Hello, my name is Shirley and I am currently a student at the University of Southern California. This past fall, I was yet another senior fighting to succeed on the SAT and ACT. After attending a full SAT course, I did additional studying on my own and poured over every single section in the test. I have completed every single released SAT exam and have even done some of the old SAT's (which were on the 1600 scale), boosting my score from a 1980 to a 2210 (800 math, 710 reading, 700 writing). My own improvement shows that dramatic increases in scores are possible, and I can better help students tackle their problems and provide test strategies because having been in their position not too long ago, I similarly struggled with the test and understand their nervousness.
My area of expertise in the SAT is math and grammar. I initially had a lot of trouble with SAT grammar, which prompted me to gain a very in-depth understanding of English grammar. The short period of time since I have last taken the test means that my knowledge of the test is up to date and that my test strategies will apply well to the test. I have also taken the ACT and can tutor in math, English, and reading portions (I received scores of 34, 35, 32, respectively).
Apart from standardized testing, I speak fluent Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese and French. I have worked as a peer tutor in both languages at school and hope to expand my tutoring experience into the community. In addition to foreign languages, I can also tutor in certain math and science courses. Math courses include Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Calculus. In sciences, I can tutor Chemistry. I have also taken the Chemistry SAT Subject Test and can tutor in that area as well.
Since I was a child, I loved learning and I hope I can extend that attitude to other people. I have struggled with certain subjects throughout high school and understand that it's hard to be enthusiastic about a subject that is confusing and difficult to understand, and that is the reason why I want to help others conquer their least favorite subjects and hopefully learn to like it as well.
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