FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Are the virtual lessons just face-to-face discussions?
No. I created PowerPoint slides to better engage students and to visually reinforce the material I cover.

2. If ACT essays are optional, why bother writing one, especially after the College Board abandoned the SAT essay?

Even though only a handful of colleges currently require standardized-exam essays, a student who writes an ACT essay will stand out in the crowd. Moreover, I hear time and again from parents and guardians that my lessons and feedback helped raise their high schoolers' general writing skills, which will serve them for a lifetime.

​3. I want to write a practice essay for you to review, but I don't have access to a scanner. Any suggestions?

I recommend downloading a mobile-scanner app. The following one is free if you don't mind an unobtrusive watermark at the bottom of each scanned page: https://www.camscanner.com/user/download. Or if you have an iPhone, just open a new document on the Notes app and click on the camera icon to use the "Scan Documents" option.
 

4. As long as it's legible, handwriting doesn't matter on the ACT essay, right?

Wrong. It's human nature to judge appearances, and scorers subconsciously judge essay content based on how it looks. When I review essays, I pay close attention to the handwriting and offer tips on how to make it appear more sophisticated and appealing. Relatively simple changes, such as adjusting the size, slant or height of letters, can lead to higher scores.

5. What payment methods do you accept?

Credit card, PayPal, Venmo, personal check or cash—paid before or at the start of the session. In the case of college-application-essay guidance other than "jump start," please call, text, WhatsApp or email me about payment terms (some of the work is completed on my own).