Another true confession of an SAT/ACT tutor: hiring a tutor for test prep does not automatically guarantee a score increase. Hiring a tutor is fruitless unless…
…a student has time to boost a test score. There are no quick fixes. Test prep takes time.
…a student is stress-free. Anxiety and stress do not foster learning so an over-scheduled and overstressed student will not see any point increase.
…a student is motivated to put in the work. Tutoring sessions are only productive if the student puts in the practice time between sessions. No practice, no improvement.
This last point may be the most important. Students need to care about improvement. The best tutors can teach test content and strategies until they are blue in the face, but if the student does not care, there is no point to the sessions.
If you are considering hiring a private tutor for SAT or ACT prep, ask yourself: Do you have time? Are you stress-free? Are you motivated?
If you answer “no” to any of those questions, perhaps you can avoid spending money on tutoring sessions that might not be productive. Instead, try the do-it-yourself approach or figure out ways to find time, reduce stress and increase motivation.
If you answered “yes” to the questions above and need a tutor, contact CROSSWALK today. CROSSWALK is the Monterey Peninsula’s local resource for ACT prep, SAT prep and academic tutoring. We offer face-to-face tutoring as well as Skype tutoring. Learn more here.