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6 Quick Facts about Miss Gabby's Private Tutoring in Dallas

1) One on One Tutoring (North Dallas) and Skype Tutoring available for SAT/ACT, English, AP English exams, Reading skills
2) All study materials, including SAT/ACT, are provided by me
3) Competitive hourly rates
4) Only official released tests for prep
5) Summer reading lists for all ages
6) Proven track record of score increases for ACT/SAT and English, reading, writing grades

Posted 23 weeks ago

10 Quick SAT and ACT Test Tips


1.) Pay attention to SAT and ACT registration deadlines. Registering late may result in extra fees. Past a certain date, students can no longer register.

2.) Begin to prepare using Official College Board and Official ACT released tests at least 3 months before.

3.) Understand that each test has its own testing strategy; it’s wise to know what they are.

4.) Make sure you arrive early on test day. Don’t eat anything heavy or out of the ordinary for breakfast.

5.) Do not cram and burn yourself out the night before.

6.) Understand the directions for each test. Leave room for little surprises on test day.

7.) Relax- the tests can be re-taken. However, remember this as a way to reduce anxiety. You should still definitely try your 110% best!

8.) Practice vocabulary and math via smartphone apps; delete Instagram and Facebook for a while and flip through formulas and new words on your downtime instead!

9.) Try your best to get a decent night’s sleep the day before.

10.) Engage a study buddy or tutor to keep you accountable for test prep!

I am an experienced SAT and ACT Test Prep tutor in Dallas, TX. Need a tutor? Contact me today!

Posted 67 weeks ago

Parents of High School Students: Take Heed

If your student has entered the latter years of high school, you may have heard words such as “SAT,” “ACT,” “AP Exams,” and “SAT Subject Tests” casually thrown around. What is this and why hasn’t my son/daughter talked to me about it, you wonder, as panic slowly rises in your throat. Fear not- let me give you a quick run down on the what and why and when of these ultra-important exams:

The SAT is a test that students take before applying to college. I encourage prep in the 9th grade. Students usually start taking it their junior year. High scores mean better colleges, better scholarships, and ample opportunities. You want your student to ace this test.  Dates the test is administered varies; you can see upcoming schedules HERE.

The ACT can be taken in lieu of the SAT or in addition to it. Some students score higher on the ACT. The difference between the two is that the SAT contains 3 main subject areas and an optional essay (reading, math, and writing) and the ACT contains 4 and an optional essay (reading, English, science, and math). Have them practice both- see how the student feels. Again, higher scores equal more opportunity.

AP Exams are taken at the end of junior and senior years. No, students are NOT required to have completed AP courses before attempting an AP Exam. They can study for one using the designated College Board AP Exam book. If the student scores high enough, they will receive college credit. Students save not only money, but an entire semester as well.

SAT Subject Tests vary from English to Biology to Chemistry and more; generally, these tests are specifically requested as a part of the application process at some universities, especially the really competitive ones. ALL Ivy League schools will request that students submit SAT Subject Test scores. The College Board (the creators of the AP Exams, Courses, SAT and SAT Subject Tests) have study guides for each SAT Subject Test.

Still kind of confused? I consult frazzled parents during the college admissions process; contact me for further information. I’d love to help you!

Posted 83 weeks ago