Lisa Kay College Test Prep and Counseling

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  • Seryna M.

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    Lisa was able to work around my schedule, and she was extremly helpful. She is great to work with!

    Mar 29, 2017Verified
  • Diane B.

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    She provided all the materials needed and she provided the information needed to use the materials. She clearly explained the things that I got wrong and why. I never found myself wanting to quit.

    Nov 2, 2016Verified

About this pro

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

Years in business

13

Times hired on Thumbtack

17

Number of employees

2
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Q & A

  • 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.
Coverage Area for Lisa Kay College Test Prep and Counseling is about 30+ miles of Hingham, MA.