Lisa Kay-Boutique Test Coaching

Hingham, MA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

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.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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

Location

Hingham, MA 02043

Years in business

13

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

15

Reviews

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.
  • 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!

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am an active participant in Collegeboard meetings, and am writing a book detailing my way of acing the test. I take the SAT and the ACT once a year, and continue to see new patterns and indicators that are incorporated into these standardized tests. 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?
SAT, ACT and SSAT tutoring. College Counseling, beginning in, hold on to your hat, ninth grade! It's important that you know that you are on a strong college path, no matter what your college dream...community college, vocational college, Pac-10, Ivy, LAC, etc. I can help you to map out and meet you destination.
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.