I have taught all subjects of the SAT since 2003 and stay up-to-date about changes to the SAT in order to provide students the most effective support. My own SAT scores were 790 Math and 800 Verbal in 1999, but I don’t rely on just these scores. I routinely scored perfect 800s on sections I have taken on the most recent College Board SAT practice tests. I have been formally trained as a tutor, and even won a National Tutor of the Year award for my work with one education company.
Year I started teaching SAT
My official math score
My official verbal score
A strong SAT or ACT score can mean admission to the college of your dreams and scholarships to help pay for it. However, many students come to me not sure how to break into the next level with their score or feeling anxious about the whole process. I work one-on-one with students online to develop strong content knowledge, test strategy, and the confidence necessary to succeed.
I strongly believe that customization is the strongest advantage of one-on-one tutoring. Large classroom courses are often one-size-fits-all and are rarely inspiring. Online SAT tutoring instead helps you invest your time targeting the exact areas and skills necessary to raise your SAT score.
Approaches to each section
SAT math is broken into three subsections:
In tutoring, I focus on test strategy alongside content review for these three areas. I have worked with students from all levels of math, from students who find math incredibly challenging to students shooting for an 800. I vary my approach according to each student’s starting point, goal score, and time available.
For the SAT reading section, I work with students to build good active reading strategies for the passages themselves and effective prediction and elimination strategies for answering the questions. I always emphasize finding support for answers and did so even before the test changed to ask so explicitly about evidence! Once we have the basic strategies down, we target specific trouble areas, whether that be the challenging Great Global Conversation passage, paired passages, or questions involving interpreting charts or other informational graphics.
Writing & Language
I especially love teaching grammar for the SAT Writing and Language test. Many students are initially frustrated because it’s been so long since they were taught grammar in school. (Some students report never being taught these rules at all!) Systematic review of punctuation, sentence structure, and other grammar rules helps a lot! Beyond grammar, we work on checking for wordiness, tackling the tricky organization questions, and working through writing questions involving charts or graphs. We’ll also work on the essay for students who are registered for it.
Included in Tutoring
Convenience of Online
You’ll never have to sit in traffic to make it to lessons, which adds flexibility for families with busy schedules. Most students find online tutoring to be engaging and efficient. It also ensures that you can meet with a highly qualified tutor no matter your location.
After each session, I’ll assign customized homework for the week. We’ll make sure the plan targets your student’s goals, but we’ll also make sure it’s actually doable given their schedule. All homework is available through PDF, so no need to purchase any extra materials.
As a parent, you’ll receive a report after each session, detailing what was covered, how your child is doing, and what homework needs to be completed by the next session. No more wondering whether your child is actually making progress.
Not sure yet whether online tutoring will work for your child? I offer a satisfaction guarantee for the first session. It’s important to me that I only work with students who feel we’re a good match, so if you’re not 100% satisfied after the first session, the session fee will be completely refunded.
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“Carrie is an amazing tutor. I chose her out of many because she understood exactly what the goal was…to improve my son’s PSAT scores. Even though we were in different states, my son and Carrie were able to meet every week. After every session, she touched bases with me, letting me know what they worked on and what he needed to work on independently. My son is a good test taker and I had some doubts that he could improve much more but he did with the help of Carrie. My son improved so much on the PSAT, that he is now NMSC eligible, scoring in the 99th percentile with a PERFECT math score. He felt confident after the PSAT and scheduled the SAT, while still meeting with Carrie on a weekly basis. SAT scores just came in and he is again in the 99th percentile with a PERFECT math score again. I highly recommend Carrie. She is super professional, knowledgeable, and always responds to my questions and requests. THANKS, CARRIE!!!“
“Carrie is extremely professional and knowledgeable. She knows how to communicate with the students. She helped my daughter tremendously not only with knowledge and strategies for taking her SAT, but also helped raise her confidence level. Carrie has been invaluable and I would recommend her blindly!“
“Carrie was very focused and consistent. She diagnosed the material my son most needed to learn, then worked through the parts that were hardest for him. She gave him homework assignments at each session to maximize the efficiency of the tutoring hours. She’s got a nice temperament and obviously cares a lot. We’re very pleased with her work and may hire her for a refresher or two right before the SAT test.“
“As an already high-scoring SAT student, I wasn’t planning on getting a tutor for my final run of the test. I am so glad that I ended up pursuing tutoring and found Carrie. Over 7 two-hour lessons, she gave me the tools to improve significantly. Her amiability and patience are surpassed only by her extensive knowledge of the SAT itself; not only does she know the subject matter and how to teach it effectively, she also gave me strategies tailored to the test to increase my efficiency and overall confidence. In the end, I increased my score 70 points to earn a 1540. I believe much of that improvement is due to Carrie. Bottom line: Carrie is amazing!“
“Carrie has delivered beyond expectations with an excellent understanding of what needs to be learned to test well and how to adapt her program to individual students.“
“Very responsive and describes exactly what happens in each session, what was accomplished, and what needs work for desired results.“
“Carrie is simply incredible! I had only seen looks of desperation from my daughter when the conversation turned to the SAT, but she was so energized and confident after just the second session saying that things just made so much more sense. Thank you, Carrie, for all that you’re doing to help us!“