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How to Ensure Online Tutoring from PrepScholarTutors Is Right for You


While the vast majority of articles on our blog are about immediate tips for the SAT/ACT test, from time to time we also feature some latest products we at PrepScholar are coming out with.  This time, we're annoucing our new PrepScholar Tutor product.  It combines the affordability and customization of PrepScholar Automated Prep with varying levels of premium tutoring, giving you many advantages of each.


3 New Tutoring Packages from PrepScholar

Most of the features of PrepScholar Tutoring are explained on our website, so if you haven't read through it yet (it's short and an easy read!), the best way to get some background on the service is by reading the page.  The idea is this: you already know how great our PrepScholar Automated Prep is — why not take it to the next level by adding on tutoring?  There are varying degrees of tutoring you can add on:

- Our Monitored Automated Prep package can be seen as a similar training strategy to automated prep, but with a few extra hours to bring your training to the next level.  While our Automated Prep program is designed to be 99% self understandable, there may be a couple of small areas that you're stuck at and want an explanation for.  Likewise, you might be making a pattern of mistakes that's very hard for you to detect yourself, but a professional can spot very quickly.  If you're worried about a few uncommon instances of "getting stuck" not understanding a critical strategy or content, then Monitored Autoated Prep is the best package for you.  It has a few hours of 1:1 online instruction that will ensure you never get stuck, while keeping the vast majority of the learning in the Automated Prep framework.

- Our Full Tutor-Lead Complete Prep package is our most popular tutoring package that we've been doing for years now.  This package is designed to give you all the advantages of traditional tutoring, plus more.  You meet 1:1 with a tutor, who is main guiding force behind your preparation.  The learning is directed by your tutor at this point, yet you're able to save because all the drilling and scheduling happens via our Automated Prep Package.  In other words, you get the best of both worlds: you get one of the top tutors over all of the USA to guide you, while also relegating practice, drills, and other exercises to automated prep to save on cost.

- Our Maximum Tutoring package is meant for students who want tutoring to be almost all of their prep.  With 40 hours of included tutoring, our 1:1 time can take you from knowing nothing about the test to knowing everything.  You still have the option to drill on our Automated Prep platform, but at this point your main strong desire is to get almost all your prep from our world-class tutors.  Since effective tutoring is one of the best ways for you to learn, if you have the budget, and strongly desire the maximum number of points, this package is for you.  


Why Choose Tutoring From PrepScholar?

As I have mentioned many times before, there are many ways to study for the SAT / ACT: by yourself, with online prep, or with tutoring.  I certainly believe that with the right tutor, tutoring is the most effective way to improve: anyone who has had the experience of receiving personalized 1:1 instruction from a great teacher will immediately understand why — the effectiveness of good 1:1 tutoring is bar none.  However, the key phrase is choosing the right tutor.  

Usually, choosing the right tutor is difficult.  A local high school senior who recently got a great grade himself might offer tutoring for as low as $70/hour or less.  But be careful: we've all met many people who know a subject really well themselves, but have real trouble explaining the concept to others.  This is due to the curse of knowledge: if you know a topic by heart already, it is very difficult to empathize with what it's like not to understand that topic.  This strongly afflicts tutors without a track record, which is why we always caution against using tutors that score well themselves, but without proven experience in teaching.

At PrepScholarTutors, we ensure our tutors both have a high score (by verifying directly with the testing authorities), and ensure they know how to teach.  We ensure tutor quality by only taking tutors who have proven track records of improving the SAT / ACT scores of students in the past.  Moreover, before hiring each tutor, we have our experts sit in on mock tutoring sessions and vet each tutor for precise skills and tactics in teaching.  This way, we ensure that our tutors not only know the material, but also know how to teach the material.  We also ensure tutors know how to work best with our automated prep system so that tutoring works seamlessles with online autoated prep.

Also, since we we're an online prep company focused on helping busy students, our tutoring schedule is always flexible.  We never require students to have a fixed time of week for tutoring, or be ridged in their scheduling.  You can change your schedule around week by week to ensure the best fit for your sports practice and other extracurriculars.  


Rest Assured With These Guarantees

We believe in the effectiveness of our tutoring so much that we're more than happy to put our money where our mouth is: by giving you multiple guarantees about our tutoring product for SAT and ACT.  All these guarantees overlap so you're not limited to choosing just one — you get all of them.

mb_gold_guaranteeOur first guarantee is the one-hour full money back guarantee for any reason. That is to say, when you have your first hour of tutoring, if you don't like it, you get all your money back, including the cost of the first hour!  We're so sure you'll like it that we can extend you this guarantee.  You can get the money back for any reason or no reason at all — there are no qualifictions on this.  If you've used the automated prep portion of your package for fewer than 10 hours, you can get a full refund on that as well, and otherwise the full refund applies completely to the tutoring portion of your package.  This lets you make sure that our tutoring level meets or exceeds your expectations, without risking any money at all. 

The second guarantee applies through the duration of the tutoring.  We guarantee that you can cancel at any time and get the unused portion of your costs back.  In other words, we have no lock-in contracts.  This is something very important as you'll be sure that each lesson continues to meet the high standards of excellence you set.  Some companies rely on lock-ins because they're not sure you'll stay for their tutoring quality alone.  We are confident enough in our continued tutoring quality that we let you receive a refund at anytime for all unused costs.

Finally, we still have our standard 160+ improvement (on the 3-section SAT) and 4 point improvement (on the ACT) guarantee.  If you don't improve that much from real test to real test after using our tutoring program, then you get double the hours of tutoring for free.  Our tutors are premium and doubling the hours isn't cheap for us, but we're so confident in our ability to raise your score that we offer the 160+ Point / 4+ Point Guarantee.

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Dr. Fred Zhang
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Fred is co-founder of PrepScholar. He scored a perfect score on the SAT and is passionate about sharing information with aspiring students. Fred graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor's in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics.

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