Making the grade with an Internet tutor |

Making the grade with an Internet tutor

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – It’s no secret that the best way to improve at something is to learn from our mistakes. The SAT and ACT tests are no different.

“If you can figure out where you went wrong, and why, chances are you will not make the same mistake again,” said John Haskell, a Snowmass Village resident and tutor who recently launched a website designed to help students improve their college entrance exam scores. “That is what I am doing with this new website.”

Called Answer Explanations, the online resource gives subscribers detailed explanations to questions from real SAT, ACT, PSAT and PLAN tests. The service is offered at two levels – single-item access, which includes answer explanations for one test, and full membership for answer explanations to all tests. There are also several free features, which any student can access.

“I think all the information on the site is helpful, from the actual answer explanations to the study guides and more,” said Haskell, who came up with the idea for the website after years of tutoring high school students in the Roaring Fork Valley. “It is really designed to be user-friendly, easily accessible and affordable.”

In fact, the website is designed for all types of students with all sorts of goals.

“If you do not work with a tutor and are instead preparing for the SAT, ACT, PSAT or PLAN on your own, Answer Explanations is like having your own private tutor at a fraction of the cost,” the website states. “If you already work with a tutor … use Answer Explanations to supplement your studying.

“Answer Explanations is like having a tutor on call 24 hours a day.”

The premise is simple. Students take the test of their choice and sign up to get their answers back (all tests offer this option at certain times). When the answers are returned, students buy the correct answers and explanations from Haskell. By studying where they went wrong, students improve their scores the next time around.

“My son found John’s strategies extremely useful, and his test results went up significantly,” Alison Osius said. “Private tutoring comes at a premium. This site is very rich in information but an incredible bargain.”

Osius’ son agreed.

“I found him to be a very nice teacher and great person,” said Teddy Benge, a Roaring Fork High student who will attend Middlebury College. “He knows the tests very well.”

Indeed, Haskell has invested huge amounts of time and energy into helping local students achieve success.

“What I am really hoping to do with this is help kids figure out what their goals are and reach them – whether they can hire a tutor or not,” he said. “The idea is to create something that all students can benefit from.”

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