How can tutoring help you prepare for the DAT?
If you have set your sights on matriculating in dental school, you will need to succeed on the Dental Admission Test (DAT) in order to impress schools with your stellar scores. Pre-dental students often take course loads full of biology, chemistry, and math courses. The DAT tests material from many of these subjects, and students may assume that they won't have to study excessively in order to be fully prepared. Succeeding in science and math classes, however, doesn't necessarily mean that one is prepared to do well on this exam. There are numerous aspects of the DAT that make focused review necessary for success, so that's where a DAT tutor can help.
To prepare for the DAT efficiently, students need to identify which subjects and topics they most need to review, and focus their attention on these key areas. For example, you may be an expert at evolutionary biology, but need help reviewing how to match graphs of different trigonometric functions with their equations. Finding effective, targeted methods to review material can pose a challenge. Preparation books and group-based review courses often don't fit the bill. They may not be able to help you identify the weak areas in your understanding, and the instruction they provide is one-size-fits-all and can't be custom tailored to address your specific strengths and weaknesses. If you want to review the concepts you need to work on with a knowledgeable tutor who has succeeded on this exam, personal DAT tutoring may be just what you need to bring structure and efficiency to your test prep.
One-on-one instruction is provided by experienced tutors who know all of the details of the DAT and have the teaching skills to clarify its most convoluted concepts. Your instructor can create customized lesson plans for your tutoring sessions that target the concepts you struggle with. Because of the individualized nature of DAT tutoring, you can have your instructor's full attention and devote as much time to mastering a given topic as is needed before moving on to another one.
Not only does your DAT tutor offer targeted, individualized instruction, but they also track your progress along the way, moving from where you begin and fine tuning their lessons based on how you do. Some topics might take longer than others to learn, but that is fine since your instructor works on your terms. Scheduling is another challenge your tutor will address. Lessons can be planned around other classes and even employment; your tutor will meet during evenings or weekends, at the place you are most comfortable with. You can be tutored in person at home, a library, or any other convenient, quiet location -- it may even be possible to connect face-to-face online for lessons, assignments, and feedback.
With a standardized test such as the DAT, it is extremely important to not just be familiar with the material, but the test format as well. Practice tests can help, but are not the only practice materials and strategies you should be focusing on. The DAT lasts for four hours and thirty minutes. Any uncertainties or lack of confidence, therefore, could really have serious impacts on your performance and nerves. There are four sections on the test; these include survey of the natural sciences, perceptual ability, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning, with math questions similar to the SAT. You'll encounter questions on chemistry, plus three-dimensional manipulation, spatial reasoning, algebra, trigonometric identities, and reading passages. The test is always changing and your DAT tutor is up to date on everything you need to maximize your chances of success.
Contact Varsity Tutors educational directors in your area to learn more about personalized one-on-one DAT tutoring, or to begin scheduling your first session!