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I have successfully taught SAT strategies to high school students both in a classroom setting and in private tutoring sessions with one of the top SAT prep companies in the country. I have also tutored students privately in all aspects of the SAT exam, math and physics. As a result, I have had the opportunity to teach students who functioned below, at, and above grade level. This allowed me to understand the varying needs of each group and to tailor my teaching style accordingly. I have a consistent track record of improving student performance... I have improved student SAT scores by up to 540 points under my tutelage over a period of just over two months! I am skilled in keeping students engaged and interested in the material, and my friendly approach has proven effective in keeping students interested and eager to learn more. I encourage students to take academic risks, establish high expectations and target multiple learning styles for effective dissemination of the material.
Given a limited time period, the most effective way to increase score potential when taking the SAT is 1) learning exactly how the exam is structured and how questions are asked, 2) learning strategies on how to best tackle not only each section of the exam, but how to identify and best approach the different types of questions in each section.
Not enough students (and unfortunately, tutors) understand that the needs of a student hoping for a score of 1500 differ from those of a student hoping for a score of 2000... a student striving for a perfect score will have even more unique requirements.
During my initial consultation, I create a plan based on the needs and desires of the student and parent/s. This approach is irrespective of whether our goals are short, medium or long term, or whether the client's needs are tutoring for the SAT, remedial tutoring, or long-term support during the school year.
Algebra is one of the most powerful and flexible problem solving tools in math. A first course in algebra brings crucial math-solving skills together, aligning them with a more coherent and holistic presentation of the analytical tools and techniques crucial for success in all subsequent mathematics classes.
I have extensive experience teaching Algebra 2, which is generally a precursor to Pre-Calculus in high school. Algebra 2 covers quadratic equations, graphing, complex numbers, functions, sequences and series, and exponents and logarithms. Problem solving skills are emphasized throughout, and time is devoted to advanced topics like telescoping sums and piece-wise functions.
Successful problem solving in geometry is not possible without first representing the problem appropriately. This is where many students who are strong in other subject areas have problems in geometry. Students who have difficulty representing math problems will have difficulty solving them. My approach is to quickly diagnose the source of a student's problem when it comes to solving problems in geometry and to resolve this issue with the student so that success is achieved!
I have extensive experience teaching all levels of mathematics up to the collegiate level, and I have passed both the Praxis 1 and Praxis 11 (math content 0061) exams on my first try. I am completely familiar with the content of both, and can provide invaluable assistance in the pursuit of passing these exams!
Success on the Math section depends on knowledge of content, understanding test-taking techniques, and being familiar with the tricks the SAT places within its exams. It is a fact that a student who strives for a score of 450-550 in the Math section will have different needs than a student whose goal lies in the 650-800 range. Having taught many students who were successful at achieving both ranges, I will quickly assess the student's needs and prepare a comprehensive plan that will result in ultimate success!!
The Reading section of the SAT proves to be the most difficult section of the exam for students to improve their test scores. Primarily based on reading comprehension and sentence completion, many find the passages boring and difficult to read, and get discouraged when faced with sentence completions which include words that they do not know.
Some SAT tutors advocate studying a long list of words, hoping that one or two may turn up on the exam. I believe this is a complete waste of the student's time, especially if time is of the essence. Students are much better served learning strategies on how to approach sentence completions via a process of elimination, coupled with tips on how to identify words they do not know. Also, learning strategies on how to approach reading passages, coupled with knowing how to answer the subsequent questions, have proven to result in much higher success rates.
Few students realize that just over 12 common errors in English covers over 70 percent of all the writing questions in the SAT exam! Coupled with understanding how to write essays geared specifically to the SAT requirements, the writing section proves to be one of the fastest ways to improve one's score on the exam. Potentially, one tutoring session on how to write an effective essay could catapult a student's score by about 100 points.
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