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Preparing for the PSAT When You’re Really Busy!


For many juniors in high school, the academic year is jam-packed with challenging classes, extracurriculars, and, of course, standardized tests.

At AJ Tutoring, our goal is always to lessen the stress for students and help them build confidence while achieving their potential. This is the driver behind our academic tutoring, which aims to improve deep content mastery and develop efficient study skills. Over the summer, many students have been coming to AJ to get a head start or enrich their understanding with our academic summer classes. In the coming weeks, more and more students will walk through our doors in order to achieve a strong start to the semester and get the year off on the right foot.

For juniors in particular, the prospect of taking the PSAT, SAT, and ACT, as well as subject-specific tests like SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams, can be highly daunting. AJ Tutoring is here to help! If you’d like to discuss our comprehensive and highly customized approach to helping each student maximize scores and minimize stress, give us a call today!

The PSAT is the first challenge awaiting juniors, who take the exam in October at their schools. Because scores won’t be sent to colleges, the PSAT offers a low-stakes way to acclimate to the testing environment and learn some key skills that will be important later on. The PSAT can be a fantastic opportunity to get ahead of the game and build a lot of confidence for future tests. August, September, and October are often really busy months for Juniors. With that in mind, here are a few tips for completing an efficient PSAT prep that fits in to even the most busy calendars.

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Start Early

AJ Tutoring offers two options for PSAT prep: a short course and a full preparation. You can learn more here. Whether you choose the first or the second option, it will benefit you immensely to start PSAT tutoring as soon as you can. By starting early, you can space out the tutoring sessions and practice tests, a schedule that better allows you to understand the concepts and strategies on a deep level.

Another benefit to starting the prep early is that it allows you take weeks off for unforeseen circumstances. If you need to go on a last-minute ski trip or if you catch a cold, you will be glad you planned ahead.

Choose 1-on-1 Tutoring

AJ Tutoring specializes in 1-on-1 tutoring for the PSAT and other exams because of the high degree of customization that is allowed in each session. One benefit of this customization is its efficiency. Because a personalized prep targets each student’s unique strengths and weaknesses, no time is wasted, and every minute of tutoring is focused on the most important concepts and strategies for exam success.

Rather than sitting through hours and hours of content that students have already mastered or concepts delivered at a pace that they can’t absorb, 1-on-1 tutoring is perfect for meeting each student at his or her own level and learning style. That means quicker test prep progress and more time for other things!

Make Time for Practice Tests

AJ Tutoring offers free proctored practice exams every weekend for our test prep students. Every student who takes PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP tutoring with AJ is encouraged to make use of this excellent resource: you can find a complete schedule of all of our offerings here.

Though exams takes several hours of precious weekend time, practice exams are an absolutely crucial part of an effective prep, and the time spent experiencing the real deal is well worth it. Practice exams help build stamina and apply what’s being learned in sessions. Furthermore, the practice tests results help our tutors further customize and personalize their instruction based on the types of questions students miss. Identifying patterns means noticing a student’s strategy and content needs which we can then target with 1-on-1 tutoring.
If you’d like to get started with PSAT tutoring as soon as this week, please reach out to us right away! Our professional test prep tutors know the exam back and forth and are passionate about helping students achieve their potential.

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