Are you the parent of a high school student wondering how you can keep them on track for college during the COVID-19 pandemic? Though there's been much discussion about how students have had to adapt to quarantine and school closings, the unique challenges faced by high-school Juniors and Seniors haven't gotten as much attention. So how can these students continue to prepare for college during these difficult times?
At Mighty B Learning, our college prep tutoring team has been working hard to help students just like yours stay on track for college despite the uncertainty of the pandemic. While this includes adapting our regular services (like test prep tutoring and one-on-one SAT tutoring) to meet pandemic safety guidelines, it also means finding ways for students and their families to stay on track for college through new habits.
By making some or all of these changes to your teen's routine, you can ensure that they are remaining focused. With your support, they can overcome the pandemic's obstacles and continue working towards a brighter future for themselves. Here are our top suggestions to help your student stay prepped for college.
1. Use A Planner
Your teen is used to a rigid schedule at school — they know where they need to be, when, and how long. It's easy to remember because every student is on a similar schedule themselves. So chances are, they don't need to use a planner at school. At home, however, it's a different story.
If your student is still remote learning, they must learn how to best manage their free time to ensure they meet their goals without burning out. A planner does this by creating accountability and committing everything to paper. Students can easily let things slip when they're doing everything from home, but there's no excuse with a planner.
2. Explore Extracurricular Activities
While solid grades may be the best way to impress college admission counselors, students with a history of participating in extracurricular activities have an additional advantage over those that don't. Colleges are always looking for students who happily get involved in their communities and are eager to learn new skills. Unfortunately, however, the pandemic has eliminated many of the options traditionally offered by schools, like sports and clubs.
A student willing to search for themselves will find opportunities outside of school to get involved, and they can be just as valuable. The availability of such activities will vary depending on your location, but there's no shortage of volunteer opportunities that will look good on a college application. If you're having trouble finding activities locally, you may be able to find communities online to fill the same role.
3. Utilize Online Tutoring
Remote learning doesn't mitigate the need for individual, personalized attention for some students. However, whether providing SAT tutoring, ACT tutoring, GRE tutoring, or help with specific subjects, private tutoring helps students achieve more in many ways. Best of all, you can do tutoring entirely online.
Online tutoring services from Mighty B Learning cater to your student's individual needs through patience, understanding, and familiarity. Once they begin working with your student, one of our tutors can provide homework help online and build study strategies so they can learn and retain more. Tutors also act as another layer of accountability during a time when your student may not be able to attend school.
4. Build A Healthy Learning Environment
Working from home provides many distractions for students. With remote learning depending on a computer and internet access, it can be tempting to open a new browser tab and skim social media for a few minutes. Then a few minutes becomes a few more minutes, and before long hours are lost.
Some distractions are inevitable, but you and your student can do your best to eliminate as many as possible to help keep them focused. Consider the room where they are learning in, for example. If it's their bedroom, all their favorite devices are within arm's reach and could make for an easy distraction.
An easy way to limit distractions is by having your teen do all of their school activities—including remote learning—in another room of your home. Make sure it's still comfortable and quiet with fewer opportunities for them to get sidetracked. Doing so ensures they will get the most out of their learning time.
5. Take Time To Relax
A college-bound student will be busier in their last two years of high school than at any previous point in their education. Their workload grows but the amount of time available to them doesn't. They may have to push themselves to meet all their deadlines, but make sure that they make time for themselves.
Relaxation is beneficial to brain functions related to learning, like memory and comprehension, but it's also needed to maintain drive and energy. Though it may be tempting to cram now when students are spending so much time at home, doing so can negatively affect mental health. Instead, encourage breaks and engage in relaxing activities to keep your teen grounded and balanced.
How To Set Your Student Up For Success
We know how hard it is for families to prepare their students for the college application process. Trying to help your student with their academics all the while reading up on and preparing for college applications can be a challenge.
We're here to help make sure you can focus on the admissions while we focus on academics.
At Mighty B Learning, we can help your student prepare for their admissions journey through our comprehensive tutoring services. Not only are our services highly personalized, but we offer real solutions for individual students’ academic success.
Contact us today, and let’s talk about how we can set your student up to live out their dreams at their dream school.
Your student is ready to take the ACT or SAT according to their high school. However, college applications have one or both as a requirement for entrance. So, how does a student determine whether to take the ACT or the SAT?
All colleges accept both tests across the United States, and parents who are concerned if Ivy League schools frown on a student taking the ACT instead of the SAT can put their worry to rest. Ivy League schools officially accept both tests equally and won’t favor one over the other.
So, which test should your student take?
To answer that question, we need to understand each test to determine which one will best suit your student.
ACT vs. SAT
The ACT and the SAT are similar tests, but some differences can help your student decide which one to take, if only taking one. It all comes down to what your student’s strengths and weaknesses are.
ACT has an entire science section — the SAT doesn’t. The SAT science questions are sprinkled randomly throughout other sections. So, if your student likes science, they might consider taking the ACT instead.
The SAT, however, offers more time per question than the ACT does.
Students can use a calculator on all math questions in the ACT’s math section, whereas they’re not permitted to use a calculator in the subsection on the SAT. If they’re a whiz at math, the SAT may be the way to go.
Speaking of math, both tests favor algebra, but 12-15% of ACT’s math is geometry, whereas the SAT’s geometry questions account for less than 10%.
Talk to your student and carefully consider those elements, and weigh their strengths and weaknesses in consideration of the mathematical section of both tests. If they’re good at algebra, they’ll likely do well on the SAT. If they have an aptitude for geometry, then they might want to consider taking the ACT.
The ACT doesn’t give students any formulas, so test-takers have to memorize them beforehand. The SAT has a diagram of formulas before the two math subsections. The math score on the SAT accounts for half of the student’s total score — something to think about if math is a subject your student thrives in.
If students are good in English, they might sway more to taking the ACT over the SAT, but the SAT could be their best option if they’re strong in mathematics.
If you’re still wondering if your student should take the ACT or the SAT, the answer is simple. Many students are taking both tests, but if your student doesn’t want to take that route, we suggest taking a practice test of each one and then deciding what best suits them.
This route allows you and your student to get a real-time understanding of how the tests are structured and which allow your student to shine. This also allows your student the opportunity to prepare and brush up on the skills they may need some extra practice in.
How Will My Student Prep For The SAT / ACT?
Online tutoring is a great way to fast-track a student’s success in achieving high scores on the SAT or ACT.
We at Mighty B Learning provide test prep tutoring for the SAT and ACT, which will help students boost their confidence and scores. We guarantee it!
From day one, we work efficiently with students through a detailed process to help prepare them for the test. Our approach is transparent, so there’s no confusion. Then, the student will take a placement test to give us an idea of what level they’re at — their strengths and weaknesses.
We have professional tutors who offer tailored one-on-one lessons for each student. Our tutors enjoy mentoring and are mindful of each individual student’s needs and learning abilities. Everyone learns differently, and that’s why we’re not a one size fits all type of tutoring company. Instead, we customize our lessons specifically to the student’s needs and help them gain knowledge and confidence, so when the day comes to take their test, they’ll be ready to reap the rewards from all of their hard work.
If the student can only meet one of our tutors on a Saturday, no worries! Our schedule is flexible. We have online Saturday tutoring to meet their needs.
We love to help motivate and empower students by setting goals and checking off each one as they complete them because that way, they get to see their achievements and get excited about them (and we do too).
We make their experience fun by knowing their hobbies and interests and keeping them engaged while learning their lessons and preparing for the SAT or ACT, so they’re not bored, frustrated, or confused.
Let Our Tutors at Mighty B Learning Help Your Student Ace the Exams!
We offer several tutoring packages, and each one can be modified to their specific needs. For example, if they only have thirty minutes to meet with their tutor because of a busy schedule, that’s okay. Our tutors are flexible and can accommodate busy schedules — because it’s not about us, it’s about our students and giving them the tools and knowledge to succeed in scoring high marks on the ACT or SAT.
Are you ready to help your student succeed? Get started by contacting us to learn more about how we can make it happen.
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