University Prep Tutoring
I have been tutoring for 15 years and have helped many students increase their ACT/SAT scores and get into the college of their choice. I also tutor all math classes from algebra to AP Calculus
I've been awarded the "Best of Tutors.com" for both 2020 and 2021.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
We will map out a schedule with tutoring dates and also work around the student's busy schedule. Usually a good study schedule will involve 30-50 hours of preparation, most done by the student on their own. I meet with students weekly to go over actual ACT or SAT questions and review specific test strategies
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been tutoring for 15+ years and have college teaching experience. I'm a member of the American Mathematical Society and the National Council of Teachers of English.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My rate for both stardardized testing and all high school or college math courses is $60 per hour. With the ACT and SAT, I tutor in 90 minute sessions.
How did you get started teaching?
I have taught at Boston College and the University of Mississippi. About 10 years ago I began tutoring students 1-1 for the ACT and SAT exams. In addition, I tutor all middle school and high school math courses.
What types of students have you worked with?
WIth virtual tutoring, I have tutored students as far away as California. Currently, I am working with students in Tennessee, Virginia, and Massachusetts, as well as North Carolina. Most students realize that even though some colleges now call themselves "test optional", the majority of students they accept submit good standardized test scores. Within the past three years, I have helped one student achieve a 36 and another a 35 on the ACT.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Just because someone scored well themselves on the SAT or ACT doesn't mean they can teach you to score well. You have to find someone who can communicate effectively and teach you the material. Don't be lured by tutors who brag about their own high SAT or ACT scores. They may be smart, but that doesn't mean they can teach or turor effectively.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Be realistic in your goals, Do you really believe you can achieve a 1500 or 34 on the standardized tests? If so, are you willing to put in the effort to get there? Any tutor can only help so much. A great deal of the preparation will be self-study and self-motivation. Ask for a weekly schedule with daily assignments to keep you focused.
Also, work with someone who specializes in ACT and SAT test preparation. Be wary of someone who says they can tutor 15 different standardized tests and 20 subjects.