I have taught all subjects of the ACT since 2004 and stay up-to-date about changes to the ACT in order to provide students the most effective support. Although I never took the ACT as a high school student (my 1590 on the SAT was good enough for me!), I have scored 36 on ACT practice tests since then as a tutor. I have been formally trained as a tutor, and even won a National Tutor of the Year award for my work with one education company.
Approach to the ACT
Many of my ACT students come to me knowing that the ACT is a better test for them than the SAT, but struggling with certain aspects of the ACT, such as timing on the reading and science sections. Other students have a solid baseline score but are struggling to break into the next level with their score or feeling anxious about the whole process. I work one-on-one with students online to develop strong content knowledge, test strategy, and the confidence necessary to succeed.
I strongly believe that customization is the strongest advantage of one-on-one tutoring. Large classroom courses are often one-size-fits-all and are rarely inspiring. Online ACT tutoring instead helps you invest your time targeting the exact areas and skills necessary to raise your ACT score.
A strong test score can mean admission to the college of your dreams and scholarships to help pay for it. All colleges accept the ACT alongside the SAT. Working with an online tutor who specializes in both SAT and ACT gives you the flexibility to concentrate on whichever test best showcases your abilities.
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I especially love teaching grammar for the ACT English test because so many of my students have never been explicitly taught many of the rules that the ACT tests in this section. We systematically go through rules for punctuation, sentence structure, and wordiness. After this lesson, students typically see an immediate increase in their score! We also work on the trickier questions dealing with author’s purpose, organization, and reordering of sentences/paragraphs.
ACT math spans Algebra 1 through some basic Trig, which can be a lot for students to review! Plus, no formulas are given to test takers, unlike for the SAT. In tutoring, we review content as necessary, prioritizing content that shows up most often on the test. We also work on developing strategies making use of the multiple choice question format alongside content review for these three areas.
I have worked with students from all levels of math, from students who find math incredibly challenging to students shooting for a 36. I vary my approach according to each student’s starting point, goal score, and time available.
The ACT Reading section is particularly difficult. While the questions tend to be more straightforward than their SAT counterparts, reading 4 passages and answering 40 questions in only 35 minutes is a real challenge!
I work with students to build good active reading strategies so that they can push themselves through the passages quickly. We also work on effective prediction and elimination strategies for the questions—one of the best ways to improve accuracy and speed at the same time. Once we have the process down, we work on getting it down to less than 9 minutes per passage.
Like the ACT Reading section, the Science section is a speed test. 7 passages and 40 questions in 35 minutes! Even students who enjoy science often have difficulty getting the pacing down in this section.
In tutoring, we work on approaches to the three major types of science passages, focusing especially on skills for reading the charts, graphs, and figures. We then work on processes for going through the questions quickly and accurately. Eventually, we work on getting an entire passage done within 4-6 minutes.
On the optional ACT essay requires students to compare different perspectives on a complex issue and take a side on that issue themselves. In order to help students prepare for the writing test, we work on techniques for brainstorming support and examples for the prompt, then work on methods for organizing the essay. For each practice essay a student writes, I provide feedback based on the ACT scoring criteria to target areas for improvement.
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