“Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent minds do not shine in standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds.”
― Diane Ravitch
I’m working on graduating my third child. Each one has chosen a different path, but all three have participated in local college classes. I love watching my kids explore areas they are interested in. And although the path to college is easier for some than others, it all requires hard work. Part of that hard work is preparing for standardized tests, whether we approve of them or not.
Like many parents, I struggle with the idea of teaching towards a test. It’s one of the many reasons we homeschool. But if your kid is headed to college, testing will be inevitable.
Colleges offer their own college entrance exams, SAT/ACT/CLT are all available, and ASVAB if your kid wants to join the military. And although I don’t think tests are an accurate evaluation of our child’s knowledge, they do provide a base to start from.
Tools of the Trade
Now that you have faced the fact that you do indeed need to prepare your child for a standardized test, what’s next?
There are many study options out there and sometimes hard to choose. Understanding your child and his/her learning style is an important thing to keep in mind, although testing tends to lend itself to the more visually stimulated student. But up until the test, you have the ability to choose how to get that information into their brain.
Today’s post is going to focus on a treasure that I discovered. I think you will be equally excited about this amazing tool!
Study.com for Standardized Tests
I stumbled across Study.com in an effort to help my daughter with her upcoming college entrance exams. Honestly I wasn’t expected much more than I had seen on other sites and in the big books at the library, but I was pleasantly blown away.
I was granted free access in trade for an honest review and that’s what I’m giving. Their interactive program has so many options and was a great prep tool for us.
1. Lots of Test Options
First thing I discovered was the many, many standardized tests that Study.com covered. ACT, SAT, CLEP, GED and so many more are covered. Yay! It’s a one-stop shop.
2. Clear Steps
The dashboard page of each course is very well organized with easy to follow steps. Study.com provides an overview, course tracker, table of contents, syllabus and test options. It’s easy to use and understand.
3. Bite-sized Lessons
Each lesson is progressive, covers the information, offers written and video lessons, and ends with a quiz. Most are 5-6 minutes long, making it easy to break up your study time.
4. More than just Test Prep
Study.com is the one stop shop for all studying! Not only do they have study guides for every subject you could cross in school and so many test options, they also offer a YouTube channel with more study help.
And for those of us on the go, Study.com has an app to take your studying with you. They really have thought of everything.
Giving our Kids Tools to Suceed
Part of this homeschool gig is making sure our kids have tools to reach their goals. If those goals include graduating high school, going to college or joining the military, Study.com is a tool you don’t want to go without.