The ACT is a widely used college admissions exam that consists of the following sections: English, Math, Reading, Science, and an optional essay. Earning a top score requires not only a mastery of the content but also excellent time management and testing strategy.
As an ACT private tutor, I will work with your child to develop a personalized study plan based on your child's needs, strengths, and goals, and continually adapt my approach as we make progress together.
The English section asks students to correct grammar, punctuation, meaning, and stylistic errors in several passages. These corrections require an in-depth understanding of the rules and conventions of written English. I will teach students how to spot errors, identify common traps, and quickly determine the best rendering of each sentence in each passage.
Math is the most common challenge for ACT students. Unlike the SAT, the ACT allows calculators for every math question. This section covers a wide variety of content in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. While the concepts tested are relatively simple, they are presented in many different ways that often require a strong number sense and creative problem solving. I work with students so that they can develop core skills, identify and correct areas of weakness, and learn how to approach challenging questions.
The ACT Reading section covers skills such as identifying the author's purpose, finding supporting evidence, defining words in context, and using charts and graphs to supplement a passage. Texts draw from literature, science, history, and social science. I help students learn to read quickly and effectively, analyze answer choices, and find textual support for their answers.
This section requires students to analyze a variety of passages, tables, and diagrams concerning topics in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. While deep background knowledge is not required, students will need to demonstrate strong attention to detail, the ability to synthesize disparate information, and facility with newly-defined and complex terminology. I teach students how to approach difficult passages, locate important information, and work through answer choices effectively.
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