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We believe that test prep is all about the methods, not a student’s intelligence. Anyone can reach a perfect score if they follow the right procedure and put in the work. We focus on using smart testing strategies, good note taking, rigorous practice, and time management to help students achieve their best scores. We also believe parents are an integral part of supporting students through the test prep process and keep our parents in the loop by inviting them to class and sending email summaries of classes if parents cannot attend.

For SAT/ACT, classes are typically 1.5 hours at a time, weekly. Classes are held in person at our office in Santa Clara or online via Skype. We assign 1.5 hours of homework per class. All our classes are private, one-on-one instruction.

During our first class, we will produce a customized learning plan and timeline of how long we think your student needs tutoring for, what score goals to aim for, and how long we will spend working on different topics. Typically, we work on one section at a time of the SAT/ACT before moving onto the next to ensure a student fully masters the skills and concepts necessary for a section. At the end, we will review to ensure that the student retains all necessary information.

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On average, students improve 1 ACT point or 40 SAT points a month with just one weekly class. Manageable even during the school year and with other extracurriculars.

All of our tutors personally scored perfect SAT/ACT scores themselves. We’re your best friend who happens to be really great at test prep.

Understanding why you made a mistake and what went wrong in the process are just as important as understanding how to fix the mistake. Students reflect with teachers on how their new actions and behaviors will avoid mistakes from before.

From day 1, we create a clear long-term plan so students know where we are going and what our expectations are. Students take detailed notes, keeping track of tips and learnings for review and to keep parents in the know.

Both the prep process and test day can be stressful! We work with students on stress and time management skills to make the process positive and productive.

Students do extensive homework to practice and refine the learnings from their sessions. This includes targeted practice drills as well as full practice tests.

- Diagnostic: Interpreting SAT/ACT/PSAT scores and finding the best fit test
- Stress management
- How to calm anxiety during the test
- How to avoid getting discouraged when you see questions you are unsure about
- How parents can help students calm nerves

- Time management
- How to make time for test prep during a busy school year
- How to pace yourself on the test to make sure you have time for double checking

- For students with learning disabilities
- Registering for testing accommodations
- Special test taking techniques for students with ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and/or test anxiety

- What to do the day before the test and the morning of

- What to do when you’re stuck between two answer choices that look identical
- Vocab
- What to do when you don’t know a word
- How to memorize vocab quickly and efficiently
- How to pick between two similar definitions

- How to create accurate paragraph and passage summaries
- Evidence pair question strategies (SAT only)
- Author’s purpose, attitude, and belief questions
- Special strategies for
- Prose fiction passage
- Science passage
- Humanities passage
- Social science passage
- Paired passages

- Causation vs correlation
- How to make valid inferences but not assumptions
- Reading figures and graphs

- Core grammar principles
- Punctuation rules: comma, semicolon, colon, em-dash, apostrophes
- Parallelism
- Transition words
- Idiomatic phrases
- Verb Tense
- Subject verb agreement
- Pronoun-antecedent agreement

- Writing to maximize comprehension
- Rearranging sentences and paragraphs
- How to decide if you should or shouldn’t delete the underlined phrase
- What to do when you’re stuck
- Summary and main idea questions: strengthening and weakening the main point
- How to double check and actually find mistakes!
- How to speed up

- Core strategies
- What to do when stuck
- How to double check
- How to get rid of silly mistakes
- Showing the right work

- Algebra
- Equation of a line
- Relationship between parallel and perpendicular lines

- Complex/imaginary/ irrational numbers
- Inequalities
- Absolute value inequalities

- Factoring and quadratic equation
- Systems of linear equations
- One solution, no solution, infinite solution

- Combinations and permutations
- Probability
- Distance, rate, time
- Ratios
- Number relationships (prime factorization, least common multiple, greatest common denominator)
- Statistics (mean, median, mode, standard deviation, range)
- Exponent manipulation (fractional exponents, negative exponents, etc)

- Equation of a line
- Geometry
- Area, volume, and surface area of key 2D and 3D surfaces
- Similar triangles
- Properties of circles
- Equation of a circle
- Arc length, area of a sector

- Quadratics
- Quadratic formula
- Vertex, y intercepts
- How many real solutions

- Arithmetic and geometric sequences and summations
- Definitions of key vocab words (orthogonal, integer, complex number, etc)

- Quadratics

- Trigonometry
- Sine, cosine, and trigonometry
- Functions
- Function notation, what makes a function
- Function composition
- Recognizing parent functions
- Function graph transformations (horizontal and vertical stretches, shrinks, and shifts)

- Calculator tricks
- Graph multiple functions
- Shift the view field of functions
- Intersect
- Find max and min
- Higher power roots and exponents

- ACT only
- Vectors (graphically and algebraically adding and subtracting, multiplying)
- Quadratic
- Conics (ellipses, circle, hyperbola, parabolas)
- Matrices (scalar and matrix multiplication, inverses, identity matrix)
- Trig (law of sines, law of cosines)
- Sum of sequences

- How to speed up
- Reading graphs
- Parsing scientist’s opinion questions
- Key science background knowledge
- Biology
- Organelles
- Prokaryotes vs Eukaryotes
- 4 macromolecules (proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, carbohydrates)
- Enzymes
- Metabolism

- Chemistry
- pH scale, acids, bases, titration
- Kinetic theory of gases
- Reaction speed and enzymes

- Physics
- Newton’s 3 Laws
- Properties of waves (wavelength, oscillation, frequency, etc)

- Biology

- Understanding the grading system and criteria
- Organization
- Developing enough content for a 5 paragraph essay, including rebuttal
- How to come up with 3 distinct ideas for each paragraph and avoid repetition
- How to organize a thoughtful progression of paragraphs
- Hook and ending: how to grab the reader’s attention but still stay on topic

- How to pace yourself throughout each of the writing phases (brainstorming, outlining, writing, revising)
- Advanced vocab words and sentence structures you can use to elevate your essay’s level
- Checking for common grammatical mistakes
- SAT essay only
- Identifying rhetorical devices
- How to identify 20+ rhetorical devices out of one essay: never run out of examples to discuss
- Understanding the key rhetorical devices (diction, allegory, anecdote, etc)

- Analyzing quotes
- How to go beyond summarizing a quote and form deeper connections and analysis

- Identifying rhetorical devices
- ACT essay only
- Brainstorming and thesis
- How to brainstorm and quickly come up with examples
- What to do if you run out of ideas or don’t have examples
- How to quickly write a memorable and unique thesis

- How to approach and discuss the 3 perspectives

- Brainstorming and thesis

Schedule appointments with us on demand. We can focus on specific topics, or form a plan for how you can improve your score long term. We respond to all emails within 24 hours.

25 hours of SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, or HSPT tutoring, broken up into 1.5 hour sessions. Most popular. $7500 value, save $500!

I took the ACT 2 times before and was stuck around 32. I wanted to get to 35+. Just when I had given up, I found Angela. She is really motivating. I felt like my score was stuck before but she was able to quickly pinpoint errors that were easy to fix. Even after our first session, I already felt like she made a huge difference.

A Boston student, scored 35 on his ACT