Social connection is part of everyday life. We connect with all of our friends in person, but also on other platforms: text, SnapChat, Facebook, YouTube and more. So how do we incorporate our need for online social connectedness into our test prep. The answer may be online learning communities.
What Are Online Learning Communities?
Online learning communities offer a variety of different ways to approach test prep. Some offer specific courses hosted by professionals. Others offer peer to peer lessons and tips. Still other communities offer a gamified approach to teaching and learning. Some learning communities combine elements of all of these approaches. If you find sitting down to study with a book and a pencil particularly challenging, an online learning community might be the right method of test prep for you.
One great online community is YouTube. YouTube offers tips and tricks from a variety of professional instructors, as while as peer tips. You can view, share, and discuss these videos with friends. You may find they are a great springboard for study groups. Instead of checking out cute baby animals, search for “SAT test prep”.
Start Your Own
You can also start your own test prep community. Create a group on Facebook or other social media platform where you and your friends can get together to discuss problems and troubleshoot as you go. Post your questions or specific trouble spots and work to answer other’s questions. Teaching friends and learning from peers both lead to improving your skills and can be done on any social media platform. Be sure to make a point to stay focused while you are there. It can be easy to become distracted on a social media platform. Don’t veer away from your goals until you have accomplished them.
Tools That Work For You
There are all kinds of tools available for your test prep. Find a tool that works best for you. Find an online community on your favorite social media platform, look for a test prep app, or watch tutorials and share them with friends. You may have to put in some time with a book and pencil, but include some alternative methods for variety and a new perspective.
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.