Test Prep Tutoring
Offering comprehensive, individualized test preparation for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, Advanced Placement (AP) Tests, the GRE and GMAT, and the SSAT, HSPT, and ISEE Middle /High School Entrance Exams.
SAT and 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.
Advanced Placement Tests
I have a passion for teaching AP tests. As a student at Bowdoin College, I took courses in as many departments as I could, and loved the breadth and depth a liberal arts education offered. AP tests do the same, and more subjects are offered than ever. Courses like AP U.S. History are widely available and sought after; however, many people do not know that less popular course offerings are also available, which are less difficult than well known courses but still earn 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. Bringing my expertise as a professional writer, I work closely with students on mastering the rubric for each of the different writing assignments. In addition, students thoroughly review the course content in between sessions to be prepared for the multiple-choice section and make the best use of our in lesson time together. If students are preparing for a test subject they are not currently enrolled in, I give them additional resources for studying.
I teach the following AP tests:
GRE and GMAT
It surprises some people to learn that the GRE and GMAT are actually quite similar to the SAT and ACT. The content is broadly the same, and therefore many of the tried and true strategies are too.
Student prepping for grad school / business school have a wealth of experience from the undergraduate studies to draw upon. I seek to leverage all of the study skills, knowledge, and strengths already present and then refine them. Some students need a tune up for these tests; others want more comprehensive test prep. All types of student needs are welcome.
SSAT, HSPT, and ISEE
I love working with younger students preparing to take middle and high school entrance exams.
Students who are applying to high school need different approaches than other age levels. Supportive, encouraging, and fun tutoring teaches them the strategies and content they need for success, while keeping the intensity to a level they can handle.
I cover best practices for each test's twists and turns, as well as all the common content for multiple-choice questions. All students will build up their vocabulary, learn math strategies for algebra, geometry and arithmetic, and master how to approach reading comprehension. Using the latest technologies allows student to get the maximum advantage for test day.
Working with younger students means parental involvement is even more important. I keep parents carefully updated on student progress and seek parental input and perspective to best support students' progress.