Lisa Kay College Test Prep and Counseling

Hingham, MA

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How does your service stand out?

Since 2005, I have helped students fulfill their dreams of attending college, by tutoring the SAT as a standalone service, or as part of a complete college counseling service. Students who contact me like that I study the SAT, attend all courses and seminars delivered by the College Board to ensure that I know the latest and greatest changes and policies. I am an Ivy grad who scored 1570 on her May 2016 SAT. All of my students have raised their scores significantly from either their first SAT, their PSAT, or their first official practice SAT. We set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely) goals to reach your full potential. By doing so, you can achieve more than you might have thought. And because your tutoring is yours alone, we concentrate on those areas that need the most improvement, while ensuring that we don't neglect your stronger areas. I hold BA, MA and MBA degrees, in addition to College Counselor certification. I am a certified high school teacher and certified Curriculum and Course development professional. My career includes a stint as the Director of Corporate Education at a Fortune 50 company. Using the combination of pedagogy and andragogy is the fastest way to get you the results you're looking for. I study the SAT, attend courses and seminars at the College Board and write and test exercises and training so that you are mimicking as closely as possible, the way you will be tested on the SAT. I work with a team of writers who have all written questions for the past SATs. I, and the colleagues who help to create supplemental materials, are Ivy League or Little Ivy graduates who score well on the SAT and know how to teach.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The students. They are motivated, engaged, lively, inquisitive...everything that I enjoy in people!
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Hingham, MA 02043

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4 Reviews
  • Keri P. Feb 12, 2015
    We were recommended to use Lisa by a friend who raved about how Lisa helped her daughter get into the college she wanted. We were apprehensive to try remote tutoring via Skype instead of in person because we thought our son would have focus issues but it turned out to be the exact opposite. Lisa is an amazing tutor / teacher and really held our sons attention. From the time he started to the time he took his test his score went up over 200 points. We can't thank you enough.
  • Lizzy A. Nov 12, 2014
    I worked with Lisa 1x per week for 3 months via Skype and drastically improved my SAT scores by over 350 points. She challenges you but it's worth it!
  • Kelley W. Oct 11, 2013
    For the past year, I have worked with Ms. Lisa Kay on multiple subjects: studying for the SAT/ACT, and working on my college application essays. With her variety of tricks and strategies, I have developed skills to do well on these tests. Although I struggled with grasping certain subjects in the beginning, Lisa has been very patient and helped me understand why I got questions wrong versus how many questions I do. Sometimes, when I was frustrated with the practice test I took, she would always reply to my emails and calm me down, keeping me motivated and thinking more positively. Over the course of this year, she has helped build up my self esteem/confidence for test taking, and now I feel much more comfortable with the SAT/ACT. She is very rational and realistic: she always speaks the truth and will make sure that her students improve one way or another. Although her tutoring sessions are only once a week for about an hour each, she can be easily contacted via Skype, email, text, phone call, etc. I know for sure that whenever I have questions, she will always be there to help, and without her, I have no idea where I would be right now in the college process.
  • JB A. Aug 6, 2013
    We met with Lisa in person and decided to tutor via Skype. My daughter found Skype to be an excellent vehicle for tutoring! My daughter seemed to be much more focused, we didn't have to drive , and when my daughter had rehearsals, it was easy to reschedule using Skype. My daughter's score increased by almost 300 points, and I believe, made e difference in her being accepted at her first choice school. Lisa is effective, efficient and so laid back with kids, in general if my daughter's feedback is any indication. She developed immediate rapport and an excellent curriculum for my daughter, to build up her weaknesses. I highly recommend!


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am an active participant in College Board meetings, and am writing a book detailing my way of acing the test. In addition, I was an essay reader for the previous version of the SAT. I bring that skill to the current essay writing portion of the test. Although I never taught, I am a certified high school English teacher. I believe that it's important to know how to teach, not just how to take the SAT. Good scorers are not always the best teachers. It requires a certain set of skills to translate how you do something into how to teach others. I take the SAT at least once a year, and continue to practice the techniques I coach, as well as refine or create techniques. The tutors who work with me have been trained in the methodology and adapt it while working with each individual student.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Teachers had begun tutoring the children of my friends. Although teachers are wonderful people (I had been one myself) they are often ill equipped to tutor the standardized tests. They concentrate on English, Math and Creative Writing when students need to understand how standardized tests are created. They then need to create their strategy and tactics to obtain their best scores on the tests. Standardized tests can be "gamed" to use the current jargon, and most teachers just don't study the tests...they study the subjects. So, I decided to learn not just "my" part of the SAT (the essay) but how the rest of the test is constructed and therefore how to deconstruct it. The rest, as they say....
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with highly motivated students. You needn't be at the top of your class, you just need to be at the top of your game. Most all of my students have raised their scores higher than they ever expected. I have worked with students who have focus issues, students for whom English is not their first language, and students who have taken the SAT unsuccessfully. I work with students who need college counseling, with testing as part of the plan.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask for referrals from customers. I have a file of letters from customers who have been happy with the results we have achieved TOGETHER.