A Smarter Way to Improve ACT/SAT Test Scores
January 19, 2017
Here’s one true thing you will rarely hear from test prep tutors, “All the strategies and practice in the world won’t help if you don’t know how your child learns best.” If your child’s scores don’t match your reasonable expectations, it’s highly likely that there’s something in his test-taking approach that is holding him back. And more often than not, it’s something that he can’t articulate and your tutor won’t figure out by just watching him.
The traditional test prep approach is to identify the types of problems where the student makes mistakes. Then tutors either (a) re-teach the skills that should have been learned in school and/or (b) give tons and tons of similar practice problems and hope that the actual test mirrors the practice.
Here’s the rub: (a) there’s no reason to believe that the SAT tutor is going to be any better at teaching the same skill a child never learned in school, and (b) the test creators spend a lot of time trying to make sure that the actual test does NOT mirror the widely available practice problems.
But there is a better way. A newer way. Recent technological advances now make it a lot easier and affordable to understand how every child’s learning strengths and obstacles. Your child can now take our one hour at home test and efficiently measure how your child learns best including his ability to focus, memorize, reason, and pace himself.
It’s no surprise that technology advances outpace school adoption, so more than likely your school isn’t yet measuring these skills. That doesn’t mean you can’t.
Once you have the accurate cognitive assessment data on how your child learns best, bring that to your child’s tutor. Ask the tutor to provide the handful of strategies that will work best rather than trying to go through the 500+ pages of workbooks that lack any specificity to your child’s individualized needs. You can be reasonably certain you will see a significant improvement with significantly less effort. And the insight you get will actually be useful for learning, not just for standardized test taking.
Of course, feel free to skip the tutor, and take advantage of the free strategies right here.