How it Works
Guided Test SelectionWe use our proprietary algorithms to select the best test for your student (SAT or ACT).
Tailored Instructor AssignmentWe match your student with an experienced teacher who is the best fit for his or her unique learning style and personality.
One-on-One InstructionFocused, weekly prep sessions take place in the comfort of your own home, with materials customized to your student's needs.
Adaptive ApproachAs your student improves, our Proactive Recalibration® approach keeps us focused on the areas that will deliver maximum point gains.
Targeted HomeworkOur Deliberate Practice method ensures that your student's homework remains targeted to their strengths and weaknesses.
STEP 1: Guided Test Selection
Through years of experience, research, and analysis, we've developed proprietary tools to help you select the test where your student is likely to gain the highest point increases. We consider factors like GPA, language, math and English class grades, PSAT/PLAN scores, and reading ability to assess which test will reward your student's unique strengths.
STEP 2: Tailored Instructor Assignment
While all of our instructors are outstanding, each has his or her own teaching style, energy level, and personality. We strive to find the perfect fit for your student—whether your preference is male, female, high energy, or more laid back. We also have teachers who speak Spanish, Chinese, and Korean, so we can communicate with students and parents in the language that's most comfortable.
STEP 3: One-on-One Instruction
Our focused and effective 90-minute sessions are optimized for maximum point gains in the shortest amount of time. Research has shown that teenagers begin to lose focus after around an hour and half—no matter how motivated or dedicated they are.
At Powerful Prep, we're realistic about the attention span of our students and design each session with efficiency in mind. Our unique methods focus on engagement, interaction, and review—allowing us to accomplish more in 90 minutes than other programs do in four hours.
STEP 4: Adaptive Approach
Proactive Recalibration® is our process of constantly analyzing practice test results, homework, and in-class feedback to ensure we're on the optimal course.
If your student performed well on a math section, we'll analyze if it makes sense to skip that topic. If your student is struggling more in writing than reading, we'll run the numbers to confirm that additional time spent there will be worth it.
Proactive Recalibration® tells us where to spend more time and where to spend less, so that your student can maximize his or her score efficiently and effectively.
STEP 5: Targeted Homework & Practice
Deliberate Practice refers to a specific preparation method where individuals can achieve high levels of performance or expertise in a particular field. It involves breaking down complex tasks into “skill chunks,” combining that with immediate coaching feedback, and practicing skills at more challenging levels than expected.
We apply this concept to our homework assignments to ensure that our students are working smarter, instead of just harder.