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  • 4 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
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Kim K.
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Kathy was great from the get-go. I had a specific need for my son who was looking for a very focused, efficient and personalized SAT tutor to try and improve upon an already pretty good score. I had an extensive phone call with Kathy (free) and she provided a ton of useful information. We set up a compressed tutoring schedule to get what he needed in in the time he had before the test (less than three weeks!). No results yet, but my son loved working with her and felt the time was very well spent. From my perspective she was very prompt, professional and provided exactly what we discussed on the initial call. Highly recommend!

  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Rajeev B.
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Ryan has been great in helping our son prepare for the PSAT/SAT. Very professional.

Quantum Prep, LLC
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Elan R.
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I recently ran across a review about Quantum Prep and felt like I just had to share my tutoring story as well. I graduated from Lexington High School in Lexington Massachusetts. Lexington High School is a huge school. When I say huge, I mean I graduated with five hundred and eleven classmates. I was always proud to go to Lexington High, we were rated number 19 in 2014 by Newsweek in their “America’s Top Public Schools.” Luckily my class sizes were always small and it was not too hard to get help from the teacher. The first semester of my junior year I was taking five classes. I was looking into pre-med, so I took a lot of hard science classes that gave me at least two hours of homework a night. I also worked on the weekends, swam competitively, played in the jazz band and was active in my religious youth group. That year I was taking AP Chemistry as a challenge and knew I was going to have a tough time with it. My teacher, Mrs. Compton, was great! She explained everything really well and broke it down for the class. I just really couldn’t get everything in my notebook and in my head with enough time to move on to the next topic, so I’d lose information here and there, making it really hard to answer test questions. I got the first F in my entire academic career on the first quiz. I’m one of those people who expect a lot from themselves, and I expected A’s. I felt really bad about myself for the first two quizzes because I wasn’t coming even close to what I knew I could do. In addition, because I was spending so much time working on AP Chemistry, my other classes were suffering. And as a prospective pre-med student, I was afraid that because I challenged myself I wasn’t going to get into the colleges I wanted. That's when I called Quantum Prep for help. As soon as I had the first tutoring session I felt a little more reassured. We went over my quizzes and homework assignments and my tutor quickly picked up what I was missing and how to keep me focused. I felt much more confident walking into class every day. My tutor figured out how I best learn and we started laughing and making jokes as we did “stereochemistry”. Yes, he figured out within one session that I learn better with music playing in the background and even knew why! The real difference was that he didn’t just teach me material, he taught me how to learn for myself. It was a game-changer in how I approached school and learning in general. So while he was teaching me one class, I was using the learning techniques he taught me to improve my grades in all of my classes. He even patiently sat through temper tantrums and low points. So what happened after I called Quantum Prep? The next quiz I took, I got thirty points higher than the last. The first exam; I got a B+. I went on to graduate in a science heavy degree, and got into my first choice for college and graduated with a degree in Neuropsychology. I highly suggest using Quantum Prep for any kind of tutoring. I had such a wonderful experience and have used the lessons I learned from him in so many different aspects of my life, from studying at the university to job experiences. Thank you Quantum Prep!

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5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Tonya J.
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I can't speak highly enough about Alex! He was a great SAT tutor. Incredibly smart and well versed in all subjects and such a sweet guy.

Marcie Weinstein
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Thumbtack Customer
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Marcie is a professional and dedicated teacher. She brings many years of experience and value to her craft. Marcie holds a high standard of her self as a teacher, she's great with kids one on one and in a classroom setting. You cannot go wrong with hiring marcie as your tutor.

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly B.
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Ihab is quite possibly the best math tutor I have ever had. He is enthusiastic, encouraging, and sharp. He is able to adjust his teaching style to fit the learning style of the student. His years of experience allow him to teach his students material in a way most tutors are unable to. 5 stars.

Solve by Skype Tutoring
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Sam M.
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Clare has been my math tutor for a year. She has given me the confidence to not be afraid that I will fail at my tests and also help me understand my homework. Plus we have fun! She gives me other web sites that I use to practice math. I like that we can Skype because she can answer my calls whenever I need her help.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kelly C.
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So far so good! Ryan is focused and seems like a great fit for my daughter. Very professional.

Meehan Math Tutoring
5.0
from 1 review
  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Isabel R.
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She takes the time to get to know your strengths and weaknesses, and works with you until you've mastered the material! Love working with her, and I know I will be prepared going into my SATs.

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I have a degree in English, a background in publishing, and a knack for taking standardized tests. I recently scored a 720 on the verbal portion of the GRE and would love to help high school students reach their full potential and develop effective test-taking strategies for the SATs. I am also available as an English language and literature tutor, to help with proofreading and editing papers and essays for high school or college admissions.

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I'm knowledgeable, friendly and patient and I understand that everyone learns differently. I know that math, statistics and programming can be intimidating for a lot of people. So, I always do my best to explain concepts in a clear, concise way that clients will understand. And I provide examples of how each concept can be applied to real-life situations.

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I have a master's degree in education, and I have a keen ability to determine how a student learns in order to best work with them. I have done a great deal of SAT/SSAT tutoring and every one of my students has increased their score significantly. I make learning fun!

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I am able to privately tutor children grades 3-12 in mathematics. I am experienced in and available to tutor in the subjects of pre-algebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, MCAS prep, and SAT prep. I have experienced working with all ages of students with varying ability levels and backgrounds. I have a good rapport with students, and I believe that every child can succeed if given the opportunity and the right tools to do so.

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My passion is to help kids, and I succeed because I truly enjoy working with them. My approach is consultative and I have a knack for connecting with my students.

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I am not a certified tutor. However, I am fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian. I also read and write Arabic.

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I hold two master's degrees in education. I specialize in reading, comprehension and writing. I have taught elementary and middle school and have successfully worked with hundreds of students in public school and privately.

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I provide individualized and one-on-one instruction and guidance to help each student achieve his/her test performance potential. Lessons are carefully planned and scaffolded and include timed practice and open discussion of the topics at hand.

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I do tutoring for ISEE/SSAT, SAT verbal and writing, basic algebra as well as reading and writing up to 12th grade.

  • 6 years in business
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My services include Chinese (Mandarin) language and cultural training/consulting, standardized test preparation and multi-subject tutoring and instruction. I am based out of Andover, MA and Nashua, NH, and am happy to travel to your home, place of business or other location for one-on-one or small group tutoring sessions.

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Club Z! In-Home Tutoring offers customized one-on-one tutoring in your home in all subjects: K-12, SAT, ACT, and MCAS test prep. What is the Club Z! difference? We match students with the right tutors based on many factors, including subject matter, personality traits, and interests. Our rates are affordable, and there are no long-term contracts. Our goal is to become an advisor to your family and help you with all of your educational needs.

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Hello, my name is Alanna. I am an English tutor. I have tutored in the local public schools for the past two years. I also tutor privately as well. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with a degree in English writing. I also graduated with honors. In high school, I received a 730/800 on my verbal SATs. English is my passion and teaching it to others is my life!

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.

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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