Test prep helps battle the fear of the unknown, or test anxiety.
If I asked you to do a word association for taking the SAT/ACT most descriptors center around stress.
When else in life are you going to take a 4 hour test? (Unless you want to become a doctor or lawyer)
Comprehension is key. If you don’t know the material, you probably won’t score well, BUT studies show the difference between good and great scores come down to limiting mental mistakes.
That can include: rushing, going too slow, not checking your answers, forgetting what you learned, etc.
The methods we use at Growing Forward Academy focus on strategy: how to take the test.
Did you know the makers of the test wrote it to trip students up?
Colleges accept students on a curve and since universities have gotten more competitive over time a higher score on the SAT/ACT is needed just to be considered. (If you want the exact score needed to get into your college of choice: find it here)
Therefore the value in hiring a tutor is being able to identify a problem, eliminate half the the wrong answers immediately and feeling confident in your solving process.
Being in the right mental state helps you perform at the highest level. That’s why the more reps (homework) you accomplish between sessions will produce the greatest results.
There’s a misconception that tutors give students the answers, but we believe that doesn’t really help. Your tutor is not going to take the test for you, so what’s most important is knowing the tips and tricks of the test ahead of time so when they appear on test day you’re prepared.
Most of the students who work with us on test prep transition to academic subjects once the test is over because the “chemistry” between the student-tutor is already there and a lot of the test taking strategies are transferrable to other classes.
The goal here is: to equip your son/daughter with the skills to beat the test. The added confidence of knowing what to expect on test day can heavily influence their future.