How can a tutor help you master the MAP?
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests are used throughout the country to provide teachers with detailed feedback about how a student's performance lines up with the specific state and federal curricula in use at their school. It is common for students in grades 2-10 to take MAP tests at the beginning and end of each school year, though these assessments may be given as many as four times a year. The MAP tests evaluate students' skills in mathematics, reading, and language usage. A separate science section may also be given at some schools.
Students may encounter some difficulty when taking MAP tests, not only due to the wide variety of content being tested, but also due to the fact that MAP tests are computerized-adaptive assessments. This means that each question that a student is presented with is based on their performance on the test so that far harder questions follow correctly answered questions, while easier questions follow incorrect responses. While MAP tests are not timed, their adaptive format can easily make students doubt their own abilities and second-guess themselves while testing. If you want to help your student prepare to demonstrate all of their knowledge and skills on these evaluations, custom-tailored MAP tutoring can help your student focus on learning just the topics and concepts with which he or she is least familiar.
Varsity Tutors can help you get connected with a private MAP tutor. Private MAP tutors understand that each student is a unique individual with a different set of innate strengths and weaknesses. Tutors customize every session to help make lessons as effective as possible, helping each student master the material that he or she most needs to review before facing the MAP exams. While all of the MAP tutors are knowledgeable about the test's contents, they are also superb instructors who can make even difficult concepts seem intuitive. The education directors at Varsity Tutors take many factors into account when helping you select a tutor for your child, including your student's specific strengths and weaknesses, any concerns you may have about their progress, and the teaching methods that best allow him or her to learn. Your child's tutor can then design a customized series of lesson plans for the MAP tutoring sessions, focusing on the topics and concepts he or she understands the least. This focused approach can help keep every session interesting to your child without being overwhelming, and make MAP tutoring extremely efficient. Your child can work at whatever pace allows him or her to best learn the concept at hand, and because all of your MAP tutoring options take place in a one-on-one environment, your child can have the full attention of their instructor throughout each session. Questions can be answered immediately, and your child can receive feedback on exercises as soon as they are finished.
A private MAP tutor will work with your child on any elements of the test they may be struggling with. Your child and their tutor can practice simple math problems, working their way up to more complex equations as they go. A MAP tutor can bring reading excerpts with practice questions to a session to help your child improve their reading comprehension skills. If your child is having difficulty grasping certain elements of their science class, a private tutor is there to help.
If you would like to learn more about your MAP tutoring options or begin finding the tutor best suited to helping your child bolster their skills and knowledge, contact Varsity Tutors' educational directors today! Private tutors are available to meet with your child either in person or face-to-face online!