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Douglas L.

Credentialed Teacher with 7 years experience on ACT/SAT/Essay

Credentialed Teacher with 7 years experience on ACT/SAT/Essay

$100/hour

About Douglas


Bio

I am a credentialed California English teacher soon to get his Master's and second credential in Math. I have spent my time since graduating college working as a salaried tutor and trainer for a nationwide tutoring company, specializing in SAT/ACT and college admissions. As well, I lived in South Korea for 3 years working at a top private boarding school, and I worked for McGill University for a year in Saudia Arabia as a teacher and IT administrator. I returned and have now taught in...

I am a credentialed California English teacher soon to get his Master's and second credential in Math. I have spent my time since graduating college working as a salaried tutor and trainer for a nationwide tutoring company, specializing in SAT/ACT and college admissions. As well, I lived in South Korea for 3 years working at a top private boarding school, and I worked for McGill University for a year in Saudia Arabia as a teacher and IT administrator. I returned and have now taught in public schools for 2 years and completed my credential. I also have a CELTA and an ESL certification attached to my credential.

During my time with the tutoring company, I stopped using their strategies and developed my own for getting perfect and near-perfect scores on the ACT with my students. As well, I developed and helped run the local college essay editing for my area centers. I have tutored most of the AP tests in humanities as well as those subjects for grade improvement. I have sent students to Davis, Harvard, NYU, Berkeley, and Stanford among others. I guided these students through both the tests and admission essay, often from the Freshman year of high school.
I highly encourage students to take the ACT instead of the SAT. I have the required materials and can explain the process thoroughly. I look at the test tutoring as training to create better students. Many of the methods I developed create better grades in every subject and are applicable to any standardized test such as the LSAT or MCAT.
I explain the process in a free phone/video call meeting or in-person meeting. This will also allow me to suggest a meeting schedule for the individual student, usually not more than once every 2 weeks. I suggest both student and guardian attend this.
I do not believe in tips and tricks. My strategy differs from everyone else you will talk to. Every step, I outline will make sense, and I am prepared to answer any questions. See my notes on the ACT in subject matter qualifications.


Education

Saint Mary's/ UC Davis
English
CSU East Bay
EdD

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Subjects

English

ACT English,

ACT English

Notes on the ACT English section: This section covers a very distinct subset of grammar. It is a knowledge-based section, and usually the one that students are least prepared for. Going over the 30 or so grammar rules, punctuation usage, and common verb forms takes probably 1-2 hours. After that, it is timing practice and repetition.
ACT Reading

ACT Reading

Notes on the ACT Reading test: For most students, this test is about concentration and timing. While vocab and comprehension are necessary, the key to getting a good score is focused reading of each passage once through. I have exercises that practice this exact skill.

Science

ACT Science

ACT Science

Notes on the ACT Science Section: This section is about reading comprehension and logic within time constraints. Students tend to get caught up in the wording of the science terms, but this is a trap. Complex terms can be replaced with a, b, and c to simplify. Ultimately, this section benefits the most from solid initial reading skills, just like the reading section. Some practice on basic logic puzzles with attention to detail in the reading tends to make this one of the easier sections.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

Notes on the ACT English section: This section covers a very distinct subset of grammar. It is a knowledge-based section, and usually the one that students are least prepared for. Going over the 30 or so grammar rules, punctuation usage, and common verb forms takes probably 1-2 hours. After that, it is timing practice and repetition.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

Notes on the ACT Reading test: For most students, this test is about concentration and timing. While vocab and comprehension are necessary, the key to getting a good score is focused reading of each passage once through. I have exercises that practice this exact skill.
ACT Science

ACT Science

Notes on the ACT Science Section: This section is about reading comprehension and logic within time constraints. Students tend to get caught up in the wording of the science terms, but this is a trap. Complex terms can be replaced with a, b, and c to simplify. Ultimately, this section benefits the most from solid initial reading skills, just like the reading section. Some practice on basic logic puzzles with attention to detail in the reading tends to make this one of the easier sections.

$100/hour

Douglas L.

$100/hour

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