Taking the ACT exam can be a daunting experience, but if you are prepared to do practice tests and find where your strengths and weaknesses are, you will get a better idea of what to work on and get better results. I can help you figure out how to sign up, prepare and get the best scores possible. I have helped other students get ready for college, and know how crucial a good score is when applying to a college or for scholarships.
Reading under stress is never a fun thing to do, especially when it comes in the form of a test that will influence which college you will go to. The ACT measures different skills than the SAT, and some students may score better on one or the other, so try both. The best way to prepare for the ACT Reading section is to read as many college level articles as you can, which will increase your vocabulary and understanding, and to take practice tests.
I have a Master Gardener certification from UF/IFAS and a Master Naturalist Uplands certificate, and am also a member of the Florida Native Plant Society and Leu Gardens. I enjoy studying anything botanical, and have an IB diploma in biology as well.
I am a professional artist with 10+ years experience, exhibitions in galleries and museums nationwide. My background degree is a BA in industrial design. I currently teach art classes to K-12 students. I adapt the level of teaching to the student's level of understanding, whether beginner or advanced.
I am Dutch, and went to high school and university in the Netherlands. If you need practice with pronunciation, grammar or just want to broaden your vocabulary skills for work or study abroad, please contact me. I also have elementary school level reading and writing instructional materials from Dutch schools.
I was a substitute teacher for two years in public schools in Florida and Indiana, and have a substitute teacher certification. I have experience working with disabled and autistic children and have also worked in a regular classroom setting, teaching every subject from music to science. I currently teach art classes to students 4-12 at the Community School of the Arts.
Learning basic math concepts can sometimes be challenging. Multiplication, division, and fractions can also be difficult to teach, and I always try to approach these at a level that the student can understand. I am a very visual person, so will often incorporate sketches, marbles or other tangible items so that the student can learn in different ways, and understand.
I will be able to help someone in elementary school with the simple basics of science, from describing the difference between atoms and molecules, to how frogs breath through their skin. Science is a fascinating subject with lots of roots into biology, physics and chemistry and it is probably one of the coolest subjects that there is. If you are having problems understanding the basics, just email me and I will help you understand and like this amazing subject.
Grammar is one of those subjects that everyone dislikes because sentences have to be whittled down to structures that make sense. If the basics of grammar do not make sense to you, I can help you with your homework.
I have extensive knowledge of acrylics and watercolors, from priming a surface to working al fresco, glazing layers, or combining painting techniques with water soluble pencils and oil pastels.
I have also participated in exhibitions, and have awards from many nationally recognized Art Museums such as the Brevard Museum of Art and Indiana State Museum. I have had gallery exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and other nationwide galleries.
Pre-algebra is all about learning how to find x. It builds on your basic math skills, and adds mathematical shapes and logic. I have BA in Industrial Design, and use algebra all the time when I design a chair, or if I need to figure out a ratio. If you are comfortable with math basics, but have problems with pre-algebra, let me know. And if you have doubts about your basic math skills, let me know as well.
Reading is all about vocabulary. The more you read, the bigger your vocabulary will get. A two year old knows 150 words, a high schooler 10,000 and a college student will know 15,000 words. Just to compare: Shakespeare had a vocabulary of 30,000 words. When words are put together, they form sentences that have to make sense. That's where grammar comes into it. If you have problems reading, let me help you to understand what is written.
SAT Reading is all about being able to read and understand quickly, and they try to make the multiple choice answers as convoluted as possible to throw you off. Work on your vocabulary, it really does help, and make lots and lots of practice tests. Take three SAT tests, one before, one during and one after 11th grade, before you start sending out college applications in your senior year. If you need help to prepare you for this important test, let me know.
Spelling is a basic skill that you learn by reading and writing a lot. If you can't spell, your writing will not be clear. There, their and they're are big favorites, as are it's and its. Even if you think a spell checker will solve any issues for you, it does not see these words in their context, so has no idea what you are writing about. Learn how to spell and whether you are in Kindergarten or in high school, I can help you learn the basics.
If you understand and finish your work on time you will get good grades. As a teacher I can help you to understand what you need to work on, and how to get better. I have worked as a substitute teacher for two years, and as an art teacher for five, so I will come up with creative solutions at your level, no matter what subject.
Vocabulary is the basis of any language that you will learn. I am fluent in English and Dutch, so I have a vocabulary of 40,000 words. If you would like to understand what people are saying and improve your vocabulary, let me know how I can help. I understand how learning another language can be difficult, or sometimes you just need help at school so that you can read at a higher level.
Writing at school tends to be along a strict format, your teacher could explain to you how to write poetry, a persuasive essay, or even a clear summary. Summaries are especially important because if you can do those well, you can summarize that wieldy history chapter that you need to know for the next test, and turn it into a one page article. Let me know if you need help with basic skills, from learning how to shape letters in Kindergarten to how to put writing to good use in everything you do.