Take Note Lessons
It’s free with no obligation to hire
Hired 58 times
14 years in business
Cash, Credit card, Paypal, Venmo
Top Pro status
Top Pros are among the highest-rated, most popular professionals on Thumbtack.
Photos and Videos
4 photos and 1 video
We couldn’t be more pleased! My daughter needed 2 more points on her ACT to get into the honors college. I googled ACT instructors and received many emails. James’s email was very professional and he responded back very quickly. We live in Iowa and James lives in New York. All classes with my daughter were done online using FaceTime. James never billed without asking first. If you’re looking for an ACT/SAT instructor, I would highly recommend James. We found out this morning, 12/19/2017, when test results were posted, that my daughter actually went up 3 points and made it into honors college. This saved us literally thousands of dollars. Thank you, JanelleDec 20, 2017Verified
James was the perfect fit for our teenager, for both ACT tutoring and college application/essay coaching. Not only did the ACT scores in question jump 5 points to a high score, but he had a pragmatic and helpful approach to the college process that was very well received. He had a positive outlook and cultivated confidence in our son, who had been a little nervous about the application process. James came to our house and was always polite, professional and on time. So far we've had all positive decisions from colleges and are so grateful!Dec 19, 2017
Jim is consummate pro. Focused, attentive, on-time, sensitive to particular learning needs and builds immediate rapport and trust. Very thankful to have him assist our child in a successful entry to college. His associate specialists and are also top notch. Would highly recommend.Jan 12, 2016VerifiedTake Note Lessons's reply
Thanks for the great review Howard. Your son did great work. We enjoyed working with him.
Jim really connected with my son, made him feel more confident about preparing for and taking the SAT. He was also really helpful through the college application and essay writing process. Highly recommend--will use again for my 2 younger children!Feb 6, 2018
James was the perfect fit for our teenager, for both ACT tutoring and college application/essay coaching. Not only did the ACT scores in question jump 5 points to a high score, but he had a pragmatic and helpful approach to the college process that was very well received. He had a positive outlook and cultivated confidence in our son, who had been a little nervous about the application process. James came to our house and was always polite, professional and on time. So far we've had all positive decisions from colleges and are so grateful!Dec 18, 2017
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Please contact us for pricing details. The rate is based on many factors including location, subject, in-person vs. internet lessons, etc.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Most parents first call or email to discuss the type of help the students needs. Based on this conversation and instructor availability, I send the parent a bio of a teacher who I think would be a good fit. The parent and teacher arrange a time that is mutually convenient to meet for lessons. Most students meet once or twice a week. At the first lesson, we like to meet with both the student and the parents (if possible) to discuss goals and the tutoring process. For ACT/SAT preparation, we introduce the student to the test, take a look at results from any past tests he or she has taken, and together, we figure out where improvements can be made. Each student is unique, so we try to address the student's personal concerns about the test or subject he or she needs help with. We work from there to achieve the desired results.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I had top scores when I took the ACT and SAT, including perfect scores on the SAT II Math II subject test, the ACT math section, and the ACT science section. I went through the test preparation process myself and understand the stress that students are often experiencing related to standardized tests. I hold a Master of Fine Arts in writing. I was mentored by some of the best writers in Los Angeles, including Academy Award nominee Leonard Schrader. This background has given me a unique way of approaching standardized tests, writing, and the college application essay. I share this perspective with my students and also with my instructors. I trained with many different tutoring companies over the years before I started my own business. I also have instructors who have expertise in many other subjects. Some are science experts who teach chemistry and physics, some are reading specialists who work with elementary students, and some are certified teachers. My instructors and I continue to develop new methods and tools to give our students.