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When it comes to ACT and SAT tutoring, there a number of strategies. But that doesn’t mean every strategy is effective at improving a student’s grades. If you’ve gone out of the way to find ACT and SAT tutoring for your child but have doubts about its efficacy, your concerns might be legitimate. But how do you tell?

Here are five signs that it may be time to upgrade tutors.

Sign #1: The qualifications don’t add up.

These days, many tutors will point to online certifications or even generalized claims of “Degrees” without getting into specifics. Make sure that you adequately vet each tutor to find out exactly what makes them qualified to prepare your child for the ACT and SAT.

Most importantly, follow up on the specifics. These include:

  • Where a degree is from, such as which university or which program
  • Proof of experience, such as going through a tutor program or asking to see paperwork
  • Demonstration of results or accountability, rather than vague promises of future improvement

Although you can’t go back in time to before the hire, you can always follow up on these specifics. After all, it is your money on the line.

Sign #2: Reliance on courses and teaching that is not student-specific.

If you hire a tutor who uses pre-planned courses for their ACT and SAT prep, then you know that you’re not getting the level of customization you paid for. Even if these pre-planned ACT and SAT tutoring courses are effective, your tutor should strive to build a lesson plan around a student’s strengths and weaknesses, not the other way around.

Every once in a while, ask your child what kind of teaching they’re receiving, and whether it’s truly the “one-on-one” experience you’d hoped for.

Sign #3: Response time.

From time to time, check in with a tutor and ask a question. If it takes you several days or even a week to get a response, you know that your child may not be getting the attention they really need.

Unless there are extenuating circumstances preventing a quick response time, this is one of the “red flags” that suggests your tutor isn’t all they’re cracked up to be.

Sign #4: Your child isn’t having a positive experience.

When a tutor has the advantage of one-on-one lessons, they should be able to craft study sessions that don’t feel like a chore. Tutoring won’t always be a pleasant experience for a student, true. But there is a fine line between a tough tutor who holds your child to high standards and a tutor who doesn’t put in any effort to make a study session both challenging and rewarding.

Sign #5: A lack of positive results.

Finally, before you hire a tutor, they should be able to demonstrate that their program has worked in the past. At Jantzi Test Prep, our tutors can point to students improving 2-5 points on the ACT and 100-300 points in the SAT.

Jantzi Test Prep: Your Trusted ACT and SAT Tutors

At Jantzi Test Prep, our private ACT & SAT tutoring isn’t simply about providing a one-size-fits-all approach. We find a way to make test preparation fun and engaging for every student.

Register for private tutoring sessions in your location today.