1-on-1 SAT & ACT Test Preparation Tutoring
RK Test Prep
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1-on-1 SAT & ACT Test Preparation Tutoring conducted in office in West Chester or online or a combination of the two.
Individual programs vary, but the most popular is meeting for 1.5 hours per week (plus 2-5 hours of homework for the student to complete on their own time), beginning 2-3 months before the exam. On average, students complete 12-18 hours of tutoring. Some students opt for more tutoring time, but it depends on the student's experience and goals. In-person sessions can be 1.5 or 2 hours, and online Sessions can be 1, 1.5, or 2 hours. Please call or email to discuss details of the programs.
My approach for the Mathematics Section is to begin by reviewing some concepts from math and some test-specific strategies. After this the student completes practice sections from the official SAT® Study Guide (the “blue book”), and then as we review the incorrect or omitted problems I figure out whether the topic needs to be taught again or just practiced. I make up practice problems like those that were difficult and then the student practices those until he or she is confident in his or her ability to answer those types of questions. At this point we move on and the student works on new problems and we continue to eliminate trouble spots and the student’s scores on practice tests increase over time*.
For the Critical Reading section, we discuss strategies for each type of question and the student completes a vocabulary program during the course of the tutoring. Critical Reading tends to be the most difficult and time-consuming score to raise, as deficiencies in vocabulary often present large obstacles to comprehension. I encourage students who lack familiarity with SAT®-type texts to select two articles each week, either from a magazine, newspaper, or online source, and the following lesson we review the article and I quiz them in great detail so they can see and practice the strategies needed to decode dense or rambling texts.
For the writing section I spend time reviewing the specific grammar and punctuation rules with the student and then have them practice these on increasingly difficult sentences. Students are required to not only explain why their answer is correct, but also precisely why every other answer choice is incorrect. This rigorous practice and explanation best prepares the student for test day. For the essay portion of the writing section, the student is given a blueprint for writing an effective essay and then practices coming up with examples for each argument and arranging their thoughts in the proper format.
We begin each session by discussing the homework from the previous lesson, reviewing any concepts that are not crystal clear.
Program for the ACT is similar to the above, with the addition of the Science section and adaptations to the material to reflect what is covered on the ACT test.
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