Patricia B.

Branford, CT


Step-By-Step Math & English Tutor for SAT/ACT Test Prep

In-person lessons
200+ Hours
4.8 average from 77 ratings
Great tutor and very patient and thorough
— Debra, Hamden, CT on 8/17/16


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Southern CT St Univ, New Haven, CT
BS Spec. Education


Southern CT St Univ, New Haven, CT (BS Spec. Education)

About Patricia

A former CT teacher, I specialize in math up to 10th grade Geometry and SAT-ACT Prep. Regardless of your learning style, tutoring brings out the special skills you have shining beneath the surface!

I love teaching writing and vocabulary as well. For 2nd-l2th, I can combine Science or History with writing to boost vocabulary and non-fiction writing, learn more about researching and how to add adjectives and adverbs to your reports! Spice up your style from laconic to luxurious!
A former CT teacher, I specialize in math up to 10th grade Geometry and SAT-ACT Prep. Regardless of your learning style, tutoring brings out the special skills you have shining beneath the surface!

I love teaching writing and vocabulary as well. For 2nd-l2th, I can combine Science or History with writing to boost vocabulary and
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6 hours notice required

All SAT/ACT prep classes are a minimum of 90 minutes per session. Elementary and middle schoolers get a lower rate. Sliding scale for FRPL. I also have lower rates for siblings I see the same day.

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Travels within 15 miles of Branford, CT 06405
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In-person lessons

"Great tutor and very patient and thorough"

- Debra, Hamden, CT on 8/17/16
ACT Science,
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English, Grammar,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Vocabulary, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I am a semi-retired teacher who currently tutors students in the ACT and SAT.
I work as a test prep tutor at an area school, for another tutoring company, and have many private clients from referrals.

The Writing part of the ACT test depends on a thorough understanding of English Grammar. Most schools (public and private) spend more time on comprehension and literary style than on the basics of grammar. So, students find themselves guessing, based on what "sounds" right.
The English that the ACT uses is more complicated and requires you to actually know grammar.

This is very teachable! The good news is that many of my students went up by 70 points or more the very next time they took the test. Also, what improved was the speed at which they recognized the correct answer, so they made it through all the questions in the time allowed.

I have studied how to teach this quickly and efficiently in a way which you will hold onto, not just during the test, but during college while YOU are the one doing the writing!

ACT Math

A semi-retired CT Certified teacher, I shifted to tutoring 18 years ago. I have been tutoring math, primarily, with special focus on SAT and ACT preparation. The ACT Math test is different from the SAT. Math is less Common Core focused and a calculator may be used all through the math section. Some of my students started at 22 but ended at 32 on the ACT, so you can learn how to do this test!

ACT Reading

Feedback from parents:
Subject: Pat Booth
Kim said "Jordon's ACT score went from 22 to 32! All the schools he was aiming for wanted him to have at least 28, so he made it with room to spare. We are delighted with the results!"

ACT Science

I had an ACT Science student whose score rose from a 22 to a 32, mainly by improving his speed and strategies on the Science section of the ACT. This was enough for him to get accepted by all the colleges he applied for. You can, too!


The ADD and ADHD students I have worked with do extremely well with tutoring or learning in small groups! Very verbal learners, for the most part, they can learn in while on monkey bars, on walks or while skipping stones. Usually, a high degree of what is heard is remembered.

I have developed an entire system of teaching ADD/ADHD students which involves academic diagnostics, verbal math strategies such as skip counting, co-reading subjects that are highly interesting with the student, books on audio tape and computer programs.

I have had students learn a years worth of material in 2 months this way, making tutoring a great investment!

Algebra 1

Algebra l is full of fun puzzles to unravel, but some students have a weak background on understanding the language of mathematics and get lost.

The craft of adding one new piece to all the others, gently developing confidence and flexibility with the new skill, is work I enjoy.

I will observe a student's approach to attaching a problem. How many strategies do they try? Many problems can be solved several ways so the art is in aiding the student to find the most efficient style with ways to check the results.

I love Algebra and I believe I can help you to find the art in it as well.

Algebra 2

When I teach Algebra 2, I go through a step-by-step process to make sure the student knows all the elements they need to clearly understand this very challenging subject.

Sometimes, the best way is for me to "pre-teach" the next subject, so the student will clearly understand their teacher in the classroom, having had the basics already conquered, they go farther and deeper with their classroom teacher!

You can conquer this, but Algebra 2 is one of the most difficult classes in high school - a very good place to ask for a tutor - which led you here!


I have a CT certification in Special Education and most of my teaching experience has been with high school students.

Dyslexia creates a need for a strong knowledge of alternative and compensatory strategies. Many adult dyslexics I know run their own businesses - allowing them to set their world up the way they work best. The most successful of them know just what strategies work well for them.

As a tutor, part of my work is training them to try auditory alternatives, diagnose academically what they have missed, prepare lessons to catch up those areas and teach them the secrets of how the SATs and ACT tests work.

Students with IEPs that show they are entitled to more time need only focus on the parts of the test where they have weaknesses. Practice test reveal those weaknesses. Then I design tutoring sessions to bring up their scores.

No student improves as quickly with tutoring as the student whose reading skills are problematic. The entire education system is based on reading. These students will improve quickly, once their world is set up correctly for them!

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a CT teaching license in Special Ed, but I enjoy working with children who have "fallen behind" as well.

I set up tutoring sessions which double up learning: reading science and history articles and writing about them, designing science projects, graphing the results and using math to quantify out-comes.

I like to explore a student's interests and create lessons based on them, such as one on the Titanic for a 5th grader. I read through transcripts of the inquiry and took names of key players in the decisions made on the Titanic's fateful night. Then my students wrote "their" stories in the first person as two of the shipmates.

Neither of the boys was considered a "good" writer, but both enjoyed the experience of using the research to write their own tales!

Elementary Math

Elementary Math is more important than ever, as the state keeps insisting on getting more math learned younger than ever.

Still, math must be learned one step at a time, with lots of review and a keen eye to seeing if a child understands at a deep level or a superficial one. Diagnostics must be done to see which parts of math are missed. One on one tutoring is the best way to learn those tedious but essential skills like adding and subtracting fractions with uncommon denominators.

Middle school is often where frustration with math becomes math anxiety if not addressed. The ideal is to move at a pace the child can experience success at and introduce games and fun.


GED Math is a variety of practical math questions, helpful to know to manage your time, make good choices on cell-phone plans and other real-life math challenges. English questions focus on using good grammar and punctuation. Science questions are looking for a basic understanding of Science in your world.

Although you may be looking to pass this test "just to get a diploma," the test itself is designed to help you gain skills that will improve your life, including getting and maintaining a good job.

Feel free to include questions to which you, yourself, want answers!


I taught History and Geography to both middle and high school classes and I am a big fan of geography. I usually teach it as a side skill and incorporate using graphs, charts, atlas and many kinds of maps. I teach about how maps change once wars are fought and as cultures self-identify. This is a favorite topic of mine, which is sadly now missing from most schools.


I recently taught a home-schooled girl l0th grade Geometry, so I am experienced not just with tutoring it, but with teaching the entire subject.

Some students use analytic skills to solve geometry problems, some draw out the answers, some just GET geometry intrinsically. Whatever your style, I will adapt the course to fit your learning style.

7th grade geometry needs to be deep enough to prepare the student for high school geometry, which many find overwhelming. The practice questions need to be diverse enough to help students see the geometry in real life problem solving. Using 3-dimensional models is both fun and memorable - what student forgets the geodesic dome they made? The more modalities used, the deeper the knowledge so that it is truly learned, not just memorized in time for a test.


In my 15 years of experience prepping students for the ACT and SAT, the fastest way to increase their skills has been to teach them higher grammar. Why? Writing (SAT) and English (ACT) have a great deal to do with grammar, and clear, uncluttered sentences.

If you want to quickly raise your standardized test scores, I can help you do it!

Hard Of Hearing

I earned my AS degree from Northwestern, where I studies ASL and Interpreting for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I went on to get a BS in Special Education.

This doesn't make me a certified Deaf Educator, but I have tutored many deaf and Hard of Hearing students. For most deaf students, reading is a challenge. There are so many things that are not part of their world that get referred to, so part of the job involves explaining concepts they are reading in terms we share.

Hard of hearing students benefit greatly from tutoring, as there is just one conversation to follow, they relax and feel more at ease sharing their thoughts.

On many occasions, I have been the student's first sign language teacher as well. They may be able to hear well enough for most things, but enjoy being part of the deaf community when it suits them. I have worked with a first grader who was deafened suddenly, helping her to learn new ways of coping with a world gone silent overnight. I have taught two boys enough sign and corrected behavioral issues that had kept them from being accepted into the American School for the Deaf.

Disabilities don't always come one at a time. In the hearing Impaired world, they can come with strokes or mental illness, so often you need a tutor with a broader range of experiences who can cope with all the other issues as well.


With the CAPTs have come more pressure to have younger children enter school knowing more than ever before!

Lately, I have been tutoring children who were threatened with retention, from PreSchool to 5th grade.

For the youngest, phonics is the entry ticket. Being able to sound out words, gaining the confidence to read comfortably opens all school doors. They can read directions, read their math book, read the list they brought home - suddenly, they are in the part of class that leads the action.

The greatest benefit is their continued self-esteem that being a good reader brings.


Pre-Algebra is the term for all those pieces of mathematics you need to know to function comfortably in Algebra and Geometry.

It includes using negative numbers, percents, fractions, decimals, number line work, and increased skill using word problems. Geometry is taken to a higher level - an often overlooked but essential middle school skill. Too many people struggle with high school geometry because this step is given short shrift.

While helping with current homework, I usually analyze test scores and CMT data so I can quickly identify what areas the student is struggling with. I create reviews to strengthen areas of weakness. I learn the sequence the teacher has planned and proactively "pre-teach" subjects for increased school success.

Students I work with frequently go from Ds to As in one quarter, become more prepared for high school math and experience higher self confidence.


The PSAT is a shorter version of the SAT. The SAT has been recently redesigned by the educator who designed the Common Core. This helps the students in that it is now more in line with what they are learning in school.

Many parents find the Common Core confusing! I admit, it has taken me a while to conquer, but I see its advantages. The world is changing, especially the world of math and science.

This test sees it is necessary to blend the boundaries of math and science. For students to read science and history well, so it will overlap in many places throughout the test.

My goal is to aid students in identifying areas they struggle with and give them a stronger, more thorough understanding of how to develop their reading skills for all settings and strengthen their math skills and ability to identify strategies for success.

The PSAT is also used for colleges to identify early the strong scholars they wish to attract to their schools, so it can not be over looked as just a preparation for the SAT. Successful PSAT students find offering of scholarship money.


In elementary school, one learns to read; by middle school children read to learn. A key part of teaching reading in late elementary is to expand vocabulary and distinguish between the reader's point of view and the knowledge being shared.

I make sure the struggling or early reader finds their personal interests, and help them choose short books or poems that engage them. As students enter 3rd or 4th grade, I find articles in science or history, both to elevate their vocabulary and to offer time to discuss new ideas.

SAT Math

The New SAT Math test, beginning in March, is based on the Common Core, so it is quite different from the old SAT test.

It allows for more time per question, but more of the questions have multistep problems. It includes fewer geometry problems. There is a section which allows for calculator use and one that doesn't.

This is a rigorous test, and you should prepare for it carefully! I have seen many books differing a great deal in the way they present the test and I can help!

SAT Reading

On the Writing part of the SATs, students don't really "write." Rather, they edit writing choices. To begin, I give them a pretest and determine their weaknesses. Then we review the structure of the test, the type of questions that will come up testing those exact skills, and examine choices.

SATs are looking for precision in writing. Modifiers must be next to the words they modify. Extraneous words must be eliminated. The intent of the writer must be determined and clearly communicated.

Practice at this will bring accuracy, confidence and more speed, raising the score.

Keep in mind these tests were designed for a goal. The testers have discovered which skills are needed for success in elite colleges, so the work is not just to help the student get into a college, but to make sure the student, once there, is successful. Just as you would not want to take Algebra 2 before finishing Algebra l, high school levels of English and writing skills must be attained before entering college for true success.

Consider this an opportunity to polish your writing and enjoy the outcome.

SAT Writing

SAT writing is largely correcting complicated sentences, organizing thoughts and correcting grammar. I have some great ways to help you with this! First, pump-up your vocabulary. Then, making the sentences clear to you before trying to correct them is very important. Finally, all grammar usage must be looked at carefully.

Practicing this with sample tests in the allowed amount of time will ensure you are spending the right amount of time as you go along - find the pace that works for you!

Special Needs

I am a certified Special Education teacher in the state of CT. I have worked with a wide variety of clients, from age 3 to 30, having many different needs and helping them with many subjects.


The SSAT is an excellent test! It takes practice but does a thorough job of preparing the student to be ready for the challenges required in a private school environment. Practice tests will find any weaknesses and give you an opportunity to congratulate yourself on your strengths.

For test prep tutoring, I always advise the student to give 90 minutes per session; this way there is time for test practice, reviewing answers and developing an understanding of basic strategies for managing time.

Think of this dedication of time as a gift which will allow you to perform at your best once you enter the school of your choice!


Whether you are writing scientific reports or science fiction, fill your lines with succinct, clear writing that captures the reader's attention!

Create one day, critique the next for an unfolding of the great writer within.

Southern CT St Univ, New Haven, CT
BS Spec. Education


Southern CT St Univ, New Haven, CT (BS Spec. Education)

Great tutor and very patient and thorough

Patricia is very thorough and multi talented in what she teaches. She is especially good in Math, but my daughter finds all her tips and strategies to be super useful.

— Debra, Hamden, CT on 8/17/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

All SAT/ACT prep classes are a minimum of 90 minutes per session. Elementary and middle schoolers get a lower rate. Sliding scale for FRPL. I also have lower rates for siblings I see the same day.

Travel policy

Patricia will travel within 15 miles of Branford, CT 06405.