By Ysabella Santiago
Chalk Campus Correspondent
Are you contemplating about investing in a good review center? Or maybe you're giving yourself enough reason not to opt for one? Either way, deciding whether or not to enroll in a review center is important, for it involves time and money. As an incoming Grade 12 student, or maybe as a curious Junior (Grade 11 student,) there is a lot to think about, especially when it comes to ensuring your future in college.
If you're weighing your options, here’s a pros and cons list about review centers, that will hopefully keep your mind at ease and help you decide in the end.
Detailed Review Materials
In order to get your money’s worth, review centers offer their own versions of test reviewers. These learning materials are catered specifically for the college entrance exams, meaning that they take into consideration all of the subjects, question forms, and some tips or guidelines for essay writing.
The books that come with the sessions will be the main lesson outline followed by the facilitators. Most review books from the centers come with solutions to problems, and their own explanation as to how the answer was calculated.
If you feel like you comprehend information more when inside of the classroom, then enrolling in a review center might be the right thing for you. More often than not, review centers opt to have a classroom-type learning system, wherein you’ll get to have your own set of classmates and a teacher. If you think that the classroom might be a little too crowded, it just usually depends on the number of enrollees for the month, so pick your sessions wisely. However, if you love studying with a group of people, then you would have no problem with having a large class size.
Stimulation of a Testing Environment
In order to fully prepare you in answering the CETs, review centers often give diagnostic exams. This is to check if you’ve picked up brand new bits of information, or if you’ve progressed as the lessons go by. These diagnostic exams will mimic the testing environment of the actual CET. After taking the test, you can see your score and check if you’ve passed the minimum grade needed for a particular university, which will also be given by the review center.
Unlike self-studying, enrolling in a review class means spending some cash. The rates of review centers differ from one another, but will most probably cost more than five thousand pesos. However, there are always special offers and discounts which you can avail, if you’re truly interested.
We suggest that if you feel like enrolling in a review center will benefit you in the long run, you better save up while still you can or at least explain the added expense to your parents well.
Just like in school, the schedule will not change for you. You’re only given a certain amount of days for the whole session, and these sessions are merely hours. Upon admitting in a center, you agree to their terms and conditions in which your absence for a session will not be redeemable. Whatever lesson or session you’ve missed, you won’t be able to get back.
It is advisable that you check with your family’s calendar if there are special dates during your break wherein you’ll be absent in order to get your money’s worth.
It is a common misconception that a review center will go through all of the lessons in high school—they won’t. Review centers offer a refresher course, not an academic year. With this in mind, the teachers will assume that since you’re already a Senior in high school, you’ve already understood and comprehended majority of the lessons. Moreover, since the schedule is tightly-packed, the teachers have to fit a whole high school’s worth of information in a given time frame. The sessions that you’ve signed up for will only be teaching you efficient or effective methods in answering questions. Enrolling in these centers will not teach you everything that you should already know, but will only refresh your memory, and give you exam tips that you can use.
The college entrance exams are most probably the biggest challenge you’ll face in your last year in high school. No matter how you end up prepping for it, make sure to put your 100% into it, and you'll surely nab that success. Good luck, seniors!
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