Without test prep, for the SAT, ACT, or ISEE, your child is going to be behind the other students who are taking advantage of private tutoring services. Tutoring is now the norm, especially for test preparation. As the following article states, working with a private tutor makes a world of difference for students at all grades and skill levels.
As the school year ramps up, so too are area tutoring services, in a bid to meet what seems to be a growing demand for one-on-one instruction at all levels.
Whether it’s prep for the ACT, SAT and private school entrance exams like the Independent School Entrance Exam, help with math and reading, enrichment or improving organizational skills, these companies offer a broad spectrum of services for successful students as well as struggling students.
“For the longest time, tutoring was for students who were chronically failing or who needed a leg up. Now the education market has gotten so competitive at all grade levels, tutoring has become the norm rather than the exception,” said John Pisklak. “For something like the SAT, the ACT, ISEE, if you’re not prepping, you are at a disadvantage because your peers are all prepping.”
Jess Rogers has seen a burgeoning demand for services in the three years since she started the company. She said parents of younger kids want to give them a head start. “I think at least for younger children, there is such a pressure to stay ahead and constantly keep improving and prove themselves,” said Rogers, whose clients are mostly from public and private schools in Memorial and Spring Branch.
Older children, Rogers said are prepping for the ICEE to enter middle or high school, and there are students who need extra help to keep their grades up as they juggle busy schedules. “Middle and high school kids have even greater pressure because it’s so competitive and every parent wants their child to be the best they can be,” Rogers said. “My husband and I, we get extraordinarily frustrated, but if you have someone outside the family dynamic it really helps,” Sherman said.
“Students want to prep for the ACT and SAT, and they want to keep their grades up, especially in hard classes like advanced placements,” Andreen said. “The whole process has become more involved.”