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Brandon S.

Bloomfield Hills, MI

$100/hr

Master Certified Coach for Exam Prep, Mathematics, & Physics

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Background check passed as of 10/15/14
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Helped to change the way I approach my life.
— Rene, Sterling Heights, MI on 11/17/13

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University of Michigan
Pre-Med
Wayne State University - Physics
Master's
Wayne State University - Applied Mathematics
Master's

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University of Michigan (Pre-Med)

Wayne State University - Physics (Master's)

Wayne State University - Applied Mathematics (Master's)

About Brandon

Students and Parents,

It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, and I am elated you have found interest in my profile! The following is an extremely detailed description of my credentials, services, and mission. I want you to be able to make informed decisions and to receive the best service possible! I look forward to working with you!

Credentials:

You and your loved ones will receive support from a coach who is well-educated. I am the recipient of dual Master's degrees: Master of Science in Physics and Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics with a focus in computation and theory.

You and your loved ones will receive support from a coach who is formally trained and experienced. I have six consecutive years of Master Gold Certification from the American Tutoring Association (ATA) verifying my background, education, teaching expertise, and 1800+ hours of academic coaching in addition to my hours through WyzAnt.

You and your loved ones will receive support from a coach who has developed insight having taught middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. I have 13+ years of teaching and mentoring experience: 3+ years part-time as a private undergraduate tutor, 3+ years full-time as a graduate teaching assistant/private graduate tutor, and 6+ years full-time as an Academic Coach.

You and your loved ones will receive detailed answers to any and all questions you may have. I am qualified to teach high school, college, and university mathematics and science courses: Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Emerging Scholars (ESP) coursework. I am also able to assist with the admissions process.

You and your loved ones will receive the help you need without having to work with numerous "tutors" for disparate subjects and examinations. I am qualified to coach the quantitative (mathematics and science) and verbal (reading and writing) sections of numerous high school, undergraduate, and graduate standardized examinations; I have scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT, SAT, GRE, and GMAT. Princeton Review and Kaplan have also requested my services for the GRE and GMAT on multiple occasions.

Services:

You and your loved ones will be able to learn in a quiet, comfortable, and professional environment. I have an executive office in Bloomfield Hills that accommodates 1-2 students. On weekends, I hold group sessions in a conference room adjacent to my office.

You and your loved ones will receive support when you need it most. I work as an Academic Coach full-time, so I am able to offer flexible scheduling from 9:00am to 10:00pm every day of the week. I am also available mornings, afternoons, and evenings over holiday breaks and during the summer.

You and your loved ones will receive the resources you need to achieve success. I provide countless complimentary materials to support our sessions: textbooks, workbooks, worksheets, equation sheets, practice tests, official resources (College Board, ACT, ETS, GMAC, etc.), and unofficial resources (Manhattan Prep, ExamKrackers, Berkeley Review, Magoosh, Princeton Review, Kaplan, Barron, Peterson, Gruber, McGraw Hill, etc.).

You and your loved ones will be appreciated and rewarded for your willingness to invest in your education. I provide additional benefits including tiered scheduling (Priority), supplemental online classroom instruction (Flex Hours), and detailed solutions to session and homework exercises (ETS).

You and your loved ones will find comfort knowing I am able to relate to your requirements. I am familiar with teachers and course content from numerous districts: Bloomfield, West Bloomfield, Birmingham, Novi, Commerce, Farmington, Auburn Hills, Rochester, Troy, Berkley, etc.

You and your loved ones will feel confident knowing I am able to assist you throughout your academic careers. I am also familiar with professors and course content from numerous colleges and universities: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor/Dearborn/Flint), Michigan State University, Lawrence Technological Institute, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Baker College, Schoolcraft College, Wayne County Community College District, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, etc.

Mission:

I act as a teacher, manager, mentor, organizer, counselor, resource expert, educational consultant, and motivational speaker. I create short-term and long-term solutions by utilizing comprehensive, multidimensional approaches. I dedicate my professional life to the success of my students and the satisfaction of their parents.

I build professional relationships based on respect, trust, and cooperation, which allow me to bridge the separation between where students are and where they want to be. I also cultivate self-esteem, confidence, patience, consistency, and problem-solving skills to improve academic performance. I always relate the importance of education to personal and professional pursuits to create interest and passion for learning.

Above all, I help students to relax and to realize their full potentials. Students often tell me they are thankful for my open, honest, and supportive demeanor, which allows them to more easily share their thoughts and feelings. They are also inspired to share positive feedback with their parents, classmates, and educators. Parents often tell me they admire the influence I have on their children and are thankful for the thorough communication I provide.

I create the most meaningful experiences in my life by inspiring students to achieve success. I encourage you to form your own opinion about this opportunity by contacting me now. Let's get to work!
Students and Parents,

It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, and I am elated you have found interest in my profile! The following is an extremely detailed description of my credentials, services, and mission. I want you to be able to make informed decisions and to receive the best service possible! I look forward to working with…
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On weekends, I hold discounted group sessions in a conference room adjacent to my executive office.

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"Helped to change the way I approach my life."

- Rene, Sterling Heights, MI on 11/17/13
Brandon replied on 11/26/2013

Thank you so much for your kind words, Rene! It was an absolute pleasure assisting you with your GRE preparation. I am elated that you benefited from our interactions much more than just with your studies.

I am also excited that you passed your job interview and will be starting the new position soon. Good fortune with your relocation and with all of your future endeavors!

"Excellent tutor"

- Shaan, Plymouth, MI on 3/18/15
Brandon replied on 3/20/2015

That you kindly for your positive remarks about our interactions, Shaan. It is a pleasure assisting you with your University Physics coursework. Physics can be challenging when using calculus, but you have responded very positively to our efforts. I look forward to more of the same in the near future! Keep up the good work!

"Very helpful ACT tutor"

- Julie, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 10/26/14
Brandon replied on 10/26/2014

Thank you very much for your kind words, Julie. It was a pleasure meeting with your daughter over the summer at my residence.

We worked together as much as we could to improve her performance, and I am glad she was able to increase her composite score by 5 points. I too believe she could have improved further, but I feel we made good use of the time we had together.

Please keep me updated about her admissions process. Thank you again for your kind words and for giving me this opportunity!

"Inspired Me to Reach Heights I Didn't Know Were Possible"

- DeVaughn, Farmington, MI on 8/15/14
Brandon replied on 8/17/2014

It was a pleasure assisting you with your accelerated calculus course, DeVaughn. Now that you have completed the course, I am confident you can appreciate how much work it is to manage accelerated mathematics and science courses.

That being said, you responded very well to my instruction and scored much higher than your peers (according to the online statistics); you should be very proud of your results, because calculus causes difficulties for many students.

I wish you good fortune for the future, DeVaughn. Thank you for giving me this opportunity!

"Brandon knows and can teach subject areas--but it was too much drama for us!! (Part 2)"

- Dan, Northville, MI on 8/13/14
Brandon replied on 8/16/2014

Again, I am sorry this situation overall was not positive for you. I want to provide helpful information in hopes that you will feel better about your experience.

I always ask parents and/or students what could be improved before they leave feedback for our sessions (star ratings and/or reviews). I want my services to improve with time, and this gives me an excellent opportunity to learn from those I serve. You and I did this on a few occasions and always reached an understanding. I appreciate your patience and willingness to assist me with this endeavor.

On occasion, scheduling has been challenging this summer, because I have had a few students coming and going due to camps, summer vacations, and personal emergencies. I have not experienced as much of this in the past and apologize for any inconveniences. During the school year I dedicate weekdays, until 9:00 pm, and both Saturdays and Sundays to my students; I want to provide as much flexibility and availability as possible.

I also have a 36 hour cancellation policy listed on my profile, so cancelling one week ahead of time has always been sufficient. The only time cancellations impact the "integrity of my business" is when they occur less than 36 hours before our scheduled times. I believe you are referring to the few times this occurred. My work is very important to me, so I must enforce this policy to sufficiently accommodate all of my students.

By the way, after my first session with Joe I stated, "I will definitely be putting in the good word for you, so I hope you will be putting in the good word for me as well." I said this, because your son is extremely intelligent for his age, and I was thoroughly impressed by his abilities. I wanted to let him know he did an excellent job and to verify that he was satisfied with my coaching. I'm glad that he was, because he and I accomplished great feats together after that time.

Dan passed his Calculus and accelerated Physics courses, Joe passed the first half of his Honors Algebra 2 placement examination with only six weeks of instruction, and I taught Joe almost all of introductory mechanics this summer solely through my own efforts. In my opinion, this is a job well done. I also consider both of your sons exceptional people and believe they will continue to be successful in the future.

Good fortune to you and your children. If you would ever like to discuss this situation further, please contact me. Thank you for this opportunity.

"Brandon knows and can teach subject areas--but it was too much drama for us!! (Part 1)"

- Joe, Northville, MI on 8/13/14
Brandon replied on 8/16/2014

I am sorry you do not feel this was a positive experience overall. I always try my best with parents and students and am usually extremely successful. I have accepted this situation as an inherent part of my work and only wish for it to improve.

Every student, with whom I have met through Wyzant, has met at my residence. I am able to offer extended hours and a quiet learning environment. There are almost always family members at home, and this is why I could not allow Dan to wait for Joe inside my residence; my family deserves some privacy and has household responsibilities. These necessities make it difficult to fulfill such requests, and this is the reason I offer live streaming video. I did not know you felt uncomfortable with our arrangement until now, and had I known, I definitely would have tried to work with you.

Most of my students meet for 2-4 hours/week. Dan was enrolled in university calculus and physics courses simultaneously. He was also enrolled in an accelerated (six week) physics course. These were the only reasons for needing to meet 5-6 hours/week for a couple of demanding weeks and 3-4 hours/week for more manageable weeks. In fact, Dan and I did not meet at all for a few weeks per his request, and even though I did not believe this was advisable at the time, I respected his wishes.

Additionally, I always actively engaged both of your sons with their studies. I am a natural teacher, so it is really impossible for me to watch someone else work without trying to help. I almost always have something to offer and work extremely diligently to serve my students and their parents; I love what I do and take great pride in my work.

I wish you and your children good fortune. If you would like to discuss this situation further, please contact me. There is nothing more I would like than for you to feel as though this was a very positive experience. In my opinion, it definitely was. Thank you.

"Excellent! Thanks for helping my son through Physics and Algebra!"

- Deborah, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 6/9/14
Brandon replied on 6/25/2014

Thank you for your positive feedback, Deb. It has been a pleasure assisting your son with his mathematics and physics. I look forward to helping him in the future as well. Enjoy your summer!

"Helped Me a Great Deal With the GRE"

- Matthew, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 4/2/14
Brandon replied on 4/2/2014

I'm glad you were able to earn the scores you needed, Matt! I thoroughly enjoyed our interactions as well and wish you good fortune with all of your future endeavors!

"Brandon is awesome!"

- Julie, Franklin, MI on 3/4/14
Brandon replied on 3/9/2014

It's wonderful to hear that your son has already received such positive feedback for his efforts, Julie. He has responded very well to my instruction, and I look forward to similar experiences in the immediate future!

I am confident that together we will further improve his Precalculus grade this trimester, ensure high marks in his Precalculus and Physics courses next trimester, and increase his ACT performance for subsequent retakes (he seems to have already perfected the writing portion).

Thank you very much for this opportunity!

"Patient and knowledgeable"

- Elaine, West Bloomfield, MI on 1/27/14
Brandon replied on 4/3/2014

I always appreciate when I receive updated feedback from students and parents, Elaine.

I am ecstatic that Matt was able to perform so well in his course and on his AP examinations. He is an extremely hard-working young man, and it's awesome to see it pay off.

I wish you and your son the best fortune moving forward. Thank you!

"Improved my GRE score."

- Richard, Lake Orion, MI on 7/10/13
Brandon replied on 7/10/2013

Thank you very much for the feedback, Rich. I definitely enjoyed our time together and am elated that you benefited so much from our interactions.

You have what it takes to be very successful in graduate school, so please keep me informed of your progress!

"Great tutor."

- Natalie, Franklin, MI on 6/2/13
Brandon replied on 6/3/2013

Thank you very much for your feedback, Natalie. It is a pleasure assisting your son with his Probability & Statistics course at MSU.

He is doing very well so far, and I look forward to more of the same in the immediate future!

"Highly recommended."

- Nicole, Clawson, MI on 5/14/13
Brandon replied on 5/15/2013

Thank you for the positive feedback, Nicole. It is a pleasure assisting you with your mathematics curriculum. I'm elated that you find our sessions enjoyable, because I do as well. I look forward to helping you create even more success!

"Excellent."

- NASEEM, West Bloomfield, MI on 5/14/13
Brandon replied on 5/15/2013

You're quite welcome, Naseem. Your son is a very intelligent and hard-working young man. I am confident that he performed well on his AP Physics B examination.

This entire experience has been an absolute pleasure. Thank you for this opportunity!

"The Best Decision I've Made"

- Benjamin, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 4/28/13
Brandon replied on 5/15/2013

It it a pleasure to assist you with Honors Physics, Ben. You are a very intelligent young man, and I see very positive experiences for you in AP Physics C next year.

It will be my honor to assist you with that curriculum as well. Keep up the good work!

"The Best Instructor for AP Physics and Mathematics"

- Justin, Troy, MI on 4/8/13
Brandon replied on 4/8/2013

Justin, your comments flatter me! Thank you for your kind and descriptive words about our interactions.

You responded very well to our sessions, and I'm elated that you have found more success with your coursework.

Keep up the good work, and I wish you good fortune on your upcoming AP examination. Thank you!

"Motivating my hard to reach son."

- Pat, Commerce Township, MI on 12/12/12
Brandon replied on 12/14/2012

Thank you so much for your positive feedback, Pat! You must be proud to have such an inspired young man as a son! It is a pleasure to assist him with his physics curriculum, and I look forward to more positive experiences in the future!

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ACT English

Students have 45 minutes to answer 75 multiple choice questions. This section tests usage and mechanics (punctuation, grammar, usage, and sentence structure) and rhetorical skills (strategy, organization, and style).

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT: English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have prepared students for the English section of the ACT for more than thirteen years; this is in addition to preparing students for the verbal sections of the PSAT-NMSQT/SAT, SSAT/ISEE, PLAN, GRE, and GMAT. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities (Princeton, Brown, UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.).

ACT English is extremely similar to ACT Mathematics; both sections are rule-based. To score highly, students must learn the rules of written English. To accomplish this, I introduce official materials during our sessions. I use over twenty official examinations to build confidence and experience. I also reaffirm concepts with challenging homework assignments.

Students learn numerous concepts including subject/verb agreement, punctuation (commas, semicolons, colons, and dashes), parallelism/parallel structure, dangling modifiers, clauses (independent and dependent), voice (active and passive), pronouns (nominitive and objective), vocabulary (College Board's Top 100), methods of classification, etc.

Students not only learn rules, they also learn techniques to boost their performance. I have helped hundreds of students to find success with ACT English. I look forward to creating the same results for you and your loved ones!

*I also support the Mathematics, Reading, and Science sections of the ACT*

ACT Math

Students have 60 minutes to answer 60 multiple choice questions.

The ACT covers several areas of mathematics including:

Pre-Algebra (23%)/Elementary Algebra (17%)
Intermediate Algebra (15%)
Coordinate Geometry (15%)/Plane Geometry (23%)
Trigonometry (7%)

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT: English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have prepared students for the Mathematics section of the ACT for more than thirteen years; this is in addition to preparing students for the quantitative sections of the PSAT-NMSQT/SAT, SSAT/ISEE, PLAN, GRE, and GMAT. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities (Princeton, Brown, UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.).

ACT Mathematics is extremely similar to ACT English; both sections are rule-based. To score highly, students must learn the rules of high school mathematics. To accomplish this, I introduce official materials during our sessions. I use over twenty official examinations to build confidence and experience. I also reaffirm concepts with challenging homework assignments.

Students learn numerous concepts including equation solving (manipulations and simplifications), sequences/series (arithmetic and geometric), combinatorics (combinations and permutations), counting strategies, basic trigonometry (sine, cosine, and tangent), Pythagorean Theorem, Law of Sines, Law of Cosines, Logarithms, trigonometric identities, parallel lines (vertical, alternate interior, and corresponding angles), triangle congruency/similarity (sides and angles), n-polygon formulas, basic probability (independence, addition rule, and multiplication rule), etc.

Students not only learn rules, they also learn techniques to boost their performance. I have helped hundreds of students to find success with ACT Mathematics. I look forward to creating the same results for you and your loved ones!

*I also support the English, Reading, and Science sections of the ACT*

ACT Reading

Students have 35 minutes to complete 40 multiple choice questions.

The ACT covers four types of reading passages:

Prose Fiction (25%)
Social Studies (25%)
Humanities (25%)
Natural Sciences (25%)

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT: English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have prepared students for the Reading section of the ACT for more than thirteen years; this is in addition to preparing students for the verbal sections of the PSAT-NMSQT/SAT, SSAT/ISEE, PLAN, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities (Princeton, Brown, UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.).

ACT Reading is extremely similar to ACT Science; both sections require students to interpret information that is presented in a variety of ways.

The prose and humanities passages require students to have a well-developed understanding of figurative writing. Students must infer what is being conveyed by interpreting figurative language.

Conversely, the social and natural sciences passages require students to have a well-developed understanding of literal writing. Students must deduce what is being conveyed by interpreting literal language.

Students not only practice numerous reading sections, they also learn techniques to boost their performance. I have helped hundreds of students to find success with ACT Reading. I look forward to creating the same results for you and your loved ones!

*I also support the English, Mathematics, and Science sections of the ACT*

ACT Science

Students have 35 minutes to complete 40 multiple choice questions on the Science section of the ACT.

The ACT covers three areas of science:

Data Representation (38%)
Research Summaries (45%)
Conflicting Viewpoints (17%)

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT: English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have prepared students for the English section of the ACT for more than thirteen years; this is in addition to preparing students for the verbal sections of the PSAT-NMSQT/SAT, SSAT/ISEE, PLAN, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities (Princeton, Brown, UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.).

ACT Science is extremely similar to ACT reading; both sections require students to interpret information that is presented in a variety of ways.

Many educators say learning science is not necessary for the ACT. I wholeheartedly disagree. By learning science, students not only increase their confidence, time-management, and experience with ACT Science, but they are also able to apply concepts to their coursework (biology, chemistry, and physics courses). Having an understanding of basic scientific concepts is extremely important in a technologically advanced society and is considered part of a well-rounded education.

Students not only practice numerous science sections, they also learn techniques to boost their performance. I have helped hundreds of students to find success with ACT Science. I look forward to creating the same results for you and your loved ones!

*I also support the English, Mathematics, and Reading sections of the ACT*

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the first dedicated course for algebra. It is a cornerstone of mathematics and is a topic most students will want to master in high school. Solid foundations in algebra will give students the ability to excel with related topics: ACT, SAT, probability, statistics, trigonometry, calculus, chemistry, physics, etc.

Students learn numerous concepts including linear equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations, exponential functions, radical expressions, and rational functions.

Algebra is challenging, because it is the first time a student has to consistently work with variables. I have more than thirteen years of experience assisting students with algebra. I have always created outstanding results for those I serve and look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

*I also support Prealgebra and Algebra 2 coursework*

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 expands upon the foundations created in Algebra 1. Together, Algebra 1 and 2 form a cornerstone of mathematics that most students will want to master in high school. Solid foundations in algebra will give students the ability to excel with related topics: ACT, SAT, probability, statistics, trigonometry, calculus, chemistry, physics, etc.

Students learn numerous concepts including linear equations, systems of linear equations and inequalities, matrices (operations and determinants), quadratic functions and inequalities, polynomial functions, radical equations and inequalities, rational expressions and equations, exponential and logarithmic relations, and conic sections.

Algebra 2 is challenging, because the complexity of most topics is much more difficult than in Algebra 1. I have more than thirteen years of experience assisting students with algebra. I have always created outstanding results for those I serve and look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

*I also support Prealgebra and Algebra 1 coursework*

ASVAB

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. It is often offered to American high school students when they are in the 10th, 11th and 12th grade, though anyone eligible for enlistment may take it.

The examination is composed of the following sections:

General Science (GS)
Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
Word Knowledge (WK)
Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
Electronics Information (EI)
Automotive and Shop Information (AS)
Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
Assembling Objects (AO)
Verbal Expression (VE)

There are computerized and written versions of the ASVAB, each having different numbers of questions and varying time restraints.

ASVAB scores are extremely important for the placement of trainees within the structure of the Armed Forces. For more than thirteen years, I have helped countless students, from disparate backgrounds, to find success with the ASVAB. I look forward to creating the same results for you and your loved ones!

Calculus

Calculus is an expansive part of mathematics that requires two years to learn in high school, college, and university.

Calculus AB covers topics such as functions, graphs, and limits; differentiation and its applications; and integration and its applications.

Calculus BC covers topics such as functions, graphs, and limits; differentiation and its applications; integration and its applications; and polynomial approximations and series.

A university Calculus 1 course cover topics such as limits, differentiation (power rule, product rule, quotient rule, chain rule, implicit differentiation, etc.), applications of differentiation (related rates, Mean Value Theorem, First Derivative Test, Second Derivative Test, Optimization, etc.), and anti-differentiation.

A university Calculus 2 course covers topics such as integration techniques (substitution, trigonometric substitution, integration by parts, L'Hopital's Rule, partial fraction decomposition, tabular identities, etc.), infinite series (geometric, p-series, alternating, power, Maclaurin & Taylor expansions, etc.), infinite series tests (convergence, divergence, integral, comparison, ratio, root, etc.), and Fourier expansions.

A university Calculus 3 course, which offers curriculum not introduced in Calculus AB or BC, covers topics such as vector functions (differentiation, integration, velocity, acceleration, tangent, normal, arc length, curvature, etc.), differentiation of multivariable functions (partial derivatives, differentials, extended chain rule, gradients, tangent planes, normal lines, extrema, etc.), multiple integration (double integrals, volume, polar coordinates, center of mass, moments of inertia, surface area, triple integrals, cylindrical and spherical coordinates, Jacobians, etc.), and Laplace transforms.

Calculus is another cornerstone of mathematics. It is one of the more useful branches of mathematics for high school and undergraduate students to master. Solid foundations in calculus will allow students to excel with related topics: differential equations, partial differential equations, physics, engineering, computer science, physical chemistry, etc.

Calculus is challenging, because it requires students to have strong fundamentals in algebra and trigonometry. Upper levels of calculus also require students to understand and apply differentiation and integration. I have more than thirteen years of experience assisting students with calculus. I have always created outstanding results for those I serve and look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

*I also support AP Calculus AB & AP Calculus BC College Board examinations*

Chemistry

Chemistry is the branch of science that deals with the identification of the substances of which matter is composed; the investigation of their properties; the ways in which they interact, combine, and change; and the use of these processes to form new substances.

AP Chemistry introduces the structure of matter (drawing, explaining, and interpreting representations), bonding and intermolecular forces (using mathematics and logical routines appropriately), chemical reactions (asking and refining scientific questions), kinetics (designing and implementing data collection strategies), thermodynamics (analyzing and evaluating data), chemical equilibrium (making predictions and justifying claims with evidence), and connecting chemistry concepts across the big ideas of chemistry.

College and university general chemistry courses introduce atomic and molecular theories, chemical periodicity, chemical reactivity and bonding, gas laws, liquids and solids, chemical equilibria, acid-base equilibria, solubility equilibria, phase equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, quantum mechanics, and nuclear chemistry.

Chemistry is challenging, because it is the expansive central science that bridges the gap between biology (a mostly qualitative science) and physics (a mostly quantitative science). I have more than thirteen years of experience assisting students with chemistry. I have always created outstanding results for those I serve and look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

*I also support the AP Chemistry College Board examination*

COOP/HSPT

The Cooperative Admissions exam (COOP), typically administered in October or November, and the Scholastic Testing Service High School Placement Test (HSPT), typically administered in the spring and fall, are given each year to eighth-graders seeking admission to specific Catholic high schools. The COOP measures academic achievement and academic aptitude and is used by high schools to make decisions about admitting applicants and to group prospective ninth-grade students into classes.

The COOP lasts 2.5 hours and contains approximately 180 multiple-choice questions divided into 7 subtests: Sequences, Analogies, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning: Words, Verbal Reasoning: Context, Reading and Language Arts, and Mathematics.

The HSPT lasts approximately 2.5 hours as well and contains 298 multiple-choice questions divided into five sections: Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Mathematics, and Language Skills. The Scholastic Testing Service also provides a choice of one optional test in Mechanical Aptitude, Science, or Catholic Religion, but these sections typically are not administered.

The exam changes from year to year so that no students are more familiar than others with the test format and content. You may see new question styles, or a different number of questions within a section. However, the content areas that the test covers remain basically the same.

I have assisted students with the COOP and HSPT for more than thirteen years with outstanding success. Most students score above the 90th percentile for their composite scores, which is considered a "high" score by the tests' standards. This allows students to easily gain acceptance to prominent educational institutions. I look forward to creating the same results for you and your loved ones!

Differential Equations

Differential Equations is another cornerstone of mathematics and is a topic physics and engineering students will want to master during their undergraduate tenures. Solid foundations in differential equations will give students the ability to excel with related topics: partial differential equations, physics, and engineering.

Differential Equations involves solving first-order differential equations (separable, exact, linear, non-linear, Bernoulli, etc.), solving higher order differential equations (linear, homogeneous, non-homogenous, Cauchy-Euler, etc.), and various methods to transform differential equations into forms that can be more easily solved (substitution, reduction of order, superposition, annihilation, variation of parameters, etc.).

Differential Equations is challenging, because it is the first time students have to consistently work with differentials and derivatives as terms in equations (other than a brief introduction to separable differential equations in Calculus BC and/or Calculus 2). I have more than ten years of experience assisting students with Differential Equations. Additionally, I have extensive personal experience using differential equations in relation to physics (thermodynamics and quantum mechanics). I have always created outstanding results for those I serve and look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

English

English is an essential language to know for many reasons: English is the language of science (mathematics is the quantitative language, and English is the qualitative language), English speakers earn more money than non-English speakers, English is the most commonly used language among foreign language speakers, English is based on an alphabet making it much easier to learn, and English is the language of the film industry making it easier for English speakers to assimilate new information and to no longer rely on subtitles.

I have supported students with the English, Reading, and Writing sections of the ACT and the critical reading, writing, and essay portions of the SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also supported university students with the verbal and essay (issue and argument) sections of the GRE and GMAT for more than ten years. My students substantially increase their scores, and standardized examination preparation continues to be one of my most successful endeavors.

Additionally, I offer in-session assistance with writing (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, sentence structure, organization) and out-session proofreading services. This combination allows students to improve their writing skills, while being able to rely on my expertise as a "safety net".

Allow me to help you and your loved ones to better command the English language. With my assistance, you and your loved ones will improve your proficiencies and find the success you deserve!

*I also support students with grammar, proofreading, reading, vocabulary, and writing*

GED

The General Educational Development (GED) tests are a group of four subject tests which, when passed, certify that the test taker has American or Canadian high school-level academic skills.

The examinations is composed of social studies, science, mathematics, and language arts/reading sections, all of which are multiple choice. The language arts & reading section has two parts. The first part is similar to the other sections of the examination. However, the second part asks the test-taker to respond to a writing prompt. Students are given 45 minutes to complete the task.

I have assisted students with the GED for more than twelve years and continue to create outstanding results. Every student I have assisted has passed the examination with ease and has learned additional skills to support further education and/or career pursuits. I look forward to helping to create the success you and your loved ones deserve!

Geometry

Geometry is an important branch of mathematics for high school students to master. Other than graphing solutions in algebra, geometry is the first opportunity for students to work with physical representations. Strong foundations in geometry will allow students to excel with related topics: ACT, SAT, trigonometry, calculus, chemistry, physics, etc.

Students learn topics including reasoning and proofs (deductive, inductive, diagrams), parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles (SSS, SSA, SAS, ASA, AAS, HL, isosceles, equilateral, transformations), relationships within triangles (Midsegment Theorem, perpendicular bisectors, angle bisectors, medians, altitudes, inequalities), similarities (ratio, proportions, geometric mean, similar figures), right triangles and trigonometry (Pythagorean Theorem, sine and cosine ratios), quadrilaterals, properties of transformations (translations, reflections, rotations), properties of circles (tangents, arc lengths, inscriptions), length, area, and volumes.

Although most students are visual learners, learning geometry can be challenging. It requires students to describe physical systems with mathematics. I have assisted students with geometry for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to creating the same results for you and your loved ones!

*I also support college and university Trigonometry coursework*

GMAT

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a computer adaptive test (CAT) which evaluates an individual's analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in preparation for admission to graduate management programs, such as an MBA, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Finance. More than 5,900 programs offered by more than 2,100 universities and institutions use the GMAT exam as part of their selection criteria.

An integrated reasoning section was recently introduced that is designed to measure a test taker’s ability to evaluate data presented in new formats and from multiple sources. This section has replaced one half of the AWA section (the issue essay), leaving only the argument essay intact. It has also added to the difficulty and duration of the examination.

I earned a verbal score of 46, a quantitative score of 54, and a writing score of 6.0. These scores translate to an overall score of 780. I have also taken the GMAT three times. Once to submit the scores to prospective graduate programs and twice to gain experience with the revised content (changes to the verbal and quantitative sections and the integrated reasoning section).

I have assisted students with the GRE and GMAT for more than ten years and continue to create exceptional results. Students typically score 650-750 on the GMAT due to our interactions and the plethora of resources I provide for the verbal, reasoning, quantitative, and writing portions of the GMAT. By utilizing over thirty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, I will help you and your loved ones to earn the scores you need for acceptance to your prospective graduate programs!

*I also support all sections of the GRE (General Revised)*

Grammar

Grammar is a crucial skill for students to develop but difficult to master.

Grammar is important for refining communication skills, adhering to national standards, scoring well on standardized examinations, preparing for college and/or university admissions, and showing promise to prospective employers.

I have supported students with the English and Writing sections of the ACT and the Writing and Essay portions of the SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also supported university students with the Verbal and Essay (issue and argument) sections of the GRE and GMAT for more than ten years.

My students substantially increase their scores, and standardized examination preparation continues to be one of my most successful endeavors. Please consult my subject descriptions to receive information about specific examinations.

Additionally, I offer in-session assistance with writing (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, sentence structure, organization) and out-session proofreading services. This combination allows students to improve their writing skills, while being able to rely on my expertise as a "safety net".

Allow me to help you and your loved ones to better command the English language. With my assistance, you and your loved ones will improve your proficiencies and find the success you deserve!

*I also support students with English, proofreading, reading, vocabulary, and writing*

GRE

The revised GRE General Test measures verbal and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. These skills have evolved over a long period of time and bare no relation to specific fields of study. Therefore, the main purpose of this examination is to verify that a student is prepared for graduate studies.

The three sections of the GRE are Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing.

The Verbal Reasoning section measures the ability to understand what is read and how to apply reasoning skills.

The Quantitative Reasoning section measures the ability to use quantitative reasoning in real-life scenarios. Recently, there has been a reduction of focus on computation by allowing students to use a calculator.

Finally, the Analytical Writing section measures the ability to provide focused responses to presented tasks. The section requires a student to respond to two short essays: the Issue and Argument. A student must use disparate approaches to be successful with his/her responses.

On the original scale, I earned a verbal score of 740 (169 on the new scale), a quantitative score of 800 (170 on the new scale), and an analytical writing score of 5.5 (this scoring scale has remained unchanged).

I have assisted students with the GRE and GMAT for more than ten years and continue to create exceptional results. Students typically score 158-166 verbal and 160-170 quantitative due to our interactions and the plethora of resources I provide for the verbal, quantitative, and writing portions of the GRE. By utilizing over thirty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, I will help you and your loved ones to earn the scores you need for acceptance to your prospective graduate programs!

*I also support all sections of the GMAT*

ISEE

The ISEE is an admissions exam to independent and select schools. The Upper Level is for students in grades 8 through 11 who are candidates for grades 9 through 12.

The ISEE consists of three parts: (a) carefully constructed and standardized verbal and quantitative reasoning tests that measure a student's capability for learning; (b) reading comprehension and mathematics achievement tests that provide specific information about a student's strengths and weakness in those areas; and (c) an essay section.

The ISEE essay is timed and written in response to a prompt. The essay is not scored; it is photocopied and sent only to requested schools.

I have helped students to gain admission to independent and select schools for more than nine years. On average, my students have scored in the 85th to 90th percentiles on the verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, and mathematics achievement sections of the ISEE (average percentile rankings vary by section). I also help students to become more proficient writers.

Additionally, I have substantial experience with all levels of standardized examination preparation: ISEE/SSAT, PLAN/ACT, PSAT-NMSQT/SAT, GRE, and GMAT. This allows me to provide exceptional support to my students and their parents.

I utilize my knowledge and experience to help students to create the success they deserve. I look forward to sharing a similar experience with you and your loved ones!

*I also support all sections of the SSAT*

MCAT

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized examination that consists of four multiple-choice sections. Its purpose is to test the skills and knowledge that medical educators and physicians have identified as key prerequisites for success in medical school and the practice of medicine.

It is important to note that there is a new section entitled the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior. This section requires test-takers to have an understanding of basic psychology, sociology, and biochemistry. A Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section will also take the place of the verbal section. Reading passages from this section will be based on the humanities instead of the sciences. The purpose of this is to provide a more well-rounded evaluation of potential medical school candidates.

I scored a 37S on the MCAT and could have attended a reputable medical school had I chosen to pursue a career as a medical professional. However, I was finding success with my academic coaching business, pursuing medicine would not have allowed me to utilize my abilities in mathematics and the physical sciences as much as I would like, and I also would not be able to do what I love: teaching and mentoring.

My students have scored 30-35 overall due to our efforts. I provide a plethora of resources for the entire examination (AAMC, ExamKrackers, Berkeley Review, Kaplan, Princeton Review, The Gold Standard, etc.).

With my assistance, you will improve your proficiency with mathematics, mechanics, electricity & magnetism, general chemistry, and reading comprehension, synthesis, and application for the MCAT. By utilizing over thirty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, I will help you and your loved ones to earn the scores you need for acceptance to your prospective medical school programs!

*I also support all sections of the GRE and GMAT, as well as college and university physics and chemistry (physical sciences) coursework*

Physical Science

Physical Science consists of the studies of Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science. Its primary concern is with the physical properties of objects, as opposed to the study of the characteristics of living things, as done in the Biological/Life Sciences. However, most students will focus their efforts on chemistry and physics, since astronomy and earth science are typically offered as electives at high schools, college, and universities.

Chemistry is challenging, because it is the expansive central science that bridges the gap between biology (a mostly qualitative science) and physics (a mostly quantitative science). Physics is challenging, because it requires students to not only have well-developed understandings of mathematics but also to be able to describe physical situations using these quantitative foundations.

I have more than thirteen years of experience assisting students with chemistry and physics. I have also supported students with the Physical Sciences, now known as the Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, section of the MCAT for more than six years. I have always created outstanding results for those I serve and look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

*I also support the AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, and AP Chemistry College Board examinations, as well as physics and general chemistry college and university coursework*

Physics

Physics is an attempt to describe and explain the physical world, at an extremely fundamental level, through the use of mathematics.

AP Physics 1 & 2 primarily uses algebra and trigonometry to cover topics such as Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.

AP Physics C is divided into two sections: Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism. Both sections use a combination of algebra, trigonometry, and differential & integral calculus to cover a myriad of topics. Physics C: Mechanics introduces Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism introduces electrostatics; conductors, capacitors and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism.

General high school and college/university physics courses use algebra & trigonometry and differential and integral calculus respectively to cover topics such as measurement; kinematics; vectors, force, and motion; energy and work; center of mass and linear momentum; rotation; rolling; torque and angular momentum; equilibrium and elasticity; gravitation; fluids; waves and oscillations; the Laws of Thermodynamics; electricity & magnetism; circuits; optics; special relativity; and atomic and nuclear physics.

Physics is challenging, because it requires students to not only have well-developed understandings of mathematics but also to be able to describe physical situations using these quantitative foundations. I have more than thirteen years of experience assisting students with physics. I have always created outstanding results for those I serve and look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

*I also support the AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C: Mechanics, and AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism College Board examinations*

Prealgebra

Prealgebra serves as a bridge between the static computations of arithmetic and more dynamic calculations of algebra. It is a topic that most students will want to master before they attempt high school mathematics. Solid foundations in prealgebra will give students the ability to excel with related topics: ISEE/SSAT, HSPT/COOP, PLAN, algebra 1, conceptual physics, introductory chemistry, etc.

Students learn topics including number properties and operations, solving equations (using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), multiple step equations, inequalities, polynomials, factors, fractions, exponents, scientific notation, rational numbers and equations, ratios, proportions, percents, non-linear factors, basic geometry, and basic probability.

Prealgebra is challenging, because it is the first time students must think above and beyond more straightforward arithmetic calculations. I have more than thirteen years of experience assisting students with prealgebra. I have always created outstanding results for those I serve and look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

*I also support Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 coursework*

Precalculus

Precalculus serves as a bridge between the static understanding of algebra and the more dynamic understanding of calculus. It is a topic that most students will want to master in high school. Solid foundations in precalculus will give students the ability to excel with related topics: ACT, SAT, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, physics, chemistry, etc.

Students learn topics including sets, real numbers, complex numbers, solving inequalities and equations, properties of functions, composite functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, trigonometric functions, inverses, identities, conic sections, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, sequences and series, binomial theorem, vectors, parametric equations, polar coordinates, matrices and determinants, mathematical induction, and limits.

Precalculus is challenging, because it is the first time students must think above and beyond the straightforward conceptual understanding of algebra. I have more than thirteen years of experience assisting students with precalculus. I have always created outstanding results for those I serve and look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

*I also support AP Calculus AB & AP Calculus BC College Board examinations, as well as Calculus 1, Calculus 2, and Calculus 3 college and university coursework*

Probability

Probability is the measure of how likely something will happen or the likelihood that a statement is true.

Students are usually first introduced to probability at the end of an algebra course. However, probability can use calculus to expand upon its algebraic formulations.

Probability may also be combined with statistics, and covered in a dedicated course, to provide a student with a more robust understanding of the subject matter.

Scientists must apply probabilities when using quantum mechanics (physicists), using the "threshold approach" (medical professionals), and using thermodynamic probabilities (chemists); engineers must apply probabilities to analyze uncertainty, reliability, and risk; and businesspersons must apply probabilities to analyze scenarios, sales forecasting, and risk evaluation. Therefore, probability is a very useful and necessary subject. Students must learn it well to be successful in most technical professions.

I have assisted students with probability and statistics for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. This is in relation to business (administration and management), economics, psychology, and sociology. I have also assisted engineers with calculus-based Engineering Probability & Statistics for more than ten years. Additionally, I have extensive personal experience using probability and statistics in relation to physics (thermodynamics and quantum mechanics).

Probability is challenging, because although the calculations most times are manageable, the underlying conceptual understanding, that leads to the calculations, can be difficult to develop. I have always created outstanding results for those I serve and look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

*I also support the AP Statistics College Board examination, as well as college and university statistics coursework*

Proofreading

Proofreading is a crucial step to the writing process. Before an academic research paper, essay, email, memo, or any other written document can be submitted or published, one must ensure that it is adequately proofread.

There are essentially two phases to the proofreading process. The first phase is called "overview editing". During this phase, the work is read for consistencies in message, structure, and organization. This is necessary to ensure the writing is adequately serving its purpose.

The second phase of the proofreading process is called "detailed analysis". During this phase, the work is read for consistencies in spelling, word usage, grammar, and punctuation. This will ensure that the writing conforms to widely recognized standards of written English.

I have supported students with the English and Writing sections of the ACT and the Writing and Essay sections of the SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also supported university students with the Verbal and Essay sections of the GRE, GMAT, and MCAT for more than nine years.

My students substantially increase their scores, and standardized examination preparation continues to be one of my most successful endeavors. Please consult my subject descriptions to receive information about specific examinations.

Additionally, I offer in-session assistance with writing (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, sentence structure, organization) and out-session proofreading services. This combination allows students to improve their writing skills, while being able to rely on my expertise as a "safety net".

Allow me to help you and your loved ones to write with confidence. With my assistance, you and your loved ones will improve your proficiencies and find the success you deserve!

*I also support students with English, grammar, reading, vocabulary, and writing*

PSAT

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized test designed to provide firsthand practice for the SAT. Additionally, it gives students the opportunity to enter NMSC programs (university and career planning tools are included).

The test focuses on three major areas of a student's education: critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills.

The test is approximately two and one half hours in duration, composed of two twenty-five minute critical reading sections, two twenty-five minute math problem-solving sections, and one thirty minute writing section.

The critical reading section has 13 sentence completions and 35 critical reading questions. The math problem-solving section has 28 multiple choice questions and 10 "grid-ins". The writing section has 14 identifying sentence error questions, 20 improving sentences questions, and 5 improving paragraph questions.

Although I graduated high school in three years, my sophomore year I earned the following PSAT/NMSQT scores: Critical Reading 75, Mathematics 80, and Writing 75. This was enough to qualify as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

As with the SAT, I have been preparing student for the PSAT/NMSQT for more than thirteen years; this is in addition to preparing students for the SAT, SSAT/ISEE, and PLAN/ACT. I have also prepared university students for the GRE and GMAT for more than ten years. Scores for the PSAT/NMSQT vary depending on the grade level of the student: students may take the PSAT as sophomores or juniors. However, I have had the privilege to support numerous students who have qualified for merit scholarships due to their exceptional performance.

I will help you to build experience and confidence with the structure and content of the PSAT/NMSQT and/or SAT. By doing so, you will solidify your opportunity to receive substantial merit-based financial support for college and/or university. By utilizing over twenty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you and your loved ones will earn the scores you need to qualify for merit-based support!

Reading

Reading comprehension is a crucial skill for students to develop but difficult to master. Students must be able to understand the context of the words in individual sentences and also understand multiple concepts when reading longer passages.

There are two types of reading comprehension: concrete and abstract. Concrete comprehension skills are the easier of the two. They include the ability to answer questions when the information is explicitly stated in the passage. Concrete skills include vocabulary, main idea, fact or opinion, sequencing, following directions, and reading for details.

Abstract comprehension skills include inference, analysis, evaluation, drawing conclusions, and cause and effect. They require the reader to draw on prior knowledge and processing to identify what is not explicitly stated.

Readers must have adequate processing and working memory skills to enable them to take in new information, to identify and to categorize it, to merge it with previously learned concepts, and to adequately respond.

I have supported students with the Reading section of the ACT and the Critical Reading portion of the SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also supported university students with the Verbal sections of the GRE and GMAT for more than ten years.

My students substantially increase their scores, and standardized examination preparation continues to be one of my most successful endeavors.

Allow me to help you and your loved ones to improve your figurative and literal reading comprehension skills. With my assistance, you and your loved ones will find the success you deserve!

*I also support students with English, grammar, proofreading, vocabulary, and writing*

SAT Math

Please note that the SAT will change dramatically in 2016. The makers of the examination are reinventing the structure and content to more effectively evaluate the abilities of test-takers.

The current SAT Mathematics section consists of three sections: two 25 minute sections and one 20 minute section. Students are expected to answer 44 multiple-choice questions and 10 "grid-ins". This section tests concepts from Arithmetic, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.

I earned the following scores on the SAT: Critical Reading 760 and Mathematics 800. This equates to an overall score of 1560. Please note that I took the SAT before the critical writing section was introduced, so the maximum score at the time was 1600.

I have prepared students for the Mathematics section of the SAT for more than thirteen years; this is in addition to preparing students for the quantitative sections of the PSAT/NMSQT, SSAT/ISEE, PLAN/ACT, GRE, and GMAT. Students typically score 650-800 due to our efforts and the plethora of resources I provide.

By utilizing over forty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you and your loved ones will earn the scores you need for your prospective undergraduate programs!

*I also support the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT, as well as many SAT II subject tests (Math Levels 1 & 2, Chemistry, and Physics)*

SAT Reading

Please note that the SAT will change dramatically in 2016. The makers of the examination are reinventing the structure and content to more effectively evaluate the abilities of test-takers.

The current Critical Reading section is 70 minutes in duration and requires students to answer 67 multiple-choice questions. This section tests the ability to read passages, to answer comprehension questions, and to complete sentences.

I earned the following scores on the SAT: Critical Reading 760 and Mathematics 800. This equates to an overall score of 1560. Please note that I took the SAT before the critical writing section was introduced, so the maximum score at the time was 1600.

I have prepared students for the Critical Reading section of the SAT for more than thirteen years; this is in addition to preparing students for the verbal sections of the PSAT/NMSQT, SSAT/ISEE, PLAN/ACT, GRE, and GMAT. Students typically score 600-700 due to our interactions and the plethora of resources I provide.

By utilizing over forty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you and your loved ones will earn the scores you need for your prospective undergraduate programs!

*I also support the Mathematics and Writing sections of the SAT, as well as many SAT II subject tests (Math Levels 1 & 2, Chemistry, and Physics)*

SAT Writing

Please note that the SAT will change dramatically in 2016. The makers of the examination are reinventing the structure and content to more effectively evaluate the abilities of test-takers.

The current SAT Writing section consists of three sections: one 25 minute section, one 10 minute section, and one 25 minute essay. Students are expected to answer 49 multiple-choice questions and 1 essay prompt. This section tests the ability to identify sentence errors and to improve sentences and paragraphs.

I earned the following scores on the SAT: Critical Reading 760 and Mathematics 800. This equates to an overall score of 1560. Please note that I took the SAT before the critical writing section was introduced, so the maximum score at the time was 1600.

I have prepared students for the Writing section of the SAT for more than thirteen years; this is in addition to preparing students for the verbal sections of the PSAT/NMSQT, SSAT/ISEE, PLAN/ACT, GRE, and GMAT. Students typically score 600-740 due to our efforts and the plethora of resources I provide.

By utilizing over forty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you and your loved ones will earn the scores you need for your prospective undergraduate programs!

*I also support the Mathematics and Reading sections of the SAT, as well as many SAT II subject tests (Math Levels 1 & 2, Chemistry, and Physics)*

SSAT

The SSAT is designed for students who are seeking entrance to independent schools worldwide. The purpose of the SSAT is to measure the basic verbal, quantitative, and reading skills students develop over time—skills that are needed for successful performance in independent schools. The SSAT provides independent school admission professionals with meaningful information about the possible academic success of potential students at their institutions, regardless of students’ background or experience.

The SSAT measures three constructs: verbal, quantitative, and reading skills that students develop over time, both in and out of school. It emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential for academic success. The SSAT is constructed to be of middle difficulty for those who take the test. In other words, about 50% of the examinees will get the average test question correct. The distribution of question difficulties is set so that the test will effectively differentiate among test takers, who vary in their level of skills.

I have helped students to gain admission to independent and select schools for more than nine years. On average, my students have scored in the 85th to 90th percentiles on the verbal, quantitative, and reading comprehension sections of the SSAT (average percentile rankings vary by section). I also help students to become more proficient writers.

Additionally, I have substantial experience with all levels of standardized examination preparation: SSAT/ISEE, PLAN/ACT, PSAT-NMSQT/SAT, GRE, and GMAT. This allows me to provide exceptional support to my students and their parents.

I utilize my knowledge and experience to help students to create the success they deserve. I look forward to sharing a similar experience with you and your loved ones!

*I also support all sections of the ISEE*

Statistics

Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data.

Students are usually first introduced to statistics at the college or university level. Many formulations of statistics rely on algebra. However, statistics can use calculus to create more useful and meaningful results.

Statistics may also be combined with probability, and covered in a dedicated course, to provide a student with a more robust understanding of the subject matter.

Scientists must apply statistics when using thermodynamics (physicists), using statistical models to guide diagnosis and treatment (medical professionals), and using statistical tools for analytical chemistry (chemists); engineers must apply statistics to analyze production costs, to maintain parameters in a controlled process, and to ensure quality control; and businesspersons must apply statistics to make sound decisions in the face of uncertainty (market fluctuations; economic viability; evaluation of competitors, industry, and target customer groups). Therefore, statistics is a very useful and necessary subject. Students must learn it well to be successful in most technical professions.

I have assisted students with probability and statistics for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. This is in relation to the AP Statistics College Board examination, business (administration and management), economics, psychology, and sociology. I have also assisted engineers with calculus-based Engineering Probability & Statistics for more than ten years. Additionally, I have extensive personal experience using probability and statistics in relation to physics (thermodynamics and quantum mechanics).

Statistics is challenging, because although the calculations most times are manageable, the underlying conceptual understanding, that leads to the calculations, can be difficult to develop. I have always created outstanding results for those I serve and look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

*I also support college and university probability and statistics coursework*

Study Skills

Study skills are crucial to find success with academics. Many times, it is not the intelligence or disposition of a student that causes difficulties. Instead, it is the approach of the student that needs "fine tuning". This is where effective study skills can make the difference.

Throughout my educational pursuits, both as a student and instructor, I have developed organized, logical, and structured approaches to academics. Not only am I able to provide outstanding support for most standardized examinations and mathematics and physics courses, but I can also teach effective methods for students to improve their study skills.

I have supported students with the Reading section of the ACT and the Critical Reading portion of the SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also supported university students with the Verbal sections of the GRE, GMAT, and MCAT for more than nine years.

Together, we will develop productive habits that will benefit the personal and professional lives of you and your loved ones for years to come. Some of these habits include increasing organization, maintaining focus, improving time management, making consistent efforts, being proactive, developing confidence and inspiration for learning, simplifying quiz/exam preparation, and many more.

These changes will lead to the success you and your loved ones deserve!

TEAS

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) test is a standardized, multiple choice exam for students entering into nursing school and is approximately 3.5 hours in duration.

The examination is often used to determine the ability of potential students to adjust to nursing programs and is considered part of the selective admissions process.

The exam consists of 170 questions, drawn from a test bank consisting of thousands of questions that are given on several versions of the exam. The examination covers topics from mathematics, English, science, and language. The examination is frequently updated, and currently most programs accept TEAS V scores from applicants.

I have assisted students with the TEAS for more than ten years with outstanding results. My students have consistently scored in the 85th+ percentile nationally on the examination. I look forward to creating the same results for you and your loved ones!

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is a somewhat disparate topic when compared to algebra. Most students prefer algebra to trigonometry, because they have more experience manipulating equations. However, trigonometry is an important component of mathematics. Solid foundations in trigonometry will give students the ability to excel with related topics: ACT, SAT, calculus, chemistry, physics, etc.

Students learn topics including angles, degrees, special triangles, trigonometric functions, identities, right triangle trigonometry, radians (measure, conversion, arc length, area, velocities), graphing, inverse trigonometric functions, identities and formulas (sum and difference, double-angle, half-angle), solving trigonometric equations, parametric equations, complex numbers, and polar coordinates.

Trigonometry is challenging, because it is the first time a student must extensively work with angular quantities (trigonometric functions, identities, and coordinate systems). I have more than thirteen years of experience assisting students with trigonometry. I have always created outstanding results for those I serve and look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

*I also support geometry coursework*

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is an essential part of a well-rounded education. Broad vocabulary allows students to increase their proficiencies with English. This includes speaking, listening, reading comprehension (context usage), and writing (sentence variation, style).

Additionally, students who have a well-defined vocabulary have decisive advantages over their peers at school (independent/select secondary schools and undergraduate/graduate programs).

Typically, students choose to increase their vocabulary in preparation for standardized examinations. I have assisted students with this endeavor for the past twelve years in relation to the ISEE/SSAT, PLAN/ACT, PSAT-NMSQT/SAT, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT.

Allow me to help you and your loved ones to increase your vocabulary. Improvements will not only allow you and your loved ones to find more success with your academic pursuits, they will also reflect more positively on your efforts and accomplishments!

*I also support students with English, grammar, proofreading, reading, and writing*

Writing

Writing is an essential part of a well-rounded education. Proficiency with writing allows students to increase their command of the English language. This includes building confidence through a sense of one's own voice, creating and strengthening identities, fostering emotional growth and coping skills, developing critical thinking skills, and understanding and communicating complicated ideas. Most importantly, writing leads to guaranteed improvement in academic achievement.

Additionally, writing is the primary basis upon which students' work, learning, and intellect is evaluated in college/university, in the workplace, and in the community.

Many times, students choose to increase their proficiency with writing in preparation for standardized examinations. I have assisted students with the ISEE/SSAT, PLAN/ACT, PSAT-NMSQT/SAT for more than nine years. I have also assisted students with the GRE, GMAT, and MCAT for more than nine years.

Allow me to help you and your loved ones increase your command of the English language and proficiency with writing. Not only will this allow you and your loved ones to find more success with your pursuits, but it will also reflect positively on your efforts and accomplishments!

*I also support students with English, grammar, proofreading, reading, and vocabulary*

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University of Michigan (Pre-Med)

Wayne State University - Physics (Master's)

Wayne State University - Applied Mathematics (Master's)

Helped to change the way I approach my life. — I work forty hours each week, plus twenty or more hours of overtime, so I needed someone who could accommodate my hectic schedule. I was also at a crossroad in my life and wanted to retake the GRE. I needed someone to inspire me to success, so I searched “high and low” for a tutor and found Brandon. To prepare, I met with Brandon for approximately four months at his West Bloomfield residence. ...

— Rene, Sterling Heights, MI on 11/17/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

On weekends, I hold discounted group sessions in a conference room adjacent to my executive office.

Travel policy

Brandon will travel within 20 miles of Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.

Background Check Status for Brandon S.

Brandon S. passed a background check on 10/15/14. The check was ordered by Brandon through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

After sending a message to Brandon, you will be able to order a new background check for $7.99. As part of your tutor selection process, we encourage you to run updated background checks. Please also review the safety tips for hiring tutors.