ACT ONLINE TUTORING
Bobby Hood is an online tutor for the ACT. He focuses on critical thinking and a mindful approach to the ACT that helps students quickly and efficiently move to their highest potential scores.
In high school, Bobby scored 35 on the ACT. He was a National Merit Finalist and received a full-tuition National Merit Scholarship to TCU.
Bobby Hood became a tutor in 2011, and quickly rose to be one of the nation’s most sought-after ACT tutors. Bobby tutors students all over the nation (and the world) one-on-one for the ACT through his personal online classroom. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
How should you prepare for college?
How do you score 35 on the ACT, as I did?
To get the highest scores, you need very strong grammar and reading comprehension skills, as well as strong math and science skills.
Reading for fun starting at an early age is essential. It also helps to do crossword puzzles and math puzzles. But simply having good grammar skills, good reading skills, and good math skills won’t get you that high score. You need to know the tricks of the test to get into those high percentiles.
Consider this: the ACT tests algebra, geometry, and basic math theory and arithmetic, plus a small amount of trig and advanced math. You may already be taking calculus… but that’s not tested on the ACT.
So why aren’t you getting a great score on the ACT? Not because you don’t know the math. Instead, it’s because you don’t realize that the ACT math test is a lot more about careful reading and good pacing skills than it is about knowing math. The same goes for the ACT science test: you don’t need to know science, you just need to be good at seeing trends in data and understanding how the scientific method works.
For example, you come to a math question, and you know how to solve it, but it’s going to take you five minutes to do so. And if you do that, you will run out of time to finish the remaining problems.
What you need are strategies, such as math tricks for doing the questions quickly and easily rather than slowly and laboriously. A student with advanced math skills can often focus too hard on “completely solving” the problem, rather than simply finding the answer among the choices given.
Similarly, on the ACT reading test, it’s very tempting to spend a lot of time reading and understanding the details of passage, when instead you should be spending your time focusing on the questions and answer choices to find proof to support the correct answer and reasons to mark off the incorrect answers.
Tutoring with me works well not just because I achieved an almost perfect score on the ACT, but also because I am skilled at communicating with students — explaining simple and effective strategies that you will understand, in ways that are interesting and memorable.
I specialize in helping strong students take their scores from good to great, or from great to perfect (or, more typically, almost perfect).
Why is online tutoring better than in-person tutoring?
I have found that for almost all of my students (even those who live near me), online tutoring is significantly superior to face-to-face tutoring. In an online classroom, you and I talk to each other, but instead of looking at each other, we work through questions displayed on a shared whiteboard. We work the questions together and I make notes about the strategies you should use. At the end of the session, you save all the slides as a PDF file for later review.
When I used to do a significant amount of face-to-face tutoring, I realized that in person, students have to divide their attention between discussing and working the questions, listening to what I’m saying, and taking notes on what I’m saying. In online tutoring, you can focus directly on understanding and working the questions, knowing that the notes and strategies will all be saved as a PDF file for later review. It’s more efficient, and provides a better value for the money spent on tutoring.
When should you take the ACT?
Most high school students take the PSAT in the spring of their junior year of high school, and then take the SAT during the fall of their senior year. Because of this focus on the SAT, many students forget about the ACT, or don’t even know it’s an option. This is a shame, since many students will find the ACT much more straightforward than the SAT.
I encourage everyone I know to register their high-school students to take the ACT in 10th or 11th grade — it will give you a benchmark as to how much preparation will be helpful and needed over the coming years, and it will also give you an indication as to whether the SAT might be a better choice, since it includes a narrower range of material.
Should you take the SAT or the ACT? Or both?
Which test is best for you? You won’t know until you’ve tried both of them. But you don’t have to take a full practice SAT and a full practice ACT to find out. Contact me and we’ll send you practice tests so that you can find out which test is better for you. Prep should start during 11th grade (or before), so that you can take the test multiple times and aim for the highest possible score.
Learn from home
Prepare for the test at home, or even when you’re traveling!
Get the highest score you possibly can
Bobby’s goal is to help you achieve your highest potential score.