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University of Pennsylvania
Northwestern University (MBA)
I am an experienced test prep tutor, covering all sections of the SAT and ACT. Based on my experience, I can assess your child's skills and testing style to offer recommendations regarding which test to take and when to take it. I have taught test prep classes, and I have tutored many students individually, both at home and online. My students have achieved wonderful results - often 250 points or more on the SAT, or 3-5 points on the ACT.
I have raised three children, and I have lived through the testing and pre-college process quite recently. This allows me to interact with parents and students in a very positive way, allowing me to gain their confidence quickly and easily. Parents have told me that I have been a strong, but calming, influence for them and for their children during an extremely stressful time.
I enjoy the time that I spend with my students, and I take considerable pride in their accomplishments. I am committed to my students, and I am always available to them via text and email. Test prep is a means to an end and my greatest pleasure comes when I can help a student achieve his or her goal.
Please note that I provide all tutoring in my home in Rye Brook, NY. I am an experienced test prep tutor, covering all sections of the SAT and ACT. Based on my experience, I can assess your child's skills and testing style to offer recommendations regarding which test to take and when to take it. I have taught test… Read more
This rate applies to lessons given in my home (Rye Brook).
Marlene has changed this part of our college application process from anxious to zen. Her calm approach and deep knowledge about the process and the ACT test itself has had nothing less than a profound effect on how we approach the coming months regarding the college application process. My daughter is in such capable hands that I can fully concentrate on the other aspects of visits, essays, extracurricular activity maintenance and school grades knowing that the ACT process is being expertly monitored. What Marlene provides goes so far beyond other prep that emphasizes a one-size-fits-all approach of rote learning. She's amazing!
My son has been sick the last few weeks and Marlene has been very accommodating with class scheduling. Her ability to be flexible has been invaluable.
Marlene has been great to work with. My son's confidence is increasing with his test scores. Marlene is a true pro.
Marlene has been a tremendous asset with my son's SAT preparation. It's amazing to see how far he has come in the short time she has been working with him.
Marlene is simply an outstanding tutor. There are many people to choose from who are knowledgeable but I haven't met anyone who can explain the material in such a clear and concise manner as Marlene. She breaks it down as to not overwhelm the student and goes even further by suggesting an abundance of helpful tips for taking the test. Marlene takes a keen interest; not a moment is wasted during the tutoring session and she really prepares everyone to do their best. We are so glad she tutored our daughter and I cannot recommend her highly enough!
I can't say enough good things about Marlene. She was so essential in my son increasing his ACT score 4 points, which is sizeable for this test. She was so patient, related so well and taught him good test taking skills but more importantly long term skills particularly with his reading comprehension and writing. Thank you Marlene!
We only had one tutoring session with Marlene, but I was very impressed with her knowledge and focus in working with my son, who has ADHD and cannot sit still. Marlene was terrific about working with him and very accommodating. She was also knowledgeable not only about the SATs but about appropriate colleges and the application process.
It was a pleasure for my daughter and I to work with Marlene. We are taking a break to see results on the upcoming ACT...but already, my daughter's score from practice to first real exam went up 3 points!
Marlene is a wonderful tutor. She has connected very well with my daughter. She is very knowledgeable about all of the sections of the ACT Test. She observed how my daughter tackled each section of the test and came up with a strategy so that she can achieve her best possible score. I am delighted!
My 11th grade daughter has a great experience every session with Marlene. From the moment she walked in the door, we both felt confident that Marlene was a great choice. She's been tutoring her for the ACT for a couple of months. What I love about Marlene is that she makes great use of every minute. She thoroughly knows this test and imparts knowledge about test-taking strategies as well as teaching the subjects covered. She has a great personality and easily connects with my daughter, as I suspect she does with most kids she encounters. She expects a lot of practice between sessions, and if you do the work, you will improve. My daughter learned enormously from going over her answers with Marlene. Within a couple of months my daughter's scores shot from 24 to 29 on practice tests. We first used another tutor for two sessions, and while he was fine, there is no comparison. Marlene is worth her rate and I couldn't recommend her more highly!
Marlene has been tutoring my son for the January SAT. She always seems to make optimal use of their time together, gives him great tips for success, and has been very accommodating with his busy schedule.
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Many students are better suited to the ACT than to the SAT. I can help determine which test is the better choice, and prepare the student appropriately. ACT English is passage-based, and requires skills in grammar, punctuation, usage and editing. The ACT essay does not count toward the English score or the composite score, but is included in a combined English/Writing score. The skills learned while reviewing for ACT English will serve every student well, as future writing will incorporate improved grammar and usage.
The ACT Math section includes 60 questions to be answered in 60 minutes and test skills in arithmetic, number theory, algebra, geometry and basic trigonometry. Only the strongest math students can expect to finish this section in the time allotted, so I teach my students how to identify which questions to work on, and which questions to skip. For those students needing extensive math review, I can re-teach all of the necessary math skills. For others, I concentrate on timing and math shortcuts to optimize their score.
The ACT Reading section includes four passages, each followed by ten questions, to be completed in 35 minutes. The passages are presented in a specific order: Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, Natural Science. I can help students improve their reading and comprehension skills. I help students understand and anticipate the most frequently asked types of questions so that their reading becomes more efficient.
The ACT Science section is the only part of the ACT that differs significantly from the SAT. Many students worry about this part because they think that they don't know enough science to do well. The ACT Science section does not test scientific knowledge; it only tests the student's ability to extract scientific information from tables, graphs and text. I teach my students to read the charts and the graphs in order to answer the questions, even if the area of science is one that is unknown to them. With practice, most students can do very well on this section.
SAT Math is tested in 3 sections of the SAT. Most of the questions are multiple choice, and a few are free-response grid-in questions. The SAT tests skills in arithmetic, number theory, algebra and geometry. Unlike the ACT, many of the most-used formulas are printed right on the test booklet, so students need to do less memorization. I can help students re-learn those math skills that are weak, or have been forgotten, and I can teach them test-taking strategies and shortcuts to optimize their math scores.
The SAT Reading sections include sentence completion and reading comprehension. There are short and long passages, all followed by a number of questions that test understanding of the structure and tone of the reading, as well as vocabulary. The subject matter is often quite dense and boring, so it is essential that students not lose focus. I teach my students to read actively and to anticipate the most frequently asked types of questions.
SAT Writing includes two sections that test grammar, usage and punctuation. In addition, students are asked to write an essay, and the essay score is factored into the student's Writing score. I explain the essay scoring rubric to my students, and help them prepare historical and literary examples that can be used for many typical essay prompts. In addition, I teach my students to identify grammatical and usage errors for the multiple choice questions, and that knowledge helps them to become better writers.
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