The ACT has made huge gains in popularity over the last couple of years. Many students believe they can score higher on the ACT than on the SAT.
The ACT math questions are more straight-forward than those on the SAT, and the ACT reading passages are at a slightly lower level, but many students struggle with the ACT's science section. Also, the ACT covers trig and elements of pre-calculus while the SAT goes only through Algebra 2.
A major difference between the SAT and the ACT is that the ACT has a science section. Without good reading and analytical skills, it is hard to score well on the ACT science test.
Learn Algebra 1 right and it will go a long way toward making subsequent math courses easy. Fail to learn it right and you will be in big trouble the rest of the way. I teach it right.
Algebra 2 is a lot harder than it used to be. It's also more important than it used to be because algebra 2 concepts are included on the new SAT.
It is such a shame that English is not rigorously taught at most schools today. I can remember strict teachers drilling proper English usage into my head: diagramming sentences, looking up words in the dictionary, re-writing papers that my teachers knew I didn't put much effort into.
My credentials are in math, but my English skills aren't far behind.
Most people think of geometry as a math course, which, of course, it is. However, it is also a reasoning course and a language course. The reasoning and language parts present the major stumbling blocks for students. I believe that geometry is among the hardest subjects to teach and to tutor. But... I love it!
Math education has improved in recent decades while grammar education has suffered. I had tough, old-school English teachers and professors, which is why my grammar skills surpass those of many English teachers I have known.
I am a certified math teacher (NJ grades 7-12) with 7 years of full-time classroom teaching experience, including the supervision of student teachers. I have worked as a tutor since 1998, helping students mainly in math and SAT/ACT prep, but also in many other subjects, including PRAXIS levels 1 and 2. My formal education was attained at first-rate schools and I have always scored very high on standardized tests. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
This is the math course that drives high school students crazy, even more so than calculus. It is also my favorite subject to tutor. My qualifications for tutoring precalculus are based on long experience and a perfect 800 score on the SAT subject test, level 2, without a graphing calculator.
Probability is perhaps the most fascinating topic in all of mathematics.
As a young graduate student, I had a probability professor who was a professional gambler and a world-class backgammon player. I have been fascinated with the subject ever since.
Unlike most coaches, who specialize in only one section of the SAT, I have long experience and expertise in all three parts of the test.
The reading section of the SAT, like the math section, is much more challenging than it used to be. Understanding many of the passages requires college level reading ability. Although my degrees and certifications are in mathematics, I am highly literate and have helped many students make dramatic gains in their reading scores. I prep students for all three parts of the SAT, including the essay.
Writing skills and grammar are not taught as rigorously as they used to be. Chances are, even if you've attended good schools and gotten good grades, your skills are not adequate to achieve a good score on the SAT writing section.
I studied reading and writing under strict, old-school English teachers and professors, which is one reason why my verbal skills exceed those of most English teachers today.
I have been helping students raise their scores on all three SAT sections for many years. I can do the same for you.
Sadly, most of today's students have very limited vocabularies. This detracts from their reading comprehension and essay writing, thereby huring their scores on the SAT and other standardized tests.