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Arbor Tutors - MN
4.5
from 29 reviews
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Robee M.
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There is a reason why everybody trusts Arbor Tutors. I had to take the GRE after having taken the exam a couple of times before. Arbor hooked me up with a team of Tutors who were able to help assess my gaps and arrange a game plan so that I could be more effective the next time I took the exam.

Go Figure Tutoring
5.0
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.

Technical Tutors LLC
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rahul G.
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Finally, the school year is done. Phew…what a year it was for us. Our 7th grader(Going to 8th this fall), Shresht struggled for the first half of the year with Math. He used to get all stressed out and it was affecting his personality. And then we found this personal tutor Jon….Jon was a god sent. Jon has been a wonderful tutor and a great influence on Shresht. Shresht would look forward to meeting with Jon each week and work together on problem-solving….he helped him to start liking math. Shresht completed the school year with good grades and has decided to pursue the CBE based test-out this summer. So if all goes well, he should be doing Pre-Calc in 8th grade. We are very happy and wanted to put it out, just in case, this could help other kids/parents.

DH Private Tutoring
5.0
from 12 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.

Great Goals ACT Prep
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Joe K.
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ACT Test Prep

TwinCities Tutoring
5.0
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.

Math, ACT & SAT Tutoring
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa M.
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Laura has been working with my daughter since September and has done an EXCELLENT job! She is very easy to coordinate times with and flexible with last minute changes. She has helped my daughter to understand concepts and problems and has been an integral part of my daughter testing out of her Geometry class. I highly recommend Laura to anyone needing help in math. She is patient, skilled and able to "get through" to children to help them grasp the material.

Viking Tutors
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Chloe B.
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Viking Tutors is a well organized, efficient and highly effective tutoring service. I worked with a tutor weekly for my ACT test and it was personalized and educational- for less than the price of a class from Princeton Review or Kaplan! My tutor, Jess, was always punctual and extremely helpful. I really recommend this service to anyone!

Janelle Lauer
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Michele P.
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My daughter has always struggled with her confidence in math. Janelle is helping her tremendously. Test grades improved after just a couple sessions.

Sarah Bassett
5.0
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.

    Mathematics Tutor
    5.0
    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.

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    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.

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    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."

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    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, Jana...you 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

    About

    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.

    • 4 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    About

    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.

    How do you study for the SAT?

    Your SAT prep strategy can mean the difference between a great score and a mediocre score, as well as the difference between being accepted to or rejected by your school of choice. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is a college entrance exam that measures a student’s knowledge and understanding of what they have learned up to this point in school and what they need to succeed in college. In addition to arming students with the knowledge they need to excel in the math, reading and writing components of the test, SAT prep can help improve scores by teaching students crucial strategies for taking the test itself. Professional SAT prep tutors can work with students one-on-one or in group sessions. Typically, tutors recommend that students who are comfortable and caught up with their regular schooling begin SAT prep at least three months before the test. If you’re targeting an elite school, six months before the test is a good time to begin. Students who are behind in school are advised to start early to ensure they’re caught up and feeling confident in all the relevant subjects. Suggestions for long-term SAT prep include taking challenging high school courses, completing all homework assignments, preparing for class tests and quizzes, and participating in class by asking and answering questions. There are free SAT prep training tools online; for those who’d like a one-on-one tutor to take them to the next level, the national average rate is $70 per hour.

    How do I prepare for the GMAT?

    If you’re thinking of enrolling in graduate school to earn your MBA, it’s time to start thinking about preparing for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Working with a GMAT tutor is for many people a wise investment to help you strengthen the academic areas you may be weak in and improving your overall test score. A GMAT prep tutor should teach you not only the kind of information you need to know for the test, but the best test-taking strategies. The GMAT tests you on four categories: quantitative, verbal, integrated reasoning, and an analytical writing assessment. Cramming is probably not going to give you good results for this standardized test; give yourself between two and six months to prepare, focusing on your most challenging areas first. Successful GMAT prep means planning ahead and studying thoroughly. Those students who reported studying under 75 hours were more likely to score 400 or lower on the test, while students who studied 121 hours or more were more likely to score 700 or higher on the test. Hiring a GMAT prep tutor can range in price from under $50 to over $200 per hour.

    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 it take to prepare for the GMAT?

    Pros recommend planning to spend two to six months for GMAT prep. The test itself is only 3.5 hours long, but your score will have a major effect on what schools grant you admission. If you’d like to be considered for one of the top-tier schools, it’s recommended to score at least a 700. Your goals for your MBA can help drive your GMAT prep. GMAT tutors will guide your study plan and help analyze your strengths and weaknesses. GMAT tutors also offer professional guidance and insights on strategic GMAT test-taking. Avail yourself of free GMAT prep software that provides sample test questions for you to practice. The creators of the GMAT recommend creating a structured study plan detailing when you will study each day and what topics you will study during each session. Take into account what style of learning works best for you (solo study, one-on-one tutoring, group tutoring, study groups, prep courses) and proceed accordingly. The test is made up of these four categories, each with an allotted time:

    • Analytical writing assessment: 1 topic, 30 minutes.
    • Integrated reasoning: 12 questions, 30 minutes.
    • Quantitative: 37 questions, 75 minutes.
    • Verbal: 41 questions: 75 minutes.
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