If you're serious about increasing your ACT or SAT scores, you've come to the right place. I am a full-time SAT / ACT test prep expert with a long background in education and a proven test prep track record. I have helped hundreds of students increase SAT scores by as much as 100+ points and ACT scores by as much as 5+ points. I invite you to visit the feedback section of my profile to see examples of the results I've helped my students achieve on the SAT & ACT. BACKGROUND: I have over 15 y... [more]
I first started tutoring writing over 15 years ago at Santa Monica College. While working there, I received an award for excellence in tutoring English writing, grammar, and literature. Since then, I've helped countless students improve their writing, both in private lessons and classroom settings. I taught everything from introductory to advanced writing at one of the largest ESL programs in Southern California and at Shepherd University. For the last several years, my focus has been on test preparation and college application essays, engaging students through respected after-school programs and my own private tutoring practice. To get your student started on the path to a remarkable college application essay, drop me a line!
I have over ten years of experience teaching the reading section of the SAT, both as a private tutor and classroom instructor. I have comprehensively researched the "new" SAT and have been tutoring it since the first practice tests were released in June of 2015. Before becoming a full-time test prep tutor, I taught English and ESL for over ten years at schools such as Shepherd University and Language Systems, International. I also tutored for several years in the English and ESL departments at Santa Monica College, where I received an award for excellence in tutoring writing, grammar, and literature. As an SAT reading tutor, I focus on leveraging test design and helping students retool their reading habits in a way that maximizes their ability to identify correct answers. This approach consistently produces results for my students, who regularly achieve significant gains in their scores. For example, my most-improved student on the October, 2015 SAT increased his score 200+ points after 6 weeks of online tutoring with me,
The Writing & Language portion of the redesigned SAT is similar to the ACT's English section. I have been tutoring this section of the exam since the first administration of the redesigned SAT in March, 2016. As a full-time test prep tutor focusing on the verbal sections of the ACT & SAT, I have analyzed this part of the test in-depth and have refined that analysis over the course of hundreds of tutoring sessions. Drawing on my own experience and the work of other test prep experts, I've put together a simple but powerful system for quickly increasing SAT Writing & Language scores.
I have been teaching ACT reading and other standardized reading tests for over ten years, both as a self-employed private tutor and for a highly regarded test prep company. I also have ten years of experience teaching reading and vocabulary at schools such as Shepherd University and Language Systems, International. However, the results I help my students achieve are what truly qualify me as an ACT reading tutor. As just one example, my most improved student on the December, 2015 ACT increased her ACT reading score 7 points (from 20 to 27) after two months of weekly online tutoring with me. One reason my ACT reading students consistently achieve results is that I teach them how to leverage the design of the test. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need an above-average knowledge of the ACT reading subject areas (prose fiction, social studies, humanities, and natural sciences) to do well on the test. I focus my ACT reading lessons on teaching students the specific types of responses the test actually rewards and how to produce those responses quickly and consistently.
A whopping 65% of the ACT English section tests a relatively small handful of grammar points. For an ACT tutor to help students increase their scores, the tutor must be intimately familiar with these grammar issues. Just as important, the tutor must be skilled in explaining and reinforcing the grammar in simple terms that students can quickly grasp and apply to the test. My 10 years experience teaching both test prep and ESL has enabled me not only to master the grammar, but also to become adept at breaking it down into small, easily digestible bites. (Before becoming a full-time test prep tutor, I taught ESL at Shepherd University, Santa Monica College, and Language Systems, International.) My ability to help students quickly identify the grammar problems presented on the ACT has produced outstanding results. For example, my most improved student on the December, 2015 ACT increased her ACT English score 5 points (from 25 to 30) after two months of weekly online tutoring with me. To find out more about how I can help you or your student crush ACT English, message me!
A common misconception about the ACT science section is that it is primarily a test of scientific knowledge. It is not. Rather, it is a language and logic quiz involving scientific content. You do not need an above average background in science to do well on this part of the test. If you can make sense of tables and graphs and learn to "deconstruct" the section's language games, you can do well on ACT science! I have 5+ years of experience tutoring ACT science. In that time, I've helped hundreds of students achieve above average score gains. I've done so by enabling them to see past the superficial complexity of the material. The passages and questions in the ACT science section often contain extraneous, highfalutin language that masks their true simplicity. I teach students to ignore the *noise* and get to the heart of the matter. The results speak for themselves!