Why Practice Makes Perfect

I managed a tutor who got 3 perfect scores (SAT and two subject tests) as a student and when I asked her the secret to success, she said “hard work.”

Wanting to get deeper I prodded for more details and she explained studying for the SAT for 3 months almost on a daily basis and taking practice tests often did the trick.

Similar to asking a successful entrepreneur how they became rich, asking someone who got a perfect score on the SAT or ACT is the best way to learn how to do it yourself.

Many times I’ll talk to parents or students about their academic goals, but the expectations don’t match the work ethic.

The beauty of all the free test prep resources out there is the calculated way to know you’re making progress is: take practice tests.

The general rule is for every 6 – 8 hours of studying/tutoring you should take a new practice test. Yes, they are long just like the real one, but scoring and sitting through an actual test cannot be simulated any other way.

A self-driven and motivated student can do this on their own, but for the rest online tutoring provides the accountability to do the work needed to improve.

The SAT/ACT is not a measurement of your intelligence or predictor of future success, but the value in working with a tutor is demystifying the test.

Practice may not equate to a perfect score, but if you put in the work it will definitely result in a higher one.

Why Perfect Scores Don’t Make The Best Test Prep Tutors

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True or false: the best tutors are the near perfect performing ones.

False.

Content knowledge is the qualifier, but it’s not the most important factor in finding the best tutor for your child.

If I asked you to name the best teacher you’ve ever had I guarantee the description includes personality characteristics and how that person made you feel.

It’s not any different with tutoring.

Let’s face it, your son or daughter can choose at least 5 things they’d rather do outside of school than meet with a tutor. That’s exactly why pairing the right tutor with you child can make the difference between success and failure on test day.

In fact it’s so important to me as the owner that I express to candidates if I don’t get along with you we can’t work together. Now that may sound completely subjective, but relatability is the reason our tutors on average are 10 years older than high school students.

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” is one of my favorite leadership quotes.

Translation: what good is working with a smart tutor if the student doesn’t like or respect them?

What matters is how well the tutor can teach the content and strategy of taking the test to the student independently.

In business, the term culture is brought up frequently. As an entrepreneur, it’s important to find tutors that can pretty much work with any type of student. Part of the interview process to join our team is teaching me some problems so I can experience being in the “student’s shoes.”

It’s easy to identify personalities that mesh well with teenagers. In sports, “player’s coach” is often used which is a perfect analogy for our tutors.

And even though I take pride in my student-tutor matchmaking ability, we take is a step further by offering a free 30 minute video meet and greet with parent, student and tutor.

It’s not impossible to score well preparing alone, but working with our team is having an “edge” on test day (that voice in your head talking you through the process).

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