The typical test prep experience:
Take a practice test.
Check your answers.
Someone tells you what you did wrong and how to do the problems ‘correctly’.
Learn a handful of test prep tricks and strategies.
Take another practice test.
But how much did you improve? Probably not much. More importantly, is it the score improvement you need to get into your dream college?
Why do other test prep methods take so long?
Why do these test prep methods take so many hours of time with little result?
Because you aren’t fixing you.
All these practice sections and classes and coaches are trying to mold you in to some predetermined list of strategies - strategies that work for most people most of the time.
But, you are the one taking the test. No one is fixing YOUR mistakes. No one is custom fitting strategies so you can avoid your errors.
My method will get you better results in much less time.
I know how to fix your mistakes to make you better and maximize your score.
In my experience, only about 20% of your mistakes are related to content, like knowing the area of a triangle or rules for pronouns.
That means 80% of your mistakes are mostly likely execution mistakes.
You know the material - you know how to add fractions, let’s say - but you made a calculation error or misread the question or didn’t fully answer what the question was asking.
A mini-case study - “Calculator Section Failure”
Jenna is a great example of someone who had plateaued in her score - in this case on the Calculator section of the SAT.
Jenna was incredibly frustrated because she knew the math. She was in PreCalculus and doing well, but when it came to doing the Calculator section on the test she was missing a bunch of questions that she knew she should have been getting right.
Working through my process, Jenna began to see a pattern in the way she was missing the questions.
She captured her mistake this way,
“I think my strategy on the Calculator section has been to NOT use my calculator!”
This single insight, that she was subconsciously avoiding calculator use, transformed her approach to the math section and, in turn, her SAT math score.
What other successful clients are saying:
“Mr. Doty understood my capabilities and pushed me to achieve the scores that I deserved while also developing my critical thinking skills. Mr. Doty's SAT and ACT tutoring gave me the means to become a self-sufficient test taker with the capability of applying strategies and knowledge on my own.” - Chris Johnson
"Kevin raised my daughters ACT Math score by 9 points and SAT Math by 100 points. He is simply phenomenal!!” - Michelle Harrison
"KEVIN DOTY ROCKS! He cares about his students - if you want the best tutor - Kevin Doty is your answer!” - Donna Hopf
Go beyond the test.
There are a lot of test prep tutors and companies out there. Many of them can help you by teaching you basic strategies and giving you practice exams. For some students this is effective because it gives time to get used to the test and to build their confidence. It is also effective for students who need extra help with their math or reading skills. If this is you or your student, then this course is not for you.
If you are a solid student with work or extracurriculars, you don’t want to spend long hours in test prep classes or with tutors. In just 10 hours, my method will not only teach you the foundational strategies for each section of the SAT or ACT, but will also train you to identify, correct and refine your approach to the test to maximize your score.
Other people can help you with the test. I will teach you to master these tests. And master yourself.
Areas of Expertise
Standardized Test prep
The high school and college admission process is fraught with myriad challenges, but one of the most important is a student's standardized test score. Kevin A Doty Tutors brings a unique combination of academic expertise, educational theory and over 10,000 hours of test coaching experience to help every student strive for their best score.
Sometimes students need help with their academics that goes beyond the teacher, their parents and their classmates. Kevin A Doty Tutors strives to not only meet the needs of students who are struggling but to transform these students by giving them the background, tools, and confidence they need to not just pass their classes but to excel.
Custom Curriculum and Training
While most students respond well to proven educational strategies and techniques, some students have particular needs that go beyond these solutions. Kevin A Doty Tutors develops and executes custom educational solutions by partnering with the student, their school and their families to meet their educational needs and help them succeed. This has been especially helpful for full-time student athletes as well as students with debilitating physical and emotional issues.
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