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San Marcos ACT Tutors

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Hawk Educational Solutions
4.9
from 57 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine S.
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Juliet is a wonderful tutor. I'm so glad I found her. She's tutoring for ACT and SAT, but I would definitely use her for other school subjects if needed.

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.

Ray Matlak, Math Tutor
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle H.
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Ray has been such a positive and reliable tutor. He has created a relationship with my daughter that allows her to be comfortable, confident, and she actually enjoys her tutoring time. He is always patient and encouraging. Her testing has improved significantly. We plan to have "Mr.Ray" around for a long time!

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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
Jean B.
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Jenny was a fantastic ACT tutor for my son! I could not have picked a better tutor. Jenny worked with him this summer and was able to quickly ascertain his areas of strength and areas for needed development for the ACT. She also quickly assessed his learning style and put together an efficient customized learning/tutoring plan and tutoring schedule for the summer that helped him make huge strides in both his strongest and weakest sections of the ACT, improving his already high comprehensive test results by 5 points thus far with another week of tutoring yet to go! In particular she did an amazing job tutoring him on the English portion, helping him go from a 26 to a 35 in that section! He has really enjoyed working with her and looked forward to their tutoring sessions. I will be signing my younger son up for ACT tutoring with Jenny next summer for sure!

  • 13 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Reed G.
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I remember when I was young, tutoring was something I only thought eggheads would do. But maybe it's that thinking that got me hiring a tutor for my son Richie. After doing some in depth searching, I found Elite here and asked them for the best tutor they had. They were prompt and eric assigned Kim. Kim kept my son on track and didn't take any of his excuses! After a couple of sessions, richie was retaining lots more information than normal and now I'm looking to elite to get us a biology tutor as well. Great work

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!

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra M.
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We first tried in person tutoring and then tried online tutoring. We were very happy with both. We ended up sticking with online tutoring.

  • 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.

Frog Tutoring San Diego
3.7
from 6 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph J.
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Matt Klemsz is a great tutor. He's easy to talk to which is great for tutoring and any questions I have on homework he is a great help and helps me learn the material. He has given me great advice on how too shorten my steps in math problems too make it easier too understand and so that it is less complicated.

Tutor Doctor
4.0
from 4 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
JT D.
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Great tutor who helped my brother with his math class. Loved the consistent tutoring from week to week. Would recommend to anyone that needs a Tutor

Kyle Sereda
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Katie M.
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Kyle tutored my high school daughter in Latin. He made it enjoyable for her and manageable. He takes an interest in the student as a person and tailors his lesson plans accordingly. I highly recommend him.

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Fiona M.
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Joshua Fuller is an incredibly talented tutor with a wide breadth of knowledge. He is great with kids and truly understands how to teach others. Compassionate, flexible, and intelligent - I could never speak highly enough of him! If you have previously been unsure about tutoring, go ahead and try a session with Joshua. I can promise that you will be happy with your decision. By far my favorite tutor!

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.

Math Tutoring Services
4.0
from 1 review
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
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Very nice and is able to help me.

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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

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I am a professional scientist with a PhD in chemical biology and a bachelor's degree in chemistry. I can help you with all physical, computer, and life sciences.

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Our approach to tutoring is based on fitting the learning style of the client. By taking this approach, we have found great success in seeing clients master challenging academic concepts.

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We offer the most effective tutoring around. Our subjects offered are: * Elementary Math * Algebra 1 * Algebra 2 * Geometry * Trigonometry * Chemistry * Spanish 1 * Spanish 2 * Spanish 3 Our services also include reading and writing for elementary and middle school essay writing level 1, 2 and 3. We do SAT and ACT MATH and English reviews as well. We have 7 years of experience with North County Districts. Platinum reputation guaranteed. First half hour is free. The testimonials speak for themselves: Vanessa, 10th grade: "Cynthia's been my tutor for 4 years. Before her, I averaged a C- in Math and constantly struggled to understand my teacher. Once she started tutoring me, things completely changed! Within a few months, my grades were up to an A-/B+ average! And her notes are fantastic! So neat and the colors help me remember all the formulas! She's fantastic!!" Michelle, 6th grader parent: "My daughter was struggling in multiple subjects and with sports she didn't have a lot of time to be wasting. I needed a tutor that could come over and tutor Math, English, and Spanish at one time. Cynthia was just perfect for that! She's great with all of the subjects and she got my daughter right on track very quickly and when STAR testing came around she even prepared her for that too. I can't stress how much her notes help! They are so great the night before an exam for last minute reviewing! I would definitely recommend her to anyone!!"

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I tutor mostly high school and college students in mathematics, elementary Spanish, and introductory chemistry.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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