Range of Test Preparation Options
Here are 3 of the most common test preparation options:
Everyone likes the idea of, “free,” and there are a variety of options online that offer complimentary information that can help a student prepare for standardized tests. Websites such as Khan Academy, College Board, and Revolution Prep have many webinars and articles that discuss test preparation strategies and outline what a student can expect on exam day.
There’s one main challenge when it comes to students using free options: test preparation is boring and so students are rarely motivated. We have found that having a tutor offer that personal connection and guidance can help keep a student interested and ontrack. Without this human connection, students often get bored and don’t utilize the free resources as much as they should.
Group preparation comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and is offered by a variety of companies. At Revolution Prep, we strongly advise against weekend bootcamps as they tend to lead to a false sense of preparation. Cramming information into one or two weekends is not an effective way to fully prepare for these exams. Think about test preparation like training for a marathon. It takes many weeks ramping up your run distance and stamina to prepare properly for the big day. Preparing for the SAT/ACT is very much the same where long term preparation is needed to do one’s best.
If your student likes the idea of group classes, we recommend making sure that the class size is small (ours have a maximum of only 8 students.) This allows for a more personal connection with a tutor and the ability for a student’s progress to really be tracked. We find that many students like the idea of group classes because they can participate with their friends, making it a little less like work.
Individual tutoring is proven to be the most effective method of preparing for a college standardized test, although the most significant investment. Not only can a plan be customized to a student’s needs, but time can be better allocated to concepts with which a student may need a little extra help. This means a more effective use of a student’s time and better value for a parent’s money.
The number one consideration with one-on-one tutoring is finding the right tutor for your student. At Revolution Prep, we hand select our tutors from thousands of applications to ensure they meet our client’s standards and expectations. Each of our tutors scored in the Top 1% on the SAT or ACT, have a degree from a top-tier university, and a mastery of their subjects. We know that the quality and connection a student feels with his tutor can make all the difference as he prepares for one of the most important tests of his life.