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Unlocking the Keys to ISEE Success: A Parent’s Guide

Jun 12, 2024 | News | 0 comments

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As parents, we all want the best educational opportunities for our children. For those pursuing admission to top-tier private schools, the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is a crucial hurdle that demands careful preparation and strategic planning.

The ISEE is no ordinary exam – it’s a make-or-break assessment that can open doors to some of the most prestigious independent schools. However, many families overlook the nuances of this exam until it’s too late, jeopardizing their child’s chances of success.

The Three-Attempt Limitation: A Crucial ISEE Rule

One of the most important things to understand about the ISEE is the three-attempt limit per year. Students are only allowed to take the exam three times, with each attempt falling into one of three strict testing seasons:

  • Spring/Summer Season: April 1 – July 3
  • Fall Season: August 1 – November 30
  • Winter Season: December 1 – March 31

That’s it – just three opportunities to showcase your child’s abilities before having to wait for the next year’s cycle. And with only one attempt permitted per season, strategic planning is essential.

For most students, the ideal approach is to utilize all three attempts, treating each as part of a comprehensive preparation process:

  1. Summer (e.g., June) – An initial attempt to familiarize themselves with the exam format and identify areas for improvement.
  2. Fall (e.g., October/November) – After dedicated summer preparation, a more confident and focused effort.
  3. Winter (December) – One final opportunity to put months of preparation into practice and achieve their highest possible score.

The Importance of Dedicated Preparation

Even for the most academically gifted students, the ISEE can be an overwhelming experience. The exam covers unfamiliar content, features a unique format, and presents a high-pressure situation. Treating the first attempt as a practice run is crucial, as it allows your child to acclimate to the exam environment and identify areas that require further attention.

By approaching the ISEE as a three-part process, your student has the opportunity to become comfortable with the exam, put their preparation into action, and have multiple chances to earn their highest possible score. With private school acceptance on the line, a one-and-done approach is simply too risky.

Partnering with Elite ISEE Tutors for Success

The ISEE is too important to leave to chance. Partnering with experienced and dedicated tutors from reputable organizations like Simpson Tutors can provide your child with the personalized support and guidance they need to truly master this exam.

Elite ISEE tutoring services offer a comprehensive approach to preparation, including:

  • Thorough content review and practice materials
  • Strategies to maximize scores on each section
  • Development of test-taking skills and techniques
  • Mock exams to build stamina and confidence
  • And much more!

Don’t let your child’s dreams of attending an elite private school slip away. Invest in professional ISEE test preparation tutoring today, and take the first step towards dominating this critical exam.

Pascale Simpson

Pascale Simpson

Who am I?

I am a former teacher turned tutor and now owner of Simpson Tutors. I am passionate about making sure young children have a strong foundation in preschool and elementary because those are the building blocks for the rest of their future. These days I split my time between Miami and New York, connecting families with tutors that are just as passionate about teaching and fostering a love of learning in young children

My Background

Before I was a teacher, I worked with young children while I was an undergraduate student at New York University. Upon graduating with my major in Sociology, I decided to pursue graduate school at Hunter College to become a teacher. During my graduate studies, I began teaching as an associate teacher at Beginnings Nursery School in Gramercy. I taught children ages three and four, and was immersed in the Reggio Emilia approach. I witnessed how meaningful it was for children's interests to be able to guide their learning and carried this with me throughout my teaching career. I then went on to become an associate teacher at LREI (formerly known as Little Red School House) in Manhattan to work with slightly older students and fell in love with teaching kindergarten. I love being a part of the foundational years where children are learning how to read and write, making sense of the world, and learning how to navigate social skills.

I completed my master's degree in Early Childhood Education and received my teaching certification from New York State because I realized the impact that a quality early childhood education has on the rest of a child's academic years. I went on to become a founding teacher at Compass Charter School, a progressive play-based and student-centered charter school in Brooklyn, NY where I continued to teach kindergarten and first grade. From there I went on to teach kindergarten and first grade at PS 29 in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. It was there that I started to tutor my former students from previous schools. I quickly realized the importance and value of one-on-one learning.

My Teaching Philosophy

When I was a kindergarten and first grade teacher, it was so important to me that the children in my classroom were having fun and enjoying learning. My classroom door was always open and the kids could be heard from down the hall singing, laughing, and chatting animatedly. Of course, when it was time for quiet and focus, they understood this just as well. I believe it's so important for children to feel invested in their learning. As an educator, it is so rewarding to see the wheels turning as a five or six year old is working hard to try and solve a problem or think about a character in a book. What I love about private tutoring is the ability to tailor each tutoring session to each specific child and meet them where they are from session to session. You quickly realize what works for one student might not work for another. Each child has their own interests and motivators and it's so important to get to know them on an individual level.

What Makes Simpson Tutors Different

I started Simpson Tutors because there wasn't another tutoring company that specialized in early childhood and elementary education. Sure there are plenty of K to 12 companies, but oftentimes these companies hire educators that are more suited for middle and high schoolers. As amazing as they may be, they don't know how to work with young kids. It takes years of experience to be able to understand how the young mind works and to be able to teach in a way that they can understand. Sometimes parents will call us and they feel a bit embarrassed at the idea of hiring a reading tutor for their five year old, but even to this day when I go to a workshop or event focused on early literacy, I learn something new. To be a skilled and effective elementary teacher takes time. There are actually so many little tools and tricks that we've acquired that make it look like a breeze!