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The ACT English section is often one of the more difficult sections on the test for many students. It's not the difficulty of the section that gives students trouble, however; it's the way the questions are asked. The ACT loves to wrap up simple ideas in rarefied verbiage, masking basic grammatical concepts in complicated sentence structure and dirty tricks. Fortunately, I know how the test works, and I've helped many students increase their ACT English score by 2 points or greater. I teach my students a combination of grammar skills and test-taking strategies, focusing particularly on the ACT's dirty tricks and traps. My students invariably improve not only their ACT English section score but their performance in the classroom as well, as the information I teach is applicable not only to the ACT but to the English classroom and beyond.
I've been teaching and tutoring the ACT for the last six years, and in that time I've learned that ACT Math is nothing like the math students are used to seeing in high school. It's not that it's more difficult or fundamentally different - it's that the ACT presents math like no other test. This means that even students who do well in high school math classes, even students in AP Calculus and Statistics can sometimes do poorly on the SAT. The test plays dirty, and many students are puzzled by the types of questions the ACT asks. That's why I teach my students more than just the math skills they'll need to answer the questions. I teach them how to read the test, how to understand what and break down questions and how to interpret the alien language of ACT Math. Using this holistic approach, my student's scores improve by 2 points on average, with some students even gaining 4 points. I can help even students that hate math, because it's not the math on the ACT that's hard - it's the way they ask the questions.
The ACT Reading section is much like what you'd expect: you read a few passages and answer some questions. This basic idea, however, can get a little complicated, considering the length of the passages and the sometimes-difficult questions about them. Fortunately, through a combination of active reading techniques and an understanding of how the ACT Reading section works, any student can improve their section score by 2 points or greater. I've been tutoring the ACT for the past six years, and I know all the dirty tricks the test tries to pull on unsuspecting students. I excel in teaching students what they need and don't need to know for the ACT Reading section, and my students have invariably improved not only their score but their reading abilities in the classroom and beyond.
The ACT Science Reading section is easily the most feared section of the ACT, filling even science-literate students with trepidation and anxiety. Fortunately, the Science Reading section is not nearly as frightening as it sounds. In fact, the section is simply based on basic reasoning, chart evaluation, graph reading and little else. Science knowledge is not tested, so if you slept through biology and chemistry, you can still pass. The ACT Science section is made up of simple concepts wrapped up in big words and requires only a tour guide like myself to show you the way through and a little bit of common sense.
As a professional photographer, Adobe Photoshop is an essential tool in my software tool-belt. My expertise comes not only from more than a decade of using the program for personal work but also college-level training with the program. I have used the program professionally while working at several photography studios, and I regularly use it to edit images for my clients, gallery shows and assignments. I have a complete and nuanced understanding of every aspect of the programs, from the various tools, their functions and how to use them to the many and varied hidden functions within Photoshop, including layer blending, masks, appropriate selection-making and professional practices in image editing.
Math has a terrible reputation among high school students. While it's often seen as hard, opaque and confusing, it gets this reputation unfairly. Math can be complicated, sure, but most students have trouble with it not because of its complexity but because they are being taught in a way that does not make sense to them. When it comes to abstract subjects, it's very important that student be taught according to their individual learning style, and Algebra is a particularly abstract area of math. Unfortunately, it's impossible for a teacher with a few dozen students to teach to each student individually. That's why I work with my students to uncover and focus on their individual learning style, teaching them a complex subject in a way that easy for them to understand. This doesn't only help students improve their grades - it takes away that omnipresent number anxiety that so many students feel when they sit down to an Algebra test. No one needs to be afraid of math - not everything, after all, has to live up to it's reputation.
As a life-long voracious reader and writer, the written word in general and the English language in particular are passions of mine. I've studied professional writing and English literature on the college level while working towards my degree and after. As a tutor, I've helped many high school and college students improve their English grades. I've worked with students on essay writing, thesis construction, textual analysis, close reading, literary history, grammar, mechanics, proof-reading and particular analysis of works regularly assigned in the classroom, from To Kill a Mockingbird and Brave New World to Shakespeare and Goethe. More importantly, however, I carry an infectious excitement for the written word which I've successfully shared with even the most reluctant of students, fostering an appreciation for books and reading in students that would never crack a spine in their spare time and transforming those who thought they couldn't write into avid authors with the capability to express themselves accurately and completely.
No one likes to study grammar - especially in high school. Unfortunately, a strong understanding of grammar an essential ingredient for success in this competitive world. Even if you have no other skills, the ability to express yourself clearly and correctly will get you far, regardless of your chosen field. That's why I'm so passionate about helping students with a subject that no one gets excited about. Just as one needs to know how to use a hammer to build a house, one needs to know how to use words in order to write an essay, a thesis or an annual report. I've studied the intricacies of grammar throughout college and I employ them every day in my work as a professional writer.
As a professional creative, I use a wide range of Apple products every day, including the MacBook Pro laptop, the Mac Pro desktop system, the iPad, the iPhone and the iPod. Many years ago, I made the transition from Windows to Mac, so I understand how confusing that switch can be and can help smooth out the bumps of change. I can teach you more than just the basics of the operating system, however, going beyond everyday uses to advanced command-line and developer tools, turning you from a novice into a power user and teaching you how to get the most out of your new Macintosh product, from desktop computer to smartphone.
After graduating from the University of the Arts in 2010 with degrees in Photography, Video Production and Writing, I began working as a professional photographer in earnest. I've worked for many photographers in the Philadelphia and Princeton area, and I've shot more images that I can easily recall! As spring approaches I'm preparing to get back in to the wedding season as an affordable wedding photographer.
Math has an awful reputation among students. It's regarded as difficult and opaque at best, and thought of as a subject that only "smart kids" can be good at. This is completely false--any student can excel in mathematics provided they are taught in a way they can understand. This isn't possible in the classroom, where dozens of different students with as many learning styles are competing for attention, but it is possible during a tutoring session. This individual attention is critical for abstract concepts like prealgebra, which must be taught according to each student's unique learning style in order to be completely understood. Furthermore, building a foundation of strong math skills is invaluable for success at the high school and college level. As a tutor in all subjects with many years of experience tutoring at the high school and college level, I can help students get past their "math anxiety" and show them that not only are they "smart kids" but they have the skills to succeed--and even excel--in mathematics.
Like grammar, proof-reading is an incredibly dull but extremely necessary part of the writing process. Expressing oneself beautiful does little good if your spelling is poor, and nothing makes a worse impression on a prospective employer than a cover letter or resume with grammatical mistakes. I work with my students to teach them the real techniques that professional writers and editors such as myself use, giving them real-world lessons instead of textbook examples. I use the AP Style Manual and Elements of Style as my texts and I am fluent in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.
I've been teaching and tutoring the SAT for the last six years, and in that time I've learned that SAT Math is nothing like the math students are used to seeing in high school. It's not that it's more difficult or fundamentally different - it's that the SAT presents math like no other test. This means that even students who do well in high school math classes, even students in AP Calculus and Statistics can sometimes do poorly on the SAT. The test plays dirty, and many students are puzzled by the types of questions the SAT asks. That's why I teach my students more than just the math skills they'll need to answer the questions. I teach them how to read the test, how to understand what and break down questions and how to interpret the alien language of SAT Math. Using this holistic approach, my student's scores improve by over 150 points on average, with some students even gaining nearly 250 points. I can help even students that hate math, because it's not the math on the SAT that's hard - it's the way they ask the questions.
The SAT, despite its bark, is basically toothless. This gatekeeper to college acceptance may loom at the end of high school like a nightmare, but it doesn't need to be half that bad. I've helped dozens of students improve their SAT Reading scores by up to 200 points by focusing on specific methods and processes for breaking down the reading passages and answering the questions. The set of rules and principles I offer goes far beyond the tips and tricks that major corporations market as SAT prep, as these generally fail students completely. Instead, I focus on building a holistic understanding of the test, teaching students how to approach each question type with the weaponry needed to slay the beast that is the SAT.
The SAT is not nearly as scary as most students think. For the most part, the test has a huge bark and very little bite - especially when it comes to the writing section. By teaching and helping students to utilizes a set of simple methods and principles, I can help anyone improve their SAT Writing score by as much as 200 points. Furthermore, the skills that I teach apply not only to the SAT but to writing in general, helping students improve both their scores and their essays outside of the test. I go beyond the tips and tricks that most companies market as SAT prep, as these are only applicable in very specific situations and generally fail students utterly. Instead, I focus on building a holistic understanding of the test and helping students identify question types and the appropriate methods for answering these questions, arming students with the weapons required to slay the beast that is the SAT.
I picked up my first video camera when I was ten years old to shoot my friends skateboarding and I haven't put it down since. I have a degree in video production from the University of the Arts and several years of professional experience shooting and editing video. I've worked with a wide array of equipment and lighting, and I primarily edit with Final Cut Pro. I've shot several independent documentaries and editing wedding videos and web series.
Most of the students I've sat with think they are bad writers. Whether it's because they don't have a firm hold on grammar or they have a hard time translating the ideas in their head into words on a page, I've helped many kinds of students improve not only their writing but also their perceptions of themselves as writers. My work with students goes beyond grammar, mechanics and stiff templates for essay writing. I help each student develop their unique writing style, teaching them how to take a germ of an idea and flesh it out into a full-fledged, cohesive and intelligent essay through advanced outlining, detailed paragraph construction and methods of supporting an argument or developing a thesis. Many students struggle with writing, its true - but they don't have to. I can help develop their ability not only to write well but to think critically, improve their essay grades as well as the analytical skills so important in college and the world beyond.