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Todd's Tutoring
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    Kat F.
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    Todd was very effective in helping my daughter prepare for an 8th grade science Regents exam and helping her to truly understand many of the principles she had supposedly learned throughout the year in science class. Would recommend him highly. Also very pleasant personality.

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    • 4 years in business
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    Harrison P.
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    Above Grade Level In-Home Tutoring helped my daughter catch up with work she missed after being absent from school for a long period of time. Having the tutor come to my home was definitely a PLUS. Thanks to the tutor, Ashley is back on track.


    I teach and tutor math and science. I am a retired math and science teacher of 37 years. I have a bachelor's degree in Syracuse and permanent NYS certification in math and science for grades 7-12. I have a Master of Science in Education from Elmira College. I am experienced with students at risk.


    It is impotant to prepare young adults for their role as teachers and leaders in our future

    • 3 years in business
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    I'm a tutoring specialist. Shannon gets you to college. In the past, I was an HVCC professor in English. I'm fluent in Spanish. I've tutored multi-subjects. I'm friendly and easy to work with. I have the best rates that can save you money and put you or the student into high school and more. I've tutored from grade 3 to college. Call me or leave a message, if no answer is received. You'll be glad you did. What would great high school grades and college scholarship mean to your wallet and your child's future? My dad tutored me to free ride at Sienna, and I did the same for my three at Syracuse, Buffalo and Fairfield. Learning can be fun and easy; don't miss out. Please don't wait. Once I'm booked, I assist the first to call. Thank you. John Shannon


    I specialize in empowering students with the tricks necessary to improve standardized test scores and their grades in class. In addition, it is always my goal to boost students' sense of confidence and mastery, so that they feel more ready and able to tackle that next test or class lesson. I strive not just to guide students through the particular task at hand, but to make them more proactive learners.


    I have been a tutor for the Pittsfield public schools for the past 10 years. I have taught different subjects and different grade levels.


    I am a college sophomore at the University of Rochester. I tutor in SAT/ACT testing, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, trumpet, and piano. I have comprehensive understanding in these subjects, and this enables me to effectively help students master the material as well as gain critical thinking abilities that will help them succeed in any courses that they may take in the future.


    I am an Ivy League educated professional tutor with a master's degree. I have tutored students from first grade through high school in most subjects -- reading, writing, math (up through calculus), history, all of the sciences, economics, accounting, Latin, French, and SAT prep, and I review and edit essays for college applications. I am also a certified health coach who loves to work with motivated individuals who want to improve their health and/or lose weight. I provide one-on-one tutoring and also in small groups. I have found that once a student starts to do better, classmates often also want to sign up for tutoring. I prefer students to come to my residence, but I will travel, if a student pays for my travel time.


    As a tutor and educator for the Hudson Valley New York tristate area, my goal is to help students succeed by utilizing motivational learning tools and multisensory teaching strategies. I want to help students enjoy learning and to retain all that they are learning. I have 20 years of teaching experience and extensive one-to-one and classroom experience. I tutor students of all abilities and from diverse populations, either face-to-face or through online teaching. I provide tutoring for the following subjects: reading; writing; English; biology; chemistry; study skills; test- taking strategies; SAT, ACT, and Regents review; neuroscience; and health profession courses. Also, I provide help with anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, clinical research, medical terminology, medical assisting, medical education, human sexuality, nutrition, health education/health promotion, sociology, laboratory skills, protocol design and development, substance abuse, and contemporary health.

    • 5 years in business

    Been playing bass and guitar for nearly 20 years and have a masters degree in education.


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    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.

    What is on the ACT?

    The ACT is made up of a variety of multi-choice questions under four main subject areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. There is also the option for a written essay. For ACT prep, it’s important to study each subject. Each subject area is broken down into multiple parts to provide a comprehensive snapshot of the student’s understanding of the material. ACT prep provides an opportunity to prepare for the subject matter in each area.

    ACT English:

    • Production of writing: 29 percent-32 percent of English score. These questions focus on topic development and organization, unity, and cohesion.
    • Knowledge of language: 13 percent-19 percent of English score. This section examines the student’s use of vocabulary and effective language use.
    • Conventions of standard English: 51 percent-56 percent of English score. These questions address sentence structure and formation, punctuation and grammar, and recognition of grammatical errors and how to improve.


    ACT Math:

    • Preparing for higher math: 57 percent-60 percent of mathematics score. These questions cover number and quantity, algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability.
    • Integrating essential skills: 40 percent-43 percent of mathematics score. These questions address comprehension of math learned prior to and after 8th grade.
    • Modeling: less than 25 percent of mathematics score. These questions examine how students use modeling skills in all math topics.


    ACT Reading:

    • Key ideas and details: 55 percent-60 percent of reading score. The questions test students’ ability to summarize information, draw conclusions, and grasp central themes.
    • Craft and structure: 25-30 percent of reading score. These questions examine students’ ability to understand an author’s word choice and meaning and analyze various points of view.
    • Integration of knowledge and ideas: 13-18 percent of reading score. These questions examine students’ ability to understand facts and opinions and make connections between texts that share similar themes.


    ACT Science:

    • Interpretation of data: 45–55 percent of science score. Students will need to analyze and manipulate scientific data presented in various formats.
    • Scientific investigation: 20–30 percent of science score. These questions will test students’ understanding of experimental tools, procedures and design.
    • Evaluation of models, inferences, and experimental results: 25–35 percent of science score.


    ACT Writing:

    • This is a 40-minute written essay that examines students’ competence with ideas and analysis, development and support, organization, and language use and conventions.

    What are the subjects on the ACT?

    English, mathematics, reading, and science are the four main subjects on the ACT. Writing is an optional subject students can select when they register to take the test. The subjects were determined as a way to test the sum total of knowledge and comprehension that the students have accumulated up until the start of their senior year of high school. ACT prep breaks down each subject of the ACT test so the student understands what type of questions they will encounter and to provide them with strategies for answering questions. Doing well on the ACT is not only about academic smarts. Learning the nuances of taking a standardized test can greatly improve a student’s test scores. On the ACT, each of the four subjects is broken into subsections to test the students’ understanding in that area. The official ACT website provides free online ACT prep tools for each section, including English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing.

    How many questions are on the ACT test?

    There are 215 total questions on the ACT test. The ACT covers four academic areas and students have 175 minutes total to complete the test. For students who opt to take the ACT writing test, there will be a written essay (in addition to the standard ACT topics), which students will have 40 minutes to complete. For ACT prep, it’s wise to study the material that will be covered within each academic category and take practice tests to become comfortable with the format.

    The English test has 75 questions that must be completed within 45 minutes. The math test has 60 questions with a 60-minute time limit. The reading test has 40 questions and 35 minutes total. The science test has 40 questions that must be completed in 35 minutes. Tutors may recommend taking the test more than once as part of the ACT prep training, with the goal of improving your overall score each time. Official ACT recommendations urge students to answer each question on test day, even if it is a guess, as there is no penalty for guessing.

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