I tutor English, Math, Reading, Sciences, and Writing, and I specialize in coaching all aspects of the ACT exam... From studying an absurd amount of ACT tests and teaching it for several years, I have developed a streamlined, simple and highly effective program. I love finding patterns, tips, and techniques that help you raise your scores quickly.
Beyond teaching content, strategy and skills, I love to help students learn whole-mind skills -- focus, concentration, emotional composure, relaxation, and intuition.
Yes, we will study the necessary fundamentals -- the rules of grammar and editing, the math formulas -- but we will also discover the freebies on each test, the repeated patterns, the "usual suspects" and the strategies that will get you great scores.
Working with Paul has been very beneficial. He has been a great teacher who has made taking the ACT much less daunting. I could not have asked for a better tutor.
My son was tolerant of the idea of ACT tutoring. After the first session he came back with a complete change of mindset. From that point forward, he looked forward to the sessions with Paul. Not only did Paul help him increase his score considerably, he also engaged our son to study, practice and push himself. I never had to remind him to practice or be ready for the sessions. He knew what Paul was expecting and didn't want to let either of them down. The transformation was amazing!
Paul Madar allowed me to feel confident, relaxed, and focused while taking the ACT test. His methods allowed me to raise my ACT score and he also assisted me in editing a scholarship essay. Paul’s mentorship and tutoring will definitely help me later on in my academic career with test taking and focusing. Paul’s tutoring proved to be invaluable and I cannot thank him enough for all the help he has given me.
Paul gave me the confidence and resources needed to acquire the ACT score I was aspiring to achieve. Not only did Paul aid me in improving my ACT score, his unique tutoring strategies continue to benefit my testing capabilities in general! There are hardly any words to describe the immense gratitude I have toward Paul and his tutoring.
For a new student, I will typically get to know you first with a free consultation... asking questions and finding some common ground. We will discuss your frustrations, your goals, study habits, teachers' expectations, and also stresses and how you handle them. It helps a lot for me to know your whole learning environment.
I have a broad and deep base of education: BS in Biology from Cornell University, Masters in Business from Butler University, music studies at the Jordan College of Fine Arts, MDiv from the School of Metaphysics.
I have been coaching the ACT exam for almost four years, with excellent results. I have also been a mind skills teacher and coach for 22 years, guiding kids and adults in learning how to focus attention, concentrate, develop emotional composure, relax, and use intuition.
I typically charge $45-50 per hour for ACT coaching, and a session is 90 minutes. In-person coaching is slightly more because of travel costs.
Subject tutoring is usually $30-40 per hour, and adjusts up or down according to the level of instruction needed and the number of sessions you want to schedule.
I got started teaching as a substitute. I was not very good at first -- nervous, self-conscious... but I felt teaching was such an important service that I committed to bettering my practice from every class I taught. I quickly moved into full classroom teaching, then eventually into administration and supervising for a private school.
I have worked with an incredibly broad spectrum of students. I home schooled my daughters up through middle school, and I still tutor them. I teach high school and college students regularly now. I taught adults ages 18 to 72 in evening classes. I've had students from all social backgrounds, races, religions, and many foreign countries. I've had easy and eager students, and stubborn and surly students.
Recently, a returning student, who had a very good score already, asked me to coach her up to a 35 or 36 on the ACT. We outlined her section goals and strategies, refined the specific problems to work on, and drilled all the subjects. We practiced concentration, breathing forms, and emotional visualization. With just a few weeks of that training, she took the test and got a 35.25 composite. Even though it was a quarter point from our top goal, it was so exciting to go for it together!
For someone looking to hire an ACT tutor, or even a subject tutor, I would advise them to check the tutor's recommendations and website first. A good tutor will want to show that readily.
I would also advise you to put price aside for a bit and go for authority and quality first. It may turn out that a better, slightly more expensive tutor will help you learn the material much faster. They will typically be more creative, more comfortable with your ups and downs in the journey, and will make it more challenging and fun than a newer, cheaper tutor might.
I suggest you have in mind three considerations:
1. How hard am I willing to work and Why?
2. What does a successful journey look like?
3. What style of teacher brings out my best?
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