Effective Mathematics Tutor Specializing in ACT Math Prep
Effective Mathematics Tutor Specializing in ACT Math Prep
Over the past 10 years, I have tutored students in a variety of math courses that include pre-algebra, algebra I, algebra II, coordinate geometry, plane geometry and basic trigonometry. I am a very patient person and I can apply the best approach that will allow you to understand the material. While I tutor these subjects individually, I specialize in preparing students to succeed on the math section of the ACT. If you are interested in ACT math prep please view the section below to get a...
Over the past 10 years, I have tutored students in a variety of math courses that include pre-algebra, algebra I, algebra II, coordinate geometry, plane geometry and basic trigonometry. I am a very patient person and I can apply the best approach that will allow you to understand the material. While I tutor these subjects individually, I specialize in preparing students to succeed on the math section of the ACT. If you are interested in ACT math prep please view the section below to get a better idea of how I can assist in making your goals a reality. I look forward to working with you!
Preparing for the math section of the ACT can feel like a daunting task at times. However, it does not have to be. In order to make the task of scoring higher on the math section more achievable, I always recommend preparing as early as possible so that information can be obtained gradually over time. This takes the pressure off of the students and breaks our study sessions down into more manageable pieces. In the past I have been asked by parents to tutor their son or daughter the week before their ACT test. In such a short amount of time there is only so much I can do to help the students learn and grow. In my opinion, the best time to start preparing for the ACT is the beginning of the student’s junior year. Many parents fail to realize that many college’s require applications to be submitted by the middle of the students senior year. It is very important for the student to earn a decent score on the ACT prior to this deadline so that they can get the full financial aid from many of these institutions.
Many of the students I talk to believe that there is no possible way for them to understand all of the concepts that the math section covers. I completely DISAGREE! Seventy five percent of the math section of the ACT deals with basic pre-algebra and algebra one concepts that the students have learned, but have most likely forgotten. The key to obtaining a respectable score on the math section of ACT is to limit the amount of errors you make. Many students are so excited to get an answer that they immediately jump at the low hanging fruit. Many of these answer choices are thrown into the mix in order to mess students up. During our sessions, I will teach students how to stay calm under pressure, assess exactly what the question is asking, and determine the simplest way to solve certain problems. Over the years, the process that I have spelled out below has helped many students improve dramatically on the math section of the ACT.
First Session and moving Forward
When I first meet with students and parents, I always like to start off the session by understanding exactly what each individual expects to achieve. For instance, some students are striving to increase their score by 5 points, while others are dedicated to getting a 36 overall score. Understanding the students goals is important, because it changes how I will conduct lessons as well as how frequently we will need to meet in order to reach those goals. Over the years I have also learned that every student has a different learning style as well as a different approach on how they solve problems. I am extremely adaptable and I have no doubt that I can figure out the methods that work best for your son or daughter. Once everyone is on the same page in terms of the overall outcome, I typically then proceed with reviewing the test layout and basic test taking strategy. Once these items are understood I will then have the student complete a math diagnostic test in order to determine if the student has any foundational weaknesses in their math skills. Addressing these issues first will help us in developing a strong mathematical foundation to build upon. During this first lesson we will also develop a learning plan for future sessions, and begin executing this plan. Through out our time together we will cover topics in pre-algebra, algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and trigonometry. Once these concepts are mastered, we will then begin putting the student in simulated test taking situations with actual tests from the past five years in order to see where their score is and evaluate where they are making mistakes. Since the student will be aware of their mistakes, they will be less likely to make the same mistake on future tests. Gradually, the student will continuously learn and gain new knowledge that will help them see significant score increases which ultimately builds confidence for the actual ACT math section.
***Two hour sessions are preferred for ACT math prep in order to maximize learning and understanding for the individual by utilizing repetition and practice problems***
Information About Me
I graduated with my Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Akron in 2011. Along with my bachelor's degree I also received a minor in mathematics. Throughout the process of earning my degree, I was required to be exceptional in mathematics. Currently, I am employed by KPMG as a senior associate in their advisory division. My team specializes in the management of electronic medical record implementation in hospitals. I have worked in the healthcare space for about 5 years.
In my spare time I am actively involved in mathematics tutoring as well as west coast swing dancing. I picked up west coast swing dancing back in 2012 and it has been one of the best decisions of my life. I have gained so much confidence learning to dance and I have met so many exceptional people from all over the world. Currently, I travel all over the country to compete in different dance events and I am very excited to be starting a choreographed routine this year.
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Above the rest!
Kyle's service is outstanding from beginning to end! Scheduling with him is easy. He works to find a time to fit your schedule. His lessons are in depth and well planned out. They are individualized to meet your specific needs. He provides additional support material for practice, as well as, review worksheets and practice tests. After each lesson he writes a review of the session, explains what you need to work on and outlines the upcoming lesson. Most of all, he makes sure you truly understand what you are learning. He reviews after tests to make sure you understand what was missed before you move on to the next lesson. He is both a support to what you are learning and a teacher of what you need to know. He is simply above the rest!Grace, 35 lessons with KyleTutor responded:
Thank you Grace! You are a pleasure to work with and I really enjoy seeing you grow in your studies!
Professional, personable, he fosters confidence that comes from mastery.
Mr. S. turned a light on inside my son and ignited a passion to learn that I had no idea still existed. We feel very fortunate to have found Mr. S. and have every confidence in his ability to bring out the best in each of his students. Parents will enjoy his great feedback and concrete plans with clear objectives. Students will enjoy his warm, confident energy and judgement free approach. He will make them feel comfortable and capable of reaching their goals.Ginger, 1 lesson with KyleTutor responded:
Thank you so much for the review Ginger! Your son is extremely bright and I am so excited to work with him further! His confidence has already improved tremendously with only a few sessions!
Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor
I would highly recommend Kyle as a tutor. He is very knowledgeable, but equally as important he knows how to communicate that knowledge to his students. His patience knows no bounds, and he immediately puts the kids at ease. My daughter gained confidence AND improved her math skills. Truly, Kyle missed his calling. He would be a phenomenal teacher!Chris, 4 lessons with KyleTutor responded:
Thank you so much for the review Chris! I really enjoyed working with you and your daughter. I wish her the best of luck on the ACT!
An engaging, smart and patient tutor with a great sense of humor.
Never having used Excel, Kyle helped me navigate the program, answered all my questions as we went along. He has a wonderful command of the subject material and is really easy to work with. He sent follow-up materials for me to review for our next session and most of all just encouraged me to go into Excel and use it. I recommend him without reservation and am looking forward to our next session.Geri, 6 lessons with KyleTutor responded:
Thank you very much for the review! It was a pleasure working with you!
He has helped me tremendously! I was on my way to failing calculus, but after learning from Kyle, I am confident I will pass with a high grade! Thank you Kyle!!Jaret, 5 lessons with KyleTutor responded:
Thanks Jaret! You are extremely bright and I really enjoyed working with you! Happy holidays!
Patient and Knowledgeable
Kyle is a very patient and knowledgeable tutor. I hired him to help my son increase his math section of the ACT test. My son have always struggled with math and often lacks confidence when attempting to do problems. Early on Kyle recognized my son would need more than the normal prep ACT sessions. My son has been working with him and his knowledge and confidence has increase. We have more sessions scheduled but I feel confident my son will do much better on his ACT test when he takes it again in December.Tijauna, 6 lessons with KyleTutor responded:
Thank you for your review Tijauna! I really enjoy working with your son!
Patient and knowledgable
We went over a lot of algebra 2 functions, such as exponents, radicals and factoring. He's very patient and teaches in a very easy way to learn.Elizabeth, 5 lessons with KyleTutor responded:
Thank you for the review! I had a great time working with you and Im so glad to hear that you did very well on your final! Have a great day!
My daughter is a senior who is preparing to take the ACT for the second time. She has been working with Kyle with the goal of improving her math score. Math has always been a challenge for her, yet she has been nothing but complimentary about Kyle's instruction. He has been very patient and encouraging and clearly explains concepts in a way that she is able to understand. He has helped her identify the specific types of math problems she is struggling with and clearly provides the instruction needed to solve them. Her confidence level has greatly improved, and I have no doubt her ACT math score will improve, as well. As a parent, Kyle has been extremely friendly, communicative, reliable, and flexible. I have been very impressed with his professionalism, and I highly recommend his tutoring services.Heather, 5 lessons with KyleTutor responded:
Thank you for the review Heather! It has been a pleasure working with your daughter and seeing her progress. I have really been impressed with her determination and work ethic over the past month. I wish her the best of luck on her upcoming test! Have a great day!
A Big Help!
Kyle has been a terrific tutor! He's is very organized and detail oriented, coming up with a plan which focused in on tackling Miranda's biggest issues and she is very pleased with how things have been going so far. She has had two in-person sessions and one on-line and all have gone very well. I especially like that she seems more confident after every session that she will be able to improve her ACT Math score, and her lack of confidence in her own skills is one of her major issues. So, it's not just the "nuts and bolts" that are being dealt with, but he is working on all of the things which will help her succeed.Susan, 5 lessons with KyleTutor responded:
Thank you for the review Susan! Miranda is such a joy to work with. She is extremely bright and I can see her confidence improving after every session that we have. Keep working hard Miranda!
An Excellent First Session
My son is being tutored for his math ACT's. He came away from the lesson excited to learn more and confident in his abilities to do well and improve his skills and score. Very positive experience.Thea, 12 lessons with KyleTutor responded:
Thank you Thea! I really enjoy working with your son! Like you said prior to our lesson, he has the ability to pick up on patterns. He is a logical thinker and a great problem solver. These characteristics will take him far on the ACT math section. Thank you again for the review and I look forward to working with your son over the next few months!