SAT, ACT Specialist; College Apps; Macalester Grad
SAT, ACT Specialist; College Apps; Macalester Grad

SAT, ACT Specialist; College Apps; Macalester Grad

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Introduction: Hello! I'm Abby. I have been working as a professional tutor for over six years. With experience in tutoring anything from reading and comprehension to the SAT and ACT, I enjoy helping students of all ages reach their full potentials. I work with a team of awesome tutors like me, and together we specialize in all areas of college prep: ACT, SAT, essay writing, college applications, and college consulting. By working with us you will receive high-quality, one-on-one tutoring services from experienced professionals. We help ensure that students are fully prepared for all things college prep. Our goal is to help students reach their own unique post-secondary education goals, so tutoring methods and strategies are individualized with your goals in mind. Whether you have three weeks to prepare for the SAT or plan to take the ACT in six months and want to get a jump start on your preparation, we'll craft the perfect plan for you, your goals, and your timeline. NO-RISK FIRST SESSION GUARANTEE: 100% money back if you aren't happy after your first tutoring session Ask about tutoring packages and pricing ----- MORE ABOUT ABBY Currently, most of my tutoring focuses on ACT and SAT preparation and essay writing, but I also have three years of corporate experience tutoring students in literacy and reading comprehension at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, a prestigious learning center. Feel free to reach out at any time - I'm always accepting new students, and I do my best to be very responsive to all requests. I hope to hear from you soon! -Abby Purfeerst, Founder The Prepared Student

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Alvaro F.

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My daughter enjoys working and getting ready for her ACT/SAT tests this fall with her tutor, Abby. She is friendly, knowledgable and has a knack for getting Camila, my daughter, to believe in herself. Abby achieves this without creating undue pressure on her while tapping into knowledge Camila already has but over time has forgotten -- information she already possesses and understands. I believe Camila will be better in her test-taking skills because of her work with Abby.
Jul 24, 2021
Devang P.

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My daughter had a great experience with Abby. Because of multiple ACT cancellation my daughter could not give test but we were happy with coaching provided by Abby.
Jan 7, 2021
Dawn H.

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Abby is amazing! Our daughter sees Abby for ACT tutoring and has enjoyed working with her. Abby responds back to me with a very detailed description of their session together along with her thoughts on how our daughter is doing. Abby’s fees are very reasonable and she is always quick to respond to any messages I send her way. I will definitely recommend her to any who is in need of tutoring!
Jul 24, 2021
Lucy R.

I have been working with The Prepared Student for five months on ACT prep and college essays. My ACT score has gone up a large amount in the time I've been working on it with them and the tips and feedback I'm getting on my essay ideas and drafts are very helpful.
Aug 13, 2020
Kaylee N.

My experience was fantastic. She really helped me view the problems in a way that would help me do well on the SAT. The tips and tricks on what to do for each section helped me tremendously and think of questions in ways I wouldn’t have thought of.
Jun 7, 2021
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Abby Purfeerst


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Rates - Some students prefer one-hour lessons, while others prefer a more in-depth two-hour session. There are no hidden fees, and the hourly rate includes all materials used during lessons, as well as. additional practice homework for the student to complete between sessions. Payments - We email an invoice after each completed sessions which can be paid via credit card. We offer a first session money-back guarantee, so if a student is not happy with how their first session with our team goes, we will not charge for that session. Session Notes - Each invoice will include a brief summary of the session and the tutor's comments on the student's progress and work completed. Session notes are shared with you to ensure that you are kept informed of your student’s work and progress. Cancellation Policy - We ask for at least 6 hours notice before cancelling or rescheduling a session. If a session is cancelled less than 6 hours before the session is to occur, we may charge for the full session. Materials - Our tutor will provide all of the practice material to be used during sessions and as independent student homework between sessions. Students are encouraged to have the calculator that they plan to use on test day ready for use during sessions. Other than this, our expert tutor will provide all of the materials needed.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Our new client process begins by first communicating with you to make sure that we gather all of the necessary background information to make sure that we can help your student. This includes not only information about your student's previous ACT and SAT scores, but also information regarding your student's overall academic experience, goals, and more. We then place your student with a specific tutor from our team based on what your student's weakest areas are and his/her goals. Your student will then work with our expert tutor for the recommended timeframe leading up to test day. Parents can communicate directly with the assigned tutor to get information on student progress and to schedule sessions.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Our founder, Abby, worked as a professional tutor at Lindamood-Bell Learning Process in Edina, Minnesota while obtaining her Bachelor's degree from Macalester College, an academically rigorous college in St. Paul, Minnesota. During her time as a professional tutor, Abby enjoyed helping students meet their education goals as they related specifically to literacy and reading comprehension, as well as college test prep and essay writing. Later, Abby began freelance tutoring as an ACT tutor throughout the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Abby achieved a perfect score on the English section of the ACT while in high school, as well as high scores on all other sections of the exam. She found that this level of knowledge combined with her teaching experience and abilities proved effective in assisting students preparing for the ACT exam. As The Prepared Student has grown, Abby has recruited other young adults with similar backgrounds to work one-on-one with students preparing for the ACT and SAT exams, as well as the transition to college. All of The Prepared Student's expert tutors have obtained or are in the midst of obtaining degrees from prestigious colleges and universities throughout the Twin Cities. Some even hold Master's degrees and Ph.D's.

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