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Expert Tutoring
4.7
from 48 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 174 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna G.
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I would highly suggest Michael Davidson as a tutor. I am 43 years old and had been out of school for quite a while, but because of the tutoring I got from Michael, I passed my math GED test with flying colors! He is very knowledgeable, helps you to figure out which areas that you need to focus on the most and explained different ways of how to handle the math problems. He also provided positive inspiration to help me get through the toughest of math problems and cheered me on to the end! Thank you again for everything, Michael!

Thinque Prep
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
Peter O.
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This past summer, I was in search of a tutor to assist my brother with his preparation for the ACT. A number of conversations with local tutors proved fruitless, as they were either too expensive or had rigid schedules. After doing some research online, I came across Joyee’s profile on Wyzant. I was particularly impressed by his extensive background in ACT tutoring having worked for some well-regarded test preparation companies. In addition, his rates were extremely fair. I enlisted Joyee’s tutoring services via skype, and my experience was remarkable. In spite of the three hour time difference between the east coast and west coast, Joyee remained a consummate professional with regard to his scheduling and punctuality. Most importantly, he is fully invested in his students, demonstrating patience and understanding whilst pushing them to achieve their full potential. Prior to working with Joyee, my brother had an initial diagnostic score of 27. After six weeks of tutoring with Joyee my brother scored a 35 on the September 2015 ACT. I highly recommend Joyee, his tutoring services are the perfect complement for any motivated high school student seeking help with test preparation.

  • 13 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah W.
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I have worked long and hard with Kenneth, my tutor from elite home tutoring. I originally thought working with a tutor while in college was foolish. I'm surrounded by people who I thought would be eager to help. Kenneth is a teacher who helps people like me in his free time. The difference is that Kenneth is more interested in my success than my classmates who are more interesryed in partying. Advanced calculus is difficult so I would say kens help is worth it.

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Nina Haynes math tutoring
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kayla B.
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I needed last minute tutoring for a final exam and Nina was quick to respond and schedule me last minute. She explained everything very clearly and made sure to answer any questions I had. I feel like I learned more information in just one tutoring session than in most of my math classes this semester. I would highly recommend her for math tutoring.

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Learning with Jenny
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pamela P.
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Jenny tutored both of my boys. She was always courteous, and prepared. I first found her looking g for a SAT Tutor. She reviewed work and offered constructive assistance without doing the work for them. I used Jenny for 2 and 1/2 years. With my younger son. We recommend her to friends who have also used her tutoring. The convenience of having her is great so my teenagers are not meeting in a public coffee shop or library. I was able to be active in recommendations when needed.

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Ahmed Shalaby
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Treca A.
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My daughter had a “D” in AP Calculus when she started to work with Ahmed. He had to reteach foundational concepts and within 2 1/2 months she has a chance to earn an “A” for the semester. Ahmed is a patient, highly knowledgeable, effective teacher. I would wholeheartedly recommend him as a tutor. We were so impressed with his results, we have him tutoring my younger daughter as well!

  • 13 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Diana G.
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I was signed up to take a Kaplan course for GMAT prep and was talking to a co-worker about it when they told me their story. They took one of the same Kaplan courses I was signed up to take and didn't get their desired GMAT score. In their second attempt, they signed up for private tutoring with John Easter, one of Elite Home Tutoring tutors, and their GMAT score improved by over 100 points. After hearing this story, I called to cancel my Kaplan class & signed up with Elite Home Tutoring, with a special request to work with John. During my studies, I decided that I wanted to take the GRE instead of the GMAT. I explained this to my tutor John and to Eric at Elite Home Tutoring and the change was so simple. John is not only skilled in GMAT prep but GRE prep as well. So the only thing that would need to change were the materials. If you're looking for the best resources for test prep I highly recommend Elite Home Tutoring. I have no complaints!

Nancy's Tutoring
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
David S.
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I have two children that are tutoring with Nancy. My children were behind in school but after tutoring with Nancy they are making leaps and bounds in their academic studies. Nancy is very professional, fun, engaging, and patient. We're happy to have found her. Thank you Nancy!

Arbor Tutors -Santa Ana Area
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Janet C.
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I am very happy with the tutoring we received. They have thousands of Tutors all over the country.  They can come to your house or offer online services. We tried both and I prefer online. Both are excellent choices.

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Faith S.
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Arbor Tutors is the best tutoring company anywhere. We tried several other tutors before Arbor and found exactly what we are looking for here.

Arbor Tutors - Pomona Area
5.0
from 8 reviews
    Joan L.
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    Excellent SAT and ACT tutoring.

    • 11 years in business
    • 17 hires on Thumbtack
    Georgia D.
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    Victor of Initia Education provided focused SAT tutoring with results!

    • 5 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Marylin S.
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    Last year, we hired Kerry as a Math tutor for my step son who was in 6th grade and we were very happy with her services and his improvements. Kerry is a great tutor; she is experienced and patient and I highly recommend her.

    Math Tutoring Services
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Amy B.
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    I cannot say enough about Wendy.. the best math tutor. She is awesome.

    Idea Tutors
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 8 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Justin M.
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    The people at Idea Tutors were great. They got me in touch with a tutor relatively fast. Other places around town gave me a 4 to 5 day waiting period which is pretty inconvenient while I juggle school and work. The tutor I met with was Tyler. He was friendly, knowledgable, and made sure I understood the material before moving on. We were working on calculus which was never my strongest subject but Tyler made all the difference. Overall I'm really satisfied and will definitely be using Idea Tutors again.

    About

    I am an experienced High school Biology Teacher. My hourly rate is between $30-$40 Please refer to my resume below for my education and past experience. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Science/Substitute Teacher, Dec 2002 - Present Unified School Districts, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, CA • Taught science and math classes. • Developed and implemented lessons aligned with students' individual needs interests, and learning styles. • Implemented a variety of teaching strategies to promote critical thinking. • Utilized audio-visual aids to enhance student learning. Laboratory Associate II, Feb2002 - Dec 2002 Quest Diagnostics Inc., San Juan Capistrano, CA • Matched human chromosome images using a karyotyping software. • Accurately processed 20 cases per day. • Demonstrated knowledge of ideograms and band levels. • Calibrated light microscopes. • Recorded and compiled karyotping tests results. Administrative Assistant, Sept 2000 - Feb 2001 Facility Department UCLA, Los Angeles, CA • Helped resolve complaints. • Established filing systems. • Received work orders over the phone. • Generated invoices. • Entered data on excel and answered phones. Biology Teacher, Sept 1999 - June 2000 Vefa Anatolian High School, Istanbul, Turkey • Taught Biology and English lessons. • Counseled students’ science club. • Implemented a variety of assessment tools to evaluate students' learning. • Introduced audio-visual aids to enhance student learning. • Mentored students to develop and maintain positive self-esteem. EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION Bachelor of Science Degree in Teaching Biology Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey Professional Designation in Marketing UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, CA PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS/ MEMBERSHIPS Complex Instructions, Computer User Educators, Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English Former Board of Director, Orange County Turkish American Association Former Debate Club Member, Marmara University

    About

    I am a certified and licensed California English teacher with more than 6 years of classroom experience in a rigorous college-prep high school. I have more than 10 years of private tutor experience for both ESL and native English speakers. I was 2012 ECHS Teacher of the Year and am the 2015 Crystal Apple recipient. I have more than 30 hours of certificated AP English language training for test prep.

    About

    I provide tutoring to students of all ages in various subjects. I am previously an elementary school teacher looking to encourage excitement for learning.

    • 8 years in business
    About

    I love math, I really have a passion for what I do. I have always enjoyed helping people and math is one way I can help ease others frustrations. I am getting my 4 year math degree in 3 years, if that doesn't yell motivated then I must be in the wrong place. I am very professional and friendly. I also understand that people learn differently and I am very patient if a client is struggling in a concept.

    • 4 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    About

    Tutoring Services Offered: 1.) Study Hall: $5.00/hr.(+tax) per person -Great for doing homework and studying for exams. 2.) 1-to-1 Tutoring: $20/hr.(+tax) -Great for students struggling to understand concepts. Struggling to understand Math topics? Want help with homework, or want to make sure your homework solutions are correct? I can help with that. I help students earn better grades in their math courses and I want to help you!

    About

    I offer tutoring mainly in math subjects. It includes Algebra 1, geometry, Algebra 2, trigonometry, and calculus.

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    How do you study for the SAT?

    Your SAT prep strategy can mean the difference between a great score and a mediocre score, as well as the difference between being accepted to or rejected by your school of choice. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is a college entrance exam that measures a student’s knowledge and understanding of what they have learned up to this point in school and what they need to succeed in college. In addition to arming students with the knowledge they need to excel in the math, reading and writing components of the test, SAT prep can help improve scores by teaching students crucial strategies for taking the test itself. Professional SAT prep tutors can work with students one-on-one or in group sessions. Typically, tutors recommend that students who are comfortable and caught up with their regular schooling begin SAT prep at least three months before the test. If you’re targeting an elite school, six months before the test is a good time to begin. Students who are behind in school are advised to start early to ensure they’re caught up and feeling confident in all the relevant subjects. Suggestions for long-term SAT prep include taking challenging high school courses, completing all homework assignments, preparing for class tests and quizzes, and participating in class by asking and answering questions. There are free SAT prep training tools online; for those who’d like a one-on-one tutor to take them to the next level, the national average rate is $70 per hour.

    When should you start preparing for the SAT?

    It’s never too early to start preparing for college entrance exams, but professional tutors recommend a baseline of at least three months before the test. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is the gold standard for college admissions, and SAT prep is important for doing well. Your child’s SAT scores will have a major effect on which colleges send acceptance letters. Professional tutors can work with your kids to coach them on how to take the SAT, as well as studying the actual academic content. Doing well on the SAT is as much about knowing the right test-taking strategies as about having a firm grasp of the subject matter.

    To understand your student’s readiness for the SAT, they can take the pre-SAT (PSAT) starting in their sophomore year. SAT prep can be structured around the student’s PSAT scores, so tutors can address any challenges and weak subject areas. If your child has their sights set on an Ivy League or elite school, SAT prep with a tutor or study program should start at least six months before the test. Vocabulary is a key element of the student’s SAT preparation and success. The national average rate for SAT prep tutoring is $70 per hour.

    What is in the SAT test?

    As your child is preparing for the SAT, it’s helpful to know the specifics of the test. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is made up of three main categories and one optional essay. Students have a total of three hours to take the test, with an additional 50 minutes for the optional essay. In total, there are 154 questions. During SAT prep, it’s helpful to take timed practice exams to understand how you’ll do during the actual test. Here is a brief overview of each of the four categories:

    • Reading: 65 minutes with 52 questions. The Reading test measures command of evidence, words in context, analysis in history and social studies, and analysis in science.
    • Writing and Language: 35 minutes with 44 questions. The Writing and Language test covers the same topics as Reading, as well as expression of ideas and standard English conventions.
    • Math: 80 minutes with 58 questions. The Math test looks at the student’s understanding of algebra, problem-solving and data analysis, and advanced math in the context of fluency, conceptual understanding, and applications.
    • Essay (optional): 50 minutes with 1 essay. The essay will demonstrate the student’s competency with writing, analysis and reading.
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