If you’re going to take a test preparation course to prepare for your SAT, GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL, or other exam – TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF IT.
This seems pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many students skip a class or two, show up tardy, or don’t do all of their homework. As a test-prep instructor, my job is obviously to help students score higher but there’s only so much I can do.
Sure, I use high quality materials appropriate at appropriate yet increasing difficulty levels. I brainstorm the most effective ways to explain concepts or rules, and I sit down with individual students if they have specific questions or want to go over targeted areas of the tests. I also constantly upgrade my professional knowledge through consulting other instructors and studying test-related materials.
However, students who are unmotivated or lax about studying simply can’t take away as much from my courses as can the harder-working ones.
The students who increase their scores significantly are almost always the ones who not only attend every class and mock test, but also listen attentively. They’re the ones who do the homework and regularly approach me with questions about it. The most studious go beyond the course materials, requesting recommendations for what other test-prep books to peruse.
So please, Please, PLEASE! Take full advantage of the test-prep course you pay for!