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 New Reality By Nicolas Pereira

This past week in the World Team Tennis ‘Bubble” I have seen the efforts to keep everyone safe while carrying on a team competition with around 60/70 players and coaches onsite. Counting organizers, officials, media, and support personnel are around 150 people trying hard to make this happen. I am very impressed by how the strict protocol has been handled and how everyone is invested in making this event a success, but The Open is a completely different scale of details.

ONcourt Interviews NGTL Co-Founder Yves Boulais

It does not matter that you get your rating playing locally or that you had spent an insidious amount of money playing the ITF junior tour tournaments. Your rating is your level of play (you get no bonus for playing more or playing far away). This allows us to break free of the ITF competitive structure potentially saving us time, money, and headache. We see this as a great opportunity to improve the logistic of our sport.

Brandon Burke (son of ACE President Doug Burke) Elected to WTA Board

As revealed in a recent news release issued by the WTA Tour – Brandon Burke has been elected to the WTA Board of Directors (to start officially in September). Oncourt got together with Brandon to delve a bit more into his background and to gain some insight into this wonderful appointment he has attained at such a young age.