our story

I thought we started early. My twin sons were in tenth grade when I bought several ACT test prep books and found online resources to help them prepare for the upcoming ACT test in their junior year of high school.
But my sons, like many teens, were not successful preparing on their own. So after taking their first ACT test, they enrolled in a test prep program and had some success.
Because test scores greatly impact college admission and scholarship opportunities, I began to study and learn more about ACT test prep. I discovered many instructors are not certified teachers. Many lack the skills to interact with and teach today\'s teens. Also, most programs did not provide the flexibility we needed as a busy family.
I put my skill and expertise as a certified teacher to work to create a premium test prep program. I focus on the needs of each student and work at a pace that is appropriate for them. My private tutoring is available in your home or other convenient location.

about me

I\'m Matt VanGessel and I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was born and raised here too.  I earned two Bachelors\' of Science Degrees from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in elementary education from Aquinas College. Later, I completed graduate coursework in educational measurement and program evaluation.
I began teaching in 1988 and have taught elementary, high school, and adult learners throughout my career. In 2008,  I pursued a new opportunity evaluating community programs for a local healthcare provider. When my position was eliminated due to corporate downsizing, I began to explore other ventures.
I started Redhead, LLC, and worked as a tutor for a local company. Recently, I opened Test Prep Plus Tutoring, LLC, and my goal is to be the premier tutoring agency for ACT,  SAT, and PSAT/NMSQT test prep.