ACT tutor: a great resource

An ACT tutor can be a great resource for your exam. But you don't really need a tutor who only specializes in the ACT. Any good test prep tutor will be able to help you with the right materials. The best way to study for any standardized exam is to get good prep materials and then find a coach (tutor) who will help you through it.

My favorite ACT prep resource

My favorite resource is a program created by a veteran teacher. She's figured out how to combine solid test preparation with lifestyle changes to improve scores (and she guarantees a three-point increase).

Learn more about the program here. One of the best parts is how affordable her system is--cheaper than the gas it takes to get to a tutoring center!

Now combine this resource with help tailored to you!

Before you plan your ACT prep strategy, ask yourself some key questions about your study methods. Be honest with yourself! Pretending that you'll study every morning when you know you won't really do it is a setup for failure.

1. How have you studied for a major test successfully in the past?

2. What study strategies seem to work better for you--writing things down, playing games, reviewing materials, having conversations about subjects, seeing visual reminders, or something else?

3. How can you rally social support for your standardized test prep project? Yes, your mom wants you to pass the bar, but that kind of pressure isn't all that helpful. If you get friends and family excited about your study plan and supporting you in keeping it going, however, your chances for success increase dramatically.

4. How much structure do you need? Lots of options exist: classes, tutoring, study groups, workbooks, online programs, and more. If you're highly self-disciplined, a workbook and a few practice tests may be enough. But many people need extra support in the form of classes or one-on-one coaching.

Combine your best resources and self-knowledge for success

With great online help and a clear understanding of your own test-taking strengths, it's time to get started. I've compiled lots of resources for test prep planning and information on finding and hiring the right ACT tutor for you. It's easy. Just enter "ACT" and you'll get a local, customized list of tutors who are ready to help you now.

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