These are low-cost classes, scheduled in area high schools. They include: test-taking tips and strategies, a review of math formulae, terminology, concepts, and short-cuts. Students gain experience by practicing test questions in class and instructors not only provide answers but also discuss how to solve problems and use logic to derive correct answers. Instructors may include Ms. Rebecca Mason as well as other experienced instructors on Dr. Gagnon’s team. Courses are held throughout the Baltimore, Howard, Carroll, Montgomery, Frederick and Anne Arundel County areas.

Total for School-based SAT-ACT-PSAT Courses is $399. Students should plan on attending all class parts. Students with scheduling conflicts might possibly be able to mix locations or make up missed parts for an additional fee, if they can plan this well in advance before all courses have concluded.  Please contact Dr. Gagnon directly at for details and fees for JUMP START AP CALCULUS COURSE.

$399 fee for School-based SAT-ACT-PSAT courses includes tuition, a workbook, exclusive access to an on-line tutorial, class materials, strategy hand-outs, and a $25 non-refundable registration fee.

Cancellation policy: All requests for a refund must be made in writing and received before the first day of the class. Requests for refunds must be sent to only. Please do not send requests to “admin” nor to “PayPal.” Any e-mail sent to those addresses will NOT be sent to Dr. Gagnon. All refunds are subject to the $25 non-refundable registration fee. Refunds will be issued in the form of a check. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

Please check the schedule for dates of upcoming school-based courses.

To register for School-based courses, please check the registration page of this site.


SEMI-PRIVATE TUTORIALS ( 2-10 students/ class)

Classes are very small: the range is 2-10 (maximum) students. Students receive 16 hours of instruction. These classes are intensive and thorough. Students are assigned homework which is checked. Student progress is monitored carefully. Content: special attention is given to Reading and Writing skills as well as the Mathematics portions of the new SAT and PSAT. The course includes a thorough review of math concepts, definitions, and skills. An individualized strategy is developed for each student. Effective reading techniques are taught. Semi-private classes also emphasize vocabulary development, grammar skills, essay writing, and confidence building. Please call or email Dr. Gagnon for fees and other details (410)442-1600. Dr. Gagnon and Ms. Mason developed this innovative curriculum. Ms. Mason and our very experienced tutors teach these courses.

Dates for upcoming 2016 Semi-private Tutorials:  

SEMI-PRIVATE TUTORIAL SCHEDULE for 2017, (attend all dates listed for that section)

Tentative dates listed for each Tutorial (students attend all dates listed):

January tutorial schedule: Jan. 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 17 + 19. (Weekday classes meet 4:30-6:30 and on Sunday from 9 am – noon.) TWO spaces are still available for our January Semi-private tutorial. Please contact Martha at today, if interested in registering.

February tutorial is scheduled for: Feb. 21, 26, 27, March 1, 5, 6 and 8, 2017. (Weekday classes will probably meet 4:30-6:30 and on Sunday, maybe 9 am – noon.)

Space is very limited, so please register early.

For more information or to REGISTER, please contact Martha Gagnon at



ALSO: private tutoring for the English and Math SAT Subject Tests

A very limited number of private tutoring sessions is available. Personalized instruction is available and is scheduled at times mutually convenient to Ms. Mason and our other experienced tutors and the student. Math (only) or  Reading (only) or Writing (only) or Essay (only) is also available. Students practice using actual SAT’s and ACT’s that were given to students in the past. Homework is given and checked. An INITIAL CONSULTATION is required before starting either our private or Semi-private tutorials. In this one-hour consultation with the student and at least one parent, Dr. Gagnon or Ms. Mason will analyze the results of previous testing (e.g. PSAT or SAT), complete an item-analysis, identify areas of strengths/weaknesses, and make specific recommendations for the student’s consideration. Students will receive a written report of Dr. Gagnon’s recommendation.


Dr. Gagnon assists students and their parents in every aspect of the college selection process. She helps families construct an initial list of colleges that match the student’s interests, abilities, as well as the family’s financial situation. She provides counseling regarding completing the application process, writing the personal statement or essay, identifying people to provide strong references, scheduling a successful campus visit, as well as understanding the financial aid and scholarship process. If requested, she will provide career tests and personality inventories to help students choose a major and identify possible career options. She will also provide guidance regarding high school and/or college course selection.


Dr. Gagnon is available to consult with parents over the telephone regarding academic issues such as course selection, PSAT/ SAT preparation, college selection. Please contact Dr. Gagnon for fees.


PSAT and SAT and ACT  Preparation: Classes meet in schools on Saturdays, Sundays, or week nights. Tuition is very low. Participating schools: Centennial, Howard, Reservoir, Good Counsel (Montgomery Co.), St. John’s Catholic Prep (Frederick), South Carroll HS (Carroll Co.)

Two types of Parent Programs Held in Schools: These are one-hour presentations on two topics: TOPIC #1 ‘The PSAT -SAT- ACT’ and TOPIC #2′ The College Selection Process’. Contact Dr. Gagnon at for more details and to schedule.