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I am an experienced test prep tutor, covering all sections of the SAT and ACT. Based on my experience, I can assess your child's skills and testing style to offer recommendations regarding which test to take and when to take it. I have taught test prep classes, and I have tutored many students individually, both at home and online. My students have achieved wonderful results - often 250 points or more on the SAT, or 3-5 points on the ACT.
I have raised three children, and I have lived through the testing and pre-college process quite recently. This allows me to interact with parents and students in a very positive way, allowing me to gain their confidence quickly and easily. Parents have told me that I have been a strong, but calming, influence for them and for their children during an extremely stressful time.
I enjoy the time that I spend with my students, and I take considerable pride in their accomplishments. I am committed to my students, and I am always available to them via text and email. Test prep is a means to an end and my greatest pleasure comes when I can help a student achieve his or her goal.
Many students are better suited to the ACT than to the SAT. I can help determine which test is the better choice, and prepare the student appropriately. ACT English is passage-based, and requires skills in grammar, punctuation, usage and editing. The ACT essay does not count toward the English score or the composite score, but is included in a combined English/Writing score. The skills learned while reviewing for ACT English will serve every student well, as future writing will incorporate improved grammar and usage.
The ACT Math section includes 60 questions to be answered in 60 minutes and test skills in arithmetic, number theory, algebra, geometry and basic trigonometry. Only the strongest math students can expect to finish this section in the time allotted, so I teach my students how to identify which questions to work on, and which questions to skip. For those students needing extensive math review, I can re-teach all of the necessary math skills. For others, I concentrate on timing and math shortcuts to optimize their score.
The ACT Reading section includes four passages, each followed by ten questions, to be completed in 35 minutes. The passages are presented in a specific order: Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, Natural Science. I can help students improve their reading and comprehension skills. I help students understand and anticipate the most frequently asked types of questions so that their reading becomes more efficient.
The ACT Science section is the only part of the ACT that differs significantly from the SAT. Many students worry about this part because they think that they don't know enough science to do well. The ACT Science section does not test scientific knowledge; it only tests the student's ability to extract scientific information from tables, graphs and text. I teach my students to read the charts and the graphs in order to answer the questions, even if the area of science is one that is unknown to them. With practice, most students can do very well on this section.
SAT Math is tested in 3 sections of the SAT. Most of the questions are multiple choice, and a few are free-response grid-in questions. The SAT tests skills in arithmetic, number theory, algebra and geometry. Unlike the ACT, many of the most-used formulas are printed right on the test booklet, so students need to do less memorization. I can help students re-learn those math skills that are weak, or have been forgotten, and I can teach them test-taking strategies and shortcuts to optimize their math scores.
The SAT Reading sections include sentence completion and reading comprehension. There are short and long passages, all followed by a number of questions that test understanding of the structure and tone of the reading, as well as vocabulary. The subject matter is often quite dense and boring, so it is essential that students not lose focus. I teach my students to read actively and to anticipate the most frequently asked types of questions.
SAT Writing includes two sections that test grammar, usage and punctuation. In addition, students are asked to write an essay, and the essay score is factored into the student's Writing score. I explain the essay scoring rubric to my students, and help them prepare historical and literary examples that can be used for many typical essay prompts. In addition, I teach my students to identify grammatical and usage errors for the multiple choice questions, and that knowledge helps them to become better writers.
Professional and Caring Tutor! — Marlene is simply an outstanding tutor. There are many people to choose from who are knowledgeable but I haven't met anyone who can explain the material in such a clear and concise manner as Marlene. She breaks it down as to not overwhelm the student and goes even further by suggesting an abundance of helpful tips for taking the test. Marlene takes a keen interest; not a moment is wasted during ...
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