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    • A C.
    • West Springfield, VA
    •  0 friends
    •  1 review

    3/21/2020

    Kate is an incredible teacher and tutor!  She is a hidden gem in the NOVA area and has been helping students for over 30 years!  Kate helped my 3 children over the past few years, and did in a few weeks what other places try to do in months, to prepare students for the ACT and SAT.  In addition to practicing & reviewing the tests every week, Kate teaches students how to read, think, analyze, and answer questions properly!

    All my 3 children scored in the upper 30’s on the ACT, the highest being 35 (out of 36), an increase of 5 – 10 points per child.  And at least a couple of hundred points higher on the SAT each.  Kate is truly magical and transforms children’s thought process and improves their critical thinking skills with her vast knowledge and experience!

  • Cindy G.
    • Cindy G.
    • Great Falls, VA
    •  0 friends
    •  8 reviews

    5/13/2017

    A trusted friend had enrolled her daughter with Kate Dalby a year or two earlier (the daughter, who is extremely intelligent in any case, got 800s on her SAT).  She recommended Kate to us and we have enrolled our three kids, one for Spring 2017 (now underway), two for the summer (have not begun).

    After one session, our daughter’s ACT average went from a 31 to a 34.5; after a few sessions, a session later her math SAT was up to a 780 and she knew exactly why she had missed the two questions that cost her a perfect score.  Her verbal had increased slightly to mid-700s – both are still works in progress.  We have found Kate always available to consultation in person and by phone – and our emails have been answered almost instantly, even over the weekend.

    We began the process with complimentary, no-obligation practice ACT tests, diagnosis and recommendations for each of our kids.  The tests were graded immediately and the feedback was interesting and useful.  A friend of ours had his two kids take the test and was amazed at how quickly and accurately Kate was able to identify the specific areas where they needed help.

    The office is small and comfortable, and Kate teaches all the classes herself.  Her maximum is 12 students per class; my daughter’s Spring class has two students (one Langley, one TJ), very personal attention.  We have yet to see class size for the other two.  I am writing this review a bit early in the process because, but for our trusted friend’s recommendation, we would not have known about Kate and thought others might like to consider her.  We will update when all the classes are complete.

  • Karen A.
    • Karen A.
    • Oakton, VA
    •  40 friends
    •  1 review

    5/6/2016

    Kate helped my older child with TJ admissions and PSAT test prep. It helped a lot, I credit kate for the extra boost that helped achieve National Merit Scholar Semifinalist and an 800 on Math SAT and  TJ class of 2015. My younger child also found Kate’s course offerings helpful and thinks that extra boost helped secure admission to TJ class of 2020 to great relief, because child was really determined to follow older sibling and has no doubts about wanting to excel at TJ. My kids looked forward to sessions with Dalby and Inspiring Test Prep and always found them enjoyable.

  • Ahkar P.
    • Ahkar P.
    • Falls Church, VA
    •  202 friends
    •  1 review

    12/20/2015

    Ms. Dalby is not only knowledgeable, but also very helpful. If you do not get a concept she will explain until you achieve perfect clarity. When I came to her my senior after I took the ACT and was at a 25 composite. After only a couple of weeks, the next test I got a 28. Only in a few weeks I improved by 3 points and the best of all my super score was a 30. From a 25 to a superscore of 30, I have came a long way. It would not have been possible without her. She makes learning fun and exciting.

  • Niles R.
    • Niles R.
    • Arlington, VA
    •  12 friends
    •  1 review

    10/8/2015

    I started with a 29 act composite and got a 32 on my first test, 35 on the second one. She really helps, and she knows the tests inside and out. She will give you one on one review for all the tests you take, and prepare you as best she can

  • Nate L.
    • Nate L.
    • McLean, VA
    •  0 friends
    •  1 review
    10/8/2015
    Great tutoring service. I came in with a 29 ACT composite and left with a 31 after only a few weeks of tutoring. Ms. Dalby knows her stuff and gives you practical tips that really do help when taking the test. I’d recommend Inspiring Test Prep to anyone who wishes to improve either their SAT or ACT score.
2020-04-06T16:46:51-04:00

A Thank You Note from a Client

To Dr Weinstein:

From: MIA MCINERNEY <miaxxxxcom>

Sent: Monday, October 7, 2019 7:53 AM

To: Aimee Weinstein

Subject: Amazing – we have progress and thank you

Hi Aimee,

I don’t know what magic potion you gave Alex when you met with him yesterday, in jut an hour no less but he came out of there more enthusiastic than ever!!  He asked me not to talk on the way home because he had all these thoughts in his head about his essay (a great thing) and then he walked in and banged out over 650 words.  I did not ask him to read it bec I want this to be his own thing but I wanted to THANK you for nudging him along. I think it’s a wonderful sign.  He has only one application he is turning in on October 15th (Georgia Tech) and then they also have a short essay question that he is working on – basically “why do you want to come to GA Tech”?  After common app essay is finished, I asked him to check in with you about the 2 Princeton essay supplements he has to do for November 1st.

I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you.  You have unloaded about 500 pounds of pressure from all of us – single handedly in an hour!!   Let me know if there is anything I can do to help going forward otherwise, I’ll watch from the sidelines 🙂 and we can keep in touch by email.  He seemed to really enjoy working with you.  Thank you again.

Mia McInerney

Sent from my iPad

2019-10-13T11:53:12-04:00

Another Thank You Note

Dear Ms Dalby
My daughter Bhuvana Pandalai was one of your students . She and I have been helping a lot of parents and students through college application process and preparation during high school. Most of these parents and students don’t even know ACT tests agreed and they have been asking where Bhuvana did her ACT tutoring. I have recommended your center to multiple parents.   I think couple of them have taken your course. One parent came back and said their son get a near perfect score.
I strongly believe Bhuvana’s top ACT scores were the results of your  excellent tutoring and would like to officially put your website as a reference site in our presentation and on our website. Please let me know if you are ok with us doing that.
Sindhu  Rajan

2019-10-12T19:16:58-04:00

Six Quick Tips for the Monster that is the AP Lang Exam!

The AP Language exam is coming up in just over a month and it is always a tough nut to crack.  As a writing professor, I always give my students the same advice when thinking about this particular test.

  1. Study up on your rhetorical devices – make sure you have a strong list of them and can identify them easily in a sentence so you can master those multiple choice questions.
  2. Practice reading passages and answering comprehension questions.  There are a number of websites and books available for specifically this type of practice that covers unique AP Lang type of questions.
  3. Read short passages in pairs and practice writing comparative thesis statements that focus on the ideas of the passages.
  4. PLAN PLAN PLAN! Don’t just write off the cuff – read the selections then write a short plan to guide your essay before you actually write it.  If you don’t plan it out at least a little bit, it will definitely come out sounding disorganized and you might forget an idea or two. 
  5. When practicing for the synthesis essay AND the analytical essay, be sure you are using thesis statements and topic sentences that show HOW a writer uses devices, not just what the author is saying in the passages.
  6. When taking the multiple-choice section of the test, do not take too much time on any one question.  Give your best answer and mark the question to come back and think about after you reach the end.  Very often your brain will re-work questions without you consciously thinking about it so they’re clearer on a second read a few minutes later.

It’s not too late to get a session or two of help before the test.  I’m available evenings and weekends until the test date in the second week of May.  Call or text me at 571/275-6521 for information.
Cheers,
Dr. Aimee Weinstein
Term Assistant Professor, George Mason University
 
PS: I bet you can’t wait until we announce our college essay workshops and tutoring sessions starting in June!  I’m happy to answer questions about those when you call or text.

2019-04-08T22:16:25-04:00