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Bobby S.

ACT, SSAT, standardized tests, and reading comprehension tutoring

ACT, SSAT, standardized tests, and reading comprehension tutoring

$60/hour

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I consider myself more than a tutor: I am a mentor who coaches students throughout the process of preparing for the ACT, SSAT, SAT, GED, ASVAB and the subjects that require skill to do well on these tests including reading comprehension, prealgebra, math, and grammar rules. I take pride in getting results in every subject I teach. My full-time job has been a standardized test prep teacher and tutor for the last 5 years, teaching test prep at a high school as well as tutoring. The...

I consider myself more than a tutor: I am a mentor who coaches students throughout the process of preparing for the ACT, SSAT, SAT, GED, ASVAB and the subjects that require skill to do well on these tests including reading comprehension, prealgebra, math, and grammar rules. I take pride in getting results in every subject I teach. My full-time job has been a standardized test prep teacher and tutor for the last 5 years, teaching test prep at a high school as well as tutoring. The increases in scores have been life changing for many of my students. My program is unique. For example, a student who is well prepared for the English ACT section should be able to determine what is being tested in virtually every question by simply looking at the answers. Understanding some key grammar rules and strategies will make the answers obvious. While I prep students for all sections of the ACT, I am limiting my tutoring with Wyzant to English ACT prep only. My ACT English tutoring program has proven to be tremendously successful in increasing scores, and I can only tutor a certain number of students. I teach students how to identify what is being tested in every question. I have worked with hundreds of students. It is my role to make sure I teach every student in the way that he or she most effectively learns. I have to be on top of my game to inspire students. As a sports coach, I understand what it takes to motivate students, which is why my lacrosse team has been the state champions for the last 2 years. Motivation is key to success, and motivating my ACT students is vital to achieving optimal scores.

Teaching requires a unique array of talents. While teaching requires tremendous knowledge, teaching also requires the ability to inspire, motivate, and connect with students. I have helped students at every academic level achieve higher scores. As part of a program I started for kids from poverty, I have worked with students whose scores are among the lowest in the country. I am the only ACT tutor for the program for impoverished kids, and I have helped many of these students achieve such dramatic rises in ACT scores that they received automatic acceptance into various division 1 universities. I am fortunate that ESPN turned my personal story of helping students in sports and academics into a 30 for 30 ESPN movie. In addition, I have worked with very high achieving students looking for perfect ACT scores.

The ACT, especially the English part of the ACT, is predictable. Any student who prepares will undoubtedly increase his or her score. There truly is a strategy to the ACT, and I will teach the strategy as well as the content. I do not believe any books can match my teaching methods. After teaching the content and strategy, I ensure that we deal with the challenge of answering all the questions in the time permitted. Preparation is key. I actively help students prepare for the timing of the ACT test, and timing is one of the most significant obstacles to higher scores. The timing becomes far easier if students understand what they are looking for. Improving timing is like anything else on the ACT: you can conquer it by preparing.

Here is an example of a rule I teach for the ACT English section:

Subject-verb agreement is an important concept to understand . The first step is to recognize when subject-verb agreement is being tested. If you look at the answers, and you see the following answers, you can determine that subject-verb agreement is being tested:

A. mutates
B. mutate
C. mutated
D. had mutated

We first notice that the answers include a verb that applies to a singular subject (choice A) and a verb that applies to a plural subject (choice B), so we know we have to deal with subject-verb agreement. This question also happens to test tense, so we must also determine the tense the author is using, which I will teach at a later time. We must find the subject, and then we must determine which verb is correct. The subject and verb are often separated by prepositional phrases (a prepositional phrase starts with a preposition such as in, on, of, with, at, from, and the phrase always ends with a noun.) or nonessential phrases (the words between two commas) to confuse you. Here is the rule I use to find the subject: remove all prepositional phrases and any nonessential phrases from the sentence, and you will find the subject. Here are some examples:

1. The man with the cars (is/are) going outside.

First, remove the prepositional phrases. With the car is the prepositional phrase. Therefore, the subject of this sentence is the man. Thus, the verb must be singular (is).

2. The countertop with the marbles in the kitchen (needs, need) repair.

First, remove prepositional phrases, because the subject cannot be part of a prepositional phrase. With the marbles is the first prepositional phrase. In the kitchen is the second prepositional phrase. Therefore, the subject of this sentence is the countertop, and the verb must be NEEDS. The countertop needs repair.

3. The table on the truck with the other products and items (needs/need) some help.
The subject is the table after you remove the prepositional phrases. The table needs some help.


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Union College
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Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I teach English ACT content and strategy. I teach students how to identify what is being tested by examining the answer choices. The ACT is predictable. Once a student understands what is being tested, the answers become obvious upon learning a few grammar and strategy principles. I have studied the English ACT section meticulously to determine every rule that is tested and to determine successful strategies that enable students to achieve high scores. As a full-time ACT teacher and tutor, I am prepared to help all students maximize ACT scores.
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Algebra 1, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading

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ESL/ESOL, TOEFL

Math

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra

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Algebra 1, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading

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ESL/ESOL

Summer

Algebra 1, ESL/ESOL, GED, Geometry, Reading

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I teach English ACT content and strategy. I teach students how to identify what is being tested by examining the answer choices. The ACT is predictable. Once a student understands what is being tested, the answers become obvious upon learning a few grammar and strategy principles. I have studied the English ACT section meticulously to determine every rule that is tested and to determine successful strategies that enable students to achieve high scores. As a full-time ACT teacher and tutor, I am prepared to help all students maximize ACT scores.
ACT Math, ASVAB, GED, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
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$60/hour

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Bobby S.

$60/hour

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Response time: 3 hours