At the recent EDVentures conference in Miami we were exhibiting next to a new company called Testing Timers. This is a great new product for students, a testing timer in a watch, and one that would be a great incentive give away for tutoring companies. (www.testingtimers.com currently under construction)
Testing Timers is a company built around a common problem that most students have when taking standardized tests: timing during the test. Jordan Liss, founder, like most, struggled with this problem, but decided to create a solution: timers.
At the EIA Miami trade show, I witnessed a variety of tutoring companies checking out his invention and designs and without exception all were impressed and interested in the product. Jim Giovanni, president of EIA, referred to the watches as “genius and revolutionary.” His initial project has grown into a patented company beginning distribution for their first ACT timer in September 2012.
I spoke with Jordan about his research and he informed me that for a full year he talked with the top test prep professionals and hundreds of students nation wide to conceptually design an extremely helpful timer. Every single student who has tried the timer has had a positive experience and felt they paced better. The majority of these students increased their scores. Some increased by as much as 4 points on individual sections and 3 points on the total test.
The device is extremely easy to use and at a glance shows students exactly where they are in respect to the test. Each watch contains individual preset timing for each section of that test. For example, the aTest Timer (for the ACT) has individual preset timing for English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. Users pick their section and start the test – that’s their motto!. On the screen are three pieces of information that work together to save time:
-Total Time: A friendly reminder. (ACT English shows 45:00.0)
-Time Remaining: Counts down and easy to see. (Example 17:55.0)
-Physical Track: Around the outside of the screen is a track, specific for each section, with meters representing key points in the test. Example ACT English markers represent the different passages (2, 3, 4, 5). In the example, the green represents the blinking track, which is just past the 4. At a quick glance the student knows they should be at the beginning of the fourth passage.
These testing timers were constantly referred to at the show as a perfect supplement to tutoring and test prep. Testing Timers is all about helping students and that’s why they believe they are “students’ new best friends.”
For more information:
Email Jordan for more information or to order timers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: testingtimers.com
I was so impressed by Jordan and his love and passion regarding his new product when I met him in Miami I have invited him to contribute articles to The Tutor Report so he can share that passion and commitment with all of us.[divider top=”0″]
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