Test Prep Tutoring

Offering comprehensive test preparation tutoring for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, AP Tests, SAT Subject Tests, and the SSAT, ISEE, and HSPT High School Entrance Exams.

SAT & ACT

As my core area of expertise, I focus on making SAT, ACT and PSAT test preparation as straightforward and successful a process as possible.

I offer specific strategic frameworks and tools built from my experience working with hundreds of students to provide the best possible conditions for success. Tutoring all test sections, my students have achieved perfect scores and major score increases.

Sessions are grounded in the fundamental test-taking approaches:

  • Strategies that guide students through every section of the SAT and ACT

  • Tools relating to specific question types in each section

  • Content review to fill in knowledge gaps

  • Individualized feedback that builds confidence and skills

Unlike some test preparation companies, I offer a highly personalized approach to tutoring – there is no such thing as one size fits all. Each lesson is individually tailored to a student’s unique needs and learning style. I remember the pressures that high school entails and seek to offer the kinds of practical tools and encouragement that were most helpful when I was in their shoes. I prioritize meeting each student where they are at and believe that every student benefits from feeling their needs are seen, respected and supported. In this way, students have the highest chance of success—on their own terms—on the task at hand.

Regular lessons and frequent contact with homework and practice tests are all essential parts of preparing for the SAT and ACT. Just like in the visual and performing arts and in sports, this builds the muscle memory essential for the best results.

I find many students get the highest benefit from 8-12 sessions over a 2-3 month period. However, you are in the driver’s seat, and there is no one size fits all as we decide how to best achieve success for your child and budget. Also, the input of parents is a key element in the tutoring process, providing feedback and perspective as we fine tune your child’s lessons.

AP Tests

Teaching several AP Exams through which students can gain valuable college credits. Sessions build on all the work students have done throughout the year in the classroom, framing the essential tasks for each part of the exam and highlighting how to earn the maximum possible points. Some AP Tests supported now include:

  • U.S. History

  • European History

  • Environmental Science

  • Human Geography

  • U.S. Government

  • Comparative Government

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are essential for students planning to apply to top colleges and universities. Expert guidance on the following SAT Subject Tests:

 

  • U.S. History

  • World History

  • Math I

  • Math II

  • Literature

 

Specific strategies for each individual test help students to confidently understand how Subject Tests work, which includes navigating the score penalty for any incorrect answers and creating a study plan to maximize our in lesson review time. Many students do 4-5 lessons for Subject Tests. 

High School Entrance Exams

Professional tutoring and coaching on the following High School entrance exams:

  • SSAT

  • ISEE

  • HSPT

Students learn and improve performance through supportive mentoring on what is often a student's first school entrance exam. We go over best practices for succeeding on multiple-choice questions on all sections, including building vocabulary knowledge, mastering specific math strategies, and demystifying how to identify and back up correct answers on the reading section.

contact me

Questions about tutoring? Interested in setting up lessons? Contact me at (510) 575-0018 or through the form below.  

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