AP prep: How one-on-one tutoring can boost AP exam performance

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When gearing up for AP exams, students sometimes realize they could use more support to fully master the tests' content and maximize their scores. That's where an expert AP tutor can make a difference, creating a customized study plan, increasing accountability, and providing strategic guidance to target key areas for improvement.

Here are the specific ways a tutor can support your AP prep.

Customized study plan

A tutor can help streamline your AP prep by quickly zeroing in on the areas you're struggling with and identifying important topics and skills you should prioritize, helping you make decisions about how to allocate your time effectively. Unlike in a classroom, where a teacher's attention is divided among many students, a tutor focuses just on you. They'll identify your specific needs and customize their support accordingly, making your study sessions more efficient. Plus, every time you meet, you'll have the freedom to ask questions and get instant feedback in a supportive environment, making adjustments to your study plan as you go.


With a structured schedule and regular check-ins, a tutor helps you stay on track and build consistent study habits. This accountability goes beyond simple reminders; you and your tutor will set clear, achievable goals for each AP session, evaluate your progress toward those goals, and refine your study strategies as needed. Discussing content and working through practice questions with a tutor also keeps you actively engaging with the material in ways that boost retention and improve your higher-level reasoning skills—and can give you the encouragement you need to feel more motivated and confident as test day approaches.

Expert guidance

Working with a tutor who has years of experience prepping students for AP exams can be a game-changer. A tutor not only teaches you content but can also introduce you to more effective test-taking strategies, including managing your time on multiple-choice questions and understanding the nuances of answering free-response questions. They can provide practice FRQs, grade your responses, and offer detailed, individualized feedback on how to improve your answers. This targeted approach ensures you're familiar with the exam format and key areas where you can earn more points on test day.

By working with an expert AP tutor, you gain access to insights and techniques honed over years of experience, ensuring you walk into the exam room fully prepared for success.

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About ArborBridge

ArborBridge is the global leader in innovative, digital, one-on-one tutoring. With nearly a decade of experience teaching students online, ArborBridge supports students of all kinds: home schoolers, AP students, test preppers, and more. Our tutors specialize in creating personalized plans and in providing compassionate support for students and families.

Erin Ohsie-Frauenhofer

About Erin Ohsie-Frauenhofer

As one of the highest-performing tutors in ArborBridge’s history, Erin coaches tutors and develops tools and trainings to disrupt old habits and empower new strengths. With a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University, Erin worked as a classroom teacher and student services director prior to joining ArborBridge in 2017. Her decade of success as an educator has prepared her to ensure that programs are tailored to individual students’ needs.

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