Practice Pays Off: D’Andre Weaver, Orlando, FL
Practice Pays Off: D’Andre Weaver, Orlando, FLCrystal Barrick, Assistant Director, Communications
“Working little by little, to get to a goal, we practice, practice, practice—so that when the game comes along, you already know what to do.”
D’Andre Weaver, a quarterback on the Oak Ridge High School football team, says the work he does before a big game or a big test gives him the confidence he needs to succeed. Before taking the SAT, for example, he used Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to build up his math skills. “It’s like a game,” he says. “You practice, but you don’t realize you’re competing with yourself. My math skills were below par, and using Khan Academy I built it up and improved my scores dramatically.”
D’Andre’s SAT score was 260 points higher than his PSAT/NMSQT score after using Official SAT Practice; he boosted his score an additional 100 points after taking the SAT a second time.
He wants to let other students know that—even if you’re a busy high school senior and competitive athlete—it’s possible and worth it to find time to practice.
He explains: “The main thing you have to do is schedule a routine that you follow day in and day out. For me, there's bits and breaks where I can practice on Khan Academy, either on my phone or on the Lenovo [laptops] that are provided to us by the district. And I've used it pretty much every day. No matter whether I'm walking to the football field, going to practice, or if I’m traveling to a road game on the bus, I’m like, ‘Oh, let me pull out my phone and do some Khan Academy.’”
This fall D’Andre will attend Lawrence University on both an athletic and academic scholarship. Watch him tell his story below, and visit satpractice.org/go to see how other Oak Ridge students are practicing hard to achieve their own goals.
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The College Board and Khan Academy recently released data linking Official SAT Practice to substantial student score gains from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT. Check out the College Board’s suite of educator resources to find ways to bring these free practice tools to your students.