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St. Olaf College (Music and Norwegian)
*At this time, I am only accepting ACT students. Please read my full bio for a description of how I approach preparing students for the exam.
In his seventh year of tutoring, Thore has logged thousands of one-on-one hours with students. Named a National Merit Scholar in 2008, he holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Norwegian from St. Olaf College, graduating summa cum laude and with distinction in both degrees. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor given to roughly one percent of college seniors nationally. While at St. Olaf, Thore worked as an Academic Assistant, helping students who needed extra assistance with study and organizational skills. He also tutored content in Norwegian, music theory, and music history.
I tutor ACT in two-hour blocks, covering all four multiple choice sections of the exam. Beyond teaching any missing or forgotten English grammar and math content, I focus on teaching specific procedures to be used in each section to improve accuracy and pacing. My procedures help students guide and streamline their comprehension and decision-making processes on the exam while avoiding common, predictable errors.
At the sessions, we begin by working through the content and procedures together. Because accuracy must always be developed before speed, students then practice the procedures untimed on homework ACT sections. (For example, the problems in the math section increase in difficulty as the test progresses. A student who only has time to answer the first two-thirds of the problems correctly before randomly guessing on the twenty most difficult problems would score a 26 on most exams.) We review the specific errors at the session and address why the correct answer is right, what mistake in thought process, procedure, or content led the student to their specific error, and how the student must approach the problem differently in the future to avoid this mistake and promote the correct answer. After one or two untimed sections, students begin working through sections timed without the aid of the procedure sheets.
There are no tricks to an improved ACT score: students must commit to learning and integrating the procedures and thoroughly reviewing mistakes through a process I call "error logging." Once all four procedures are covered, the student will have a full practice test to complete before the next session in addition to the error logging. Because there is less homework between the first few sessions as we work through the introductory content, sessions can be doubled up the first and/or second week.
To fully prepare a student for an exam, I hope to see him/her for six to eight sessions. The number of sessions required depends largely on a student's starting and goal scores, the amount of math content that must be covered, and the intensity at which a student error logs the material. Most students see an additional three to five composite points when fully prepared for the exam; I routinely have students improve beyond that, including multiple nine-point score improvements.
I generally meet students at coffee shops within a ten-mile driving radius around downtown Minneapolis. I'm happy to meet students at other suitable public locations or in-home provided a parent is present for the duration of the session. I do require 24 hours notice for cancellations. My rate covers all materials and travel within my standard tutoring radius and is non-negotiable.
I look forward to hearing from you.
-Thore *At this time, I am only accepting ACT students. Please read my full bio for a description of how I approach preparing students for the exam.
In his seventh year of tutoring, Thore has logged thousands of one-on-one hours with students. Named a National Merit Scholar in 2008, he holds a
What I mean by the statement above is that Thore teaches the material in a way that each student can understand it. He truly understood how I was thinking about problems and taught in methods that complemented my thought process. This method of teaching made it easier for me to grasp material and learn how to do the problems faster. For example, my reading scores were low so he had me perform a passage in front of him and he identified that I was focusing on unimportant details rather than the purpose of the passage itself. Thore then proceeded to teach me methods to combat this issue and as a result, my reading section score increased by 8 points.
Besides teaching methods, Thore has a vast knowledge of material. Yes, he has to teach students material because schools simply don't cover essential concepts that are tested by the ACT such as English grammar.
Thanks so much Thore!
P.S. I'm Thore's student and he has helped me increase my score by 5 composite points (25 to 30).
He explains everything very well, has a good plan to follow so I know what to study before our next session.
He really knows how to help a kid prep for the ACT. He is knowledgeable, knows how to explain things, and is patient. Rather than just going over individual questions, Thore worked with my son on practical strategies to prepare for the ACT. It paid off- his score increased by 4 points.
Thore is an excellent ACT tutor. He is an expert about the Reading/English portion of the ACT Test. He is also dynamic and a great coach, He does a great job keeping the student engaged making the learning process fun which I find to be imperative to keep the student working toward their goals. Thore used all his resources to find my daughter's learning style going above and beyond when he encountered learning roadblocks. I would recommend Thore to anyone who wants to increase their ACT score. Nice work Thore! Thank You!
My daughter had her first tutoring session with Thore yesterday. The feedback is great. "He is good, I like him." Coming from a taciturn 16 year old, this is a lot. Thank you, Thore. We are looking forward to completing the ACT prep with you.
He knows exactly what he is talking about. Gave me some valuable information on the ACT science section that I never knew. Great 1st session!
Thore taught how to read the Science Charts in ACT type questions. This was an excellent lesson in reading the charts.
Thore focused on ACT math techniques for my son, giving him tips to avoid common mistakes and anticipate the kinds of questions that he would encounter.
Elizabeth liked the session with Thore and said she understood the math a little better. She thinks these tutoring sessions will help prepare her for retaking her ACT.
I am very impressed by Thore, he is very thorough and clearly has significant experience in test preparation. My daughter enjoys working with him and he is very patient with her. I have noticed that she seems to be more confident about the ACT preparation process since she started working with him. She wants to do well and is encouraged by his positivity and persistence. My daughter's grandmother picked her up from one session and even remarked about how impressed she was with him. We are very happy we found Thore!!
Thore is an awesome tutor. He really helped to prepare my son for the ACT. I was amazed at how Thore was able to motivate my son to study and take practice tests. Thanks to Thore, my son increased his ACT by 4 points. I would absolutely recommend Thore to anyone looking for a patient, dedicated, results oriented tutor.
Your son worked hard and managed this score increase in only seven two-hour sessions. Congratulations and best wishes on the college search!
Thore is an excellent tutor. He comes well prepared and does a great job guiding and giving advice on how to improve!
Thore is great! He is very patient, methodical and thorough. He covers all topics to facilitate my daughter's success. He encourages my daughter with each accomplishment, which gives her the enthusiasm to try harder! He has given her the confidence to be able to score higher in her ACT (she scored a 33!!!). Thank you, Thore!
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I hold a B.M. in vocal performance from St. Olaf College, summa cum laude with distinction. I have two years of general ear training. I have strongly developed sight-singing skills. I have tutored ear training at the Academic Support Center at St. Olaf College.
B.M. in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College, summa cum laude with distinction. Training included extensive music theory and history. Performed in 9 operatic productions during that time. Long choral experience, including numerous state, regional and national honor choirs during high school.
I have a B.M. in vocal performance from St. Olaf College, summa cum laude with distinction. I received multiple A's in music history courses, both survey and advanced level (Baroque music). I have vocal literature/history knowledge as well. I have study abroad experience with history of Norwegian music in Tromsø, Norway.
I have a B.M. in vocal performance from St. Olaf College, summa cum laude with distinction. I performed in nine operatic productions during that time. I have long choral experience, including numerous state, regional, and national honor choirs during high school.