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Private Tutor
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Ramez H.
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Susan did an outstanding work with our son to prepare him for the test. She was very professional, knowledgeable, and skillful in her way to teach him. He did very well and we recommend her very highly.

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sophia G.
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My son is in 10th grade and a bright boy. However, with ACT tests coming up, we wanted him to reach his highest potential. Through the Chelsea International Getting Into The Ivys test prep program, my son has excelled so much so that he is up to go to Stanford. After doing 6 weeks of private tuition with Dr. Michelle, her patience, understanding and encouragement, has driven my son’s greatest results. He scored 34 on his first time taking the ACT and he had no prior ACT testing experience. I am so impressed and so thankful for the professional experience of Chelsea International.

ColPrep Tutoring, Inc.
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Meredith B.
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Over the last 4 years, Pat has advised our three sons -- starting with great referrals for tutoring and test prep -- through comprehensive college search roadmaps (her "College Ahead" seminar), essay support and application process organization, to navigating rejection/deferral/wait-list/acceptance response and follow-up. Pat's knowledge and experience in the high school and application environment, and personalized approach to helping students orchestrate has been well worth the investment for us. Working with Pat gave each of our sons positive ownership and responsibility for initiating the next phase of their education, and freed us up to support logistics and outcomes and enjoy the process. ColPrep has been GREAT for our family, and we intend to engage Pat with our daughter next year. I'd be delighted to speak with anyone considering working with ColPrep about our excellent experience!

M Howard Hyde
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Denise R.
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Howard worked with my daughter on the ACT. She had taken the test two times and never been able to get above 22 composite. After 7 weeks, she took the test one last time and raise her score to a 26 composite. She was so happy. She’s a good student in school, but doesn’t test well in timed situations. We continued to work with Howard on college essays and applications. Our family is very happy with the results.

Prolific Learning
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Brenda H.
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When I signed up I was not convinced that having an SAT coach would help me much since there seem to be all sorts of web advice apps and resources available. Brad was able to help guide me to the best tools and then push/encourage/nag me to stay focused in the final stages of preparation for the test. It was well worth it, and he clearly had my best interest in mind as he spent a lot of time learning my weak areas, how I learn best, then tailored a program to help me.

  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Mary M.
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My daughter needed some help with SAT prep, and Ms. Blaine was wonderful. She was able to help her identify what she was not understanding and provided effective strategies to conserve time while taking the test.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jeremiah T.
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Anna worked with my son to prep him for the new SAT this past spring. She worked with us to meet in a mutually convenient spot, and was always flexible with scheduling. Our son needed the most help with the essay, and Anna spent hours prepping him on how to brainstorm, organize, and write the essay on the SAT in such a short amount of time. She also helped him with the reading and writing sections by identifying his strengths and weaknesses, and helping him figure out the best strategy to beat the test. We will definitely be using Anna again to tutor in English next school year!

Mathnasium of Garner
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Christina S.
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My daughter has been going to Mathnasium for quite a while. She was really behind in math, she hated it, in fact. She was in 9th grade but working from a 4th grade level. Mr. King and his crew at Mathnasium of Garner were able to work with her 1 on 1 and she actually is working on grade level in grade 10 now, or Math 2 as they call it in HS. She is not afraid of math anymore, in fact she gets 100's on some of her tests and quizzes . I can't believe the difference. She goes willingly to tutoring, she likes math. I really can't say enough good things. There really is no price you can put on the changes I see in her improvement.

About

We offer one-on-one tutoring and test prep. We specialize in SAT and ACT, and also in any high school academic subject, including AP exams, study skills, organizational skills, SSAT, and ISEE. We also offer SAT classes in Raleigh and Durham. We use innovative and proven strategies to ensure scores go up. Get a 150-point improvement on your SAT, or your money back. We inspire success.

About

I am former teacher in science and a tutor for 4 years. I have taught high school biology, earth science, astronomy, and study skills while being a research advisor to high school students. I have taught and tutored all ages, from kindergarten to 12th grade. My experience includes being a kindergarten-through-third-grade teacher in math, science, and reading. I begin all tutoring relationships with a thorough diagnostic test, a parent conference, and a review of the current student work, focusing on practicing problem areas in homework while reinforcing effective study habits and praising all improvements.

  • 7 years in business
About

Our students get SCHOLARSHIPS. Our top three students in the class of 2016 earned over $1 million in college scholarships. SAT Prep. ACT Prep. PSAT Prep.

About

What makes me different? I tutor professionally full time rather than as a hobby or side job. I absolutely LOVE my job, and it shows in the quality of my work. When I take on a student I am invested in giving them everything I can to help them succeed. That often means I stay a few minutes extra or go out of my way to squeeze someone in my schedule for the day. I am patient and give constructive as well as positive feedback. I'm young and can better relate to my students. I am very flexible and do my best to accommodate whenever possible. Over the years I have developed unique strategies for explaining steps in ways that students can remember. I focus less on the proper vocabulary, if necessary, and use common language that the student will understand. I feel it is the teacher's job to explain the why of math and teach vocabulary, but my job as a tutor is to make sure the students can do the work.

About

Open communication, technical know-how, and a true passion for education are the fundamental qualities on which I have grown my tutoring business. Over the past five years, I have helped more than 100 students gain admission to their dream colleges and have averaged a score increase of approximately 260 points for the SAT and 6.5 points for the ACT. I have personally played a role in the lives of students who have earned admission into such institutions as Stanford, Duke, UVA, Cal Tech, Georgia Tech, UNC, and UPenn. Over the years, I have developed a very efficient method for identifying and addressing student needs using a curriculum that is custom fit for each student. This curriculum includes a carefully proportioned combination of test taking strategies and academic development.

About

I am a certified math and English teacher and have also taught numerous ACT / SAT / GRE / GMAT and other test preparation courses. I am available weekends and most week nights. I have taught formal GRE / GMAT review classes as well as one on one tutoring. All of my students have improved their test scores.

About

I tutor K through 12 in all subjects at all levels. I also tutor in test prep -- SAT, ACT, PSAT, SSAT, PLAN, and ISEE. All our tutors have a master's degree or better and 3 years (min) of teaching experience. There are no contracts; you pay as you go!

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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