savagedm wrote:I hate to say it, but having taught for a certain test prep company for a while now, I must say.... most people just aren't committed enough to get the scores they want. It usually has nothing to do with testing methods or what-have-you, just as these stories have put it... people are lazy, plain and simple. If they aren't lazy and they keep messing up, then they are not studying properly or they have found methods which don't work and simply keep trying them hoping they would. It's a sad day when you see half of your students and you think to yourself "most of you aren't ready, most of you will be pissed off at us in the future because of your score, most of you didn't do shit to get what you wanted"... and you can't say anything like this to them to hopefully estop them from sinking their teeth into dept they will have serious trouble repaying because you will lose your job if you tell them something in their best interest that they don't want to hear.
I'm not a test prep tutor, but I totally second this. I took TM and basically stayed stagnant (168 first diag, 168 sept test). At first I was like "FUUU TM" but then I assessed my prep and the fault was completely mine--I could've worked MUCH harder than I actually did, and the section that I missed the most qs on was the section I prepped for the least. So this time around, no prep course but definitely going to put in more work
Not exactly on-topic, but yeah basically, +1. also, 'estop' makes me think of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2uT1MM2Auo