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 most colleges currently don't require standardized-exam essays, a student who writes one 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. Can I send photos instead?
It depends on the quality of the photographs. I recommend downloading a mobile-scanner app. The following one is easy to use—and it's free if you don't mind an unobtrusive watermark at the bottom of each scanned page: https://www.camscanner.com/user/download.
4. Does handwriting matter on ACT essays?
Yes, but writing legibly isn't enough. 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 more 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).