Good SAT preparation requires a combination of skillsets including content mastery, note-taking, test-taking and time management. Not all of these traits come naturally to everybody, so it is often the role of an SAT prep tutor to impart these skills onto their students. This makes SAT tutoring a multi-faceted role with many responsibilities.
Address a Student’s Hurdles – and Where They Excel
Different students have different strengths as well as areas where they need improvement. The SAT tutor must begin by reviewing where the student currently stands on the SAT, based on a diagnostic test and works to improve weaknesses and build on strengths. This should be accomplished using a variety of SAT prep material available within easy reach of the tutor, and according to the needs of each student.
For one student, that may mean grabbing a SAT Grammar Primer, or for another the Level 3 SAT Reading material. One student may work in Level 1 SAT Math, before moving up to Level 2, while another student may begin at Level 3 SAT Math level based on a very high diagnostic score on SAT Math. It all depends on the needs of the student, as discovered with a SAT Diagnostic Test.
Encourage Students to Succeed
SAT tutoring should be empowering to the student as they progress and obtain greater mastery of the skills needed to do well on the SAT Math and SAT Verbal sections. An effective SAT prep program will begin at a level where the student has some competency but needs significant improvement. As the student masters a level of difficulty in a subject area, the tutor moves the student up to the next level. This process allows continuous improvement and higher test scores until the student reaches is ready for the real SAT exam.
Measure the Success of Their Students
Progress tests are simulated SAT exams that measure a student’s improvement, boost confidence in the student, and allow tutors to recalibrate areas of instruction to match the evolving needs of the student. These are most often administered just a couple weeks before the real SAT exam for students who begin their preparation late in high school, or much earlier for those that begin SAT prep during the middle of high school.
For SAT preparation sessions, it is imperative that the student be on time, focused, and follow along with the words of the tutor to advance through the material. Timeliness and focus are learned skills that are essential to success in any area of life – including the SAT. Tutors will also assign practice material to reinforce lessons taught and perhaps to introduce new material. Completing homework regularly is essential to reaching the most improvement possible.
Get the Student SAT Prep Started Early
There is no such thing as being “too prepared” for the SAT. A good SAT tutoring program knows that students wanting to maximize their SAT score should begin receiving SAT prep as early as possible, and many begin as Sophomores. Steady progress on math and reading skills helps prepare not only for the SAT, but can also improve the GPA by improving school grades in math and reading intensive courses.
We know tutoring. We know SAT prep. Contact the Center Director at your local Education One today for more information about how we can help your student prepare for the SAT exam!