Though you may have a defined strategy for helping your students achieve their best scores on the SAT, you may from time to time want to mix up your tutoring experience and connect with your students on their level.

Online video is a great way for tutors to connect and engage with students online and get their name out about their brand. Now that high quality video cameras are easily available to the public and online video software comes loaded onto our computers, creating video isn’t as difficult as it used to be. That means that a lot more teachers, tutors and students are creating helpful SAT preparation videos which millions of users can access 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

After spending a couple of hours on YouTube combing through some very bad and boring SAT preparation videos, I’ve unearthed 5 clever videos that really have the ability to engage and connect with students. You can use these videos to engage with your student, start a conversation about a new tutoring topic, or help your student relax before the big SAT test comes up.


1.    SAT Words in Real Life

by Knewton

Knewton SAT has a clever way to bring the SAT words which plague millions of high school students to life. Through these short less-than one minute clips students can learn how to apply the words they’re reading on flash cards to real life scenarios. It also teaches the student how to associate a story with a word as a memory device.


2.     SAT Reading Prep: Long Passages

by Prep Interactive

You’ll find a lot of SAT tips and trick videos online but I thought this one was particularly good at summarizing a strategy for reading long passages on the SAT. I also thought the age and look of the speaker was appropriate for high school students who may connect more with the video if they feel that the speaker is young, hip and attractive. The speaker almost looks like he stepped of the set of an MTV show or the set of Twilight. On top of that, the videos are controlled, easy to digest and thanks to the trust-worthy quality of the source, your pupils will be easily engaged with the whole series by Prep Interactive.


3.     Real SAT Stories: Living Up to Your Potential

by erpepper

If your student is having difficulty with staying relaxed and envisioning their potential, Karl Schellscheidt, CEO of ePrep, has a message for your student: stick it out.

Though Karl Schellscheidt admits that not every one is capable of getting a perfect test score, he does have a positive message for students who aren’t happy with the test scores they received after working so hard for them. It’s a positive message and an engaging store well worth sharing with your students.



by Elka131

The week leading up the SAT can be a whirlwind mind suck for your pupil. When you spend so much time working with the student and trying to prepare them for test day it’s easy to forget to remind them to laugh, smile and do their best.

This awesome rap by the teachers at Believe High Schools gently reminds students of important SAT preparation tips and reminds them to get ready, but also to relax, too. This would be a great video to show your students as a “last tip” before test day.


5.   Guessing on the SAT is Wrong

by MysteryTutorVideos

The Mystery Tutor is just the sort of distracting and useful education that students crave. This mysterious tutor donning Groucho Marx glasses and a full on ninja bunny suit has a lot of fantastic tips for students on his YouTube channel.

Students will enjoy the initial weird of the video, but with less emphasis on the looks of the instructor, it places much more emphasis on the quality SAT prep content.

featured photo by Cordey

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