When it’s time to select an ACT tutor, there are lots of options out there, even more so as the world has gone remote. But how do you know what to look for in ACT tutoring? How do you find someone who can help your student increase their ACT scores and reach their future goals?
This blog walks you through what to look for in ACT tutoring and keys to selecting a great tutor.
People love to talk about their experiences, especially good ones! Make sure the tutor or company you’re working with has good reviews. You’re investing a lot of time and money in ACT tutoring, and it’s important to make sure that you’re spending your money in a good place, with a credible (and score-increasing) tutor.
Most good tutors have reviews on their website or can share testimonials from former students upon request.
More than a High Test Score
While it’s important to have a tutor who understands the ACT and has scored well on it themself, there’s more to being a good tutor than just getting a top ACT score.
You want a tutor who is able to teach the test and understands the strategy behind it.
For example, I got an A in college-level calculus. Logically, if all you need to teach is a high score or a good grade, then I could easily tutor high school students taking pre-calculus, right?
Not in the least. I got by in calculus because I had a good teacher and an amazing study partner. My grade wouldn’t dictate my ability to teach.
The same goes for ACT tutoring.
As you look to hire a tutor, make sure they clearly state their expectations for students so that you can make sure you are on the same page. Does your student plan to take extra time to do homework or practice problems? Do you expect tutors to cover every aspect of the test or just focus on one area?
These can be important conversations to have before you hire a tutor or at least before your first session. For example, at OnToCollege, our tutors assign additional practice materials and quizzes for students to complete outside of tutoring sessions. This gives the student more experience with the ACT (or SAT) material and also provides content to discuss or work through in the session. But if you’re expecting not to do any additional work outside of your sessions, it will help the tutor to know to plan on covering less new test material.
You want a tutor who goes beyond the basics of the test material. You want them to teach strategies. Pay attention to the fine print when you talk to your tutor to see if they simply review the content of the test or if they have the experience and knowledge to offer strategies when your student struggles in a specific area. For example, if your student is struggling to finish the reading section, does the tutor have specific strategies to help them either finish or make the most of their remaining time? You want to make sure that your tutor is an expert on the ACT or SAT, not just a good math or English teacher.
Again, knowing the concepts is one thing, but knowing which of those concepts will be on the test and how to handle them effectively is another.
If the tutor you work with is passionate about what they teach it makes all the difference! Try to find a tutor who is passionate about the ACT and the difference that it can make in students’ futures. If they are energetic and motivated because of the value this test can have and then they translate that into their teaching, you’ll see it clearly. You should look for a tutor who communicates more than the concepts on the test—you want them to share their energy with your students!
At OnToCollege, our curriculum is built around thousands of hours studying the ACT and SAT. We review past tests to see which questions are asked, what types of questions you can expect, and then we focus our tutoring on the specifics of each test. Our tutors have all received high scores on the tests, but they are also well equipped to teach these concepts and to share game-changing strategies with their students. It’s our goal to make sure our tutors are everything you look for in ACT tutoring!
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