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Go Figure Tutoring
from 15 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Kia S.
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I would recommend Debbie as a tutor for multiple reasons. She helped me prepare for the ACT in a few short sessions. She had a solution to a every problem I faced; she was very strategic. I learned strategies I had never heard of. Debbie is also a very positive and enthusiastic tutor, which helped to decrease the stress of the test. She did more than she needed to. She was a very understanding and flexible tutor. For example, she looked over tests that I took and assessed what/how I could have done better, but even more, what I did not understand. Overall, Debbie is a very enjoyable, kind, and well prepared tutor to work with.

DH Private Tutoring
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Dan M.
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Daniel did an amazing job with my son's ACT. For my son's first practice ACT test, he got a 13. He was historically poor in test-taking and math. We signed up with Daniel for twenty 2-hour sessions over a semester. After all of the tutoring, my son scored a 20 on his ACT test! Incredible.

Arbor Tutors - MN
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Isabelle B.
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Recommended for students who want to get great SAT and ACT scores.

Great Goals ACT Prep
from 11 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Michael V.
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great act prep, definitely worth the time.

TwinCities Tutoring
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Marcus S.
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Excellent Test Prep Thomas did a great job of preparing me for the MCAs in both reading and math. The strategies he explained made a lot of sense, and taking the test just felt easier than it had before. I was much more confident after he helped me prepare.

Viking Tutors
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon S.
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Viking set me up with Samantha who helped my daughter prepare for the ACT. It was hard to find at time to meet with her at first because of her busy schedule but she did a great job. Very smart.

Math, ACT & SAT Tutoring
from 5 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Cassandra C.
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Laura rocked it today with helping me through my fears with College Algebra. She remained patient, encouraging and stayed with me all the way. Very grateful Thumbtack helped me find her!

Tyler Jermann
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kathryn M.
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After taking the ACT for the 1st time, I knew I needed a tutor to get me to the next level in my scores. I found Tyler through Thumbtack and worked with him for 2 months before my 2nd attempt. I am so thankful to have had him help me score 6 points higher. He was a great hire - personable, professional, patient.

Sarah Bassett
from 2 reviews
    Anna P.
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    Sarah did a great job preparing a meal for me. I needed a dinner for 6 people on a weekend trip and hired Sarah to prepare the meal in advance for me since I didn't have the time. I told Sarah what I wanted (lasagna and salad) and she took care of groceries, prep, and packaged everything up with very clear, simple baking instructions. We communicated quickly and clearly so I was sure of what I was getting. She even was thoughtful enough to prepare a single serving of a gluten-free pasta dinner for friend and included a generous bag of chocolates! Six hungry skiers were very pleased with the delicious and easy meal, I would definitely endorse Sarah's cooking skills.

    • 19 years in business
    Suzanne V.
    Verified review

    I don’t often repost Facebook posts, but almost every time Yellow Parachute/Cara posts it is applicable and spot on. Additionally, Yellow Parachute helped my kids improve their ACT scores significantly. I found it fascinating that instead of a one size fits all approach, they tutored all 3 of my kids differently according to their learning styles. And the largest compliment to Yellow Parachute is that our son is now tutoring other children as he was so positively impacted by Yellow Parachute!

    Mathematics Tutor
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Kenneth H.
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    If you are looking for a Calculus or Physics tutor Alex without a doubt is the person to use. I had been spending two hours a night with my daughter and she was meeting with her teacher before and after school to no avail. She was flunking AP Calculus and their was only 4 weeks left in the class. I hired Alex in panic mode. She had two unit exams and a final left to bring her grade up. In four short weeks Alex brought her grade up from an E to a C and she got a B on the final. There is no way my daughter would have passed the class if it had not been for Alex. Alex instilled her with the confidence that she could learn the material and would be successful. That she would be able to learn the Calculus and Physics that she needs to pursue her goal of a career in Marine Biology. Alex has helped keep the dream alive in my daughter and I will forever be grateful for that. When I listened to Alex interact with my daughter during the sessions his love of teaching, genuine desire to help my daughter and ability to connect with her in a fun and productive way was way beyond any of the other tutors I have ever used. As far as responsiveness, Alex rose to the challenge and juggled his schedule. He worked around my daughters cross country meet schedule and other commitments while also making sure he was able to meet with her the night before each exam to help her with final prep for them. He met with her two to three times a week when it worked for her to make sure she passed the class. My daughter has dyslexia which creates unique challenges particularly in math. She tends to look at problems and get to solutions in different ways then most people would. Alex took the time to make sure he understood how my daughter was looking at problems and would adjust the way he approached the solution to match her problem solving style rather than trying to force her to solve the problem using the standard textbook solution guide. Alex made the sessions productive but also fun. I would hear them joke and make light of errors. My daughter also used Alex the following term for her Honors Physics class with the same results. Alex took the time to drive to my daughters school to meet with her physics teacher. He reviewed the curriculum and her tests to see what areas my daughter was struggling with which helped him fine tune his tutoring time with my daughter. You will be extremely pleased with Alex.


    Are you looking for an experienced, results-oriented Test Prep Tutor? You've come to the right place! Since 1997, I have been enjoying tutoring students of all ages and abilities in a wide range of subjects, specializing in standardized test prep. I am very patient and can help you develop the skills necessary to reach your goals. Tutoring is held in my Richfield home tutoring center. Sessions are typically 2 hours for test prep and customized to fit your needs. Group sessions are also available for a special rate: standard rate for the first student, half rate for each additional student. TUTORING STYLE: Students of any age will benefit from my diverse tutoring experiences, wide range of subject knowledge, and ability to customize tutoring sessions to meet unique needs. To help make your experience enjoyable as well as productive, I employ a variety of strategies and resources. My students report they find me friendly, motivating, and non-judgmental. PARENT TESTIMONIALS: "I'd had an upset stomach all morning - and sweating and worrying and afraid to check [my son's] recent [ACT] test score. I finally got up the courage to go online and get an early report. I was overjoyed - tears streaming down my face. I cannot tell you how happy, relieved, excited, etc....I am. I called my husband to tell him and he was going to text [our son] to let him know. He will be so excited! Thank you, thank you - a million thank yous. (and a big hug) You are the best!" Julie, parent of 11th grader (ACT exam prep) "[My son] got his ACT scores back and got a 33. We were all very happy. Those couple of points will really help him with the top tier schools he wants to apply to. We all agree the increase would not have been possible without the tutoring ... We really appreciate all the help. I am sure you will see us in 3 more years when my younger son starts preparing for the ACT." Elizabeth, parent of 11th grader (ACT exam prep) "[My son] was very impressed with the session today and thinks that you are a great tutor. It was the first time I've seen him confident about preparing for an exam. Thank you so much! ... Thanks again for working so well with my son." (and later ...) "I can't thank you enough for all that you did to help him achieve a qualifying score to join [the U.S. Marine Corps]. It would not have happened without you." Frank, parent of young adult (ASVAB exam prep) "I just wanted [to] say thanks for tutoring [our daughter]. She had nothing but good things to say about you, and appreciated your understanding just how busy her schedule is! We are also really pleased with the results ... she can cast her net more widely and entertain other options, something that her father and I are really happy about." Jeane, parent of 11th grader (ACT exam prep) "You are amazing!!!! I can't begin to thank you and when [my son] sees this [his edited personal statement] tomorrow, he will be so totally grateful. Wow!!! You so concisely organized all thoughts and it reads a TON better. Thank you again and I am sure you will hear from me again." Jane, parent of young adult (GRE, personal statement, resume) "[My son] got a lot out of the session today and was very pumped up on the way home. It's very nice to be reminded that you can learn new concepts if someone has the time and patience to work with you! ... Thanks again for everything, are our oasis in the dessert!" (and later ...) "I am so proud of [my son] these past few weeks ... I know this is helping him find his inner strength. I don't want to sound like a broken record, but I sure do appreciate what you're doing!" (and still later ...) "Your help has been invaluable and enabled [my son] not only to get caught up ... but also to actually grasp the concepts! JANA, YOU HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL! Please know that I will heartily recommend your services whenever I have the opportunity to do so." Kevin, parent of 11th grader (Algebra 2) TUTORING HIGHLIGHTS: - Individualized sessions - Flexible scheduling - Prompt replies to e-mails - A tutor who loves teaching others what they want to know! TUTORING EXPERTISE: - Standardized exams, college- and career-entrance exams - College admissions essay, personal statements, resume writing - Special needs, ADHD, Asperger's, cognitive processing challenges - K-12, college coursework, term papers, corporate training TUTOR CREDENTIALS: - Professional tutor, since 1997 - Master's degree: Information Science, 3.9 GPA - Manuscript evaluator for Barron's: ACT, GMAT, GED manuals - Essay scorer for Pearson Education - Certified Test Administrator: Evaluation of Basic Skills - Certified Project Management Professional


    We provide high-level academic coaching services that take standard tutoring and test prep to the next level. All students are treated as unique individuals who need holistic support. Mentoring, coaching, tutoring, and motivating are all relevant when maximizing the performance of a student. Providing regular updates to parents may also be necessary. Choose GK Academy and experience the difference. We work with ACT, SAT, GRE, and more.


    We offer one-on-one ACT prep tutoring as well as an ACT prep seminar series class which is a comprehensive 24-hour class, where the student/teacher ratio is 8 to 1. We also tutor for reading, math, writing and study skills for kindergarten through adults. Our personalized approach sets us apart from what other tutors are capable or willing to offer. Whether you need to catch up, keep up or get ahead, Sylvan can help.


    I tutor in both ACT and SAT, most school subjects and languages too! I have a BS degree in neuroscience and Spanish, and I'm fluent in Spanish, English and Arabic.


    I am about to graduate from the U of M with a B.S. in Biochemistry. I am especially knowledgeable when it comes to standardized tests. I offer one-on-one tutoring services to anyone taking (or retaking) the ACT, SAT or PSAT. I have tutored several people who were retaking the ACT, and every one of them saw an increase in their ACT scores. In addition, I am also a teaching assistant for an undergraduate Biochemistry course at the U.


    If you want to ace the GMAT, SAT or ACT, you've come to the right place. We specialize in prep courses here at Ace Prep. Whether you need online practice and review, or looking for a tutor to help you through the prep classes or material that survey every topic, or just need someone to answer your questions, Ace Prep has the solution for you. All of our instructors are proven achievers and licensed teachers. Our automated review questions will provide you with practice tests adapted from real GMATs, ACTs and SATs, and because our system is randomized, you can take as many practice tests as needed. The Ace Prep system can generate an unlimited number of new questions. Sign up now for an ACT prep course or GMAT prep course near you or get started right away with an online course."

    • 4 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack

    With over a decade of teaching and test prep experience, I diagnose learning needs and help students move towards achieving their goals. I help students understand time management, ACT tricks and tips, and strategies to meet or exceed target scores. Most students who work with me increase an average of 3-5 points on their score.

    Q & A

    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.

    How long does the ACT take?

    Total time for the ACT is 2 hours and 55 minutes. If students elect to do the optional writing section, the ACT will be 3 hours and 35 minutes. The ACT college entrance exam has multiple sections. The students receive a set amount of time for each section, within which they complete as much of that category as possible before they must stop. For each timed section, there is a five-minute warning before time is up. There is a 10-minute break between the math and reading sections. When tutors coach students in ACT prep, they can provide timed runs to simulate the experience of taking the different subject matter tests. As part of ACT prep, it’s important to take the entire exam at least once as a practice run. Here is a breakdown of timing and number of questions for each section.

    • ACT English test: 45 minutes for 75 questions that test students’ understanding of standard English rules, production of writing, and vocabulary.
    • ACT mathematics test: 60 minutes for 60 questions that test students’ understanding of math skills up to the start of senior year of high school.  
    • Ten-minute break.
    • ACT reading test: 35 minutes for 40 questions that measure students’ reading comprehension.
    • ACT science test: 35 minutes for 40 questions that measure students’ understanding and problem-solving skills in the realm of natural sciences.
    • ACT writing test: 40-minute written essay that will measure students' writing skills.


    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.

    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.

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