How can a tutor help your child master the STAAR?
How does a tutor help your student prepare for the STAAR and EOC exam? Varsity Tutors understands the importance of helping elementary, middle, and high school students in Texas excel on their standardized tests each year. Independent tutors who have taken the STAAR or EOC exams, previously known as TAKS, connect with students on an individual level. Highly credentialed STAAR tutors are dedicated to your child's continual improvement. They can provide subject area coaching, such as strengthening math and reading skills or social studies knowledge. In addition, tutors provide test-taking strategies and insight into the format of the STAAR test.
Brilliant private tutors provide 1-on-1 tutoring in your home, or another convenient location of your choosing, and sessions are scheduled around your child's classes, extracurriculars, and other activities. Our directors provide free consultations in which you'll learn how a tutor can prepare your child for the exams. By taking into account your child's academic achievements, learning style, and personality, an appropriate tutor can be found that can guide them along productively.
The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam is taken by most Texas public school students in the spring during grades three through twelve. The test is administered over a period of one or two weeks, depending on the choice of each individual school. Students are tested on math and reading each year. Writing tests are issued in grades four and seven. Science tests on the STAAR are given in grades five and eight. A social studies test is scheduled in grade eight. For most exams, students have four hours to complete the test, and receive a thirty-minute break during which the clock stops and they can eat lunch. During that time, the tests are locked up and secured by the proctor until the student returns to the test room.
High school students are required to pass End of Course (EOC) exams, including Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, and US History. English III, Geometry, Chemistry, Physics, World Geography, and World History have been added as well. Students must achieve satisfactory levels on all five exams in order to graduate high school. The EOC exams are administered in twenty-two states, with more set to require these tests as students graduate. A student's score counts towards a specific percentage of their final grade; this amount depends on the state they live in. Each test consists of two 60-minute sections. Some schools administer the exam in one day, others choose to do so over two days.
Preparing for any standardized exam requires knowing more than knowledge. There are specific strategies that help to do well on these tests and there are many opportunities to practice them. Many students feel left in the dark when it comes to test prep. A tutor can show the way, and provide various tips and tricks that help to find the right answer, even if a student is not familiar with certain topics when they are tested. The goal, of course, is to learn the material and remain on grade level, which is the only sure bet a student will answer the questions properly and score well. Seniors therefore spend a lot of time preparing ahead of time.
Varsity Tutors understands how important it is for your senior to walk with his or her graduating class. An independent STAAR tutor can help, ensuring that your student stays at grade level and passes the required EOC exams. Don't wait until the last minute. If your child is struggling with a portion of the STAAR, call Varsity Tutors and let our directors help you find a talented tutor so he or she doesn't miss out on the opportunity to maximize their chances of success.
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