personal level.
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How Fresh Is Your Test Prep Offering?

Posted by Sheldon S. on Jan 16, 2018 8:04:55 AM

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A new year is the perfect opportunity to take a step back and assess your test prep business. Just as gym-goers are packing their local fitness centers chasing resolutions for healthier bodies, test prep companies should be looking for ways to trim the fat in their SAT and ACT test prep courses.

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Topics: tutoring company, Best Practices, Productivity, entrepreneurism, Planning, Test Prep Advice, professional tutors, small test prep company

How Smaller Test Prep Companies Can Stand up to the Giants

Posted by Sheldon S. on Jan 5, 2018 6:13:00 AM

Getting into the test prep game can be intimidating for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is the rise of large, retail tutoring outfits that have the capital, marketing, retail space, staff, and supplies to gobble up the local market.

Does this mean there’s no hope for the little guy? Quite the contrary! With a few purposeful business decisions, smaller test prep and tutoring operations can go toe to toe with (and even surpass) the biggest competitors in town.

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Topics: ACT Prep, Marketing, Test Prep, SAT Prep, grow your tutoring company, Tips for Tutors, small test prep company, independent tutor, Practice Tests, Marketing Mistakes

Helping Students Choose the Right Testing Center

Posted by Sheldon S. on Dec 14, 2017 5:18:00 AM

A lot of preparation goes into a successful test day. Students sharpen skills and master testing strategies. They sign up for test dates and decide where to send their scores. Unfortunately, students often overlook one important decision: where to take the SAT or ACT test. And that small decision can have a significant impact on test day performance. Today, we help tutors answer the question, "Where should I take the SAT test?"

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Topics: ACT Prep, Test Prep, SAT Prep, Best Practices, the College Board

Hey Tutors, Why Don't You Offer Both SAT & ACT prep?

Posted by Sheldon S. on Dec 5, 2017 6:20:00 AM


Once upon a time, the choice between the SAT and ACT was largely a regional divide. Over the past decade or so, however, both tests have seen increases in registrations and the geographic disparities have noticeably diminished.

What this means for test prep professionals is that you should be offering support services for both tests to best serve your local(or online) market and maximize your potential business.

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Topics: Marketing, Test Prep, Best Practices, grow your tutoring company, free tools for tutors, ACT test prep, Free Ebook, SAT test prep, tutor training, learning differences

Make Test Prep Your New Year's Resolution!

Posted by Sheldon S. on Nov 27, 2017 9:19:55 AM


Adding a comprehensive, differentiated test prep program to your repertoire is the best way to make 2018 your best tutoring year yet!  And unlike losing 15 pounds, it's easier than you might think. But just like losing 15 pounds, the trick is to start BEFORE the holidays!

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Topics: Test Prep, grow your tutoring company, promotional tools for tutors, free tools for tutors, ACT test prep, SAT test prep, Test Prep Advice, sample SAT curriculum, Sample ACT curriculum, group tutoring, professional tutors, SAT Tests 2018, ACT Tests 2018, Registration Deadlines

5 Factors to Consider when Setting your Tutoring Prices

Posted by Sheldon S. on Nov 13, 2017 6:25:00 AM

The economics of running a tutoring center or a test prep business involve many different moving parts. Owners need to make several key considerations when zeroing in on the sweet spot for pricing their services.

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Topics: SAT Tutoring, Tutoring, Test Prep, marketing tools for tutoring companies, free tools for tutors, ACT tutoring, test prep curriculum, Online Tutoring, hiring tutors, SAT curriculum, ACT curriculum, Pricing Strategy

Learning Disability Accommodations on the SAT and ACT

Posted by Sheldon S. on Nov 8, 2017 6:23:00 AM

Students have a variety of needs when it comes to putting forth their best educational efforts. For some students, these needs require additional modifications and supports to help students maximize their potential for growth. Considerations like extra time, specific learning environments, extended breaks, reading aids, translation services, and the use of technology are often made to help students overcome learning disabilities and challenges.

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Topics: ACT Prep, Test Prep, SAT Prep, learning disabilities, learning differences, SAT accommodations, ACT accommodations, SAT extra time, ACT extra time

7 Valuable Interview Questions You Aren’t Asking when Hiring Tutors

Posted by Sheldon S. on Nov 3, 2017 6:37:00 AM

 Great test prep companies are comprised of three essential pieces: excellent tutors, engaging test prep curriculum, and an organizational structure that attracts and serves clients effectively. To optimize student growth, these elements must be in sync.

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Topics: Best Practices, grow your tutoring company, ACT test prep, SAT test prep, hiring tutors, tutor training, tutor certification course, how to sell test prep, score consultations, how to hire tutors

How to Support the Needs of Test Prep Students with ADHD

Posted by Sheldon S. on Oct 27, 2017 10:22:25 AM


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnoses are on the rise among America’s student population. By definition, students with ADHD have difficulty with tasks like focusing and impulse control. That being said, the ways these difficulties manifest vary from person to person. This has a profound impact on the way educators must be prepared to modify their test prep curriculum in order to maximize the growth students with ADHD can achieve.

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Topics: ACT Prep, SAT Prep, free tools for tutors, ACT, SAT, test prep curriculum, sample SAT curriculum, test taking strategies, ADHD, Sample ACT curriculum

3 Ways to Maximize the Potential of your Tutoring Staff

Posted by Sheldon S. on Oct 16, 2017 6:06:00 AM

The best businesses are dynamic organizations that maximize the potential of their personnel. As such, a tutoring or test prep business that brings the best out of its staff will find success.

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Topics: Marketing, Independent Tutoring, Best Practices, grow your tutoring company, ACT test prep, Social Media, SAT test prep, hiring tutors, company culture