Small group classes (6 -- 9 students) are offered in the following subjects:
All my classes are geared to a specific school and teacher. In this way, I can follow along with the students and teach concepts, strategies, tricks and problem-solving techniques for various chapters, while preparing students for upcoming tests. I work mainly with Miramonte and Campolindo students.
Classes are typically held once a week for an hour and a quarter.
Small group classes, in my opinion, provide an optimal learning experience. Kids benefit from questions posed by other students, bond as a learning group, and participate more readily in an informal environment where no question goes unanswered. Kids actually have FUN learning in my classes. Ask anyone.
During January and June, I provide extra classes at no extra charge to prepare students for final exams.
Small SAT courses (6 -- 9 students) are conducted at two different times during the year, spring and summer.
Small ACT workshops (6 -- 9 students) are held twice a year, September and June. Workshops are three hours long, held in the afternoons or evenings.
I provide special ACT workshops only for students who have taken my SAT classes and want to hedge their bets by also taking the ACT, which most schools will accept in lieu of the SAT. The ACT is a more straight-forward test than the SAT with fewer intentionally tricky questions. In addition, it's more math centric. As a result, some students (especially students who do well in math) score higher on the ACT than on the SAT.
Because the ACT is comprised of Reading, Math and Grammar sections -- similar to the SAT -- I can cover these areas quickly in a workshop. However, the ACT contains a section called Science, which has no counterpart on the SAT. The Science section is really more data interpretation than Science and in my workshop I cover strategies and tricks for handling the material quickly and efficiently. I also cover the optional Essay section of the ACT, which differs significantly from the essay section of the SAT.
ACT vs. SAT
In case you're wondering about the differences between the two tests, here are the salient features:
- ACT is a more direct, straightforward test than the SAT -- there are far fewer attempts to "trick" the students into giving false answers. Fewer "traps" to watch out for.
- ACT has an optional essay and four sections: Math, Writing, Reading, Science -- the Science section is really a "data interpretation" section where students are presented with graphs, charts and tables and asked to correlate these with questions couched in scientifc terminology.
- Unlike the SAT, where multiple Reading, Math and Writing sections are interleaved and alternate with one another, the ACT sections are all-in-one. One Math section and you're done. One Reading section and you're done. One Science section and you're done. One grammar section and you're done. Many students prefer this style of test format since it affords them a better opportunity to focus on "one thing at a time".
- The optional ACT essay is quite different from the SAT essay. For one thing, the topic is much more specific. For example: Should high school students be forced to wear uniforms? Kids get an extra 5 minutes for a total of 30 minutes. Unlike the SAT essay, in which you are only expected to argue one side of a position, on the ACT essay, you should devote at least one paragraph to counter-arguments; that is, arguments that contradict your thesis. This counter-argument paragraph should begin something like this: "On the other hand, many people disagree with the premise that (fill in the thesis here), saying that (fill in the counter argument here along with supporting examples)."
- There is no "guessing penalty" on the ACT so students should ALWAYS FILL IN ALL THE BUBBLES on their answer sheets. Very important!
Small SAT II workshops (6 -- 9 students) are held twice a year, September and May. Workshops are three hours, long held in the afternoons or evenings. Four types of workshops are offered:
- Math 2C