We recently posted a blog about causes of teen anxiety.  Academics can be a big cause of stress for teens as they try to meet parental expectations and juggle school with other activities.  And of course, for juniors and seniors, the whole college application process can be a huge source of teen stress and, specifically, test anxiety.

While adding test preparation may seem like just one more thing a student has to make time for, test preparation is actually a positive experience for most students.

Create Individual Expectations

Of course, everyone wants a perfect score!   But test preparation is not about pushing students toward an arbitrary goal.  Tutors work individually with students to help them learn strategies and skills so they can just do their best.  Students create their own goals, which should be based on their academic record and capabilities.  A student may also want to strive for a certain score to apply to a reach school or qualify for a scholarship. The tutor’s role is to give a student knowledge of strategies and skills to be able to maximize his or her abilities.  Tutoring is positive, low key and different from a classroom environment.  Students tend to enjoy the personal attention and seeing results.

Time Well Spent—And No Homework!

High school students spend 4-5 hours each day on social media, on average.  Fitting in four hours of prep each week for a couple months to prepare for the ACT is manageable.  There is never any homework from tutoring, so students come in, learn something, practice to reinforce it, and are off again.

The Best Remedy for Test Anxiety:  Practice

Some students develop test anxiety and become fearful about taking the ACT because they feel the stakes are so high.  The very best remedy for test anxiety is preparation.  In tutoring, students break a test into smaller chunks and get comfortable with the format, instructions, types of questions and timing.  Tutoring sessions build toward the actual test.  By that time, the student has developed a plan for how to manage the test.  Having that sense of control is a huge factor in minimizing test anxiety.

Students should also be aware that a growing number of schools “superscore.”  This means schools can look at all the ACT tests the student has taken and choose the best score from each subject area to create a “super” composite score.  Obviously, taking the test 6 times, for example, might be excessive.  But most students benefit from a second and possibly third attempt.  Check out college websites to learn how they handle superscoring and test score reporting.

For more information about ACT test preparation at Knowledge Edge, click here.   We offer flexible scheduling and proven results!