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  • 13 years in business
  • 330 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin B.
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Thanks Eric our SAT tutor was great!

John Linneball Tutoring
from 58 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria R.
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John Linneball helped me with SAT tutoring, especially in the math sections. The sessions took place at my house every week, but if ever there was a problem, communication was made easy through email. He really helped me and we clocked in many hours of math exercises. Not to mention, he gave me suggestions on what I should work on during my alone time.

  • 9 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Maribeth V.
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We hired Dr. K to help my son with pre-calculus. After receiving 1x week tutoring for 1 semester his grade improved from a D- to a C+ and his teacher reported that she was pleased with the significant growth he had made. According to my son "Dr. K is very kind, knowledgeable, reliable, and understanding. He tried to figure out what my learning style was and worked with me. He asked what I was learning and we did problems related to that work." We highly recommend him to others who are struggling in math.

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John Bertinetti
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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John is an extremely conscientious, thoughtful, and helpful LSAT tutor. I turned to John after months of self-study (and putting off the LSAT again and again because I didn't feel ready). He helped me wrap my head around some of the trickier LR problems and also had a great way to think about LG that made something just click. The amount of work John put in prepping for our tutoring sessions really blew me away. He came to each session prepared, had plenty of materials to suggest, and had a clear plan for each session. Furthermore, he's extremely accessible over email and text. If I had a tough practice section and felt panicked or if I had any questions around strategies or approach, I knew I could email John and he'd answer my questions promptly. John really cares about his students and their successes and I'd highly recommend him as an LSAT tutor!

Nick's ACT Tutoring
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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My son's ACT English score went from 17 to 19 with 1 week of tutoring.

Mathman Tutoring
from 17 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Becky S.
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My daughter worked with Mathman Tutoring when she was in high school. She found his tutoring to be very helpful in understanding concepts that she hadn't quite gotten in class. It was very convenient to have him come to our house. I would recommend his services to my friends.

Mandarin Tutoring
from 12 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Maria S.
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Lillian has been tutoring my daughter in Mandarin, both speaking and writing for about six months through weekly 1 hour sessions at our home. Lillian has an upbeat and warm personality and is passionate about teaching. I am impressed at how she mixes up the lesson so that my fidgety 7 year old remains engaged the entire time. She uses a variety of print, audio and video materials. She focuses on proper technique in speaking and writing while always remaining positive and encouraging. We are so lucky to have found Lillian, and my daughter's interest in learning Mandarin has only grown!

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Speak for Yourself
from 12 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Amanda S.
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Kathleen has made a tremendous difference in our son's Spanish skills. He's had a difficult teacher in school this year and Kathleen has helped to build this knowledge, understanding and confidence with both written and verbal work. Our son has said that Kathleen has been a tremendous help to him. She is reliable and I've felt she genuinely wants her students to succeed.

  • 13 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Max H.
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The quality of Arbor Tutors is unmatched for the price. Best tutoring company you're going to find.

Yevgeny Kaplun
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Nicholas B.
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Yevgeny helped me with business calculus class. This class was extremely important for me to pass as most 4 year colleges I was trying to get into wanted me to take it. During the 16 week semester, Yevgeny would come twice a week to help me with my homework and go over each chapter in depth. We would spend almost two hours each session on different problems and he would show me how to do each one. However, he doesn't do each problem for you but instead would have me do the problem on my own and give me help if I needed it. He made sure I understood each chapter we would go over before going onto the next. Yevgeny is a great person who really cares about the success of those he is tutoring. He understands many different math courses and is really smart. Without his help I wouldn't have passed my class and gone on to transfer to my 4 year college. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of help in any math course.

  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gail B.
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Got a tutoring package for my two kids and we have been extremely happy

  • 8 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Reema T.
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Anish did a great job in helping me learn Math by properly giving me the instruction and practice I needed. I saw results soon after our tutoring sessions!

Angela Sun Consulting
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Lily S.
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Angela does the best job of explaining concepts for AP/SAT if you are trying to learn something outside of school. We did our tutoring over the computer, but I actually found it more engaging than in person. For example, I was confused about cos (180degrees), because I hadn't learned about it in school yet. Angela's explanation also made 10x more sense than what my math teacher would say. Now I FINALLY understand how to find cos (180degrees)!

One-to-One Tutoring Service
from 9 reviews
  • 39 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Francine F.
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Our family has worked with One-to-One Tutoring for over three years in providing tutoring for my high-school daughter in mathematics, and for a short period, in chemistry. We have worked with the same math tutor which has proven to be an excellent relationship that has served my child well. The administration services have also been excellent, with prompt and accurate billing. If our tutor needs to be away for vacations or other reasons, we are always offered a substitute so that coverage is not missed. I appreciate the flexibility, accessibility and high caliber of professional people involved in this agency.

Math Tutor in Solano County
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Christian A.
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It has been four years since I have been in school. I jumped back where I left off Precal and thanks to Pio I am doing a lot better in class and not struggling. He is great to work with. He explains the problem very thoroughly and makes it easy to understand. I went from fours of homework to 1 hour. Highly recommend.

from 6 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna L.
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Laura has tutored my two boys writing/reading in the summer and during the school year for about 3 yrs now. She's a wonderful tutor; always on time, organized, very patient and attentive with the students, and most importantly, knowledgeable in her subjects. She shows up with teaching materials, gives them lessons and corrects their work. Periodically she gives me feedback on their progress. My boys have done very well in school, and enjoy writing. One additional note, my boys tell me that her phone never rings during lesson, she turns it off so there'll be no interruption during lesson. That impresses me.

Josh's SAT & ACT Tutoring
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jodi T.
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Josh was an awesome SAT tutor for my son, increasing his scores 110 points in just a few weeks of tutoring. Prior to Josh, my son was enrolled in a commercial SAT prep course: 3 hours on Friday evenings and six hours on Saturdays along with 11 other students. My son did not respond well to the group setting. These sessions could not hold his attention, and it became a weekly battle to get him to go. After a few weeks, he quit the course and decided that individual tutoring would be a better option. Josh’s style of personalized attention offered my son the back and forth interaction he needed to maintain interest and motivation. He had a great depth of knowledge (Yale graduate), as well as a warm and personal demeanor. He took the time to understand my son’s individual style of learning and identified the areas with which he needed more assistance. In summary, my son benefitted greatly from Josh’s talents, and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing one-on-one and personalized attention.

Aanchal Ramani
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Adam R.
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Aanchal was a great SAT tutor and I had a really great experience working with her! She created a customized study plan that helped me reach my target score and then coached me through the college admissions process, which helped me get accepted to Cornell University.

Private Math Tutoring
from 3 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Jenna G.
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My 8th grade daughter had been struggling with algebra. Since working with Karen, her grade has gone from a C to a B, and she continues to improve.

Jacqui Ferraiolo Tutoring
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Renee M.
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Jacquie has been a really helpful tutor for my daughter. She knows the subject matter well and explains it in a way my teen can understand. She is a great tutor!

Apollo Tutoring

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    Apollo is a private academic tutoring service. We offer customizable programs on the SAT and ACT as well as AP Tests and general subjects. We make it our primary mission to help students stay on top of their schoolwork and get accepted into their school of choice. Therefore, aside from traditional courses, we also offer a counseling program that is totally dedicated to college application.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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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    • Student grade level
      12th grade
    • Test type
    • Test sections
      Reading, Writing
    • Test date
      Yes (please enter date in box) (November 2015)
    • Session frequency
      Once a week
    • Day preference(s)
      Monday, Thursday
    • Time preference(s)
      Evening (after 6pm)
    • Details
      $50 or below an hour
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