Tutoring for SAT, ACT, and More
What tests do you teach?
- SAT & PSAT – Math, Reading & Writing, Essay
- ACT – English, Math, Reading, Science, Essay
- SAT Subject Tests – Math 1, Math 2, Chemistry, Literature
What are your rates?
- SAT, ACT, PSAT, SAT Subject Tests: $75/session (45 minutes)
For SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests, I generally recommend two 45-minute sessions per week, though we will craft a schedule based on your needs & goals.
Please email us directly if you have any questions or would like to discuss tutoring options. And read below for more information & frequently asked questions.Don’t settle for big classes, one-size-fits-all curricula, and unremarkable teaching. I write, read, and think about these tests full time and have dedicated myself to the craft of quality coaching and helping my students achieve stellar results. I offer personalized, intensive one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and more to busy students with a variety of goals and needs.
All tutoring is done online through Skype or Google Hangouts. See below for more info about how this works.
Students who work with me enjoy four key benefits:
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions I’m asked about my coaching program:
How many hours of tutoring will I need? What schedule do you recommend?
I don’t run all my students through a cookie-cutter curriculum; instead, I design an individualized program based on their needs and goals. Therefore I can’t give a blanket statement about how many hours of tutoring you might need until I get more information about your current score, score goals, and time available before the next test. However, I generally recommend one of the following basic schedules:
- Two sessions per week, 45 minutes per session. This is the standard approach I advise for students who want an overview of the SAT or ACT in a reasonable time-frame (typically more than three months).
- Three sessions per week, 45 minutes per session. Students who have less time to prepare for their test (less than 2 months) or want a more intensive preparation schedule would benefit from more frequent sessions.
- One session per week, 45 minutes per session. This option is best suited for students who have plenty of time until their next test (greater than 6 months) or who need help on only one section of the test. This is also a great choice for younger students (8th, 9th, 10th graders) who want to get a head start on preparation but don’t want to commit to a full program just yet.
- EXTRA HELP (on-demand). If you don’t want or need a comprehensive tutoring program but would benefit from occasional guidance, instruction, and review with me, then you can book sessions as often as you need. This option is best for students who are self-studying, students too busy for regular tutoring, or students on a budget.
I do offer other configurations of sessions and lengths of sessions in special circumstances, so contact me and we can discuss what works best for you.
Why do you recommend 45-minute sessions?
After tutoring hundreds of students, I’ve discovered that shorter, intense sessions are more effective for students than long, marathon-like sessions for the following reasons:
- Shorter sessions let us work more intensely and purposefully. After about 45 minutes, I find that student attention and energy begin to flag, so sessions that go on longer usually yield diminshing returns. Certainly, students need to be able to focus for hours in one sitting when it comes time to actually take their exam, but this doesn’t mean this kind of time-intensive approach is appropriate for learning new material. Just the opposite, in fact — students need to be fresh and alert in order to properly engage with the content and strategies we discuss. Building stamina and focus should be kept separate from learning novel and difficult material. Time spent doing homework and, more importantly, the full practice tests I assign help students develop their ability to focus for an extended period.
- Meeting more frequently during the week is better than meeting for a once-per-week marathon session, even if the number of hours in class are the same. Much of my pedagogy is based on the science of effective learning. Studies show that learning is far more effective when spread out through time rather than crammed intermittently. We will also be able to interleave our work more effectively, allowing us to keep our constantly update our skills in all sections of the test and preventing the erosion of what we’ve already learned.
- Homework will get done more frequently and at higher quality. The reality of a student’s schedules and work habits usually means that the homework I assign is done the day before the session, or even mere hours before our appointment. This means that the student is probably only working once or twice per week on test prep; as discussed above, this intermittent cramming isn’t effective. Also, because of the impending deadline, the quality of that work is lower. On the other hand, if we meet more often during the week, students are forced to spread out their preparation. I will also be able to give them more frequent accountability and feedback. Furthermore, I can assign HW in more manageable chunks and ensure that it is responsive to students’ needs.
- Online tutoring allows for more flexibility. If one of us had to drive thirty minutes or more to a tutoring session, it makes sense to book a lot of time in one sitting. But since we meet on Skype, our sessions are super easy to fit into busy, on-the-go schedules, so we’re not forced to make any travel time “worth it.”
- Less stress on students. I try my best to keep my sessions lively and energetic, but I’m realistic: I know most students aren’t exactly thrilled to prep for these tests, even less so if they know they have a marathon-length prep sessions to slog through. With short, to-the-point sessions, students will have a clearer idea of my expectations for each session and for the study plan we set up between sessions.
How does payment work?
You will be billed after each week of sessions. Payments can be made with credit card or Paypal.
Note that you are NOT charged for prep work I do outside of session, including:
- Crafting your weekly study plan.
- Updating our shared folder (see below) so that everyone – tutor, student, parents, guardians – can keep track of progress.
- Answering questions by email.
- Creating worksheets, practice tests, and practice problems that I customize solely for my tutoring students.
You can modify or cancel our tutoring relationship at any time. You are not locked in to any contract!
Note: All sales are final. I do not offer any money-back guarantee or refunds for my tutoring services, but I will work with you to make things right if you are unsatisfied for any reason.
Where do we meet? How do the online sessions work?
In most cases, we’ll meet online through Skype or Google Hangouts. Not only will we interact by voice, but also I’ll be able to share my computer screen so that I can write on a “virtual blackboard” during the session. This audiovisual pairing will make our sessions feel like we’re in the same room.
Do you cover strategies or content?
Both! A solid grasp of the content (Math, Grammar, etc.) as well as specific strategies for beating your particular test are both critical to getting a high score. Some students might need more focus on content, while others might have the content down and thus need more strategy review, but I do cover both for all students.
Do you assign homework?
Absolutely. The work we do in sessions is, of course, essential to learning the material, but reinforcing and practicing those lessons are perhaps even more important.
The number of hours of homework per week depends on the student’s availability, current score, and goals.
As described above, I design a weekly study plan with specific homework assignments to complete so that everyone (students, parents, tutor) understands exactly what needs to be completed. Assignments include watching lecture videos, worksheets, practice sections, and practice tests.
How much do your students improve?
Student improvements depend on so many factors that a one-size-fits-all answer or a blanket score “guarantee” would be inappropriate. Check out a sample of feedback I’ve received from students, members, and parents. You can also get a sense of my teaching style and breadth of knowledge by viewing Reason Prep’s Free Courses or browsing my Youtube Channel. Many students have increased their scores just by using the video, textual, and practice resources offered in my courses; students who combine tutoring with my materials see the best results.
How does scheduling work?
I prefer to set up a regular schedule, but I do have some flexibility week-to-week. We’ll work that out once we start working together. Since this is my full-time job, I have availability at most times during the week and weekends.
I live in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC -4). I have worked with students all over the globe, so we can coordinate our time zones to ensure our meeting times work for both of us.
What is the shared folder?
We keep track of practice test results, HW assignments, and session notes in a Google Drive or OneDrive folder. Students and parents will have access to this folder. Here is an example of what this folder looks like.
What books and study materials do I need?
Depending on the subject taught, you’ll need
- A Skype account (free)
- A webcam, only for the audio (no video required on your side)
- Access to Reason Prep’s courses (free as described above)
- Official SAT/ACT/other prep guide (~$20)
I don’t need a full tutoring program, but I would like to meet with you occasionally to ask questions, get tips, build a study plan, etc. Can we do that?
Sure! Some students don’t want or need a comprehensive tutoring program for the SAT, ACT, or academic subjects, but they would benefit from occasional guidance, instruction, and review with me. You might benefit from Extra Help if you
- are self-studying for the SAT or ACT and need some help reviewing tests and practice problems that are giving you trouble.
- want a custom Study Plan for the SAT, ACT, or other tests.
- would like to “check in” with a tutor occasionally to review your progress and suggest next steps.
- are too busy with academics, sports, and extracurriculars for regular tutoring sessions but could benefit from intermittent coaching.
- need help completing your school homework, or studying for an upcoming test, but don’t need a full-time tutor.
- would like feedback on an essay you’re writing or project you’re working on.
- have questions about the college admissions process or need advice on college essays.
Self-motivated students, student-athletes, homeschoolers, students on a budget — I’ve worked with all kinds of students who need extra support, and I’d love to help you out too! Contact me and we can discuss options.
What other subjects do you teach?
I also offer tutoring and assistance in other subjects:
- Academic Subjects – Math (up to calculus), Chemistry (up to AP/Honors), English & Writing (all levels)
- Essay Consulting – College admissions, middle school and high school assignments, etc.
For other subjects & standardized tests (e.g. Physics, the Praxis Series), please contact me.
Here are my rates for these:
- Academic Tutoring (math, chemistry, writing): Starts at $60/hr
- Essay Consulting: $60/hr
Scheduling for these subjects is on an as-needed basis. Please contact me to discuss.