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Thore D.

Minneapolis, MN

$70/hour

Successful ACT Tutor

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Background check passed as of 12/30/15
5.0 average from 191 ratings
Thore does not simply teach the ACT, he teaches the ACT to his student.
— Mathew, Minnetonka, MN on 9/30/14

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St. Olaf College
Music and Norwegian

Education

St. Olaf College (Music and Norwegian)

About 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 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
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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55403
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In-person lessons

"Thore does not simply teach the ACT, he teaches the ACT to his student."

- Mathew, Minnetonka, MN on 9/30/14

"Very thorough, patient tutor"

- Alliana, Osseo, MN on 7/10/16

"Great teacher"

- Rebecca, Saint Paul, MN on 11/20/15

"Excellent ACT Tutor"

- Annette, Chanhassen, MN on 10/26/15

"Knowledgeable and connects well with his students"

- Kaitlyn, Minneapolis, MN on 10/5/15

"Knowledgeable and helpful tutor."

- Xavier, Los Angeles, CA on 10/3/15

"Knowledgeable"

- Denise, Saint Paul, MN on 8/14/15

"Patient and kind tutor that really gets results!"

- Dona, Minneapolis, MN on 7/7/15

"Good Fisrt Session"

- Carol, Minneapolis, MN on 2/27/15

"Very Patient!"

- Nicole, Saint Paul, MN on 2/2/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Ann, Chanhassen, MN on 8/17/14
Thore replied on 8/17/2014

Your son worked hard and managed this score increase in only seven two-hour sessions. Congratulations and best wishes on the college search!

"Excellent tutor!"

- Nikita, Saint Paul, MN on 8/2/14

"Great Tutor"

- Pat, Chaska, MN on 4/30/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
History:
Music History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Ear Training

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.

General Music

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.

Music History

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.

Voice (Music)

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.

St. Olaf College
Music and Norwegian

Education

St. Olaf College (Music and Norwegian)

Thore does not simply teach the ACT, he teaches the ACT to his student. — 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 pa ...

— Mathew, Minnetonka, MN on 9/30/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Thore will travel within 10 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55403.