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Test Prep Tips For Math Tutoring Students in the South Bay Area
Oct 23, 2017
For high school junior and senior math tutoring students in the South Bay Area, it's definitely time to think about standardized testing for college admissions. Whether you're taking the SAT or the ACT, you're probably either starting to or are in the midst of test prep and math tutoring if you're a junior, or are planning a last retake if you're a senior. As a result, the math tutors at Mathnasium of Palo Alto - Menlo Park compiled some college admissions test prep tips for South Bay Area math tutoring students in this week's blog post.
Test Prep Tips from South Bay Area Math Tutors
- Before automatically enrolling in a test prep class, see if you can study on your own! Buy some test prep books from Kaplan, Princeton Review, or Barron's, and go through the practice tests and problem sets on your own. Also check the College Board and ACT website to find practice tests from previous years. Some students find math tutoring and test prep classes in the South Bay Area helpful because they're extremely structured and organized. However, if you're highly independent and motivated, you might not need to enroll in these classes, and might be fine studying on your own.
- Come up with a good study plan! Definitely do a little bit each day or every couple days, rather than studying for a long time all at once. Plan on focusing on one section each study session, and going through a set of problems with your South Bay Area math tutor. Every week or so, take a new practice test. The point is to set up a reliable system so that you can study continuously and gradually.
- Be strategic with the subject tests! Even though the subject tests are optional with the new SAT format and the ACT, you can still impress colleges if you score highly on these subject tests. If you're planning to study the sciences or engineering in college, plan to do well on a math subject test and a science subject test. However, if you're studying anything else, it might be a good idea to score well on one humanities/language test and one science test. Also, you're a native speaker of a foreign language, it might not be a good idea to take the subject test for that language (after all, it's not that impressive if you send in a perfect score for a language you've grown up with). Consider taking an AP test for that language if available to demonstrate your fluency.
We hope that you found these test prep tips from our math tutors helpful, South Bay Area students! For more fun ways to learn and math tutoring, visit Mathnasium of Palo Alto - Menlo Park.