All You Need To Know About SAT: Part 18

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***


Suggestions for reading to prepare for SAT and college

If your goal is to attend college in the USA, you will at some point have to take a course in American literature. Start reading now and you will also do a great deal to build up your vocabulary for the SAT. Doubling up is a smart strategy!

You can locate many e-texts online. I located The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (an American classic, set in the 17th century but written in the 19th century), simply by googling it. There are 24 short chapters in this novel. The language is old-fashioned but the built-in dictionary lets you check meanings of words on the spot – a huge bonus. Set yourself a goal of a chapter at a time whenever/wherever you are connected to the Internet. Even if you don’t complete the novel, you will have a good idea what it’s about and you will learn many new words that I guarantee you’ll find on the SAT!

A deeper dive into second serve statistics

The two most widely reported second serve statistics in professional tennis are the number of double faults a player hit, and their second serve winning percentage. If we’re trying to understand the effectiveness of a particular player’s second serve, relying only on those statistics has significant drawbacks. Article by Michal Kokta.

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.