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Ion Beam Press
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Kylee L.
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Very helpful! Definitely recommend if you need any Algebra tutoring/have a difficult time learning and retaining new concepts in math.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
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Maria H.
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My daughter had two great tutors. They made Math fun while she learned concepts. Planting Seeds worked with our schedule.

ATX Test Prep
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Kaela C.
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I took Michal’s 8-wk GRE class at ATX prep this fall and I had a very positive experience. As a working professional preparing for graduate school, preparing for the math portion of GRE test was an intimidating endeavor. Michal is extremely encouraging and supportive of his students while maintaining a laid-back teaching style. He’s also generous with his time and genuinely wants to see his students succeed. An exceptionally nice guy and great teacher! The only thing I would I didn’t like about the class (and this may just be based on personal learning-preference) was that 2 or 3 of the 8-wk class classes were taught by another teacher named Chelsea. I thought the class she taught on the analytical essay was very helpful, but her math-teaching approach didn't work for me. When I left Michal’s classes, I left feeling confident about the material that was covered. I left Chelsea’s math feeling flustered and with unanswered questions. However, I was able to get those questions resolved before the end of the course. My overall experience was excellent and I would recommend this course to anyone who needs support preparing for the GRE.

Love The SAT! Test Prep
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Moshe K.
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Went to multiple classes before coming to Christian for help. With fewer classes I learned more in Christian's tutoring sessions than I did in any class I took before.

Derek Ramsey
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Ursula H.
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    Derek came to our house to tutor my 8th grader in math. He was a very effective teacher, had a great rapport with my son and was able to explain any kind of math problems to my son. He definitely helped improve my son's great. I would highly recommend him as a tutor for math and physics.

    CORKE Tutoring

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      About

      Looking for a SAT Math tutor? Let me put my passion for teaching and testing (yes, testing!) to work for you. I am currently a PhD student in Statistics and Psychometrics at the University of Texas at Austin. I also have years of experience as a credentialed teacher, tutor, and writer specializing in Math test questions. Each 1-hour tutoring session consists of practice, practice, practice combined with instruction targeted to your child's specific needs. Please visit my website for information.

      Bobby Hood Test Prep

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      • 7 years in business
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      Bobby Hood is a premier top-shelf online tutor for the ACT and SAT, as well as for the LSAT, GMAT, GRE, and MCAT (CARS) tests and the ISEE and SSAT. Mr. Hood has a history of helping students achieve stellar increases in a very efficient manner, spending on average 3-6 hours total in tutoring with his students. He charges a flat rate of $300 per hour, so a typical family would spend between $1000 and $2000. Of course, sometimes it takes closer to 7-10 hours to reach a goal, depending on the student. In 1993, Mr. Hood earned a B.B.A. in Accounting from Fort Worth, Texas' Texas Christian University. After graduating TCU, for two years, Mr. Hood practiced with the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse as a C.P.A. Thereafter, he went to The University of Texas School of Law, in Austin, Texas, and for over ten years, practiced law, specializing in the issuance of municipal bonds and other financial instruments by quasi-public and public entities. Mr. Hood, who grew up in Dallas, Texas, was Lake Highlands High School's valedictorian. He obtained full-tuition academic merit scholarships to attend both The University of Texas School of Law and Texas Christian University. He scored 35 on the ACT, 1590 on the SAT, 177 on the LSAT, 780 on the GMAT, and 169/170 on the GRE. He is a member of the Triple Nine Society (an association of people with IQ scores at or above the 99.9th percentile, or approximately 150) as well as Mensa (the international high-IQ society). Mr. Hood is also a member of the Sons and Daughters of the Republic of Texas, a member of Sons of the American Revolution, and an Eagle Scout.

      ReadWriteInAustin

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      • 9 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      My name is Merry Zide and I have been studying as a graduate student in the History Department at UT-Austin. I provide private tutoring in history, English, writing, and test prep for students of all ages. Learning how to read critically and write clearly tends to improve academic performance across the board. Students with strong reading and writing skills can absorb and communicate information effectively, even when they are not entirely familiar with the material. I have learned that mastering these basic skills is as important for college and graduate students as for elementary and high school students. When I tutor in particular subjects like History or English, I try to help students improve on basic study skills, and I emphasize relationships and critical thinking over memorization and rote learning.

      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.

      How long does the ACT take?

      Total time for the ACT is 2 hours and 55 minutes. If students elect to do the optional writing section, the ACT will be 3 hours and 35 minutes. The ACT college entrance exam has multiple sections. The students receive a set amount of time for each section, within which they complete as much of that category as possible before they must stop. For each timed section, there is a five-minute warning before time is up. There is a 10-minute break between the math and reading sections. When tutors coach students in ACT prep, they can provide timed runs to simulate the experience of taking the different subject matter tests. As part of ACT prep, it’s important to take the entire exam at least once as a practice run. Here is a breakdown of timing and number of questions for each section.

      • ACT English test: 45 minutes for 75 questions that test students’ understanding of standard English rules, production of writing, and vocabulary.
      • ACT mathematics test: 60 minutes for 60 questions that test students’ understanding of math skills up to the start of senior year of high school.  
      • Ten-minute break.
      • ACT reading test: 35 minutes for 40 questions that measure students’ reading comprehension.
      • ACT science test: 35 minutes for 40 questions that measure students’ understanding and problem-solving skills in the realm of natural sciences.
      • ACT writing test: 40-minute written essay that will measure students' writing skills.

       

      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.

      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.

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