Solutions SAT ACT Specialized Tutoring

Solutions SAT ACT Specialized Tutoring

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We ANALYZE and DETERMINE what you are doing wrong and then actually TEACH you what you WON'T LEARN from any other SAT or ACT Course: Real Knowledge and Thinking Skills so you can solve problems the RIGHT way, not by elimination, strategies, guessing, and tricks.

Students will learn the actual concepts and knowledge underlying the ACT or SAT, and also the RIGHT WAY to solve every question, not by lucky guessing / strategies / tricks. I teach students all of the material that shows up on the tests and teach them to combine that knowledge with the thinking and reasoning skills to actually become good at solving the questions.  Students will review math concepts, English grammar, reading skills, essay writing skills, basic science reasoning and data analysis ( for ACT ), test-taking methods. It covers the ENTIRE ACT or SAT, not just some parts.
 
In addition, students will take REAL, full-length ACT or SAT practice exams ( ideally at least 8. Any fewer than that and they will not see all the types of questions that appear ).
   
As an extremely experienced  teacher, I can do what no self-study book or guide can possibly do:  I analyze and determine what you are doing wrong, and correct faulty thinking processes and approaches.
   
Because I have literally worked with thousands of students, I can accurately tell how a student compares to his/ her peer across different high schools. 
   
I will challenge students to think and I will not just give out answers. My methods are based on years of teaching experience and educational research. Students will be pushed mentally to their limit in order to MAXIMIZE SCORES.
     
This course has been developed and taught to hundreds of students by me personally and refined over 9 years. Over 1200 pages of material have been memorized, and more than 6000 test questions have been repeatedly solved and explained to find the best possible methods. Students will get the clearest, most direct, and CORRECT solution to each question, and also learn what NOT to do.
     
Because I have ALL of the material memorized, the course and lesson content and speed are actually CUSTOMIZED & ADJUSTED IN REAL-TIME for each student, and even the explanations are customized to the level of each student, something simply NOT POSSIBLE with any other tutor or with a pre-structured course ( example: 3 Math lessons, 2 Reading lessons, 2 Essay lessons ). We will spend more time on areas that need more work, and allocate less time to higher scoring areas.

Most people don't even know where to start when looking for SAT & ACT tutoring and classes. We encourage you to call around, so you will come to the conclusion that what we do here is top-notch, and done RIGHT:

What to ask? As a starting point:

1) Who actually does the teaching?  
Most large companies have random part-time tutors that come and go. You won't know who is doing the teaching

2) Has that person ACTUALLY TAKEN THE SAT or ACT before, and what was their score?
You would be surprised to learn that most instructors have never even taken the test they are teaching

3) How many months / years of experience teaching does this person have? Is this person a certified teacher?
Teaching isn't as simple as getting a job at Starbucks. The skills required to teach well don't just come from part-time 3 to 10 hours a week

4) What are you going to cover in the course? Strategies and test-taking tips?
If that is what they cover, then you should hang up right away. Strategies and test-taking tips can be covered in 10 minutes, and if that was enough to improve scores, well no one needs tutoring then.

5) Are you using REAL SAT & ACT exams for practice?
Most companies don't even know the answer to that. But you need to use the real exams for practice. The fake ones are completely different

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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Yes, we are really good at this. Here are just a few reasons why:

Other places do it WRONG:

- Inexperienced tutors who have never taken a real SAT or ACT, and can't solve all the problems.
- Student does fake / simulated practice SAT or ACT tests, or random "practice exercises"
- Tutor doesn't have a plan, isn't sure what needs to be done.
- Valuable time and money is wasted going slowly over stuff student knows or doing busy work "practice exercises"
- Tutor provides unclear, difficult to understand, and incorrect explanations
- Tutor gives test-taking "tips" and "strategies" and "teaching" is just reciting from a book that you could have bought yourself.

US:

- The teacher has personally taken more than 40 SATs and 30 ACTs, and knows the material in and out.
-   With our expertise and experience, we know exactly what needs to be done and how.
- Students use REAL practice SAT or ACT tests.
- FAST & EFFICIENT: NO TIME is wasted reading and solving the problems because all the questions and explanations are MEMORIZED.
- You get a CLEAR, SIMPLE, and RIGHT solution to 100% of the test questions and the explanations are even adjusted JUST FOR YOU so you can understand.
- We ask you questions (instead of you asking us questions ) because we even know what mistakes you made even when you didn't realize it.
- We check and verify your problem-solving to uncover questions you got right the WRONG way ( wrong logic, luck ).
- Every lesson is ADJUSTED IN REAL TIME to skip what you know, and cover what you don't know.
- We ACTUALLY teach you stuff you never learned before: REAL reading skills, math 100% coverage, grammar 100% coverage, & essay writing

Teaching the SAT & ACT the RIGHT WAY in every detail:

Exceptionally Talented  & Experienced FULL-TIME SAT & ACT Teacher ( Learn more )

US:
- The most PROFICIENT and TALENTED teaching & lessons a student has ever had.
- You know exactly who will teach the classes & lessons - NEVER a random tutor from a team of tutors
- Taken more than 40 SAT exams & 30 ACT exams
- More than 8 years of FULL-TIME ( 7 days a week ) SAT & ACT teaching experience
- An undergraduate of UC Berkeley, graduate teaching credential UC Davis
- Former AP Computer Science High School Teacher at a top performing Bay Area high school
- CBS News & San Francisco Chronicle Award-Winning Teacher
- Entire SAT and ACT course created from ground up
- Personalized Attention: Contact the teacher directly 7 days a week by phone or text

THEM:
So called "Best Tutors"  "PhD professors"  "Ivy-League graduates"  "Perfect 1600 scorers" "Credentialed Teachers"

Which actually means:
- Random instructors / tutors - turnover is high, tutors quit
- NEVER TOOK the SAT or ACT ( YES, SHOCKING BUT TRUE )
- Inexperienced part-time workers
- Can't solve the problems on the SAT or ACT.
- Disorganized, confusing lessons and classes.
- No teaching - just reading from Instructor's Manual

 Learn the RIGHT  WAY ( and WRONG WAYS ) to solve the every Problem & Question:

US:
Our methods & solutions are derived by researching & analyzing everything in & out.

We explain & teach SAT & ACT problems every day.
Based on our unmatched experience we know what works and WHAT DOES NOT.
-  Every question & solution ( more than 2500 ) MEMORIZED = going through explanations and answers 12 - 14 times FASTER than reading, solving, then explaining 
- Every question & problem solved, checked, and re-checked, and taught to 100's of students
- Explanations and solutions that are CLEAR, SIMPLE, DIRECT, and RIGHT.
- NO WRONG ANSWERS and NO CONFUSING EXPLANATIONS  
- We know what mistakes students will make EVEN BEFORE THEY KNOW.  
- We can tell when a student gets the right answer the WRONG WAY, and fix it

THEM:
- 10 hours of incompetent lessons  doesn't even add up to 1 hour of good lessons
- NO REAL LEARNING, JUST TEST TAKING TIPS: guessing, luck, elimination, tricks, "shortcuts"
- No explanations - students read complex ( sometimes incorrect ) explanations from a handout
- Poor teaching ability, CONFUSING and WRONG EXPLANATIONS
 

INCORRECT strategies and techniques :
 

- Wrong information about SAT & ACT question types and concepts tested  
- Wrong way to read passages  
- Wrong way to answer English Grammar questions  
- INCORRECT / ERRONEOUS answers and explanations  
- "Proven methods" that don't work and actually TAKE DOWN scores.

When you need tax, medical, or legal advice , it's critical to go to someone who knows what they are talking about. It's the same when it comes to SAT & ACT.

We teach REAL KNOWLEDGE with 100% In-Depth SAT & ACT Content Coverage

US:
Having analyzed and reverse-engineered more than 40 SATs and 30 ACTs, we have a comprehensive list of EVERYTHING that is tested on the SAT & ACT. We also take and analyze NEW SATs & ACTs every few months.

More importantly, we know what WILL NOT BE tested on the SAT & ACT.
  

Our curriculum covers a COMPLETE, COMPREHENSIVE, IN-DEPTH 100%

- We know what WILL show up, and what will NOT show up, so students don't waste time learning unnecessary material.
 

- Students learn every possible concept and type of question that will appear on the SAT or ACT, and learn the RIGHT way to solve ALL of them, and the WRONG way
- How to score a 24 on the SAT Essay, 12 on the ACT Essay  
- The RIGHT WAY to handle reading passages  
- The RIGHT way to approach Writing ( English grammar sentence) questions
- EVERY Math Concept that can show up and what will NOT show up  
- What SAT / ACT Essay Topics can show up  
- EVERY English Grammar rule that is ever tested


THEM:

Virtually all other companies cover only about 60% - 70% of what is on the SAT or ACT, and even cover stuff that does not show up because their course makers DID NOT TAKE ENOUGH SATs or ACTs to see EVERYTHING that is tested.

- 60 to 70% incomplete coverage of tested content
- Quick cram courses ( if students could learn this material that fast and that easily, then everyone would ace the exam )
- Covering irrelevant  material that doesn't show up on the exams


Real SAT* ACT* Practice Exams & Test Questions from College Board & ACT Inc.

US:
- SAT & ACT questions are created to test specific THINKING, LOGIC, and PROBLEM SOLVING, particular JUST to those tests.
- Students HAVE TO use actual exams in order to know what to expect when taking the SAT or ACT for real.

THEM:
Most other test prep companies use fake/simulated "SAT" or "ACT" problems which are NOTHING LIKE the real thing.

- Fake / simulated mock SAT & ACT tests that are useless because those DO NOT test the same content, thinking, and logic. Kids who walk in to take the SAT or ACT for real will see something they are unfamiliar with.  
- Fake "SAT" & "ACT" online practice tests / CD-ROMS are even worse because the tests are ON PAPER
    

Direct & Efficient: every lesson CUSTOMIZED in REAL-TIME for each Student.

US:
- DIRECT AND THE POINT: We don't waste hours and hours talking about strategies, tips, tricks, and reviewing math you already know, or covering things you don’t need to know. Students are busy, and can't devote their lives to SAT & ACT.

- MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY - A minimum of books and papers.
- GO SEAMLESSLY from Topic to Topic - No separate teachers for each portion of the test  
- ENTIRE 50 HOUR COURSE MEMORIZED: Go faster / slower, forward / backward to ANY POINT of the course at ANY TIME.

THEM:

- Sit through material you already know.
- Piles upon piles of unnecessary books and papers.
- A pre-defined, scripted "one-size fits all" course: DAY 1- Reading;  DAY 2- Math;  DAY 3- Writing; etc etc
- Separate Math / Reading / English / Essay classes 

Private Lessons = Maximum Engagement & Attention + Move FASTER or SLOWER at your pace

US:
- Private lessons = Maximum Attention & More Efficient.

THEM:
- Huge SLOW 30 - 40 student classrooms

No lesson time wasted on stuff you know or with busy work, designed to use up your money

US:
- NEVER a waste of time or money.
- Every question / problem memorized = NEVER going slowly and wasting time.

THEM:
-  $200 to $350 per hour. No joke.
- Expensive lesson time wasted as students sit and take practice tests and the tutor just waits
- Moving slowly to eat up lesson time.
- Hidden fees or extra charges: enrollment fees, sign up fees.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

LESSON & COURSE LOGISTICS

Your first lesson actually began years ago, when I took more than 40 real exams and analyzed every question on those tests, and taught and re-taught each solution to thousands of students until every explanation was perfect.

<< WHEN DO WE START? >>

It’s best to pick out a test date, and then start 8 – 12 weeks before the planned test date and work up to the day of the test. The other option is to start with lessons, and when the student seems "ready" then the student goes in and takes the test. ( Not recommended )

We do 1 to 2 lessons a week, each lesson 1 or 1.5 hours long ( some cases 2.0 hours ) depending on a student’s progress/ schedule/ and time until the test date.

I spread the lessons out based on a complex algorithm of several factors:

1) Days left until the test date 2) Student ability / performance 3) Amount of material left to cover 4) Amount of lesson time remaining 5) Student’s other commitments

Keep in mind, this will not fit neatly into a "once a week for 1 hour" type of thing. In some cases, we may need to do 2.0 hour lessons, 2x a week.

<< LESSON LENGTH & TIMING >>

These are PRIVATE ONE on ONE lessons, taught personally by me. Everything is actually adjusted by me in real-time as I teach, depending on the needs of the student and how much time we have until the test date: what material is focused on, depth of explanations, course content, homework load, pacing, scheduling.

We generally start 8 – 10 weeks before the test and CONTINUE UP TO THE DAY OF THE TEST. Depending on student ability, it may take longer to get through the material.

Generally we are looking at 15 - 20 hours of lessons. ** PEOPLE ARE OFTEN SURPRISED or SHOCKED WHEN we go past 15 hours, but that is typical. Lessons are 1 or 2 times a week, for 1.5 hours ( sometimes lessons will be 1 hour or even 2 hours depending on student need) Please keep in mind that 15 to 20 hours can in no way make up for years of deficiency of knowledge and skills in reading, math, English grammar, essay writing, and problem solving skills.

Usually students take the ACT or SAT more than once, and for the SECOND TEST we do review lessons with additional material. It USUALLY takes 15 – 20 hours ( 10 - 15 lessons ) to get through all the material for the FIRST TEST.

There is homework in between the lessons.

The lessons are usually done over Skype conference call so you don’t need to drive anywhere. I send you all the files you need ( PDF files ). You won’t need to run out and buy anything, but you will need to print off the exams.

Please realize this is not an “ONLINE LESSON”. “ONLINE LESSON” means a student watches a video or audio pre-recorded “lesson or tutorial” on the computer, then completes some exercises or homework at their own pace, then watches another video tutorial.

<< HOMEWORK >>

** AT THE START, DO NOT EXPECT YOUR KID TO SUDDENLY HAVE HOURS OF HOMEWORK to keep HIM/ HER BUSY. Since the student has not learned anything yet, blindly going through practice tests is of absolutely no use.

In between each lesson, there is homework. Expect about 1 to 3 hours of homework between lessons. Homework is allocated based on how much the student understands / how much time between each lesson / how much time until the test.

Students need to do the homework carefully, and do it BEFORE the lesson.

<< LESSON SCHEDULING >>

Lessons are scheduled ONE AT A TIME, and scheduling is flexible, BUT ONCE YOU CHOOSE A DATE & TIME, you are committed. Once we are done with a lesson, we will schedule the next lesson.

1) *Generally, we do NOT BOOK A WEEKLY TIME SLOT. Lessons are sometimes twice a week, and don't fit neatly into a "once a week" scheme.
2) *We also do NOT "plan out a schedule for the next 8 weeks" ahead of time either

<< LESSON TIMES >>

During the academic school year ( late August through early June ) I teach 7 days a week. This is my full-time job. As busy as some students are, there is no reason as to why the lessons can't fit in.

HOURS - YEAR-ROUND, 7 DAYS A WEEK:
There is NO way your kid won't find a suitable time for lessons.

Monday - Friday: Lessons are after school from 2pm – 11pm.
Satruday and Sunday: Lessons are 10am - 9pm
** Weekends are the MOST busy, and I will try to fit students in where I can. I sometimes have classes that are all day long.

<< COURSE OBJECTIVE - MAXIMUM SCORE >>

The objective usually is to get the highest possible score. I say "usually" because for whatever reason, some parents and students just don't want such high scores . No matter what, we are trying to get the most points possible in the amount of time we have.

I will take every student to the limit of his/her ability. Some students will only be able to reach 1300 SAT or 25 ACT, whereas some students will be able to reach 1550 SAT or 35 ACT. We are not trying to get every single question right, but we want more right than before. Every student is competing against himself / herself.

Therefore I have 3 different categories of objectives:

MAXIMUM: Usually this is what students and parents are interested in. Our singular objective is the get the highest possible score out of each student, regardless of where those points come from. We are going to work on EVERY PART of the test and get EVERY point possible. I will push you to the limit of your ability.

MODERATE: We will work hard and do what we can before that next test.

LOW: We will "work on it just a little bit" or "just get some lessons in".

Not aiming for those top colleges? Just want to "bump it up a little?"

The effort and time to score as high as possible is still well worth it: High scores translate into THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS in college scholarships and grants which DO NOT NEED TO BE PAID BACK.

In fact, the MORE EXPENSIVE a PRIVATE UNIVERSITY costs, the more money a high SAT or ACT score is worth.

For example: St. Mary’s College – Moraga, CALIFORNIA gives you $12,000 / year x 4 = $48,000 if student scores 600+ on Math and 600+ on Reading.

<< WHAT ABOUT WORKING ON JUST THE WEAK PARTS? >>

Getting THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE score for a student means working on ALL PARTS OF THE TEST, not just "focusing on the weak areas".

WHY?
1) In many cases, the “weak areas” are so difficult for a student that little improvement can be made in that area and, the greatest gain in the shortest amount of time will be achieved in the other areas. Many students have such a difficult time with the math that even hours of lessons focused on that area see little improvement. In that case, the most points can be actually gained in the “strong” areas.

2) The SAT & ACT scoring is NOT on a linear scale. The more questions you have right, the more points the next question is worth. Each additional question right in the “strong” area is actually worth about TWICE AS MANY POINTS.

3) Bringing up scores in just one area is not enough - the total score depends on all the sections. Many colleges "superscore", combining the highest score in each section from ALL tests taken. Other colleges ( University of California ) look at the SINGLE highest score and if the other section scores drop, it brings down the overall score.

Unlike other test prep companies where there are SEPARATE lessons or classes for English, Writing & Essay, Math, Reading, Science, what I do is very efficient and integrated. We move between ALL the sections very efficiently & seamlessly.

We will spend more time on areas that need more work, and allocate less time to higher scoring areas. But we still do need to work on the ENTIRE TEST to get the HIGHEST POSSIBLE score.

<< How many times should a student take the SAT or ACT ? >>

What? Take the SAT or ACT more than once? Yes, unfortunately, very few students get their highest score the first try. Even Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Michael Phelps didn't break the World Record on his first shot. Moreover, test site abnormalities and unintended distractions will cause less than optimal testing conditions.

Students can take these tests as many times as they like, with most kids taking the SAT or ACT on average 2 or 3 times.

All California State University & University of California will take your ONE HIGHEST TOTAL SCORE so you can take the SAT or ACT AS MANY TIMES as you want, but more than 4 is probably overkill.

Many other colleges will take your HIGHEST COMBINED SCORE ( highest score in each sub-section ).

** WARNING ABOUT SENIORS RELYING ON ONE TEST DATE *** Seniors always seem to think that just planning for 1 last test date is enough. I can tell you from experience that something ALWAYS GOES WRONG. Kids get sick, or test centers get cancelled, scores are delayed, or there is a test irregularity and test doesn't count. For your own sake, plan for at least 2 test dates your senior year.

<< HOW MUCH CAN MY KID IMPROVE? WHAT SCORE CAN HE / SHE GET ? >>

I hear this question every single day, but there is NO WAY to answer that without doing some lessons to see what the problem is.

Because of my experience teaching, I can quickly tell within a few lessons how well a student is doing, and what kind of score is realistically possible. Every student is different and will see different score improvement results.

Some kids score 26 on the ACT, and that is the maximum of their ability. Other students start at 26 and can reach 31. It really depends on the student, but I will push every student to his or her very limit.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Most people don't even know where to start when looking for SAT & ACT tutoring and classes. We encourage you to call around, so you will come to the conclusion that what we do here is top-notch, and done RIGHT:

What to ask? As a starting point:

1) Who actually does the teaching?  
Most large companies have random part-time tutors that come and go. You won't know who is doing the teaching

2) Has that person ACTUALLY TAKEN THE SAT or ACT before, and what was their score?
You would be surprised to learn that most instructors have never even taken the test they are teaching

3) How many months / years of experience teaching does this person have? Is this person a certified teacher?
Teaching isn't as simple as getting a job at Starbucks. The skills required to teach well don't just come from part-time 3 to 10 hours a week

4) What are you going to cover in the course? Strategies and test-taking tips?
If that is what they cover, then you should hang up right away. Strategies and test-taking tips can be covered in 10 minutes, and if that was enough to improve scores, well no one needs tutoring then.

5) Are you using REAL SAT & ACT exams for practice?
Most companies don't even know the answer to that. But you need to use the real exams for practice. The fake ones are completely different


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