SAT Verbal & Essay

Strategies to raise SAT verbal & essay scores! I can help!

Preparation helps most students score higher on all verbal parts of the SAT.

I encourage you to take and score the short-answer parts on your own time, and I review with you incorrect answers and lucky guesses. As you become more alert to errors in grammar, idiom, and punctuation, your errors will decrease—you’ll also become a better writer.

There’s a good reason why the College Board now includes an essay. As one student quoted in The New York Times said, “You can’t fake good writing. If you can’t write a complete sentence, that’s going to show, and I think that’s a good thing for colleges to know.” I share with you strategies for writing high-scoring essays.

“Working with Anne is truly a rewarding experience. She doesn't simply tell you what to write or what the grammar rules are; she engages you in conversation and thought, leading you through ideas, at the same time guiding you around shaky sentences and colorless vocabulary. She excites you with her own energy and enthusiasm for your writing, no matter what topic you present her with. She has a way of bringing out the best aspects of your idea, building upon it and showing you how to extract the creme de la creme to write a deeply insightful piece. 

I absolutely love every meeting with Anne! Besides being such a treat to work with, Anne also deserves my thanks for helping me improve my SAT score. Thank you so much for your amazing personality and all your help.

Caroline Shen, Gunn High School, Class of 2008

2014-06-23T06:50:35+00:00

Caroline Shen, Gunn High School, Class of 2008

“Working with Anne is truly a rewarding experience. She doesn’t simply tell you what to write or what the grammar rules are; she engages you in conversation and thought, leading you through ideas, at the same time guiding you around shaky sentences and colorless vocabulary. She excites you with her own energy and enthusiasm for View Full →

“As a friend, mentor, guide, and helper, Anne exceeds any expectations that I might have had coming in for her services! Whether it was the confusing conundrum that was my Lit homework, test prep, or just getting an invaluable second opinion on a speech or application, Anne has helped me achieve my goals and has inspired me to go beyond mediocre expectations. Finally, a flexible teacher who understands my needs and values them! Thank you, Anne!"

Linda Xu

2014-06-23T06:51:56+00:00

Linda Xu

“As a friend, mentor, guide, and helper, Anne exceeds any expectations that I might have had coming in for her services! Whether it was the confusing conundrum that was my Lit homework, test prep, or just getting an invaluable second opinion on a speech or application, Anne has helped me achieve my goals and has View Full →

“Anne Knight is a great teacher. In the past, I have had English teachers who taught me writing and SAT prep. But Ms. Knight is by far the best.

I have learned valuable techniques for writing. She taught me how to approach a topic, zero in on good examples used in essays, and organize the content of essays to make them more appealing to readers. More importantly, she taught me how to express my ideas in a simple and concise way. Now I write with confidence."

Alex Yee, Palo Alto H.S., Northwestern, Class of 2010

2014-06-23T06:53:02+00:00

Alex Yee, Palo Alto H.S., Northwestern, Class of 2010

“Anne Knight is a great teacher. In the past, I have had English teachers who taught me writing and SAT prep. But Ms. Knight is by far the best. I have learned valuable techniques for writing. She taught me how to approach a topic, zero in on good examples used in essays, and organize the View Full →

“As a parent for whom English will always be his second language and whose college years were spent outside of the United States, I felt quite anxious about the task of helping my son with college application process, especially as it concerned writing good, powerful essays.

I knew very soon after Matthew began studying with Anne that my worries were over. He enjoyed the sessions, and there was clear indication of Anne's professional, methodical, and creative approach to developing his writing skills. In just a few sessions, he learned how to structure the short 25-minute essays for SAT. While developing essays for college applications, Matthew found in Anne a thoughtful and demanding advisor who helped him find the ways to express himself in the most effective way.

I would not hesitate to recommend Anne's coaching services to anybody as I already have on a few occasions."

Ken Auerbach (Parent)

2014-06-23T06:55:08+00:00

Ken Auerbach (Parent)

“As a parent for whom English will always be his second language and whose college years were spent outside of the United States, I felt quite anxious about the task of helping my son with college application process, especially as it concerned writing good, powerful essays. I knew very soon after Matthew began studying with View Full →