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Ted R.

Stow, MA

$65/hr

Ivy League tutor with engineering and business background

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Ivy League tutor with engineering and business background

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I'm a former boarding school math teacher and so-so student that nevertheless got into Yale. By thinking like a test designer I got the three 800s in math and physics APs which apparently made the difference.

An aptitude test's effectiveness is measured by how well it separates the students of various achievement levels. For example, one mechanism in both ACT and SAT test problems is to offer shortcuts, which is apparently a good separator. I train students how to hunt for the tell-tale signs of these shortcuts, which is an extremely cost effective way to improve scores. Another cost effective score improvement technique is finding and fixing gaps in students' grasp of the material.

Which brings us to motivation. Young kids are born engineers, taking things apart to see how they work. Traditional schoolwork dulls this driver. Besides strategic training and gap filling, an effective test prep program needs self-imposed practice. A student who spends equal time on his own doing web-based sample tests will truly maximize the cost effectiveness of my tutoring program.

While "teaching to the test" is the necessity here, I try to reawaken my students' natural curiosity by sharing practical knowledge from my flying 6000 hours and four boat races between Bermuda and Newport.

Testimonials

"Very flexible"

- Jessica, Worcester, MA on 12/28/11
Science:
ACT Science
Homeschool:
SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science,
SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

In the course of getting two 800s in the old AP math, I learned the importance of strategic savvy. As I work with a student through the various types of problems in the ACT Math, I suggest shortcuts and strategies appropriate to each student's different strengths. In most cases this gives the best return in terms of points gained per hour of work.

ACT Science

In getting an 800 in the old AP in physics, I learned the value of looking at the answers before solving some of the questions, as this gave the best return in terms of correct answers per minute.
The ACT Science is an odd duck, being half reading and graphical comprehension. The strategy--whether to read the questions first--is the same. While understanding the science is primary, I help students develop a technique for making this decision, as it will give them the same edge that I had.

SAT Math

Typically, test designers use shortcut-prone problems to reward the out-of-the-box thinking typical of the better students.

Getting two 800s in the old AP in math confirmed to me the usefulness of this approach. Working with a student on the SAT Math, highlighting this strategic approach has been a cost effective way to improve scores.

Ted’s Resources

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Testing for college admissions is a competitive industry. Because the effectiveness of these tests is fairly easy to measure --by comparing college students' subsequent grades with their pre-admission test scores---the ACT and SAT offer some effective strategic scoring opportunities. Finding these strategic opportunities takes training which starts with a careful examination of each problem... read more

Yale College
engineering

Education

Yale College (engineering)

Very flexible — Ted is so flexible with his schedule. He connected very well with our son and he is able to see where he needs more polishing. We are happy to see how our son is so eager to work with Ted. ...

— Jessica, Worcester, MA on 12/28/11

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ted will travel within 30 miles of Stow, MA 01775.


About Ted

I'm a former boarding school math teacher and so-so student that nevertheless got into Yale. By thinking like a test designer I got the three 800s in math and physics APs which apparently made the difference.

An aptitude test's effectiveness is measured by how well it separates the students of various achievement levels. For example, one mechanism in both ACT and SAT test problems is to offer shortcuts, which is apparently a good separator. I train students how to hunt for the tell-tale signs of these shortcuts, which is an extremely cost effective way to improve scores. Another cost effective score improvement technique is finding and fixing gaps in students' grasp of the material.

Which brings us to motivation. Young kids are born engineers, taking things apart to see how they work. Traditional schoolwork dulls this driver. Besides strategic training and gap filling, an effective test prep program needs self-imposed practice. A student who spends equal time on his own doing web-based sample tests will truly maximize the cost effectiveness of my tutoring program.

While "teaching to the test" is the necessity here, I try to reawaken my students' natural curiosity by sharing practical knowledge from my flying 6000 hours and four boat races between Bermuda and Newport.

Testimonials

"Very flexible"

- Jessica, Worcester, MA on 12/28/11
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Education

Yale College
engineering

Education

Yale College (engineering)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Stow, MA 01775

Ted’s Subjects

Science:
ACT Science
Homeschool:
SAT Math
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science,
SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Ted’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Ted. View all of Ted’s resources

Testing for college admissions is a competitive industry. Because the effectiveness of these tests is fairly easy to measure --by comparing college students' subsequent grades with their pre-admission test scores---the ACT and SAT offer some effective strategic scoring opportunities. Finding these strategic opportunities takes training which starts with a careful examination of each problem... read more


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