"Lessons to look forward to."
Alex from Buffalo Grove, IL on 5/4/13
I initially started working with David after he immensely helped my sister with her reading and writing for the ACT. He taught my sister various tricks on how to scan the passages for the reading portion, as well as reviewed numerous grammatical tactics for the English and writing sections. In the realm of mentally draining ACT prep courses, David’s teaching approach, through the use of humor, sheds his interest to lighten the rigorous practices of the ACT. Which overall make the lessons more enjoyable.
We continued our lessons with David after the ACT to discuss important literary works as well as some poetry (primarily Shakespeare’s pieces). Our lessons sparked thought provoking discussions that broadened our interests in literature. My sister wasn't typically interested to read in her leisure time, though David has helped ignite a curiosity in her to discover books that would pertain to her liking.
Although literature is something I am passionate about, I’m very thankful to have encountered David; for not only has he helped me prepare for the ACT, but our discussions have cultivated me to become a more fruitful learner. David’s ability to teach literature, as well as make the ACT a bit less stressful through light-hearted jokes has ultimately expanded my thinking. Lessons with David became something to look forward to and I certainly would not be intellectually curious, or motivated by the knowledge of literature, without his unique ability to make learning enjoyable.
"Excellent, patient, and friendly tutor"
Judy from Buffalo Grove, IL on 3/3/14
My daughter is very very picky about tutors. Furthermore, she had not been willing to put the time into ACT test practicing in the past. Since she started working with David, she has become motivated to practice the ACT tests he assigns for the week and she wants to do them perfectly! After every lesson, she tells me how much she likes David. He is patient, understanding and has a sense of humor. I am so happy that we found David K. and highly recommend him!
"Good tutor and very nice guy."
Dani from Glencoe, IL on 12/31/13
David not only gave a good tutoring lesson, but was very understanding when our au pair accidentally bumped his car. (David, send that estimate any time!)
Judith from Highland Park, IL on 6/2/13
David was a great tutor. He is very supportive and engaging. My son's English grade went from a D to a B. Thank you David.
Lou from Lake Zurich, IL on 12/15/12
I see our son eager to learn form David and a strong interest at improving his skills - this is a passion that both David and our son share.
Thomas from Downers Grove, IL on 9/17/12
David K. was able to pinpoint my strengths and weaknesses from the start. I had taken the ACT twice and could not get over a 28. Even though I knew the work, there were times when I would lose my concentration. David not only helped me in certain areas where I was weak, but also prepared me physically and mentally. My confidence was high going into the test because he was very thorough. Each time I took a practice test we reviewed all the difficult topics and his techniques helped me master the skills required for the ACT. I really appreciated his patience, good humor, and knowledge of all the subjects.
Most importantly, my score went up to a 31 with a 34 in reading. This helped me tremendously with my college search. I will always be grateful to David for his help and support. I highly recommend his services.
"Complaints from an Unsatisfied Student"
Sijia from Lincolnshire, IL on 7/13/12
My biggest complaint is that David’s services did not help me improve my Reading scores and in some ways worsened them. My mom asked David to be my tutor, hoping that he would help me increase my ACT Reading and Science scores from a 33 in Reading and a 28 in Science. After working with David for 4 lessons over 4 weeks, my scores on the state-administered ACT were 25 reading and 31 Science. When I applied the strategies again in the June ACT, I got a 27 in Reading. David taught me to use some strategies in the Reading section such as doing the passages out of order. This I believe worsened my score. When I hired him, I had hoped that he would help me increase my reading speed to help me fare better on timing with the passages, an issue I had at that time. But, David did not do that and instead focused on the strategic aspect in tackling both the Reading and Science passages. His strategies I believe were ineffective and often caused me to mistime my passages.
Another thing that I was unsatisfied with was David's unprofessional conduct. I had my lessons in the morning with David at his house because I lived pretty nearby. On multiple occasions David would show up late. Furthermore, on our last lesson, I stayed about 30 minutes after our usual scheduled class for him to speak to me on what he admitted to be "a blatant attempt at self-advertisement" during which he offered me his further services in Reading and Writing beyond the ACT. He ended up charging me an additional 25 bucks for this additional time which I at the time thought was just a gratuitous discussion rather than costly lesson time. At $1 a minute, David's services are not cheap and I didn't appreciate him taking the opportunity to make a little more money off my last lesson.
After reading the initial version of this review, David sent me an apologetic email and offered me a $30 refund in compensation for the extra charge. I have accepted it and have received payment. He also offered me a free 2 hour lesson on Writing and Literature. I appreciated the gesture but declined because I needed to focus on my ACT studies.
Furthermore, David wastes a lot of time telling jokes and making uneducational banter. I would say at least 25% of my lesson time was spent talking about useless things with him. I wish I had hired someone more serious about their work.
These are my experiences with Mr. K and my opinions of the quality of his services.
Inhee from Lincolnshire, IL on 6/19/12
We have had 2 sessions with him now, then my kids are very enthusiastic in reading with him.
He provided them note books and rewarding stickers making session more interesting for kids.
Mary from Coppell, TX on 10/15/10
Always quality sessions with David, he truly wants the children to learn and do well. My daughter was struggling to read the book Hunger Games, she just wasn't able to connect. She was frustrated because all her friends loved the book. She was going to give up and choose another book and David was determined to get her to understand and want to continue with the book. After working with her, he was successful, she is now almost done with the book and loves it and can't wait to read the sequels.