Summer Program 2022 — Hybrid classes: in-person and on Zoom over the summer

If, during the summer months, social distancing is no longer mandatory, students can decide to attend class at my office or participate online via Zoom. In-person classes will be simultaneously recorded for Zoom access.

All Zoom recordings of all classes will be available to students so that vacation activities, spotty wi-fi service or sporting events will not prevent kids from “zooming” in a day or so after class.

Optimizing scores

In my summer classes, students learn how to apply sophisticated problem-solving techniques to optimize their ACT Scores.

Here’s how it works: Outside of class, students are assigned several ACT practice tests to complete as homework assignments. Then, in class, we drill down on each question of the completed assignment and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various student responses.

This meticulous give-and-take between students and teacher is the hallmark of my approach to test prep, unlike any other in the industry.

Summer Schedule

Classes begin in late June. Register now by contacting me at tctutoring@comcast.net.



ACT or SAT: How to Determine Which Test to Take

For students who want a quick read on whether the ACT is suited for them, I’ve included a one-page profile of the differences between the two tests and the personality types of students best suited to one test over the other.


For students who want a more formal evaluation of whether the ACT is suited for them, I've provided an "abbreviated" diagnostic test culled from questions on the ACT. Students should sit down in a quiet room and set their alarm clock to 36 minutes. Answer key provided. Contact me with the total number of mistakes per section for an individual analysis.

    Diagnostic practice test

    Diagnostic test answer key

ACT: The Bottom Line

     Students who prefer a more straightforward standardized test with the emphasis on academic coursework are good candidates for the ACT
     Students who do well in high school math and science and process information quickly are particularly good candidates for the ACT


In contrast to the "big box" test prep companies, where student teachers come and go, I teach all classes myself in a small group setting of 5 to 9 students. This allows me to establish an interesting and educational team dynamic that makes learning fun, unintimidating and, most of all, consistent across all subject matter. As a former college teacher, and high-end Miramonte, Acalanes and Campolindo tutor (physics, chemistry, calculus, and SAT/ACT) with over 25 years experience, I know how to handle a classroom and keep students both engaged and motivated.

ACT Course Details

Using my award-winning book "How to Write a New Killer ACT Essay", I teach students how to write foolproof, pre-fabricated essays so that they can dominate the writing test. Lots of sample essays are performed in and out of class. I personally evaluate the work.

As a professional writer, and nationally recognized grammar expert, I use my "Killer Grammar" app to teach kids the 9 most important grammar rules they need to know to ace the ACT. Along with this, I provide short-cuts for improving speed and critical thinking abilities in the Reading sections of the test.

Finally, as a long-time physics, chemistry and calculus tutor, I teach students all the tricks and techniques they need for successful problem solving and pattern recognition on the Math portion of the ACT test.

New ACT Essay Workshop

Here are the first two episodes of my new ACT essay workshop.


Tutor Traits

Top-notch standardized test prep tutors are professional, prepared, persuasive and fun! In addition, such tutors need to:

     Use the "ACT Red Book" as the core material for the course
     Teach problem-solving techniques and pattern-matching strategies with sincerity and clarity
     Provide binder notes and corollary materials to augment the "Red Book"
     Have a bullet-proof curriculum in place to optimize classroom efficiency
     Ensure that students complete at last five full-length practice tests
     Establish rapport with students to make learning interesting and fun
     Address concerns of parents in a timely and professional manner