How can a tutor help you master the STAAR Grades 3-8?
Is your student taking the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, also known as the STAAR tests? No matter whether your student is preparing for his or her first exam in third grade or is an experienced test taker in eighth grade, these standardized tests can be stressful, since they decide whether or not a student is on track for entry into the next year of academic advancement. The material on the STAAR evolves as your student progresses to higher level concepts, with tests on writing, science, and social studies added to certain grade levels. A talented tutor can make a huge difference in how your student performs on the test and how he or she manages his or her anxiety on test day.
Varsity Tutors can help you get connected with talented STAAR tutors. Personal tutors can create a personalized learning plan based not only on your student's grade level, but on your child's subject knowledge and skills. This helps each session keep your student on track towards his or her goals, and provides material of an appropriate difficulty so that he or she can always be challenged. With one-on-one STAAR tutoring, your student can have a dedicated, personal study partner and guide as he or she prepares for this important exam.
The STAAR tests are made of at least two main components: math and reading. If your student struggles with aspects of math, a talented tutor can provide focused review for the basic math concepts covered on the test. The math sections of the STAAR tests measure how well students understand the fundamentals rather than their ability to recall math facts or solve equations; often, there will be multiple paths to a correct answer. A STAAR tutor, can work through sample questions with your student and demonstrate methods for attacking the questions, eliminating wrong answers, and breaking down story problems.
The reading components of the STAAR tests evaluate whether or not students can read and understand passages, by asking them to demonstrate their understanding by answering questions. These questions don't just concern information that is specifically in the text, but also ask students to make inferences, summarize, and analyze the intentions and biases of authors based on clues found in the passages. With STAAR tutoring, your student can master these questions with the guidance of a talented pedagogue. Personal tutors can offer strategies for approaching the text in an efficient and careful manner, and can also help your student to better understand point of view, figurative language, and other literary concepts and devices.
At certain grade levels, your student's STAAR tests will incorporate writing, science, and social studies sections. The writing component may involve a written composition, but also includes questions about revising and editing text passages. A tutor can help your student brainstorm ideas for the composition section and develop strategies for approaching the grammar and editing questions. Science and social studies appear on the tests for later grades, and a STAAR tutor can help your student master each topic tested in his or her grade level to help prepare for test day.
STAAR tests may be the source of some anxiety for your student, but with the help of an expert guide, your student can approach the test with confidence in his or her knowledge and abilities. STAAR tutors have flexible schedules and are available to meet with your student in person, or in online, face-to-face tutoring sessions through a live learning platform. Contact the educational directors at Varsity Tutors today to learn more about getting connected with skilled STAAR tutors.