We’d love for you to call us to discuss any questions you might have, however, the following are some of our most frequently asked questions if now is not a good time to talk.
The cost of our specialized one-on-one program varies, as it is tailored to the needs of each student. If you’d like your student to take complimentary diagnostic tests, we offer our tests, analysis, and consultation at no charge.
After working with you and your son or daughter to design a personalized tutoring plan, we will match you with an instructor or instructors who will schedule lessons directly with the student. Our instructors are flexible in accommodating your student’s busy schedule.
We go to great lengths to ensure that our instructors are the best and the brightest available to help your child reach his or her potential.
Our tutors go through a rigorous screening and training process to determine if they meet our high standards.
We approach tutoring as a valuable opportunity to teach our students essential college readiness skills as well as coach and motivate our students to have the confidence to apply those skills successfully both on the test and in the classroom.
We do our best to match each student with the appropriate instructor. However, in rare instances where it is not a great fit, just let us know, and we’ll make a change to one of our other excellent tutors.
If after the first lesson you are not convinced that Academic Approach is the best program to help your child, let us know, and we will provide a full refund. Otherwise, we do not have a guarantee.
While our average score growth is outstanding, we recognize that multiple variables - specifically the student's effort - influence outcomes. The more your student puts into the program, the more he or she will get out of it.
This is a common issue. We find that a lot of students who think they’re bad at testing are just not clear about what the test is actually asking of them. By demystifying the test and showing students that there is predictable subject matter being tested, students often feel more capable of rising to the challenge.
Also, by taking several practice tests, students get used to the test and timing, which can go a long way toward helping students feel more confident.
Our complimentary diagnostics are official practice ACTs and SATs that our students take before and during their programs with us. The initial diagnostic will provide a baseline assessment or starting point from which to measure the student’s progress through the course of the program. It will be used to determine strengths and areas for improvement and to develop a student’s individual program.
The initial diagnostic is complimentary. Your son or daughter is welcome to visit our testing locations to take the diagnostic tests under test conditions, or we can mail the initial diagnostics to you directly so he or she can take the tests at home.
Absolutely. Because we customize the program of study to the needs of the individual, our personalized approach will ensure we are focusing on the areas that can provide the greatest improvements. However, improvement will also require a fair amount of work from the student.
Our program is the best of both. As standardized tests are not necessarily similar to the style and type of tests students see everyday in the classroom, there are certain key strategies that are essential for your child to understand to reach his or her highest potential score.
However, we also approach standardized testing as an opportunity to enrich your student’s academic curriculum and his or her performance within it. Strategies can only take a student so far without a proper foundation in the academic skills that are tested. The result is a customized balance of academic enrichment as well as strategies to give your student the greatest opportunity to find test-day success.
Definitely. Students receive anywhere from one to three hours of homework after each lesson during a normal course of study. Students need to be committed to doing the homework in order to reinforce the skills taught during one-on-one sessions and see the results they desire.
We have learned that doing or not doing homework is one of the most important factors in determining a student’s score increase. Those that do homework see great results. Those who do not do homework see less impressive results.
We totally understand that conflicts may arise. We simply ask that you cancel a session with a tutor at least 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged for that session.
Yes, we work with students who have learning differences every day. It is certainly helpful to know as much as we can about those learning differences in advance so that we can be as thoughtful as possible about pairing that student up with the appropriate instructor.
Yes, but it depends on the student’s availability and commitment to completing all of the assigned work. To prepare a student in four weeks, we may need to meet two-to-three times a week with possibly upwards of nine hours of homework per week, which is a lot of work for a student to manage.
Taking a complimentary diagnostic test is key so we can determine immediately where our time is going to be best spent. We have had students who have seen significant score improvements under less than ideal lead time by meeting often and doing all of the homework.
Most students will take the PSAT in October of their junior year, and will take the SAT and/or ACT once in spring of their junior year (March, May, or June for the SAT, February, April or June for the ACT), and again in the fall of their senior year.
The most important factor in deciding when to take the test and when to possibly prepare for that test is determining when the student will have the most available time to commit to the tutoring and homework.
Definitely. Generally, a student will take the SAT or ACT more than once. Our programs are completely customizable, and we do not have packages with a set number of hours. Therefore, a student can meet with us as often or as little as he or she needs.
Absolutely. If a student is already doing a great job on the Math section but really needs help on English, we want to focus our time on the area where improvement is needed. Designing the program to provide more tutoring in one area than another is quite common in tailoring the best solution for a student's success. Taking the initial diagnostic will help us better understand how best to focus the lessons.
The PSAT is basically the same as the SAT except that it is a bit shorter and has no essay. Although it is not a test that will actually be used in the college admission process, it does serve three purposes:
1) It attempts to predict how a student will do on the SAT
2) The junior year administration is used as a qualifying test for National Merit Scholarships
3) It is used as a means for colleges to collect data in order to market to students they feel will be a good match for their skills
SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based exams that assess students’ knowledge and mastery of specific subject matter within the disciplines of English, history, mathematics, science, and languages.
SAT Subject Tests are offered six times per year in October, November, December, January, May, and June. However, every test is not offered each month. Please visit the SAT website for specific registration deadlines and test dates: https://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-us-dates.
Please visit our SAT Subject page for the specific test calendar. Our Subject Test page is located under the One-on-One Tutoring/Tests section of this website.
SAT Subject Tests allow students to differentiate themselves in the college admission process as some of the more selective colleges require them for admission. Other colleges do not require SAT Subject Test scores but do prefer them as an index to a student’s academic mastery. In conjunction with other college admission credentials (high school grades, standardized test scores, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of a student’s academic background.
Benefits of SAT Subject Tests can include:
-Gaining admission to some of the more selective colleges and universities
-Placing out of introductory college classes; some colleges may even grant credit for good performance
-Satisfying basic requirements for certain majors or programs of study