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Math Tutoring

While Mr Ginsberg retired from teaching mathematics to mostly high school students after a 22 year career this past May, he is continuing his tutoring and test prep practice into its 16th year and beyond!

As a math teacher, Mr G had always seen a strong correlation between practice and testing – but something was amiss. Too many algebra and geometry students would report understanding the covered content and then, voila – the exam comes and it is predictable what happens next! In the spring of 2010, Mr G formed this hypothesis: if he created and gave the students practice exams which simulated the real exam within 2-3 days of taking the exam, the students should perform better than if he didn’t do any practice testing so close to the exam. The results confirmed this causation: in 15 case studies done between March and May of 2010 of high school students from pre-algebra, 1st year algebra, geometry, and 2nd year algebra, there was an average 24% increase! Mr Ginsberg felt this data validated what he already knew to be true : for the largest performance boast, tutoring was necessary but not sufficient – simulated test prep would also need to be part of any math intervention!

This year, as a recent retiree with more time on his hands than in many years, to get optimum results, Mr Ginsberg plans to continue to provide test practice for his math tutoring students.

SAT & ACT Prep

As a teen in the early 80’s growing up in S. California, Mr Ginsberg took the SAT exam, since it was the only one available to Cali students. As a high school senior before attending universities such as UCSB and UCLA, Mr Ginsberg took his SAT exam twice. The maximum score one could obtain was 1600 for just the math and reading sections. Test prep was a expensive luxury run by primarily by 2 companies – and most students didn’t do it. Mr Ginsberg was part of that majority and didn’t prepare the first time and scored a very humble 740. __After some preparation, several months later, he scored 790 – a modest 50 point gain. However, he was admitted to UCSB based on his GPA in the fall of 1983. While a freshman In his fall semester at UCSB, in order to challenge himself to improve, Mr G prepared for about a month on this own, took the exam a 3rd time, and scored a much improved 910 , 170 points better than the first time! Although certainly not earth-shattering, without outside experts to provide the necessary structure, this certainly revealed the correlation between preparation, maturation, and performance!__

Fast forward to 2009 when Mr Ginsberg and a partner formed a company exclusively devoted to improving these college admission test scores! He had been a high school math teacher in the PVUSD for the past 11 years to that point and decided to take a “cold” ACT math exam. He scored a 30 out of 36 possible points. From here, he studied the system and decided to incorporate these college test prep services into his tutoring practice and has done so for the past 6 years to date!

Mr Ginsberg has helped hundreds of Arizona students prepare for both the ACT and SAT exams. Last year, he helped ACT test takers score an average 4 point gain on their composite scores and SAT test takers scored an average of 190 points. Mr Ginsberg believes in the customized 2-front attack to test prep: provide student practice to work on content based on their weaknesses AND also create the structure to closely match and simulate the testing environment as often as possible. As a teen in the early 80’s growing up in S. California, Mr Ginsberg took the SAT exam, since it was the only one available to Cali students. As a high school senior before attending universities such as UCSB and UCLA, Mr Ginsberg took his SAT exam twice. The maximum score one could obtain was 1600 for just the math and reading sections. Test prep was a expensive luxury run by primarily by 2 companies – and most students didn’t do it. Mr Ginsberg was part of that majority and didn’t prepare the first time and scored a very humble 740. After some preparation, several months later, he scored 790 – a modest 50 point gain. However, he was admitted to UCSB based on his GPA in the fall of 1983. While a freshman In his fall semester at UCSB, in order to challenge himself to improve, Mr G prepared for about a month on this own, took the exam a 3rd time, and scored a much improved 910 , 170 points better than the first time! Although certainly not earth-shattering, without outside experts to provide the necessary structure, this certainly revealed the correlation between preparation, maturation, and performance!