Test preparation, aka test prep, is everywhere. Gone are the days when your only options were to buy and slog through books as big as the Yellow Pages, or to sit in a fluorescent-lit classroom with twenty other nervous high school juniors or seniors.
The books and classrooms are still there for those of you who like that sort of thing. But for the rest of you test prep seekers, you now have options. Lots of options. There is a dizzying array of online options: videos to teach you how to solve certain types of problems, practice tests, pages of test-taking tips, and even test-taking competition with peers of your choosing. Much of it is free, many require your email address at registration so that they can market services to you, and others offer access to their software and videos for a monthly or annual fee.
What do we recommend? One-to-one, and sometimes small group, tutoring. Don't get us wrong: we like to listen to Sal Kahn as much as the next guy. We also know that there are some students who have the discipline and the time to manage the test preparation process on their own. They can set up a schedule, commit to it, and carry it through using any tools, from online test prep to the test prep tomes that were around when we were your age (before the invention of Starbucks). If you are this type of student, then the online test prep offerings are right up your alley. Many students have gone the self-study route and been very successful.
But we strongly believe that every student learns a little differently, and that a personalized approach, tailored to your particular test-taking needs, is going to be more efficient with your time. We know how busy you are with your academic priorities. Find the right tutor for your learning style.
So, take a look at the vast array of test prep options available to you online, in print, and in the offices of your local test prep provider.
We're here, too, to help you navigate these decisions. Call or stop by our offices. That's where you'll find us, delivering the best available support to our students, just the way they like it.
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