Test Anxiety

SAT/ACT, Test Anxiety, Test Prep

If A Test Prep Company Guarantees A Point Increase, Run!


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Benjamin Franklin said there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes.

So if a test prep company guarantees a certain amount of points increase on the SAT or ACT: run fast!

There are too many factors in point increases including: new material learned, how much studying between sessions is done, comprehension, test anxiety, enough sleep the night before, the higher your initial score; the harder it is to increase next time accordingly, etc.

Guarantees are more of a desperation sales tactic. It’s getting the sale and offering a money back guarantee if it doesn’t happen. Bold, but at the same time crazy.

Tutors don’t take the test. Students do.

If anything a tutor can provide it’s accountability. It’s challenging for a student to be motivated to take the SAT or ACT, yet much more challenging without some additional help.

Parents, we welcome your involvement in the tutoring process. It’s why we invite you to the complimentary 30 minute video meet and greet with your child and tutor. You can request recordings of any tutoring session to review. Our hope is with our transparency we can earn your trust.

Students don’t want “helicopter” parents, but we also understand parents are paying for this service. They deserve to know what’s going on.

Focus on constant communication in the form of update emails, phone calls, student-tutor, tutor-parent and parent-company conversations. Similar to an annual review, there should be no surprises about an outcome if the feedback is regular.

We’d love to offer a score increase guarantee, but the problem is it’d be a lie. Doing business ethically is more important to us than just another sale. When it comes to serving families we try our best to put our money where our mouth is.

Test Anxiety, Test Prep

Why Study Habits Beat Study Goals


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When it comes to preparing for the SAT or ACT there’s a goal score and dream school in mind.

With any goal in order to maximize your chances of attaining them breaking it into smaller pieces is crucial to your success.

Did you know that creating good study habits for test prep is more important than the goal you set?

Here’s why:

Take for example, your fitness goal is losing 20 pounds. Setting a weekly goal of weight loss is typical, but the results fluctuate based on a number of different factors. The better method is to set the habit of going to the gym for 45 minutes 3 – 5 times per week. The time it takes to lose 20 pounds may differ than your timeline, but focusing on the habit will get you to our goal eventually.

As for test prep, the higher the score or more prestigious the university closing the gap to a perfect score becomes harder.

If you plan on studying 2 1/2 hours per week until the test date it’s unrealistic to find that chunk of time during the week on top of your regular homework.

Instead why not set the habit of spending 30 minutes daily for test prep reviewing the problems you got incorrect on the practice test

Daily test prep influences the timeline in which you feel ready to score well on the test. If you start this process now, chances are you’ll have a choice as to which test date to sign up for in the future.

Think of good study habits as a means to your end goal.

Rather than apply more pressure to yourself, stick to creating good study habits and you’ll relieve some test anxiety.

When preparing for the SAT or ACT set good study habits from the start. It’s the foundation that sets you up for reaching your academic goals.

Test Anxiety, Test Prep

Battling Test Anxiety: Watch The Clock


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One of the most overlooked strategies to beating the SAT/ACT is pacing.

For example the ACT moves faster than the SAT, yet what really matters is knowing how much time to allow for each section prior to test day.

Most students tend to favor the Math or English section over the other so factor in completing the easier problems first then leave extra time to re-check your answers.

Since there isn’t any penalty for guessing incorrectly, there’s no reason to leave any answers blank.

You also don’t need to go chronologically in order especially if you can instantly identify what type of problem you’re solving.

The reality is: when are you ever going to take a 4-hour test in your high school career?

If you don’t take practice tests as part of your preparation to build your endurance, mentally you’ll fold on test day.

Most of the time anxiety stems from the unknown, so that’s why our tutors help demystify the test so you know what to expect.

Being prepared is the best strategy you can have to achieve an optimal score and time management can be the foundation on which to build on.

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Why Failure Is Important In Tutoring


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test-failure

You read it right.

Step back for a moment and think back to how you learned a new skill.

Did you get it right on the first try?

Did you receive help from someone else?

Did you feel like quitting at one point?

Failure is the prerequisite to growth. You may hate the journey until you reach the destination.

Parents hire tutors to give their child an advantage academically. What matters though is: how willing the tutor is to allow the student to fail.

The tutor doesn’t take the test. The student does. If your child is dependent on their tutor for the right answers, they’ll underperform on test day.

Understanding the problem and identifying the right steps to take when solving is what gets results. But in order for this process to work, students have to be given the opportunity to make mistakes.

The best advice given is helping you come to your own conclusion. There’s buy-in. Ownership is taken. If someone tells you what to do, you become dependent on that person going forward.

In tutoring that is a recipe for disaster.

Growing Forward Academy adheres to a coaching philosophy. Our tutors are motivated to help your child, but not become a crutch along the way. True growth comes from experiencing struggle.

Don’t get it twisted, we’re no masochists. We just believe learning happens at the point of resistance. Once the student is hungrier than the teacher, results naturally appear.