Katherine

About Katherine Friedman

As the Program Co-Director at LA Tutors, Katherine is responsible for developing LA Tutors' curricula and contributes to the LA Tutors educational resources and blog. She has over ten years of classroom teaching experience in a variety of settings with diverse groups of learners: in the United States and internationally, special and general education, and public and private school. With a Masters degree in Education, she has been tutoring throughout her career and loves the opportunity to reach students in a one-on-one or small group setting. She began working as a test preparation tutor in graduate school and enjoys helping students build their understanding and confidence of standardized tests, including the ISEE, SAT, GRE, and CBEST.

What is the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10)?

The Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10) is a standardized test designed by Pearson to measure the academic progress of students from kindergarten to grade 12. It is also used as an admissions test at a few schools, such as Immaculate Heart (middle school only). There is a different test for each grade-level to measure the appropriate [...]

By | 2018-01-05T12:56:50+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Independent School Admissions|0 Comments

How to Get the Most Out of a Ten Hour Tutoring Package

Families consider many factors when choosing a tutoring package: time commitment, availability, the test date for test prep, and finances. For some families, a ten-hour tutoring package is the best choice, even when a lot of material needs to be covered. The good news is that you can make significant progress with just ten hours [...]

By | 2017-11-21T17:47:31+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|High School, Test Prep|0 Comments

Should You Guess on Standardized Tests?

Yes, you should (probably) guess! Now that the New SAT, PSAT, and AP tests have abolished their guessing penalties, the short answer is “yes.” The long answer is still what it was before: it depends on the test. Very few tests today, however, penalize random guesses. A notable exception is the SSAT, a test required [...]

By | 2017-11-21T17:37:55+00:00 December 8th, 2017|HSPT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, SAT Tips, SSAT, Test Prep|0 Comments

CHSPE vs. GED: What’s the Difference?

CHSPE vs. GED: What’s the Difference? For individuals in California who wish to receive a certificate of high school equivalency—technically equal to that of a diploma—passing the GED (General Education Diploma) test and the CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Exam) will serve the same function. There are, however, some important differences between the tests. “Early [...]

By | 2017-11-14T16:07:30+00:00 November 24th, 2017|CHSPE|0 Comments

Receiving Accommodations in College

Receiving Accommodations in College The transition from high school to college, while exciting, can have its share of challenges. These challenges are often magnified if you are a student with a learning disability and/or ADHD. The good news is that, as in high school, you have legal protections and will likely be eligible for accommodations [...]

By | 2017-11-02T11:50:52+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Accommodations, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why One-on-One Tutoring?

Proven Effectiveness Numerous studies show that one-on-one tutoring by a highly qualified tutor is one of the most effective ways to increase grades, academic achievement, and test scores. It has also been proven to improve student attitudes about school, especially for the subjects in which a student is struggling. Individualized Instruction A private tutor hones [...]

By | 2017-11-03T09:56:30+00:00 October 20th, 2017|High School, Test Prep|0 Comments

The Pros and Cons of Retaking a Standardized Test

After working through a grueling standardized admissions test, the moment of judgement arrives when you get your scores. If you got the score you were hoping for, congratulations! You can now focus your time and energy on the rest of the admissions process. If your score is much lower than you’d hoped, however, you have [...]

Preparing for the New SAT: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1) Decide which test to take Though this post is called “Preparing for the New SAT,” the first step is to decide whether the SAT or ACT is a better choice, since colleges accept either one. The best way to tell is to take a full diagnostic test for each and look at your [...]

An Overview of the GRE Quantitative Section

  According to the ETS Web site, the Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE General Test measures “problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.” What doesn’t it test? This is not a test geared towards math majors; the actual math on the test is what you (hopefully) learned in high school. [...]

An Overview of the GRE Analytical Writing Section

  What does it test? According to the ETS Web site, the Analytical Writing section of the GRE General Test “measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.” It measures these skills by having you write two 30-minute essays: the Issue Essay and the Argument [...]