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  • 16 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ghulam J.
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Before I, the student, began working with Jeremy, I was having little to no improvement in consecutive SAT exams. I was having so much trouble trying to figure out the proper way to study, in how I could improve myself and jump into the 1500s which was my goal. However, I was leveling out at about the high 1300s, with a loss on what to do. Kaplan Test Prep did not help much, as they provided often passive learning strategies, and failed to really help the student with effective, real-working strategies. Jeremy Fine knows the ins and the outs of not only the SAT but the ACT as well. His vast knowledge about the exams, combined with his professionalism in them and in colleges globally (college prep as well), made him the perfect tutor that ultimately improved my test score by more than 100 points in the span of 5 weeks! The strategies that he gave me, and the vigor that he gave every motivating speech with, really helped me learn how to tackle every single question. I would recommend Jeremy to anybody who really wants to improve with a passion. Obviously, Jeremy is not a miracle maker, who can automatically increase a score by hundreds without the student doing any work. I worked very hard, and Jeremy takes that very seriously. But coming from a kid who finds standardized testing almost impossible, he really seemed like a magician to me.

The Math Doctor
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Diane M.
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My son has his confidence back thanks to Peter. My son did well in math through 5th grade. He did poorly each quarter in Math in 6th despite having adequate standardized test scores. Peter reviews Math in a positive and fun way. I am confident my son will do much better in 7th Grade. He is even hoping to advance to the next level. Thanks Peter.

Lyceum Tutoring
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Mary Beth M.
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Josh is a great tutor. He helped my daughter with math and SAT prep. Very reliable and highly recommended .

Fairfield County Test Prep.
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline P.
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My son's overall score increased by 4 points from a 28 to a 32 after John worked with him. He felt confident and very well prepared going into his ACT. The study and test taking skills he learned were are directly applicable to the test, and his pre-test checklist was an excellent planning aid. I highly recommend John to any student who's committed to successfully improving ACT performance. Caroline P. Westport,CT

  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Leo C.
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Excellent test prep, college consulting, and personal essay help. My college acceptances and generous scholarship awards would not have been possible without all your help. Thank you!

Beth's Math Tutoring
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Dennis N.
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Beth has been an excellent fit for our 11th grader. As midterms approached last year, he was falling further and further behind in math. On the first test he took after one session with Beth he received a 92! She was very reliable, coming every week right on time. Our son seemed to enjoy the sessions, and by the end of the year, instead of groaning about homework he actually likes math now. His confidence has improved in every subject, and his grade in math is currently a B+, up from a D in the middle of last year. I would pay double her charge to be guaranteed the results she delivers.

Jeremy Funke, Private Tutor
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Marcy P.
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Jer is an all around great tutor. The range of subjects he can help with is truly amazing. We hired him to help with standardized testing, AP Statistics and AP Calculus. He has a great demeanor, he is well prepared for lessons, and he is really able to explain concepts very well which is the key. I highly recommend him!

Fields Private Tutoring
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah T.
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T. Fields was great! My son decided last minute to take the June SAT after his May SAT score wasn’t what he had hoped. He had about 8 days to prep. Tristan responded right away & was willing to work with what we wanted. No set minimum of sessions, no sales pitch. My son met with him 3 times, and Tristan’s knowledge of the test was impressive! He has such insight, tips & targeted help- the one on one with Tristan honestly blew the other group prep classes away! My son took the SAT again & was confident he improved his score. He was able to use the strategy Tristan taught him, and felt prepared in the math section. We won’t get the scores until July 11.... But we are feeling hopeful! Stay tuned. Tristan was kind, polite, professional & again, his in depth knowledge of the SAT is invaluable. S.T in CT

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Fiona E.
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Yekaterina is lovely. She is always prompt and is helping my daughter tremendously with her math and science portions of the a c t test.

Math, SAT & ACT Tutoring
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa G.
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Laura was so great. Our 9th grader needed last minute help prepping for a Geometry midterm. Laura was super-responsive and engaged, and made time for us the day after we posted our Thumbtack ad. She was able to work through all of the prep packet in a way that made it MUCH clearer than our daughter's teacher had. We are so grateful.

Math Tutor
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Liora F.
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Ken Cyprus was my math tutor from eighth grade to senior year of high school. While all other subjects came easily to me, math was a difficult subject for me, and it was holding me back from having the high GPA I could have. With Ken's tutoring, I was always the highest performing student in my math class and never worried about my GPA being impacted by math again. Throughout the years, certain math teaching styles wouldn't work for me, and I struggled with the material, but Ken never let me give up. He worked not only on my math aptitude but also my confidence and I became a more engaged math student. Ken would give me test problems, help me study, and create material catered to my specific weaknesses so that by the time a test came, I could do it on my own. He was also able to help me score higher than I ever thought I could on the SAT. Now, as I go into my senior year of Barnard College and am getting ready to graduate with both a degree from an Ivy League institution and that of an elite liberal arts college, I look back with immense gratitude for Ken. I couldn't have gotten here without him.

Linear Learning Company
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 16 years in business
Kendall T.
Verified review

I was a part of a small SAT prep group and one of the most helpful things that we did was work on problems together. Often SAT prep and the like are very solitary learning experiences but learning in a group setting made it much easier to understand

Markee Prep
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kerry K.
Verified review

Linda has been such a wonderful teacher to my both of my daughters! She really helps them to understand their SAT studies and improve their scores. We are very thankful for Linda's help and highly recommend her tutoring services!!! Thanks Linda!!

Taylored Tutoring
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Patricia O.
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James tutored my daughter for the SAT as well as the SAT math level II subject test. He is very knowledgeable of the subject matter as well as of the necessary strategies to tackle these tests with positive outcomes. My daughter was very happy with his tutoring style and felt confident on test day.

Markee Prep
5.0
from 1 review
  • 12 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon F.
Verified review

Excellent. Linda is dedicated, knowledgable, very qualified. I will continue with Linda for all 4 of my children. She goes above and beyond the call of duty. Even checking in with students to wish them Luck and remind them to stay focused and practice. Excellent, I will recommend her highly.

Realmrbanks
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Donna K.
Verified review

Bill helped to unlock the puzzle of the SAT exam for my daughter. She learned so much in such a short time and felt confident both walking into the test and walking out. Thank you!

About

Ivy Bound offers SAT and ACT tutoring, resources, tests, and preparation courses to help high school students. She also gives free seminars. With Ivy Bound Test Prep, last year's diligent students reported a 171.1-point increase (math and critical reading) over a previous SAT or PSAT. As a learner at Ivy Bound Test Prep, you will be able to do the following: * Learn from instructors who take the ACT, SAT, and SAT II regularly * Have your choice of classroom, private, or semi-private tutoring * Use actual SAT questions when you prep * Get easy access to free practice SAT tests * Learn from tutors who teach with the clarity, enthusiasm, empathy, and test knowledge needed to assist you to significantly improve your scores

About

I am NYS certified teacher with over 20 years of public school teaching experience. I can help you and your child feel more at ease with the common core standards and give you a greater understanding of the expectations. Instilling reading strategies designed to increase fluency and comprehension is an area of strength for me. I am also adept at helping students grasp math concepts and apply those concepts to problem solving. Additionally, I have been trained in EnVision Math and Wilson Fundations. I also have experience in preparing students for standardized tests including the PSAT and SAT. As a teacher in collaborative classrooms, I've had a great deal of success working with special needs children. It would be my pleasure to work with you and your child to ensure a successful school year.

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Interventions for exceptional students, ages 8 through adult, their families, and their teachers ...or those just seeking exceptional assistance. Educational services offered: * Academic Support: -- Mathematics (arithmetic through differential equations) -- Science (all middle & high school sciences, through first year collegiate biology & chemistry, and second year collegiate physics) -- Writing & Reading Comprehension * Standardized Test Prep (including the SAT I & II, ACT, most AP math & science exams, NY & CT state testing, and professional post-college exams like Praxis, LSAT, GRE) * Remediation * Enrichment * Study, Classroom, and Collegiate Learning Skills (including self-advocacy and planning) * Advocacy & Communication Assistance (helping you help your child) * Personalized Homeschool Curriculum * Workshops for Parents and Educators * Consultations with Psychologists (re: placement and IEP recommendations) Location is flexible. It can be done in your home, your school (with the school's explicit permission), a local library or cafe, etc. I also offer virtual tutoring (using webcams, internet-linked computers, scanners or just phone cameras, and free programs) as a great additional option for test prep, tutoring in subjects other than math, or emergency help. I hold a B.A. in Mathematics with a Physics minor, and Master of Science degrees in Mathematics Education and in Teaching Students with Disabilities, in middle childhood and adolescence, including graduate coursework in neuropsychology. I hold the following teaching certifications: * Mathematics, gr. 7-12, permanent certification (NY) * Mathematics, gr. 5-6, permanent certification extension (NY) * Students with Disabilities, specializing in Math, gr. 7-12, professional certification (NY) * Students with Disabilities, specializing in Math, gr. 5-9, professional certification (NY) * Mathematics, gr. 7-12, advanced professional certification (MD) * Gen. Special Education, 6-adult, advanced professional certification (MD) (Connecticut certifications pending in mathematics gr. 7-12 & 4-8, and comprehensive special education)

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Academic tutoring, executive functioning, and test prep services (including ACT and SAT)for students of all ages and needs

About

Excel on the SAT test! Valley College Prep knows what students need to know, and how to help them succeed. Valley College Prep will join forces with you to help your student do his or her best on the SAT test. Best of all, we've designed our course for today's computer-savvy student. Interact in our live, one-on-one course right from the convenience of your own computer. That means: * NO wasting money on gas to drive to your tutor * NO strangers tutoring in your home * NO long, boring classroom courses * NO expensive books to purchase * NO long-term commitment * NO hassle * NO risk

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.

How do I prepare for the GMAT?

If you’re thinking of enrolling in graduate school to earn your MBA, it’s time to start thinking about preparing for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Working with a GMAT tutor is for many people a wise investment to help you strengthen the academic areas you may be weak in and improving your overall test score. A GMAT prep tutor should teach you not only the kind of information you need to know for the test, but the best test-taking strategies. The GMAT tests you on four categories: quantitative, verbal, integrated reasoning, and an analytical writing assessment. Cramming is probably not going to give you good results for this standardized test; give yourself between two and six months to prepare, focusing on your most challenging areas first. Successful GMAT prep means planning ahead and studying thoroughly. Those students who reported studying under 75 hours were more likely to score 400 or lower on the test, while students who studied 121 hours or more were more likely to score 700 or higher on the test. Hiring a GMAT prep tutor can range in price from under $50 to over $200 per hour.

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.

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.

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