The Jump Start Approach

What is Jump Start Tutoring?
Jump Start Tutoring specializes in one-on-one preparation for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT and SAT II Subject Tests. We also provide subject tutoring for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Why choose Jump Start Tutoring?
Our team is experienced in working with students with a wide range of academic and test taking issues, as well as interfacing with their parents and teachers, to achieve optimum test results.
Who are the JST tutors and what are their qualifications?
Our tutors are highly experienced university graduates and teachers, specializing in college and high school entrance exams in addition to K-12 subjects. They excel at identifying students' weaknesses, teaching key strategies, and giving students the individualized tools they need to maximize their test scores. Visit our tutor profiles section here.
What is the difference between a Master tutor and a Senior tutor?
Master tutors have at least five years of experience and over 5,000 logged tutoring hours. Senior tutors have one to three years of experience and at least 1,000 logged tutoring hours. Specialized master tutors have at least 10,000 hours tutored in a specific subject area.
Is tutoring provided throughout the summer?
Yes! Tutoring is available all summer for SAT/ACT as well as K-12 subject areas.
What are the hours of operation for Jump Start?
Our offices are open every day of the year and appointments are made by the students and tutors, so there are no set office hours. This allows maximum scheduling flexibility.
How do I pay for tutoring sessions?
There are several options for payment:
  1. For individual sessions - payment at the beginning of each session
  2. For tutoring packages - full payment prior to the first session, or 50% prior to the first session and the balance at the midway point.
  3. We accept cash, credit cards or checks.

Sessions and Policies

How long are the sessions?
The length of the sessions are based on students' needs and their ability to effectively retain new information. The sessions will usually last from one to one and a half hours.
When do the tutors meet with students?
Tutors and students create their own session schedules based on their availability. This allows a totally flexible structure for the students, tutors and parents.
How often should a student meet with a JST tutor?
The frequency of sessions is determined at the initial consultation meeting. Some of the factors affecting scheduling are:
  • Number of weeks remaining before the exam
  • Material being covered
  • Activities that students are involved with
  • Pace at which students are able to learn
A common approach is at least one session per week.
What is the cancellation policy?
Our policies apply to last minute scheduling, cancellations, and missed sessions. See our policies page here.
Should I purchase a package of tutoring sessions or pay as I go?
Once a student's needs are determined it is far more economical and effective to purchase a package of sessions. Tutors can schedule their sessions well in advance and know that there will be sufficient time to cover all the material needed and pricing per hour decreases with the purchase of larger packages. In addition, the purchased sessions never expire, and may be used for other family siblings. Students may also combine different subject areas and use them for extra sessions.
How much do sessions/packages cost?
The cost depends on the level of tutors and the number of sessions required. JST also offers packages for small groups of two or three students.

Diagnostic Exams

What are Jump Start Tutoring diagnostic exams?
JST diagnostic exams are full length, timed exams that are scored and used to determine a student's initial academic ability. A JST administrator will then help the student and family construct an individualized tutoring plan in a follow up consultation meeting.
Which diagnostic exams are offered?
Jump Start Tutoring offers the following diagnostic exams:
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • PSAT
  • PRE-ACT
  • LSAT
  • GMAT
  • GRE
  • SAT 2 Subject Tests
  • CLEP
  • Practice Regents Exams
  • Private School Entrance Exams (ISEE, SSAT, COOP, HSPT, TACHS)
When are diagnostic exams given?
Diagnostic exams are given every Saturday and Sunday at the JST Eastchester office. Exams begin at 11am and end at approximately 2:30pm.
Are diagnostic exams given to students requiring (and approved for) extended time and a half?
Yes! These exams will also begin at 11am, but will end at approximately 4pm. Other accommodations can still be accounted for, please contact the office for more detail.
What does the student need to bring to the diagnostic exam?
Students will need to bring pens, pencils, and approved calculators. We also recommend that students bring a snack for a break during the exam. The office has complimentary water, tea, and coffee for students.
When are diagnostic exam scores available?
Diagnostic exam scores will be made available to the students and parents during the initial consultation, shortly after the exam is taken. At that time, the results of the exam will be reviewed to determine which tutoring program (Ex. SAT vs. ACT) would most suitable. We do not release copies of the exams.

College Preparation

What is the Common Application?
The common application, often referred to as the common app, is an online form that allows students to submit applications to over 400 participating institutions. The application requires students to enter their background information and respond to one of five essay prompts.
What is the most commonly asked supplemental question?
The number one question that colleges will ask is why the student chose to attend the school. For students, this is the time to express their intellectual interest in the school while also demonstrating how the student cant take advantage of its academic and extracurricular offerings. This helps the institution's admissions department evaluate whether an applying student meets their criteria for admission.
Do colleges offer interviews? If so, what questions can I anticipate?
Most colleges and universities do not offer interviews; however, some may offer on campus interviews and others may arrange interviews with their local alumni. It is the student's responsibility to check the policies of each school. Although rare, a student with enough persistence may be able to initiate an interview, while in some cases, an interview may be schedule following the student's application.
In the interview, students should be well prepared to intelligently discuss their interest in the school, why they are a good fit, their strengths and weaknesses (tricky), and how they intend to take advantage of the opportunities the school offers.
What is the difference between superscoring and score choice?
Super scoring is similar to score choice in that this policy allows students to match the best sections from different test dates into one complete test. This forms a new composite score for the student. Not all schools superscore; it is the student's responsibility to find out which schools accept it.
Score choice allows students to only share their SAT/ACT scores with colleges from specific dates. This gives the opportunity to only send the scores from their best test dates. Students cannot mix and match scores from different sections of different exams.

Miscellaneous Questions

Which test do I choose, SAT or ACT?
We recommend students take full length SAT & ACT exams rather than the Pre-SAT and Pre-ACT. The Pre-SAT & Pre-ACT do not represent the student's full abilities as they are shortened and contain less questions than the actual full length exams. Once the student takes both exams, a JST administrator will evaluate which exam is best suited for the student. The administrator will then set up a program which is hyper-focused on one of the two tests. The administrator will then pick out an applicable test date for the student, discuss the amount of tutoring time, and work with the family to select the best fit tutors. The average student will have one tutor for the math once a week for an hour/hour and a half, and one tutor for the verbal once a week for an hour/hour and a half. The amount of weeks of tutoring will be contingent on the initial scores of the diagnostic tests and the end goals of the student.
What are on-going practice exams?
On-going practice exams are taken once a month to gauge a student's progress during the tutoring course. Exam scores are made available for the student the day after the test was taken.
How can I schedule a consultation?
Scheduling a meeting with a JST administrator is easy! Just click here!

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