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SAT ACT Algebra Algebra 2 Geometry Trigonometry Pre-Calculus Reading Writing Essays


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I teach, diagnose, and tutor students for a living, and take SAT & ACT exams and develop assessments. This is not a side gig to earn extra cash.


I am a full-time professional credentialed teacher & tutor who teaches 7 days a week. Over the past 9 years I have personally taught and tutored more than 2000 students in middle and high schools, offices, conference rooms, and over online meeting calls.


My teaching experience includes planning lessons, creating worksheets / handouts / homework problem sets, and developing quizzes and exams. I have written and produced hundreds of pages of teaching & instructional materials.


When it comes to the SAT & ACT, I have personally taken more than 60 SAT exams and 40 ACT exams, developed hundreds of pages of SAT & ACT course review content, and analyzed over 7000 SAT & ACT exam questions.


I am a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and hold a Teaching Credential from University of California at Davis. That means my teaching methods are based on extensive cognitive and learning research of how students learn and understand the best. I understand student thinking, memory, attention, language, problem-solving, and learning at a level far beyond other teachers & tutors. ( this is an example of font that captures focus )


In addition, I have a corporate background, having worked several years at two large management consulting firms and two large banks.


If I can’t help you and you are not learning, I will stop the lesson and you will get a refund for any unused time.


There is a Right Way to Teach & Tutor


Your lessons are just the tip of the iceberg.


The preparation and planning for your lessons actually started years before your first lesson: I have spent months going through and analyzing problems and questions, then putting together study materials and handouts, worksheets and reinforcement practice problems.


It takes time to do things right. Just as with any well-rehearsed performance, tutoring is not something you can just walk into. With utmost attention to detail, every problem and explanation has been taught and adjusted literally hundreds of times.


Proper teaching & tutoring goes far beyond just answering questions


1. Assess Knowledge


The first thing that needs to happen is I assess and determine what your teacher / professor has covered in class, what you are supposed to know, what you do know and what you don't know. I assess and verify your understanding by asking your knowledge of concepts, and test you by giving you problems to solve. You would be surprised how many kids think “Yeah I know it" but actually don't.


2. Fill In Knowledge Gaps


I don’t waste time reviewing what you know, but I also find any gaps or deficiencies in knowledge that need to be learned. I’ll go back only as far as I need to. I provide far better teaching and explanations than other teachers / tutors so that you will UNDERSTAND and REVIEW what you don’t know.


Every lesson and explanation is adjusted in REAL-TIME just for you: the speed & pacing, the complexity of explanation, and how far back we need to go to fill in those knowledge gaps. That also means how advanced we go is also based on your ability.


If you need more practice and reinforcement, I will give you practice problems and homework.


3. Diagnosing the Problem


I analyze and diagnose what is going wrong with your thinking and reasoning to figure out what is going on. This is far more complex than most parents and students realize. Parents and students love to blame “the teacher doesn’t teach” as the primary cause, but actually it isn’t. There are many different levels and reasons why students are having issues, from confusing different concepts or making mistakes they don’t realize, to not paying attention and jumping to conclusions, or just not knowing the material.


- I know if you aren't getting it but you think you do. The most common mistake of students is that they insistently think they are right, but can’t seem to get the correct answer. Also many students get the right answer by guessing or chance.


4. Solving Problems & Answering Questions


Unlike other tutors who are essentially talking textbooks or talking web-pages that just answer questions, what I provide is real teaching and learning. You will not learn just by listening and looking at answers. You will learn by thinking about what you are supposed to do and then doing it. I will push you to think so that you understand not only WHAT to do but also WHY you are doing it.


You get CLEAR, SIMPLE, and CORRECT solutions and explanations to problems. You won't get any confusing explanations or answers that don't make sense. You will learn the RIGHT Way ( and WRONG WAYS ) to solve every question and problem. Yes, there are actually wrong methods to solve problems.


What you learn goes beyond just math or SAT or ACT: real critical thinking, problem solving, analytical skills, and organizational and proper study skills necessary to succeed in college and in life. These are lessons that you do not learn in school or from textbooks.



There are Many Wrong Ways


1. Talking textbooks


Teaching isn’t just answering questions. Most students don’t know what they don’t know. An answer or explanation to a problem will be incomprehensible without the prior knowledge that it’s based on.


2. Incompetent / inexperienced / bad teaching & explanations


Poor teaching results in confusing or complex incomprehensible explanations. Often you get a “talking textbook” who simply reads off a solution / answer that you could have just read on your own, or watched on YouTube.

3. Tutors who can’t figure out what you are doing wrong


Without knowing what a student is doing wrong there is no way to fix the problem


4. Group Tutoring ( 2 to 5 students )  a logistical disorganized mess designed to rake in profits


You thought you were getting private tutoring, but it’s actually a small group of students.

It's impossible to properly teach anything when you have 2 - 5 kids all working on different problems and at different ability levels. This is even WORSE than a class because at least in a class everyone is doing with same stuff and going through the same questions


5. Wasting valuable time that you paid for


Other tutors waste valuable lesson time by starting lessons late and ending early, going over material you already know, talking very slowly and losing the student’s attention.

6. Random tutors


Often with tutoring companies you get random tutors: Tutor Jenny one day, Tutor Sam the next day. They don’t know you that well, and don’t know what you have already learned and covered.


7. Tutors who suddenly quit on you


With other places, when you signed up you got Tutor Jenny. But Jenny quit after a few weeks, and now you end up with Tutor Fred.


With me, you get a seamless continuity from lesson to lesson. I know what your problem areas are, I know what we did last time, and I know what we will be doing this time.




Congratulations to my students!


This was how we did things back in the old days. As fun as this looks, maximum learning occurs during one-on-one private lessons



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Here's what's changing and what's staying the same. Major changes to the SAT are here. The exam is shifting to a digital format and shrinking to about two hours in length. The College Board has presented these as student-friendly changes, with Priscilla Rodriguez (vice president of College Readiness Assessments at the College Board) saying, "The digital SAT will be easier to take, easier to give, and more relevant." And so far, reactions from students who sat for pilot exams and the international administrations this spring have indeed been positive. Here's the timeline of the rollout of the shorter, digital SAT: March 2023: International test centers began administering the digital SAT. Fall 2023: All test centers administered the digital PSAT. March 2024: Test centers in the U.S. will begin administering the digital SAT. Here's what we know and what these changes mean for students. What's changing? The newest version of the SAT looks and feels different in several key ways. The test lasts for about two hours (shrinking by one hour). Students also have more time per question. In fact, we're hearing that during pilot tests and the initial administrations of the dSAT, students finished with around five minutes to spare at the end of each section. There are two sections—a Reading & Writing section and a Math section—instead of four. Reading passages are shorter, and students answer only one question per passage. Students have more time per question. Students no longer receive separate Reading and Writing subscores. Students take the test on a laptop or tablet. A digital testing app will need to be downloaded before test day. The digital testing app saves students' progress while they work, even if they lose internet access or their computer crashes. During pilot tests, a small number of students lost power, but all students ultimately were able to submit their exams. Students have access to a series of tools through the digital testing app, including a timer, an annotator, a calculator, a reference sheet, and a flagging tool to mark questions for review. Students' devices should be fully charged in advance. Test centers are not obligated to provide power to every student (only those with extended time), and students are not able to see their battery percentage while in the digital testing app. Students can use a calculator on the entire Math section. Students can bring their own or use the Desmos graphing calculator built into the testing app. We recommend that students do both: plan to bring their own and practice with the Desmos calculator in preparation for test day. The test is adaptive. Each section begins with an introductory module. A student's performance on that first set of questions determines the difficulty level of the questions they see in the second module. There are more test dates for international students. The College Board has added two international test dates to the calendar, matching the number of administrations offered to students in the U.S. For more information about the logistics of test day, click here. What's staying the same? Some aspects of the SAT are remaining the same. Students take the test at a school or test center, not at home. Scores are still out of 1600. Each section (Reading & Writing and Math) is scored on an 800-point scale. The College Board’s extensive internal testing has shown that scores on the paper and digital SAT are comparable. In fact, the College Board is encouraging universities to superscore between test formats. For that reason, the College Board and ACT do not have plans to update their concordance table, since scores will continue to align the way they do now. Both sections feature multiple-choice questions. The Math section also includes questions that students must answer by entering their solutions directly into the app. Accommodations are available to students who need them. This includes paper testing for accommodations that cannot be supported digitally. What does this mean for students? The SAT is fully digital for international test-takers, and the international rollout has been overall successful. International students should continue to plan to complete diagnostic exams for both the ACT (CBT) and the dSAT in order to determine which test is right for them. Domestic students planning to test in 2023 and 2024 have several options. Students who have completed Algebra 2 and intend to finish testing by December should take full-length paper ACT & SAT diagnostic exams, then prep for the test they perform better on. Because the paper SAT will cease to be offered after December, students hoping to take the final paper SAT should register now to reserve seats at their desired testing locations. Students who are hoping to begin prepping in the fall, sit for an official exam in December, and continue testing in the spring should consider the paper ACT in order to avoid switching between test formats. All other students should complete paper ACT and digital SAT diagnostic exams, then prep for their stronger test. It's more important than ever before to talk to your college counselor to start planning ahead. Your counselor has the best understanding of your unique situation in the context of your target colleges and universities, goal scores, and other factors. See more information here. The College Board has released four full-length practice tests through the Bluebook app. In addition, ArborBridge students have access to more practice tests through our own dSAT platform, which mimics the interface and content students will encounter on the real exam (including a fully integrated Desmos calculator), providing them with valuable opportunities to master the new test format. In short, there's nothing to fear from the latest version of the SAT. The changes to the exam favor many students: more time per question, shorter passages, and an overall more streamlined test day experience. And digital, adaptive testing isn't new—for years our experts have been preparing students with well-worn techniques to succeed on similar exams. To get started, reach out to us here. The ArborBridge team is ready to help—with all of the proven strategies and online tools students need to perform their best on the dSAT. The ACT Math Test usually breaks down into 6 questions types: pre-algebra, elementary algebra, and intermediate algebra questions; plane geometry and coordinate geometry questions; and some trigonometry questions. ACT Algebra 14 pre-algebra questions based on math terminology (integers, prime numbers, and so on), basic number theory (rules of zero, order of operations and so on), and manipulation of fractions and decimals 10 elementary algebra questions based on inequalities, linear equations, ratios, percentages, and averages 9 intermediate algebra questions based on exponents, roots, simultaneous equations, and quadratic equations Total: 33 questions ACT Geometry 14 plane geometry questions based on angles, lengths, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, perimeter, area, and volume 9 coordinate geometry questions based on slope, distance, midpoint, parallel and perpendicular lines, points of intersection, and graphing Total: 23 questions ACT Trigonometry 4 questions based on basic sine, cosine, and tangent functions, trig identities, and graphing