When it comes to high school students in test prep, whether it be AP or SAT, it is much better to have a tutor who has recently gone through it.
I just graduated High School as a Valedictorian with a 1540 SAT and passing 15 AP Exams. I understand what these tests and courses require. Many tutors may be great experts in their subject, but it is more important to have someone who understands the AP class or SAT test.
I was able to increase my SAT score from a 1380 to a 1540 in less than 5 months and mainly had to self study my AP exams because of many of my teachers would not finish the curriculum.
Tutoring is very fulfilling. There is almost no better feeling than taking on a student that has limited knowledge and over time watching him/her gain confidence and do better in their subject.
Excellent tutor. If I didn't live so far, I'd hire him regularly. Alejandro will come prepared and the time used will be focused and effective.
Alejandro is a very thorough tutor. He knows the SAT test very well and is able to break down complex concepts to establish a complete understanding. He tutored me in the math and grammar sections which helped me improve my score by 170 points.
Alejandro helped me greatly improve my grammar score on the SAT. The topics he taught me and problems he gave me to practice with were similar to when I took the exam. If I ever needed help with other subjects in school, I could rely on him for help.
When it comes to long-term test prep the first lesson I use as a gauge to see where the student is, where the student wants to be, and how we can get there. From there on there we focus on specific topics.
I started tutoring back my freshman year of High School and have tutored ever since. I was always advanced in math and would tutor others that needed more help that a teacher could not provide in a standard classroom.
Do not necessarily look for someone who is very knowledgeable of the subject, instead hire someone who can teach it well. I know many people that are great at math or chemistry but could not teach someone else to save their life.
Also when it comes to SAT or AP exams, find someone who has recently taken them and KNOWS the test, not just the subject.
Students should realistically set goals for what they want to accomplish given the amount of tutoring time. If a student wants to increase his/her SAT score by 100 points, it cannot simply be achieved in 2-4 hrs. Results take time.
Students should also consider whether they would consider doing online tutoring. It is much more convenient for both the student and the tutor (no driving, no need to get ready, etc) and it is usually cheaper. Some students do not like this approach and prefer in-person, but I would give it a try.
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