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Student Spotlight — Claire Juozitis: Aspiring Rockstar, Creative Writer, and Folk Music Fan!

Posted in Student Resources on April 19, 2011 by

In this week’s Student Spotlight, meet Claire Juozitis, our first featured SAT student!


Claire Juozitis


Pittsburgh, PA

Current grade:


What kind of college do you want to go to? Do you have a dream school?

I would love to attend a school in a big city. I love the feeling of urban life and I think it would be awesome to be able to meet so many different people. Also, I have to make sure I got to college somewhere where there is lots of great music! There certainly needs to be some good concert venues in the area. Right now, my dream school is The University of Pitt!

Do you know what you want to major in? What would be your ideal job after college?

I’m not sure exactly what I want to major in yet. I do love to write, though! Some sort of creative writing job would be awesome if my plans of being a rock star don’t work out.

Can you tell us a little about your SAT prep experience?

Before I started the Knewton courses, I was doing sections of practice tests on my own. That gave me a basis for what I needed to work on: I knew which type of questions were most difficult for me. Then I started up on the Knewton classes! I tried my hardest to attend every class on the weekends, which worked to my advantage I think. I only ever had to make up one lesson On Demand, and I found that I paid attention to and preferred the live classes much better. I also completed my homework right after the lesson while all the things I’d learned in class were still fresh in my head. Doing the homework right after class helped to ingrain all of those helpful strategies into my brain! Some of the most helpful strategies I learned were PIN and PIA. I’m not the best at math, and these were easy, obvious approaches to problems that I hadn’t been using as often as I should have.

Have you taken the SAT yet? If not, when are you planning on taking it?

I took it once without any real preparation, but I am planning to take it for real in March! Just a few weeks from now!

Any Knewton teacher shout-outs?

JC AND MARCUS! You guys truly are the best! I actually had FUN while preparing for the SAT’s, and I owe that all to you guys. I can’t thank you enough. JC, good luck with your music! And Marcus, good luck with whatever adventures you take on.

Lightning Round: Favorite song right now?

“Roll Away Your Stone” -Mumford and Sons (I love folk music)

Favorite TV show?

So You Think You Can Dance

Justin Bieber: Love or hate?

How about strong dislike? I don’t believe in hate!

Harry Potter or Twilight?

HARRY POTTER! I even have an autographed copy of The Goblet of Fire Smile 🙂