SJC Brooklyn and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation last week launched their annual SAT Prep program for Sino-speaking learners seeking to improve their proficiency in written English.
In its fifth year, this year’s class launched at Tzu Chi’s Northeast Branch headquarters in Flushing, Queens. The course is taken in preparation of the SAT exams scheduled for this spring.
“Our partnership with Tzu Chi enables SJC to help students get ready for college-level work,” said Hannah Wood, an St. Joseph’s instructor and tutor. “We’ve been able to bring the competencies developed in our
ACES program, which serves first-generation immigrant students, into the classroom here to benefit the students that Tzu Chi serves.”
Strategies for Improvement
The course helps students for whom English is a second or third language. Students have the opportunity review all sections of the SAT exam. Additionally, they learn strategies for improvement in all areas. There will be a special focus on vocabulary acquisition, grammar and usage, and reading comprehension.
Bronx Science High School freshman Jeff Chen attends the course to get an early start on preparing for college.
“Excelling on the SAT will help me towards my goal of pursuing a career in medicine and becoming a pediatrician,” he said.