Welcome Minnetonka Students
"I took the ACT prep class that you taught in June (2018) and I just got my scores back from the July ACT. I wanted to thank you and Mrs. Hitchcock for helping me improve my score drastically.
My composite score increased from 27 to 33."
"Mr. Surver's PSAT prep class both motivated me to put in the work to improve my score and placed me in a positive environment with other serious, driven students. The teachers' experience and test strategies combined with these other factors helped me become a projected national merit scholar semifinalist, and I can't even put a price on that. I would recommend the class to any student who's serious about improving their score and looking for help."
Goal: National Merit PSAT Prep
Goal PSAT score of 1520 (top one half of 1% nationally)
I developed this course after seeing the tremendous difference it can make to achieve the honor of “National Merit Scholar.” I have two daughters – both of which got very high ACT scores. Both decided to go to the same college – but one scored a little bit better on the PSAT test and got a 4 year full ride scholarship because she got the National Merit designation – the other got a small scholarship, but the national merit was worth at least $50,000 more in scholarships at this school. All because of a couple points difference on one test in the fall of Junior year.
We ran this course last year to great success – seeing our numbers of national merit scholars jump significantly from the year prior to this year!
This is a high-speed course developed specifically for Juniors (or overachieving Sophomores) who are already top students in Math and English and who want to improve their chances of becoming a National Merit Scholar finalist. This designation has in the past led to as many as 55 colleges offering these students a full ride (free tuition, room and board.) Since these students already have much of the base knowledge required for the test, this class will be focusing on how tackle some of the toughest questions, and teaching those extra few skills (like statistics that very few have had) that can move them from a great PSAT score to an amazing one.
Even if you don’t score high enough to get national merit, the material you’ll be studying is very similar to that of the high end questions from the ACT and SAT tests so you’ll be achieving two goals with one course. Some items that will be covered include: going over actual past test questions that have been tough for Minnetonka students, testing strategies, how to properly study on your own, confidence building, timed exercises, and what to do on the day before and the day of the PSAT to get in the zone. We record videos in case the student misses class – and they can watch it later at their leisure.
PSAT Prep Wednesday Workshops. Sign up for the brick and mortar, in-class option, $250 Here. Meets September 12, 19, 26, & Oct 3. 6:30PM-8:30PM – this also includes the videos of our classroom instruction in case you miss a day.
Individual One on One Tutoring for the ACT- $250 for a 90 minute session Here. - scheduled at a date and time that is mutually agreed upon.
Work with David Surver himself on the math and science portion of the ACT. Nothing beats one on one attention for focusing in on individual needs. David is a nationally board certified teacher who has tutored hundreds of hours prepping kids for the ACT test. He won the Minnetonka Teacher of the year in 2014 and competed for Minnesota teacher of the year. His passion for teaching shows through and kids grow quickly under his care. One student from the class of 2018 improved from a 28 to a 34 using Mr. Surver for his Math and Science tutoring.
"HIt Your Target" ACT Prep Class
Goal ACT 28-36 (top 10% nationally)
This is a high-speed course developed specifically for students who already have a good understanding of the material on the ACT, but need some tips to get that leg up for selective colleges or competitive scholarships. In this range, each point gives students a massive advantage over others applying for the same things. Since these students already have much of the base knowledge required for the ACT, this class will be focusing on how to best use that knowledge and teaching those extra few skills that can move them from a good ACT score to a great one. Some items that will be covered include: diagnostic tests, testing strategies, how to properly study on your own, confidence building, timed exercises, how to do specific types of problems on the ACT, recorded videos in case the student misses class, practice problems done in class, take-home practice, calculator programs and how to use them, and what to do on the day before and the day of the ACT.
2019 Spring Dates to be determined.
"Reach Your Goals" ACT Prep Class
Goal ACT 22+ (top 50% nationally)
This is a unique course developed for students to focus on the basics of the ACT. The skills we focus on are the ones that will be found on the majority of the questions of the test. We will focus less on the topics that might appear on one question and more on the topics that are consistently covered on multiple questions of the ACT. This way, students can quickly and solidly learn what they need to know to get a great score on the ACT, and build the confidence to put it all out there on the test. A score of 22+ opens doors at all four-year institutions in the MNSCU system and assists athletes hoping to compete at the D1 or D2 level. Some items that will be covered include: diagnostic tests, testing strategies, how to properly study on your own, confidence building, timed exercises, which topics are on the ACT, recorded videos in case the student misses class, practice problems completed in class, take-home practice, calculator programs and how to use them, and what to do on the day before and the day of the ACT.
2019 Spring Dates to be determined.