How can a tutor help you master the CST?
Does your child attend a California public school and need help preparing for an upcoming California Standards Test (CST)? Personal CST tutoring is designed to help students in grades two through eleven to review the knowledge and skills needed to excel on these exams and approach the CST with confidence. Each CST instructor is knowledgeable about the test's content and idiosyncrasies, and has shown great ability to communicate complex concepts in ways that make them seem simple and intuitive. Varsity Tutors' educational directors can take into account your student's particular set of strengths, weaknesses, and concerns when helping you select the CST tutor best suited to helping your child. This tutor can create a study plan personalized to your child's academic needs in the context of the test they will be taking.
As part of California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, the CST covers English-Language Arts and Math, as well as additional topics from Social Studies, History, and Science, depending on your child's grade. Like many standardized tests, the CST sets a high bar, and tests a variety of content using different types of questions within a time limit. It is designed to be difficult, but studying for it and taking it doesn't have to be stressful. A tutor can identify the areas in which your child could most benefit from review, and focus on these topics exclusively during sessions. If your child struggles with English and Language Arts, a tutor can help familiarize them with the types of passages and questions covered on this section of the CST, demonstrate techniques to help him or her learn vocabulary, and model strategies for interpreting the text at hand. Depending on their grade level, test-takers may be required to answer a challenging array of questions about texts drawn from poetry, literature, instructions, and technical material. Your child's CST tutor can help break down each genre of text, teach methods for attacking and interpreting questions, and review basic and advanced grammar rules.
If math isn't your child's favorite subject, a skilled tutor can help review whichever CST math concepts give them the most trouble and help to reduce their math anxiety. The CST covers nearly all mathematics concepts taught at each grade level, ranging from basic arithmetic in elementary evaluations to topics covered in Algebra II and Geometry at the high school level. Solving math problems in class or on homework assignments is fundamentally different than taking the CST's Math section, in which your student is given a variety of questions with multiple answer choices.
A talented CST tutor can teach your student strategies for working backwards from the given answers, eliminating incorrect options, and rephrasing questions for clarity. If your student is at a higher level and is taking a CST that involves history, social studies, or science, a qualified tutor can review the basics, demonstrate techniques for approaching CST questions, and model crucial time-management skills in ways specifically tailored to your student's unique academic needs.
The best part about a tutor is they are able to work on the most individualized basis possible. Your child can therefore focus on the most effective strategies and their most crucial areas for improvement. Their tutor's schedule is flexible, so they can meet with your child in person at home or any location that is most convenient, or face-to-face online, at a time that doesn't conflict with classes and other activities. This ensures the least amount of pressure and the best chances for success.
To learn more about the personal CST tutoring available in your area, contact Varsity Tutors' educational directors today! They will connect you with the most qualified independent tutors specializing in this exam.