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Arbor Tutors - Madison Area
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  • 13 years in business
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Patty L.
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I must say I am extremely impressed with the quality of service from the first phone call through the tutoring sessions.

SP Imports
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  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Torrance K.
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I totally recommend Sean as a math tutor. He really helped me to improve the final grade for my college algebra course, and to improve my understanding of the concepts and topics. Very well prepared for the lessons. I highly recommend him!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cory F.
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Ben is very knowledgeable. He is very enthusiastic and patient. My kids have learned so much from him. He makes things easy to understand. My kids look forward to thier next session with Ben.


I've been tutoring math students from Cs to As for 6 years running! With my long track record of excellence in academic tutoring with over 20 already satisfied families, add your name to the list of happy students! I've got what it takes to make students fall in love with math and the track record to prove it! Ask me about what I can do for you!


Because of my international travels and the variety of work I have done, I have a very large skill set and the ability to communicate extremely effectively with people from diverse backgrounds. I was lucky to receive a 1st class education at Stanford University, an experience that I pass on to others through my teaching. Furthermore, as a parent myself, I am adept at "getting through" to younger students on a personal level, instilling and building confidence in their academic skills


My name is Cyan Zhong, an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I used to be a part-time teacher in an English as a Second Language institute. Conducting engaging and informative lessons is my passion, and I love to see people improve after they take my class. I have great writing and communication skills, which help me communicate effectively with students. Additionally I have a solid background in math. I will be able to conduct lessons in areas such as science, English, and since I'm a Chinese student, I can also teach Chinese (Mandarin). I have been learning the piano for eight years, so I can do any elementary piano-related tutoring as well. I have a pretty flexible schedule, and I can start working as soon as the beginning of April. I live in 420 N. Part Street, and I'm willing to travel within one to two miles, but I prefer that the student come to me. We can always find a neutral place to meet of course. If you are interested, please contact me via e-mail.


My work stands out because I enjoy explaining material to students. I use their non verbal tendencies to go further in depth or to move on to the next objective. I have been a tutor for over 20 years. Most of the principal have said that I can teach anyone mathematics. My favorite compliment was the principal who said they believe I can teach a "rock" how to be competent in math, lol thats funny. Some students I had success with had never had success in math before.


Hello! Are you or is your child struggling with math or just needs extra review? I am here to help. I have over 13 years experience in tutoring math from grade school level through college level. I am currently tutoring in the Janesville and Madison Wisconsin area, also offering sessions via Skype to anywhere in the world! I have helped many students gain confidence in mathematics by improving their skills and overall grade. I can also help with organizational skills and ACT/SAT math test prep. Please email me with any questions or to set up an appointment. I would be happy to talk with you! Kristin


Tutors have a unique opportunity to touch a student's life in a profound and meaningful way. My goal is to provide creative, relevant, and exciting learning experiences that will help my students become independent and joyful learners! I am passionate about teaching and love working with students to help them achieve academic success and gain confidence in their own ability to become independent problem solvers!


I provide math lessons in any subject. I have a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and certified as a 6-12 grade educator in the state of Wisconsin. I have previous experience tutoring middle school, high school, college and nontraditional students in a variety of math courses including algebra, geometry, statistics and calculus. I have also assisted in test preparation including ACT, SAT, AP, college entrance and trade-based exams.

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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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