There is a vast variety of large tutoring companies that offer to help your student prepare for important
exams. These tutoring companies provide a much different experience than private tutoring. When you
want your child to be successful, carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages of various tutoring
programs. You may want to use something other than the mainstream programs.
Large tutoring companies are generally very inflexible. They offer courses at a specific time for a specific
length of sessions regardless of your student’s needs. If you sign up for a mainstream course, you are
committed to showing up to every session whether or not it works for your schedule. You will also be
paying for all of the sessions whether or not your student needs them.
In a mainstream program your child is typically instructed in a classroom setting without much individual
attention. Skill sets and needs vary widely from student to student. In a classroom setting, it is very
possible that your student’s individual needs will not be addressed.
A private tutor can tailor the program to your student’s needs. Evaluations at the start of the program can
determine how many sessions your student may need and what areas they need to focus on. When you
work with Mr. Test Prep, you will not be required to pay for more sessions than your student needs.
A private tutor also offers flexibility around when to meet. If a sports tournament comes up, or a major
exam for school, you will have the flexibility to meet at a different time. Mainstream companies only offer a
specific time to meet and if you miss the session, you will miss the material covered.
You can also have confidence about your instructor’s experience when you use a private tutoring service.
Larger tutoring services depend on their very specific course material, rather than on the teaching
capabilities of their staff. When you choose a private tutoring program you can be sure that the instructor
has plenty of experience teaching students how to tackle these important exams.
Consider Your Options
Be sure to consider all of your options when choosing a program for your student. Ask your student what
their goals and expectations are for their test prep program and choose a prep service that can meet
More About Mr. Test Prep’s Los Gatos SAT Test Prep Services
Michael Romano has been offering his Los Gatos SAT prep services for almost two decades. He’s seen thousands of kids and helped with just about every kind of standardized testing anxiety a student could have. This has taught him that increased scores come down to confidence. Yes, you have to understand the material, but confidence is—more often than not—the #1 cause of a student’s trouble with testing. Bearing that in mind, he has created an SAT tutoring program that builds confidence by desensitizing his students to the conditions of the test, while providing them with targeted instruction on both the academic content of the exam and the tips and tricks that make it so much easier.