A Student-Centered Way

The following letter is adapted from a correspondence with a parent of a seventeen-year-old student I have been tutoring.
Dear [Parent of Student],
Thank you for asking about my tutoring services in relation to the SAT. My educational specialty is in the more holistic side of writing and the humanities. I am certainly able to look over your son’s essay and help him gain proficiency in it based on the test’s prompts, but I am not a SAT specialist. There are some tutors who market themselves as SAT/ACT specialists, and they often charge $70-100 per hour, though they may not attune to the individual person who the student is, with their unique learning direction, personality, challenges and gifts. I find great happiness in choosing this “whole-person” school of thought as a professional educator. While I can and sometimes do work with a student’s score results from a standardized test, I do not overemphasize focus on that method of gauging a student’s abilities, nor do I teach or tutor “to the test”.
All that being said, I welcome and encourage you to send me a copy of his essay, if available, and whatever other relevant information about the test he took (which of the three different SATs was it?) and I would be happy to review it and work with him on it.
The great thing about the SAT’s essay portion is that they really are just looking for over-all good writing. This is often accomplished through the student-centered way I tutor, as much as (or more than) the test-centered methods of other tutoring styles.
I am looking forward to continuing to work with your son on his writing! I have seen him improve greatly already, gaining aptitude and stylistic clarity with the written word since beginning to work with him. I am available this coming week or on Saturday again. Let me know what day and time works best for you and for him.
Thank you!
Sincerely,
Amber “MV” Valett
Big Dipper Tutoring & Writing LLC
425.633.4386
bigdippertutoring@protonmail.com
website: bigdippertutoring.com

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