One of my students at the international school where I parent-volunteer in SAT Prep ECA recently asked me how he could boost his SAT proficiency level; yes, in Penang SAT Prep is commonly rolled out as an ECA (extra-curricular activity) – it’s sinful, but it’s prevalent around here. My answer to Jonathan was swift – private tuition. His next question was spontaneous – why? For me, there’s only one answer to that – why not?
With us, getting private tuition is a foregone conclusion when help is needed to improve how a student is faring academically at school. It’s second nature among serious students to engage private tuition for any subject with which they may be having problems. Often too, it’s employed in competing for top positions. Most high echelon Penang students have private tuition on multiple subjects – there’s no worse-kept secret within the local circles than this one. These star students stay at the top of their game that way; that’s how they got there.
SAT may not be officially on the high-school syllabus and curriculum but down the road, at the point of college or university application (US), SAT scores are going to be a crucial criterion, no less than GPA’s (Grade Point Average). This is especially so for those who are eyeing the top schools (Ivy League et al). Like everything else, Prep and Performance go hand in hand so why not for SAT Prep Tuition?
Granted, SAT can be self-taught and learned with barely more than a handbook guide, but that is if time was not of the essence. We all know that the high-school senior year routine is way too jam-packed for that. Besides, SAT Test Prep really should be a deliberate and sustained affair. Complacency is a bitch in SAT because the test is unique: a top student in classroom coursework won’t necessary ace the SAT. It is tricky business and requires specialized tuition.
Specialized SAT Prep Tuition can be a solution for expeditiously mastering the SAT. Or it can still be done without, provided there’s luxury of time. You decide where you stand.