So you’ve signed up to take the ACT. Naturally, the next step is to ask, “How should I prepare?” There is no single answer to this question. Some students charge straight ahead and take matters into their own hands, designing their own study programs and learning from internet resources or older siblings and friends. Some students just wing it, leaving their score up to fate.
Many students, though, want to be well-prepared to take this important exam, but they are not exactly sure how to go about it. Commonly, these students look for an ACT tutor to help them out.
Is Tutoring Right for You?
Getting an ACT tutor is very common, and students start tutoring for a variety of reasons. If you agree with most or all of these points, then you should consider getting an ACT tutor to help prepare for the test.
- You need help with core concepts. The ACT has 4 sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. It covers knowledge that you should have learned throughout high school, but maybe the subject doesn’t come as easily to you and you’re still shaky on the basics, or maybe it’s been a while since you’ve studied the subject and you need a refresher. Either way, it is crucial to get the fundamentals down before taking the test. An experienced tutor knows all this essential information and can teach or review these core concepts with you. They can cover all the bases.
- You don’t know strategy. Although, at its core, the ACT is just a test, there are strategies that can give you an edge since the basic format stays the same. A student having time-management problems on the Reading section won’t solve their issue by taking a bunch of practice tests. They need to practice deliberately—applying strategies that save them time and maintain their accuracy. Tutors will have a strategy for this and any situation. The best part is that the strategies they teach you have been proven to work in past students’ success.
- You need structure. Studying is hard—and taking that first step to sit down and start studying is even harder. We all suffer from procrastination, but if your test date is coming up soon, waiting until the last minute won’t cut it. A tutor will not only give you a structured, personalized plan of what to study each week leading up to your test, but they will also hold you accountable.
- You don’t have time to look for and gather the best resources. There are a huge number of free internet resources that help you study for the SAT and provide tips, tricks, and strategies to do your best. It takes a lot of time, however, to sift through all these resources and decide which ones are worthwhile and which ones are junk. A tutor will provide quality materials and real practice tests so you know each exercise is relevant and helpful.
- You want someone on your side. Taking the ACT can be extremely stressful, and many students suffer from test-anxiety. Your tutor isn’t only a teacher, but also a friend who can hopefully provide support and encouragement during this nerve-wracking process. They are your personal cheerleader and want to see you succeed!
Where Can I Find a Tutor?
The next step is to find one! The good news is that standardized testing tutoring can be found everywhere. Here are a few places to look:
- Online. Just search “ACT tutoring” or “tutoring near me” and there are bound to be multiple services you can check out.
- Ask friends or family. Chances are, you know an older student or have an older cousin that’s taken the ACT before during their college application process. If they received a good score, they likely had successful study habits that they could pass on to you. Having a friend or family member as a tutor is also convenient since you are already comfortable with them. If you don’t know anyone who is offering ACT tutoring, asking friends and family if they can recommend tutoring places is also helpful.
- Your school guidance counselor or office. Since most high school students applying to college take the ACT or SAT, your school guidance counselor or office can most likely recommend tutoring services that past students have used.
What Should I Look for in a Tutor?
It can be difficult to sift through the plethora of tutoring services, and it can be especially challenging to decide if a place is reputable and not just a scam for money.
- Reviews. This is the most important factor in choosing a tutor. You want a tutor who has a stellar track record in getting results and working well with students. The tutor should have past experience teaching the ACT, or teaching in general if they’re just starting out. Word-of-mouth interviews are generally more reliable than those found on the internet, but if the online testimonies seem legitimate, its worth giving the tutor a shot.
- Punctuality and Availability. A tutor will only be valuable if you can meet with them on a regular basis. A tutor who cancels at the last minute or constantly reschedules will be wasting precious days to study before your test. Additionally, a tutor who is never available is simply unhelpful. Make sure that the tutor’s schedule matches up with your own and that they can make the commitment to helping you prepare for the test.
- Reasonable Pricing. Tutoring services can get pricey, with some services charging upwards of $100/hour. It might not be financially feasible for your family to pay these extravagant prices—and more often than not, it’s totally unnecessary. There are excellent tutoring services charging reasonable rates, and its questionable how much better a tutor can be when they charge that much money. You shouldn’t have to break the bank to get help on the ACT.
Once you find a high-rated tutor who works with your schedule, schedule your first session and begin your ACT preparation journey! Your tutor will teach you strategy, review practice tests, and, hopefully, ultimately improve your score.
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