SAT Prep seminar for seventh-graders held at UH-Clear Lake

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University of Houston-Clear Lake School of Education’s Kids U will hold a Scholastic Aptitude Test preparation seminar Jan. 18, 2014, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. for seventh-graders identified for the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), who are planning to take the January SAT.

The one-day seminar will be conducted by the expert team of retired physics teacher Tim Daponte and Magnolia Scholl District English teacher Paul Huetteman. This dynamic pair has taught the UH-Clear Lake SAT preparatory course to hundreds of 7th grade students since its inception 17 years ago. It’s become a labor of love.

“This is something that we both enjoy doing,” says Daponte. “And the fact that we both enjoy doing it, the students are a lot more relaxed when they come to our class, and we are too.”

The program is purposely age restricted so that the young students don’t feel intimidated sharing a classroom with the older high school juniors and seniors explains Daponte. The class is small, child-friendly and low-key. “We try to take a lot of the pressure off,” he adds.

The two instructors work in tandem, Daponte teaches the mathematics portion while Huetteman teaches the critical reading and writing sections. No one knows what will be on the SAT exam, but the two review major concepts that tend to always be included.  They also teach the students test strategies, which Daponte notes, will be valuable to the 7th graders not only for the SAT but as they take other tests throughout their ensuing school years.

Huetteman breaks the review into segments, or mini lessons. “We do a couple of little games that reinforce what they just learned,” he says, “Then honestly, we test, test, test, because the kids want to see the test. By the time we’re done, they're walking out with the entire test broken down into the different components that we studied.”

 As practice for the SAT’s required composition, Huetteman has the students prepare an outline and write a brief essay. He then provides each student personal feedback.

“We try to squeeze a whole bunch into that one day,” says Huetteman.

“We do more in one day that other companies might do in a month,” says Daponte.

For more information about the seminar or to register online, visit the UH-Clear Lake Kids U website at and select the SAT Test Prep link, e-mail Kids U Business Assistant Joyce Young at, or call 281-283-3530.

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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. In 2011, the university gained approval from the state to add freshman- and sophomore-level courses to its roster and is currently planning for its first freshman class in fall 2014. For more information about the university, visit


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