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Tracy ACT Prep Tutors

Browse these ACT prep tutors with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Tracy.

  • 13 years in business
  • 330 hires on Thumbtack
Lara S.
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I participated in online prep with Christine for the SAT & ACT, she was truly an amazing teacher. It was as if we met in person twice a week! She took the time to make sure I was understanding the subjects and made sure to not end the session until all the my questions were answered. I highly recommend online tutoring with Christine if you're looking to be successful on the SAT & ACT. I even scored a perfect score on my ACT too!

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Grace Wang
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jane P.
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Grace Wang is my Mandarin tutor, and I have been taking private lessons with her for many years, first for SAT II Chinese prep and then for advance reading, writing, and conversation. Grace has always been very fun and approachable, and we have a great time conversing and reading about a wide range of topics such as Chinese history, idioms, and daily life. Her own understanding of Mandarin is very strong, and she takes the time to explain the nuances of the language. She also utilizes many different resources: online learning tools, textbooks, novels, etc. Most importantly, Grace is very patient, knowledgable, and flexible. I can suggest any kind of material to review for our classes, and she will always have insightful things to add. I always look forward to my Mandarin lessons with her!

Nick's ACT Tutoring
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Kate B.
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Nicky's ACT tutoring was very professional, flexible towards the students needs, and overall very helpful. The tutoring helped me in achieving my goal score. I would recommend his service.

Polymath Tutoring
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Tara K.
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Dave Foster primarily tutored my home schooled daughter extensively in pre-calculus, but also provided some SAT prep. Essentially, he was her math teacher for a year. Although my daughter is a good student, she previously did not like math at all and she had some trouble grasping higher level concepts, such as logarithms. By the end of their time together, Kate not only had a firm understanding of the material, but she also developed a liking for a previously detested subject. Her SAT scores improved significantly, and when she took a higher level math course at our local college, Kate was at the top of her class. I firmly believe Dave's teaching gave her a firm foundation to succeed at this next level. Always cheerful, patient, encouraging, and willing to go the extra mile, Dave has a heart for his students and a gift for teaching. We will definitely call on Dave again, if the need arises.

  • 15 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy D.
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Monica helped my 11th-grade son prep for his statistics final after falling behind a bit on the coursework. She helped him catch up in a 2-hour session and he got an A! We are continuing to use Monica to prep for the SAT. My son likes her very much and I am impressed by her professionalism and warm personality. We are glad we found her!

ScoreBeyond Tutoring
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Dino T.
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All of their staff is very responsive and amazing. I scheduled my sessions right away with great tutors who graduated from top universities. Also, it was so helpful to download their SAT UP app. After trying dozens of SAT prep apps, this one is my favorite so far. If you want to get higher points, this package is awesome and affordable for the value you get.

Angela Sun Consulting
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn Q.
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Working with Angela has helped me improve fundamental flaws in my learning and focus on long term goals. She's very knowledgeable and can help in almost anything school/college related, from the SAT/ACT to APs better studying habits.

Warwick Strategies
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Alex H.
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Bryce is a wizard when it comes to test prep. I hired him to help me improve my LSAT score and I was shocked at how quickly I was able to progress under his guidance. I’ve always been that guy who thinks “I’ve never been good at standardized tests, no matter what kind of help I get”. Working with Bryce turned that notion upside down. He showed me that the LSAT isn’t a labyrinth of mystery, but rather a puzzle that can be unlocked with the right tools. He was entirely right. Bryce utilizes a very easy-to-understand approach, breaking down each section and each question type into something concrete and understandable. His methods not only work when applied to the test, but he strives to make sure you understand them. Since the LSAT has patterns and attempts to use the same methods to trick you, many of my conversations with Bryce involved making sense of a certain style of question, understanding it commonsensically, and then realizing that it wasn’t all that difficult to arrive at the right answer once you removed the haziness of a foggy LSAT brain. We often used golf and other sports analogies to help make sense of the arguments. I found those analogies to be incredibly helpful because they put the LSAT into terms that I was already comfortable with. After working with Bryce, I improved my LSAT score by 8 points in a few months. But, besides a better LSAT score, I am really indebted to Bryce for helping me to think more clearly. Ultimately, Bryce’s method leads you to becoming supremely inconvincible, so that your brain will immediately spot flaws in arguments you see on TV, from your friends or family, or wherever else you find them. Now, I am naturally spotting holes in arguments and I am a much more inquisitive reader. These skills are phenomenal for the LSAT but will serve anyone well in law school too. I would highly recommend Bryce as an LSAT tutor!

Perfect Scorer Test Prep
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Shailendra S.
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SAT Tutoring prep 1:1 remote

Katrina D
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Alice B.
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Katrina helped me improve my ACT English score from a 30 to a 34 and my ACT science from a 30 to a 33! In only 3.5 hours of tutoring! She is a wonderful tutor!

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alexandra S.
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Joan is the best tutor ever. She is super nice. She is also very smart and good at explaining concepts. It was fun to work with her!

Jennifer
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Laura H.
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    Jennifer is an excellent tutor. Not only does she identify students' areas for improvement and hones in on them, she also helps them create skills that are transferrable to their schoolwork. Jennifer truly goes above and beyond! She is also much more affordable than most tutors in the Bay, which creates an incredible value.

    East Bay College Prep
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Sarah W.
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    Brian is a fantastic tutor! I really can't say enough good things about him. He is always well-prepared, thoughtful, and he really knows his stuff. He helped my daughter on the SAT so much. He really transformed the way she thought about and approached the test. He is an all around excellent tutor. He was never stumped by questions my daughter had. What impressed me the most about Brian is how knowledgeable he was on even the smallest grammar detail. I would highly recommend Brian to anyone looking to improve their SAT or ACT scores!

    Max L.
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    Alex helped me with my GMAT prep. He was very patient and good at figuring out a personalized strategy for me. I signed up for one of the well known programs but felt that I still needed an extra push. I highly recommend Alex as a tutor to test takers of any level.

    Don's Tutoring
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Cindy R.
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    My daughter started tutoring with Don for the ACT and she is very pleased. We are going to continue!

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    I provide academic tutoring to students in the areas of: * English * Spanish * Math * SAT/ACT I do tutoring up to a high school level.

    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I am a San Francisco East Bay based public school English educator and personal tutor, passionate about student growth. With over ten (10) years of experience in teaching and tutoring for grades 6-12 in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and the SAT reading and writing section, I continue to build upon the unique strengths of each student to reach new heights of academic achievement and personal growth.

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    I provide English and writing lessons from elementary through college. I also teach science, biology, chemistry, math, French, Spanish (elementary through college), study skills and test-taking, SAT, and other test preparation. I help students analyze problems and use inference and deduction for both reading and math. I teach math (up to trigonometry, algebra I and II) in a very conceptual way so they can generalize basics and apply to higher math. I start from where they are and help them fill in gaps, using inquiry, along Socratic lines, but also real world learning. Everything but the "discovery" method.

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    PrepPoint provides one-on-one, in-home preparation for: - SAT I - SAT II subject tests - PSAT - ACT - Other standardized tests Every student possesses unique strengths and weaknesses. One-on-one tutoring adapts to the student, emphasizing relevant content at the appropriate depth. Students also get cross-trained on literally dozens of invaluable test-taking tricks and pacing techniques while working with real test problems. PrepPoint's one-on-one tutoring is also ideal for students with busy schedules. It is quicker than a classroom course, takes place in your home, and can easily be scheduled around other commitments. With PrepPoint, you not only get results, you save time and money, too. For example, research indicates that PrepPoint's in-home SAT I prep achieves results comparable to those of Kaplan and Princeton Review classroom courses, but with a fraction of the time and cost. These remarkable results arise from PrepPoint's one-on-one interaction, flexible programs, and expert tutors, all of which ensure that you master what you need to know, and you don't waste your time on anything else. SAT and ACT preparation is offered with package pricing as well as with a la carte hourly rates. Please view our website for full package pricing information. Our tutors service the entire San Francisco Bay Area including Hillsborough, San Mateo, Foster City, Los Altos, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Berkeley, Piedmont, the 24 corridor (Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek), Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Castro Valley, Fremont, and Hayward.

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    Hello! I am a Northwestern University graduate who has an experience working at one of the major SAT prep/college counseling businesses in the Bay Area. Please contact me and we can work together to achieve your goal!

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    Very rewarding teaching study habits, test taking strategies, critical and creative thinking and honing these skills. With patience and the ability to explain complex thought in different ways, students quickly master the College Boards.

    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.

    How long does the ACT take?

    Total time for the ACT is 2 hours and 55 minutes. If students elect to do the optional writing section, the ACT will be 3 hours and 35 minutes. The ACT college entrance exam has multiple sections. The students receive a set amount of time for each section, within which they complete as much of that category as possible before they must stop. For each timed section, there is a five-minute warning before time is up. There is a 10-minute break between the math and reading sections. When tutors coach students in ACT prep, they can provide timed runs to simulate the experience of taking the different subject matter tests. As part of ACT prep, it’s important to take the entire exam at least once as a practice run. Here is a breakdown of timing and number of questions for each section.

    • ACT English test: 45 minutes for 75 questions that test students’ understanding of standard English rules, production of writing, and vocabulary.
    • ACT mathematics test: 60 minutes for 60 questions that test students’ understanding of math skills up to the start of senior year of high school.  
    • Ten-minute break.
    • ACT reading test: 35 minutes for 40 questions that measure students’ reading comprehension.
    • ACT science test: 35 minutes for 40 questions that measure students’ understanding and problem-solving skills in the realm of natural sciences.
    • ACT writing test: 40-minute written essay that will measure students' writing skills.

     

    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.

    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.

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