If I Hired a Tutor, How Much Would That Increase Their Chances of Getting Into Their Dream School?


Disclaimer: there are no guarantees in life (besides the whole death and taxes thing).

If a tutoring company guarantees a certain amount of score increase, run. Not only can you not warrant a score jump, there’s other factors involved such as: learning style, personality, work ethic, previous comprehension, motivation, etc.

These days getting into your dream school isn’t a mystery anymore. College Simply provides the SAT and ACT score you need to achieve to be highly considered for admission of your desired school.

Beyond there you just have to figure out which test to focus on: SAT or ACT?

You may be asking: how do I go about that? Have your child take the practice test for both here — SAT & ACT.

Then if there is a clear distinction your answer is clear, but if not there are some differences that work better to your preferences.

Let me take a step back and challenge you with a different approach: what is your child interested in doing as a career? Identify that first, then start looking for colleges that have his/her major.

The concept of a dream school needs to be defined. Will attending that school give you an advantage to landing your dream job or is the location, sports team or closest friends attending driving your decision?

The answer to that question is a huge discrepancy.

As the owner of an online tutoring company I’ll be the first to say college isn’t for everyone. College isn’t always the direct path to your professional career.

But if you’ve decided college is the next step, what matters most in hiring a test prep tutor is the following: 1) knowledge/experience 2) compatibility with your child’s personality 3) availability.

Don’t overlook #1, but what normally separates a slight improvement from a significant one is tutor-student chemistry. In fact, when I worked at a tutoring company one of my gripes is that they didn’t spend enough time or energy on the matching process.

Choosing the right tutor will increase the chances of your child getting into their dream school because they will be more motivated and engaged to learn the strategies needed to score higher on the SAT or ACT.

The average parent wants to see stats about how much of a score increase will happen, but that data is infused with subjectivity. Tutoring is most effective when it is customized to the learning style of the student.

In fact the right tutor will not only help your child increase their test scores, but their grades, study habits and confidence.

As a parent, any investment needs to have a tangible ROI and in this case having your child being paired with the right tutor is priceless.

Are My Kid’s Grades/Scores Competitive Enough To Get Into College?

Short answer: yes. College acceptance rates are as low as 4.65% (Stanford), but as high as 100% (schools listed here).

But the question you’re probably asking as a parent is centered around desired schools. Any university’s requirements can easily be found online, so having the answers isn’t the problem.

The college admissions process is as follows: 50% GPA, 25% SAT/ACT score & 25% extracurricular activities (leadership, volunteering, clubs, etc). The breakdown in percentages are approximate, but this gives you better sense of the overall equation.

Today the trend is to hire a tutor. What used to be considered a luxury less than 10 years ago is now a necessity. Is it a result of the faltering education system or your child’s learning style?

Both. This post is not about my educational views, but the reality is teachers are put in a no-win situation because within a classroom each student learns differently. Your son/daughter’s struggle academically may have nothing to do with the teacher’s efforts, but the sheer lack of time in a day to accomplish what is being asked of them.

On top of grades, getting into college has become overall more competitive because GPA’s and scores have been rising. The SAT/ACT is more about understanding how the creators made the test than it is about how smart your kid is. Disclaimer: the test is made to trick, not help you achieve a high score.

That’s where trained test prep tutors come in handy. If your child is struggling in math class, no tutor can magically improve their score on the math section of the SAT/ACT in a matter of months (you should hire a math tutor). But, if your kid is doing well in math, but his test prep scores don’t translate, it’s sheerly a strategy issue.

Let’s take a completely different path: what does your son/daughter want to do for a career? Chances are the answer will change several times throughout their life, but as a parent why not assist them in figuring that out before deciding what schools to apply for?

What’s the point of applying to a school if the career they choose isn’t offered as a major? To throw another wrench in there, what if college isn’t the correct next step to their desired occupation?

These are questions your college counselor should be asking, but they usually don’t. Teenagers aren’t the most receptive to their parent’s advice in high school, so sometimes you need additional help of mentors, tutors and role models to point them in the right direction.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone in this! (A lot of parents are worried too)