All You Need To Know About SAT: Part 3

Written by: Helen Donohoe


***Helen Donohoe, M.S.Ed., is a teacher of English and French in the Hamilton/Burlington area. She holds practice SAT sessions on Saturdays on an informal, drop-in basis at Cedar Springs Racquet Club where she is a member, long-time tennis hacker and aficionado.

In this section of the website we will be publishing short paragraphs on various aspects of SAT. Please leave your questions/comments here, and Helen will be happy to respond to any specific concerns from students/parents***



SAT takers who are well-prepared work hard to improve and enrich their vocabulary. I have created a matching activity for you, using adjectives that appear regularly on the SAT. Study the list below and match each adjective to the tennis player who best fits the description. You may find that an adjective fits more than one player, but try to make the best choice. If you make a hasty selection you may find that the last adjective and the last player don’t match. Be careful!

This exercise is a very good way to begin your own vocabulary lists, on a word processor or on plain old paper. Create a page for each letter of the alphabet. Write the word and its definition. Try to add a word a day.

Try to think of another player and an adjective that matches that player and post in the reply section to share with everyone.

The answers will be posted in the next issue of the “All You Need To Know About SAT”.

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Yves Boulais: No Excuses… Get Working

Yves was proud to work with players including Greg Rudsedski, Patricia Hy, Oliver Marach, Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino, who achieved excellent results on the world stage. He was an Olympic Coach in Barcelona 1992 & Atlanta 1996, and Captain of the Canadian FedCup Team 1998 – 2000.

Update on UK Tennis Situation with Master Louis Cayer

I would like to share a mindset I instil in all the players I coach, one I believe has greatly influenced all of the player’s performances; “whatever happens, I can handle it.” This mindset is achieved through a systematic, tactical development process, so that whoever the opponent, whatever the surface, regardless of the environment, or scoring, the players can, and will rise to the challenge as it is presented.