If you are thinking of working with a tutor to help you prepare for a standardized test like the GRE or GMAT, here is how to get the most out of the experience:
Start early! If you can, start working with your tutor 2-3 months before taking (or retaking) the test. Even if you meet with a tutor only once a week, that extra time gives you enough tutoring sessions to benefit in the following ways:
- You can cover all sections of the test
- You can focus more time on your areas of weakness
- You can use the extra time to correct bad test-taking habits that are preventing you from improving
- You can do more than simply work on improving your raw math and verbal skills – you can work on test-taking strategy
Remember: Your tutor may have a wealth of information to share with you that can help you get a top score, but there’s no way you can absorb all that information in one week! Also, you may be anxious to get it over with, but that score will stay on your record for 5 years, so you owe it to yourself to be as prepared as possible. So why not take a step back, give yourself some much-needed study time, and walk into the test with the confidence of knowing you are prepared? It will all pay off in the end when you get your acceptance letter.