First and foremost, while the amount listed in my profile is my usual fee, I sometimes can be flexible depending on a family's circumstances and my own schedule. So even if money's tight, please get in touch--maybe we can work something out.
I suppose I've been a tutor ever since I was old enough to help my sister with her homework, but I didn't tackle the SAT
professionally until after college. All in all, I have five years of tutoring experience, including four as a full-time (40-90 hours per week) site director at TestTakers, a top tier, SAT-specific tutoring company based in Greenvale, NY. There I received training, assisted other teachers in improving their methods and presentation, oversaw hundreds of students each semester, and worked personally with many of them to raise their scores. I've also achieved a perfect score on an officially administered SAT.
I'm interested in fun, goal-oriented prep for students at every level, complete with periodic progress assessment and, crucially, open lines of communication with parents and students at all times. I have a car, so I can come to you. Since the tutor/student relationship depends on the student's feelings of comfort and trust, I'm happy to meet with any prospective student for a free hour-long trial session. References and recommendations are certainly available upon request.
Picking an SAT tutor (or class, or self-training program) can be difficult and frustrating. Here's my honest perspective: a motivated student could accomplish as much with a tutor, in a classroom, or out of a book--so long as it were the *right* tutor, classroom, or book. Preparing for this crazy exam involves only two steps: a) learning a number of specific techniques and b) practicing the heck out of them until they become habits. Each step needs the other, and no SAT prep
path provides a perfect balance. The virtue of classes is *enforced* practice drills; a dynamic teacher draws students' attention so they also learn. The virtue of private tutors is personalized (and therefore somewhat *enforced*) learning; a charismatic tutor makes students want to succeed so they'll also practice on their own time, which is to say, do the homework they're assigned (The virtue of books, of course, is that they don't charge by the hour. There are even some extraordinary free websites that provide professional-grade advice and instruction to all!).
What I can offer as a tutor is legitimate, proven expertise, constant guidance, the ability to excite and inspire my tutorees, and even advice for *parents,* too, on matters ranging from the merits of the ACT
(it's fine) to the maximum number of times you should take the SAT (there really isn't one, if you're preparing for 'em all, but let's not go crazy), to the relative weight given to the writing
section (short answer: it depends), to which test dates will produce scores that meet admission deadlines (more than you'd think). But please, schedule a free session with me and decide for yourself. And no matter what the future holds, I wish your student the best of luck in his or her testtaking career.