How can a tutor help your child master the SSAT?
The SSAT, or Secondary School Admission Test, is a standardized exam that your child may need to take if they are interested in enrolling at a private school. The test assesses your child's verbal, quantitative, and reading skills to determine if they will be a good fit for a particular institution. Many private schools take performance on the SSAT very seriously during the admissions process. If a college preparatory school is on the horizon for your child, they may benefit from receiving extra help as they prepare for the SSAT. It may be wise to provide your child with access to the academic support a tutor can provide to ensure that they are ready to take the SSAT.
The SSAT is only one factor which will be taken into account on your child's application to an independent school. There are two types of the SSAT that may be administered: the Standard and the Flex, each of which are administered on different dates at different test sites. Each offers eight dates %u2013 the Standard SSAT provides testing on eight designated dates and the Flex offers individual and group tests on other dates. Students in third and fourth grade take the Lower Level SSAT, fifth through seventh graders take the Middle Level SSAT, and the Upper Level SSAT is for students in the eighth through eleventh grades.
If you're a student or parent of a student who is taking the Lower, Middle, or Upper Level SSAT, a tutor can provide the guidance and assistance necessary to ensure optimal preparation. The tutor you select for your child will create a fully customized study plan that is based on your child's learning style, strengths, weaknesses, personality traits, and other factors that can influence learning. Using this plan, the tutor is able to keep your child learning at their natural rate. Since the sessions are one-on-one, your child can spend as much or as little time as they need to on a particular concept. If your child masters a concept quickly, the learning plan is quickly adapted to account for their new skills. You are able to arrange for as many tutoring sessions as your child may need.
Working with your child, the SSAT tutor can provide valuable strategies and insights to test-taking and studying. They can help your child learn how to read actively, which can shorten the amount of time they spend working on the exam. These strategies are effective for future standardized exams as well, including the ACT and the SAT. Alongside effective test-taking strategies, the tutor can offer real-world examples for hands-on students to learn more efficiently.
With a tutor, the SSAT can be made far less stressful. Children at a younger age may struggle to focus their attention on their studies to truly prepare. Scoring well is crucial to their future education. SSAT tutoring can motivate your student and encourage him or her by making sessions personal, fun, and engaging. Instead of simply sitting and listening to a teacher while trying to memorize the material, your child's tutor will provide detailed and simplified explanations in ways they are more receptive to.
Most educational directors recommend preparing for the test a few months in advance, but even if your student is taking the SSAT sooner than that, a tutor can make a big difference in your child's experience while they are studying for the exam. An SSAT tutor can offer valuable one-on-one support that simply can't be achieved through group tutoring sessions. Call Varsity Tutors today to learn more about SSAT tutoring and get connected with a great SSAT tutor in your area.