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Math Tutoring Services
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from 33 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
Lee F.
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Faith is tutoring my child in 6th grade math. He communication is impeccable and she is prompt and on time. She came in with multiple tools and resources to help aide in the process. She is very personable with my child, always asking her things about her school life in general, not just the subjects they are working on.

Arbor Tutors - AL
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Dorothy D.
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You can't ask for a better tutor than the one we got. We ended up doing in-home tutoring and the tutor was very kind and courteous and knowledgeable. You won't be disappointed!

  • 39 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsay P.
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I would not have made it through middle school or high school w/o Frog. He listens and really takes the time to make sure you understand! He knows many different methods of learning so he will work with you! I am now in medical school and don’t think I would’ve made it this far w/o the help of Frog. He has really helped me accomplish so much. My younger sister is now being tutored once a week by him. Thank you Algebrations Tutoring Service!

  • 9 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Gregory W.
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Ayushe S. tutored my son Cory for the ACT and for biology, chemistry, and pre-calculus. He suffers from Asperger's Syndrome and has a great deal of trouble with social interaction. We had such trouble finding an appropriate tutor fit with him, but then we thankfully found Ayushe. She was patient, warm, and incredibly kind. Moreover, she was able to completely circumvent the symptoms of his syndrome and truly treat him as a person--this was unique to me, because everyone else just gets hung on on how he is different and often end up treating him very strange as a result. Ayushe did wonders with Cory because she was able to pinpoint and emphasize his learning style, manipulating common subject material into a form that was more digestable to him. He did great on all his tests and assignments for the high school science and math, and even raised his ACT score by 8 points! The best part of the ACT tutoring was that I didn't have to buy anything at all: Ayushe had practice tests, formula sheets, and basically everything Cory could have needed to raise his score. We actually tried All Pencils Down before we met her and he didn't really see much of a change. I think that is because most test prep companies tend to focus on teaching "test-taking strategies" that may or may not work for everyone in the class. Also, Cory has trouble speaking up when he is confused so even a small class of 15 people is too much for him when it comes to raising his hand and speaking up. So, tutoring was definitely the way to go. We tried a few different tutors before we found Ayushe. The other tutors were more like a resource for questions, which was a difficult approach for us since we weren't familiar with the test and didn't know exactly what questions to ask. These tutors were best for people who have test prep books, practice tests, etc., and just need explanations for math or science questions that are confusing to them. Ayushe worked better for us because she provided us with everything Cory needed and actually made a personalized timeline tailored to Cory's weaknesses and strengths on the ACT. So, the $40/hour for ACT tutoring was well worth it in the end--especially after all the dead-ends we met with! All in all, I'm very glad that Ayushe was recommended to us. Even though Cory will be finished with high school soon, I am confident Ayushe will keep up with him and maybe even help him when he gets to college if he decides to go with UAB! I am very happy with everything she has helped Cory with and would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a tutor!

  • 14 years in business
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I provide tutoring in pre-algebra; Algebra 1 and 2 and geometry. I have over 20 years of experience in working with all types of students.

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I am a master's level teacher with 16 years of experience in the legal field. My specialty is anything to do with English language arts, writing, and reading. I have administered several ACTs and have taken multiple standardized tests myself. I love my students, and I thrive on watching them succeed!

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I enable students to learn and succeed in math courses and statistics courses. I tutor multiple math subjects and work with all levels of students including graduate level.

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I am an AP Calculus teacher tutoring evenings and Sundays.

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I offer face-to-face or online tutoring services. I have expertise in chemistry, physics, and test prep on all levels.

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We work with children, adolescents, and adults who have a hard time with reading comprehension as well as study skills. I was diagnosed as having adult ADHD when I was 45 years old, and I feel that I had it all of my life. I know exactly what students are going through not being able to comprehend what they read.

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I have been unsuccessful math tutor since 1968 when I was 10 years old. I work with the ACT SAT GED GRE and ASVAB test. I work with students from seventh grade through college with math. I also serve as a mathematical consultant for business and industry.

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I approach math from a more visual perspective as opposed to some math teachers/tutors who will just do algebra for students and expect them to replicate it. I show them the concepts and help them to understand and work through problems with them (if they can't do them on their own after my explanation).

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I am studying biomedical engineering, and I have a GPA of 4.0. I am good with all kinds of math and sciences, and I am able to explain it clearly. Making students understand materials easily is my goal.

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Triumph Tutoring has been in the business over 8 years. Through the years, he has gained experience in tutoring and have a great deal of understanding when it comes to working with parents, students and tutors. During grade report periods, the need for flexibility in scheduling is very important. Lee has a degree in Mathematics with specialization in Statistics and applied Mathematics. We look forward to working with you. SUBJECTS: Beginning Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus

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I am a professional educator that provide tutoring for grades K-12 and design lesson plans or units for teachers and homeschooling parents.

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Tutor Blast carefully handpicks, mentors and trains the best university students and graduates as our tutors. We have slowly grown over several years and perfected our system to give you the best results possible. We strive to help every student be successful.

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We provide tutoring for students K-College in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. We also offer ACT and SAT test preparation. Our math tutoring includes upper level math like trigonometry and calculus. We also provide tutoring in biology and chemistry.

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I have been doing expert and professional tutorial services offered to high school and undergraduate college students for the past several years. I have been working as a tutor for University of Alabama at Birmingham for the past 7 years. I can tutor Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Trigonometry, Physics and assist with ACT, SAT, GRE and GMAT test prep.

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What is ACT test prep?

The ACT is a college entrance exam taken by students (typically in their junior year of high school) to determine admission eligibility and merit-based scholarship eligibility. The test may be taken as many times as desired and is not limited to high school juniors. Originally the acronym stood for American College Testing, but now ACT is the stand-alone name. ACT prep is a way for students to strategically prepare for test-taking. ACT prep helps students improve scores, practice taking the test, learn test-taking strategies, and improve material comprehension. Students can get help with ACT prep tutors in one-on-one sessions, via group tutoring lessons, in online self-study programs, or online with a tutor in video calls. The ACT test covers:

  • English
  • Science understanding and reasoning
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Writing essay (optional)

How do you prepare for the ACT?

The ACT is a universally accepted college readiness exam. There are multiple ways to prepare for the exam. One-on-one ACT prep tutoring is one of the most effective ways for students to ready themselves for the test. A tutor who specializes in ACT prep will coach the student on the type of material they can expect while also working specifically with topics that are more challenging for that particular student. Group tutoring sessions are a more cost-effective way to reap the benefits of an ACT prep instructor; a suggestion is to gather a group of four friends or classmates to share the cost. Professional tutors often recommend that test prep begin approximately three months prior to the exam. Cramming — unfortunately — doesn’t provide the same score results as consistent study, test-related homework, and practice exams do. Weekly two-hour learning sessions are what many pro tutors suggest for their college exam prep students. For top test-taking performance, tutors usually provide work throughout the week and the weekly session is used to cement knowledge and address weak areas. Math is a hard topic for most students, so plan accordingly.

What is on the ACT?

The ACT is made up of a variety of multi-choice questions under four main subject areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. There is also the option for a written essay. For ACT prep, it’s important to study each subject. Each subject area is broken down into multiple parts to provide a comprehensive snapshot of the student’s understanding of the material. ACT prep provides an opportunity to prepare for the subject matter in each area.

ACT English:

  • Production of writing: 29 percent-32 percent of English score. These questions focus on topic development and organization, unity, and cohesion.
  • Knowledge of language: 13 percent-19 percent of English score. This section examines the student’s use of vocabulary and effective language use.
  • Conventions of standard English: 51 percent-56 percent of English score. These questions address sentence structure and formation, punctuation and grammar, and recognition of grammatical errors and how to improve.

 

ACT Math:

  • Preparing for higher math: 57 percent-60 percent of mathematics score. These questions cover number and quantity, algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability.
  • Integrating essential skills: 40 percent-43 percent of mathematics score. These questions address comprehension of math learned prior to and after 8th grade.
  • Modeling: less than 25 percent of mathematics score. These questions examine how students use modeling skills in all math topics.

 

ACT Reading:

  • Key ideas and details: 55 percent-60 percent of reading score. The questions test students’ ability to summarize information, draw conclusions, and grasp central themes.
  • Craft and structure: 25-30 percent of reading score. These questions examine students’ ability to understand an author’s word choice and meaning and analyze various points of view.
  • Integration of knowledge and ideas: 13-18 percent of reading score. These questions examine students’ ability to understand facts and opinions and make connections between texts that share similar themes.

 

ACT Science:

  • Interpretation of data: 45–55 percent of science score. Students will need to analyze and manipulate scientific data presented in various formats.
  • Scientific investigation: 20–30 percent of science score. These questions will test students’ understanding of experimental tools, procedures and design.
  • Evaluation of models, inferences, and experimental results: 25–35 percent of science score.

 

ACT Writing:

  • This is a 40-minute written essay that examines students’ competence with ideas and analysis, development and support, organization, and language use and conventions.

What are the subjects on the ACT?

English, mathematics, reading, and science are the four main subjects on the ACT. Writing is an optional subject students can select when they register to take the test. The subjects were determined as a way to test the sum total of knowledge and comprehension that the students have accumulated up until the start of their senior year of high school. ACT prep breaks down each subject of the ACT test so the student understands what type of questions they will encounter and to provide them with strategies for answering questions. Doing well on the ACT is not only about academic smarts. Learning the nuances of taking a standardized test can greatly improve a student’s test scores. On the ACT, each of the four subjects is broken into subsections to test the students’ understanding in that area. The official ACT website provides free online ACT prep tools for each section, including English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing.

How many questions are on the ACT test?

There are 215 total questions on the ACT test. The ACT covers four academic areas and students have 175 minutes total to complete the test. For students who opt to take the ACT writing test, there will be a written essay (in addition to the standard ACT topics), which students will have 40 minutes to complete. For ACT prep, it’s wise to study the material that will be covered within each academic category and take practice tests to become comfortable with the format.

The English test has 75 questions that must be completed within 45 minutes. The math test has 60 questions with a 60-minute time limit. The reading test has 40 questions and 35 minutes total. The science test has 40 questions that must be completed in 35 minutes. Tutors may recommend taking the test more than once as part of the ACT prep training, with the goal of improving your overall score each time. Official ACT recommendations urge students to answer each question on test day, even if it is a guess, as there is no penalty for guessing.

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