How can an OAT tutor help you?
The Optometry Admission Test, or OAT, is one of the major hurdles set before prospective optometrists in the intensely competitive optometry school admissions process. The OAT incorporates the format of a standardized test like the SAT with mostly subject-specific content based on the science knowledge that pre-optometry students are expected to have obtained in their undergraduate science curricula before matriculating into optometry school. It's not much of a surprise, then, that many students are intimidated by this unique assessment. Compounding this anxiety is the fact that the OAT is the great equalizer for potential optometry students. Undergraduate institutions vary, and it can be difficult for admissions boards to compare GPAs among applicants from very diverse schools. As a result, many optometry schools consider the OAT as a chief selection criterion.
It is clear that preparation for the OAT cannot be shortchanged during your application process. To have the best chance possible of success on the OAT, you need to make use of a resource that maximizes the return on your investment of study time. Instead of trying to make sense of confusing review books that may be outdated or a crowded review class that is going over a topic you already understand, consider private OAT tutoring. Varsity Tutors can help you get connected with private OAT tutors in your area. OAT tutors are familiar with the idiosyncrasies of each of the test's sections, and have excelled on their own OAT exams in the past. They have spent time developing an ideal study plan to approach the OAT, and have the scores to prove it. They come prepared with an arsenal of strategies, tips, and resources that helped them succeed on the OAT. You can choose the strategies and resources that are most compatible with your learning style. This customizable approach ensures that you are being taught in the most effective way possible. In addition to being an authority on the OAT, each OAT tutor is also a superb teacher. Your instructors enthusiasm and gift for communication can help you make the most of the time you spend studying. If you are genuinely interested in what you are learning, you are much more likely to retain information in the long term. You can reduce the number of times you need to return to things that you have previously reviewed, keeping your study time focused and efficient.
A private OAT tutor will guide you toward exam success regardless of your struggle. If you're having a particularly difficult time mastering the elements of organic chemistry, your tutor can work with you on the basics and help you progress to more complex equations and concepts. Perhaps you're worried about the reading comprehension portion of the exam. Not an issue. Your private OAT tutor can bring sample reading excerpts and practice problems to your sessions. If the quantitative reasoning section of the OAT is worrying you, your and your tutor can go over practice math problems until you feel confident in your ability. Ultimately that's what a tutor is there for - to instill you with the confidence and knowledge you need to be successful on your own.
The Varsity Tutors live learning platform allows you to meet with a private tutor either in person or face-to-face online. This gives you the flexibility to meet with your tutor at the time and location of your choice. When you meet in person, you can choose a location that helps you study best, whether it's your school, a library, coffee shop, or even your own home.
In short, Varsity Tutors can help you connect with the best resources to help you on your way to a rewarding career in optometry. The effort and time that you invest into OAT tutoring today can pay off with the satisfaction you feel later as you are positioned to be a prime candidate for admission to your preferred optometry program. Don't compromise your study program. Contact Varsity Tutors educational directors about the OAT tutoring options available near you and get connected with an experienced tutor today!