COVID-19 Announcement

Due to school cancellations and concerns over COVID-19, we’ll be tutoring over Skype for the foreseeable future. If you’d like to keep your appointments in the coming weeks, please let us know your Skype username. If you’d like to cancel your appointments, please give us a call or text us at 510-984-1234. If you don’t … Continued

Black Lives Matter

Ben & Jerry said it best: “They matter because they are children, brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers. They matter because the injustices they face steal from all of us — white people and people of color alike. They steal our very humanity. Systemic and institutionalized racism are the defining civil rights and social justice issues of … Continued

Recommended Resources for Test-prep Tutoring

If you’ve signed up for test-prep tutoring, please check out our recommended books below. We’ve found that these tend to work best for us and our students. A combination of both tips and tricks and exercises can be found in all of our selections. See you in class! ACT The Complete Guide to ACT English, … Continued

ACT and SAT Test Dates

  2020-2021 SAT Test Dates Test Date Offers Subject Tests August 29, 2020 Yes September 26, 2020 No October 3, 2020 Yes November 7, 2020 Yes December 5, 2020 Yes March 13, 2021 No May 8, 2021 Yes June 5, 2021 Yes

The SAT Subject Tests: A Guide

What are they? The SAT Subject Tests are 1-hour long tests based on high school coursework. They’re intended to help students showcase their academic strengths. The College Board offers 20 different subject tests spanning 5 subject areas. Much like individual SAT sections, each subject test is scored on a scale from 200-800. What are the … Continued

Anxiety and Test Prep

Test anxiety may be more common than you think. According to a 2010 study, test anxiety affects between 10-40% of all students. In fact, these percentages continue to rise as students are exposed to more standardized tests throughout their schooling. “Studies have shown that students with low levels of test anxiety get higher scores on … Continued

Poem of the Week: Walt Whitman

I Saw in Louisiana A Live-Oak Growing I saw in Louisiana a live-oak growing,All alone stood it and the moss hung down from the branches,Without any companion it grew there uttering joyous leaves of dark green,And its look, rude, unbending, lusty, made me think of myself,But I wonder’d how it could utter joyous leaves standing … Continued

Job Openings

We currently have job openings for the following positions: Administrative Assistant Statistics Tutor Chemistry Tutor SAT/ACT Prep To apply, please send a copy of your resume to Olivia at [email protected] Statistics Tutor We are hiring for a statistics tutor who can tutor AP statistics and introductory college statistics. Job candidates should also be comfortable teaching … Continued

Call for Submissions!

We’re now accepting fiction, poetry, and nonfiction entries for the first edition of The Alpha College Press Literary Journal. Please see guidelines for submissions below. Guidelines Must currently be enrolled in high school or a college/university Fiction and nonfiction submissions must be between 300-4,000 words Poetry submissions should be a minimum of 10 lines All … Continued

Writing Haiku

History Haiku originated in Japan in the 9th century and was originally a form of poetry for peasants. A haiku usually features an image that depicts the essence of a specific moment. The Japanese used haiku to clear and refresh their minds and connect with the natural world. In fact, all haiku are related to … Continued