The transition from high school to college can be a confusing and anxiety filled process, especially for those that are trying to get into competitive and selective institutions. Nonetheless, with a little preparation and know-how, it can make the process much easier and less stressful.
One of the ways to feel more confident (as well perform at a higher level) is to undertake test preparation and tutoring during your final years in secondary school. Here are a few reasons why this is the case:
Practice Makes Perfect
Repetition breeds familiarity, and practice makes perfect. When you undergo test preparation and tutoring, you are effectively taking the test numerous times. This makes the final test a breeze, because it’s no different than what you’ve done numerous times during the tutoring sessions.
This is no different from what athletes do to prepare for game day. Practicing and repeating your training will make the “real thing” feel very familiar, allowing you to perform at a very high level.
Another example of why tutoring helps to prepare for tests and entrance exams is that it bring in an extra layer of expertise. This can be helpful if you haven’t found a great fit with your regular teachers. Albeit, it can also be a potential negative if you aren’t dealing with excellent tutors, so be sure to find one that has lots of experience and great reviews from other students.
A great example is from one of our newest students who used a Staten Island tutor to prepare for her entrance exams. The tutor was a 20 year veteran of both teaching and tutoring, and had extensive experience preparing for these types of tests. The experience even outweighed the students own teachers! As such she was able to score very high marks and was accepted to her target schools!
Probably the biggest change from the classroom to the tutoring center is the availability for one on one sessions. A big downside of most educational institutions is the very high student to teacher ratio. Shrinking this to a 1-on-1 session means that all the students needs will be attended to, and all their questions will be answered.
It also reduces the potential for shyness or insecurity to hinder participation by the student. There is no room for embarrassment in front of the entire class, and the student can feel empowered to not feel ashamed as “stupid” questions (which we all know, there are no stupid questions).