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James's Tutoring
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Pablo E.
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James is a great tutor! He really was able to help me with almost anything. If he doesn't know some material that you need help with, he will research and study the material to be able to help you! He is a very smart and patient person. James really helps you understand concepts that may be hard to understand because he is an easy person to understand. Highly recommend having James as your tutor!

Abernathy Tutoring
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Katie T.
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I would give Aaron many more stars if I could! He was SO helpful getting me stay motivated for the GRE, which was difficult since I hate standardized testing with a passion. With his tutoring magic, I learned a ton and got a much higher score than I had attained studying by myself. Aaron is not judgmental at all no matter what level you are at and I actually looked forward to our study sessions. His prices are more than reasonable considering his preparation and teaching abilities. I would recommend him to anyone looking to improve their test scores! Thank you, Aaron!

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This is one of the first things customers see about your business. I love to help students in there subjects! I tutor all areas.

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HI!! :) I really like students with good energy and auoras. I like to connect with my students so they can improve their scores.

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Tutor Blast carefully handpicks, mentors and trains the best university students and graduates as our tutors. We have slowly grown over several years and perfected our system to give you the best results possible. We strive to help every student be successful.

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I am a honor student at the University of Missouri majoring in Dietetics. I love helping people with schoolwork, and I also teach tennis.

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I provide an individualized general tutoring service for people from elementary school through college and adult ages. I have tutored elementary school math and reading, and I particularly love middle school reading, language arts, and math. I am credentialed to teach English as a second language. I have degrees in biology and chemistry. I can help with GED and TOEFL preparation. I have educated six sons and various others at home through high school graduation and acceptance to universities. Get in touch, so we can individualize a program of study that will help you. I will work online if you are too far away.

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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.

When should you start preparing for the SAT?

It’s never too early to start preparing for college entrance exams, but professional tutors recommend a baseline of at least three months before the test. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is the gold standard for college admissions, and SAT prep is important for doing well. Your child’s SAT scores will have a major effect on which colleges send acceptance letters. Professional tutors can work with your kids to coach them on how to take the SAT, as well as studying the actual academic content. Doing well on the SAT is as much about knowing the right test-taking strategies as about having a firm grasp of the subject matter.

To understand your student’s readiness for the SAT, they can take the pre-SAT (PSAT) starting in their sophomore year. SAT prep can be structured around the student’s PSAT scores, so tutors can address any challenges and weak subject areas. If your child has their sights set on an Ivy League or elite school, SAT prep with a tutor or study program should start at least six months before the test. Vocabulary is a key element of the student’s SAT preparation and success. The national average rate for SAT prep tutoring is $70 per hour.

What is in the SAT test?

As your child is preparing for the SAT, it’s helpful to know the specifics of the test. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is made up of three main categories and one optional essay. Students have a total of three hours to take the test, with an additional 50 minutes for the optional essay. In total, there are 154 questions. During SAT prep, it’s helpful to take timed practice exams to understand how you’ll do during the actual test. Here is a brief overview of each of the four categories:

  • Reading: 65 minutes with 52 questions. The Reading test measures command of evidence, words in context, analysis in history and social studies, and analysis in science.
  • Writing and Language: 35 minutes with 44 questions. The Writing and Language test covers the same topics as Reading, as well as expression of ideas and standard English conventions.
  • Math: 80 minutes with 58 questions. The Math test looks at the student’s understanding of algebra, problem-solving and data analysis, and advanced math in the context of fluency, conceptual understanding, and applications.
  • Essay (optional): 50 minutes with 1 essay. The essay will demonstrate the student’s competency with writing, analysis and reading.
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