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Aspire Coaching, LLC
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Trinidy J.
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Dr. Valk has a very flexible schedule which has been very helpful for our busy life. He has been such a positive influence on my son’s learning and his confidence in his math abilities have continued to thrive in his one-on-one tutoring setting. Additionally, Dr. Valk provides lesson feedback and notes to my son's teacher and is able to have a good line of communication with her. Our son finds his unique ability to explain the topics very clearly and ability to show different ways of solving the questions very helpful. Dr. Valk's communication to us and his teacher have been instrumental in helping our son progress in his math classes. He actually said, "mom, I'm starting to like math". This is big for a student who has always dread math class. We are so very pleased with the progress he's made.

Trevor Engman
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Kristen B.
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Trevor is tutoring my daughter in 9th grade geometry. She finds his teaching very easy to understand and has greater confidence going into tests. It's also very easy to reach him for schedule changes if necessary.

Boise's Best Tutor
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Emily S.
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Chema is a truly gifted tutor. I hired him to help me with my daughters 10th grade math class that she was struggling with and I was amazed at the improvement she rapidly made - even after only a few sessions with him. Her confidence grew so much I really saw how it made an impact on her other subjects as well in school. Chema is a highly professional teacher. He is trust worthy, great value for money and an all round nice person that children love and relate to. We first met Chema in the school he was teaching at and also got to encounter some of the other students he teaches Physics to and I was blown away how much the students just love him. Hire Chema for your tutoring needs, you will be so pleased you did!

Jontra Ltd.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Susan R.
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Herb has been tutoring our teenage son for the past two years. Our son lacked confidence in his math skills, but he earned a solid B in algebra last year and now in geometry thanks to Herb. In addition, our son enjoys the sessions. Herb is clear, methodical, and personable. He has given our son greater confidence and skills in math.

  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Monique V.
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Chris is awesome! He has been so helpful and patient in teaching me college algebra

Mathnasiums of Idaho
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Kersey H.
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Mathnasium is a phenomenal place! I am currently a senior at the University of Idaho and these guys were able to help me out with 400 level math classes! I had met with other private tutors who could not help me. Mathnasium is the reason I passed those classes! Thank you!

Mathnasium
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sarah R.
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Dan was an exemplary teacher at my school for two years. He taught our high school math courses to a diverse group of students in an engaging, understandable, and motivating way. The students and staff were sad to see him go. He is one of the best math teachers with whom I have had the pleasure of working. He is committed, professional, and passionate in all he does for students.

  • 6 years in business
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We tutor the following: * Math and Accounting * Algebra * Calculus * Stats * Probability * Nursing * Anatomy an Physiology * Computer Programming * HTML Basics

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As a tutor, I have gotten great feedback from both students and other tutors. One tutor listened as I was explaining key ideas from Moby Dick to a student. Afterwards, she said, "If I had had a teacher like that I would have enjoyed school more." I try to be encouraging and creative when I tutor. I include visuals, word pictures, analogies to explain concepts. I also am passionate about learning new things and love to see students succeed, and I think that gets communicated through my time with them. With writing, I love good stories. I have read a lot since I was a kid and have taught writing, graded writing, and fine tuned the way I think about writing over the years. For me, it's important to say something clearly, concisely, and in a memorable way. In short, to say it/write it well. Because communication is such a big part of the way we do relationships and business, I strive to learn every day and work hard to communicate my own ideas effectively and help others to do the same.

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Tutor Blast carefully handpicks, mentors and trains the best university students and graduates as our tutors. We have slowly grown over several years and perfected our system to give you the best results possible. We strive to help every student be successful.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Northgroup Tutoring provides educational assistance to students in grades K-12 and adults anywhere in the world 24/7. We provide convenient online sessions or engaging face-to-face tutoring at one of our facilities. Our service is ideal for military, homeschoolers, international students, student athletes and performers, health-impaired, gifted-talented students and those who want to increase or refresh their educational skills.

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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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