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Thomas the Tutor
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine O.
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Thomas is a well prepared, intelligent, and personable tutor. He was able to quickly establish rapport with my daughter and dive into the challenging aspects of the ACT prep.

Telos Tutors
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
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Renjie is patient & encouraging. Great personality, and a perfect match for my kids. He helped increase both of their ACT scores, which also carried over into improving their GPAs. He is also very dedicated, working around busy high schoolers schedules. Renjie also tutored my 7th Grader in Math. She was struggling half way through the year, and after a few sessions with him, there was a huge improvement. Her teacher commented on her progress and her grades increased dramatically. She continued to work with him throughout the school year and looked forward to her sessions, as he calmed any anxiety she had before tests and with tough homework.

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I honor each individual in each of my classes by being there for him or her throughout the learning process, during class, between classes and after the sessions are over.

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HI! I am Jan Wodnicki, a recent graduate of Brookfield East High School. I was able to score a 35 composite on my ACT (35 English, 36 Math, 35 Reading, 35 Science) and have really enjoyed the process of becoming familiar with the test and exactly how to tackle it. After taking 3 official tests, completing dozens of practice tests, and reading a handful of prep books, I have developed a process to quickly adopt the mindset that is fundamental to success on the ACT. With this series of steps and learning approach, I enthusiastically helped my friends and family members improve their scores significantly within both long and short time frames (3 composite points in just 9 days with my friend Andre). While I hope we can work with more time than just 9 days, reaching scores in the 99th percentile (34-36) is entirely feasible with the correct mindset, strategy, level of familiarity, and approach to each type of problem. I hope to work with students around the 27-31 composite score range who would like to gain an advantage in college admissions. Additionally, I am excited to tutor students who struggle with math in particular. Math has always been my strong suit, and after tutoring my girlfriend’s sister in geometry and algebra, I realized that once again, efficient problem-solving relies on a certain creative approach to every problem. Whether your student needs help on the ACT overall or targeted help on the Math portion, I hope to teach my top-down and algorithmic approaches to this stressful standardized test.

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I specialize in tutoring the ACT online. Online tutoring allows ACT prep. to be done more efficiently and economically. Furthermore, digital tools allow for learning possibilities that have only recently become available.

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We offer our ACT Prep Program, which includes 10 hours of prep in reading/English and 10 in math/science. Plus, the students can work on writing too. Our schedule is very flexible. We offer the students a free mock ACT practice test, so we can pinpoint strengths and needs. After we correct and score the practice test, we will share the results. The student might want to schedule some hours to go over just the errors. This has helped many students just to see where they made mistakes. The students can take part of the program too -- maybe just math and usage.

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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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