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Students and Parents,

It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, and I am elated that you have found interest in my profile.

I am the recipient of a Master of Science: Physics and Master of Arts: Applied Mathematics with a focus in computation and theory. I am also a "Master Gold Certified" Professional Academic Coach by the American Tutoring Association verifying my education, background, teaching expertise, and 1200+ hours of coaching (in addition to my hours through WyzAnt).

Whereas "tutors" merely teach, a Professional Academic Coach is part teacher, manager, mentor, organizer, counselor, resource expert, educational consultant, and motivational speaker. Professional Academic Coaches generally have greater expertise and better training in their specialties, possess superior communication skills, have more private teaching experience, and are devoted, full-time private educators who have chosen academic coaching as their professional careers. While tutors focus on the "little picture", work on short-term issues, and offer simple fixes, Professional Academic Coaches focus on the "big picture," address both short-term and long-term problems and solutions, and utilize comprehensive, multidimensional approaches to provide extensive, long-lasting benefits to catalyze maximum success for their students.

I have worked as a Professional Academic Coach for over twelve years: four years part-time and over eight years full-time; I have dedicated my professional life to teaching and mentoring. Therefore, I have substantial experience working with students one-on-one and in small groups.

I am qualified to teach high school, college, and university physics and mathematics courses including Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Emerging Scholars (ESP) curricula. I am also qualified to coach several standardized examinations including, but not limited to, HSPT/COOP, ISEE/SSAT, GED, ASVAB, PLAN/ACT, PSAT-NMSQT/SAT, AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Physics B/C, TEAS, GRE, and GMAT; I have scored in the 99th percentile on every examination I have taken (please see my subject descriptions for more detailed information). Princeton Review, Kaplan, and Manhattan have also expressed their interest in my abilities as an instructor for the GRE and GMAT.

However, I have chosen to work on my own as a Professional Academic Coach for a few reasons. This choice allows me to provide additional availability and scheduling options, to combine information and coaching techniques from multiple avenues simultaneously, and to relate to the thoughts and feelings of students as individuals; I am better able to help students to bridge the separation between where they are and where they want to be.

Above all, I help students to relax and to realize their full potential. 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 classmates, parents, and educators. Parents often tell me they admire the influence I have on their children and are thankful for the thorough communication I provide throughout the experience. I believe these are the reasons for receiving so many referrals by word of mouth; my students increase their performance, optimism, self-esteem, and confidence; they are eager to share their experiences with others; and their parents develop a meaningful appreciation for the well-being that ensues.

Over 80% of students hire a "tutor", during their academic careers, for supplemental instruction and/or standardized examination preparation. Instead, you should be proud to hire a Professional Academic Coach for guidance, because you care about your education, desire lasting improvements, and are willing to do what is necessary to succeed in highly competitive environments. There is absolutely no substitution for dedicated support, and the results I create for my students and their parents attest to this fact.

If you believe you will be successful by receiving support from a caring and qualified professional, this is the opportunity for you. Sessions are fun, engaging, and productive. I create the most meaningful experiences in my life by assisting students to realize their full potentials. I encourage you to form your own opinion about this opportunity by contacting me now! I look forward to speaking with you and to establishing a mutually beneficial arrangement in the near future!

Best Regards,

Brandon S.

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Brandon’s subjects

ACT English

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

Students must not only be aware of the structure and content of the English section of the ACT, but they must also learn the approaches and tactics necessary to achieve exceptional performance. This can be difficult when a student has limited experience with the examination.

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT (99th percentile). My sectional scores were English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have also helped to prepare students for the English section for over a decade.

Let's work in unison to build experience and confidence with the rules and subtleties of written English. By utilizing over forty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you will feel at ease with the English section and will find the success you deserve!

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

ACT Math

Students have 60 minutes to complete 60 multiple choice questions on the Mathematics section of the ACT.

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%)

Students must not only be aware of the structure and content of the Mathematics section of the ACT, but they must also learn the approaches and tactics necessary to achieve exceptional performance. This can be difficult when a student has limited experience with the examination.

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT (99th percentile). My sectional scores were English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have also helped to prepare students for the Mathematics section for over a decade.

Let's work in unison to build experience and confidence with the rules and subtleties of mathematics. By utilizing over forty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you will feel at ease with the Mathematics section and will find the success you deserve!

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

ACT Reading

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

The ACT covers four types of reading passages:

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

The prose fiction 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.

The social studies 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.

This can be difficult, because a student usually has a natural affinity for either figurative or literal writing and has limited experience with the examination.

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT (99th percentile). My sectional scores were English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have also helped to prepare students for the Reading section for over a decade.

Let's work in unison to build experience and confidence with the approaches and tactics necessary to improve your reading speed and comprehension. By utilizing over forty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you will feel at ease with the Reading section and will find the success you deserve!

*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%)

Students must not only be aware of the structure and content of the Science section of the ACT, but they must also learn the approaches and tactics necessary to achieve exceptional performance. This can be difficult when a student has limited experience with the examination.

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT (99th percentile). My sectional scores were English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have also helped to prepare students for the Science section for over a decade.

Let's work in unison to build experience and confidence with science by improving your powers of observation and conceptual understanding of commonly tested topics. By utilizing over forty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you will feel at ease with the Science section and will find the success you deserve!

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

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 covers topics such as linear equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations, exponential functions, radical expressions, and rational functions.

A student of Algebra 1 must adjust his/her thinking from static arithmetic computations to manipulating expressions and equations to solve for variables. A student must also begin to develop a physical interpretation of his/her work by graphing equations and solutions. Both of these endeavors can be challenging, because Algebra 1 is a transitional phase of learning mathematics.

Towards the end of my undergraduate tenure, I decided to pursue master degrees in physics and applied mathematics with a focus in computation and theory. Since that time, I have developed a fondness for all quantitative disciplines, but my true passions still reside with mathematics and physics. Mathematics is the language of physics, so I am extremely qualified to support all mathematics courses through partial differential equations.

Let's work together to build experience and confidence with Algebra 1. Using guided repetition, I will help you and/or your loved ones to develop an understanding of algebraic concepts. In no time at all, you and/or your loved ones will feel at ease with the curriculum and will find the success you deserve!

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 covers topics such as linear equations, systems of linear equations and inequalities, matrices, quadratic functions and inequalities, polynomial functions, radical equations and inequalities, rational expressions and equations, exponential and logarithmic relations, and conic sections.

A student of Algebra 2 must expand upon his/her understanding of Algebra 1 to develop a robust understanding of more advanced algebraic concepts. This can be challenging, because advanced concepts require a student to have strong fundamentals and greater attention to detail.

Towards the end of my undergraduate tenure, I decided to pursue master degrees in physics and applied mathematics with a focus in computation and theory. Since that time, I have developed a fondness for all quantitative disciplines, but my true passions still reside with mathematics and physics. Mathematics is the language of physics, so I am extremely qualified to support all mathematics courses through partial differential equations.

Let's work together to build experience and confidence with Algebra 2. Using guided repetition, I will help you and/or your loved ones to develop an understanding of algebraic concepts. In no time at all, you and/or your loved ones will feel at ease with the curriculum and will find the success you deserve!

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. I have helped countless students, from disparate backgrounds, to find success with the ASVAB over the last twelve years. I look forward to creating the same for you!

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.

A student of calculus must adjust his/her thinking from static algebraic and trigonometric calculations to dynamic calculations involving change, expand his/her understanding of calculus by relying on well-developed fundamentals, develop the ability to be flexible with his/her thinking through the power of observation, and interpret physical representations of mathematics by using multiple coordinate systems and frames of reference. These endeavors can be extremely challenging, because calculus introduces a broad variety of topics in rapid succession.

Towards the end of my undergraduate tenure, I decided to pursue master degrees in physics and applied mathematics with a focus in computation and theory. Since that time, I have developed a fondness for all quantitative disciplines, but my true passions still reside with mathematics and physics (calculus is one of my favorite subjects to teach). Mathematics is the language of physics, so I am extremely qualified to support all mathematics courses through partial differential equations.

Let's work together to build experience and confidence with all levels of Calculus. Using guided repetition, I will help you and/or your loved ones to develop an understanding of differentiation, integration, approximations, series, and multivariable calculus. In no time at all, you and/or your loved ones will feel at ease with the curriculum and will find the success you deserve!

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

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 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 this section typically is 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 twelve 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 very easily gain acceptance to prominent educational institutions. I look forward to creating the same for you and your loved ones!

Differential Equations

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.).

A student of Differential Equations must adjust his/her thinking from computations used in calculus to manipulating expressions and relations involving derivatives to solve equations. This endeavor can be challenging, because Differential Equations is a transitional phase of learning mathematics.

Towards the end of my undergraduate tenure, I decided to pursue master degrees in physics and applied mathematics with a focus in computation and theory. Since that time, I have developed a fondness for all quantitative disciplines, but my true passions still reside with mathematics and physics. Mathematics is the language of physics, so I am extremely qualified to support all mathematics courses through partial differential equations.

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 over a decade. I have also supported graduate students with the verbal and essay (issue and argument) sections of the GRE, GMAT, and MCAT for the past eight 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/or your loved ones to better command the English language. With my assistance, you and/or your loved ones will improve your proficiencies and find the success you deserve!

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 over twelve years and continue to create fantastic 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 you to create the success you deserve!

Geometry

Geometry covers topics such as 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.

A student of geometry must adjust his/her thinking from algebraic manipulations and computations to logical methods of proof and visual representations of space. Both of these endeavors can be challenging, because Geometry is a transitional phase of learning mathematics.

Towards the end of my undergraduate tenure, I decided to pursue master degrees in physics and applied mathematics with a focus in computation and theory. Since that time, I have developed a fondness for all quantitative disciplines, but my true passions still reside with mathematics and physics. Mathematics is the language of physics, so I am extremely qualified to support all mathematics courses through partial differential equations.

Let's work together to build experience and confidence with Geometry. Using guided repetition, I will help you and/or your loved ones to develop an understanding of Geometric concepts. In no time at all, you and/or your loved ones will feel at ease with the curriculum and will find the success you deserve!

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.

Within six months of graduating with dual master degrees in physics and applied mathematics, I chose to take the GMAT to pursue my MBA part-time (due to the overwhelming success of my professional academic coaching business). I will complete the requirements for my MBA in the next two years.

I earned a verbal score of 46, a quantitative score of 54, and a writing score of 6.0. All of these scores are in the 99th percentile for the GMAT and 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 (integrated reasoning section). I have also assisted students with the GRE, GMAT, and MCAT for over eight years and continue to create exceptional results.

Let's work in unison to build experience and confidence with the verbal, reasoning, quantitative, and writing portions of the GMAT. By utilizing over thirty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you will feel at ease with the GMAT and will find the success you deserve!

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 over a decade. I have also supported graduate students with the Verbal and Essay (issue and argument) sections of the GRE, GMAT, and MCAT for the past eight 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/or your loved ones to better command the English language. With my assistance, you and/or your loved ones will improve your proficiencies and find the success you deserve!

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 scoring 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 (there has been no change to this scoring). All of these scores are in the 99th percentile for the GRE.

I have also taken the GRE five times. Two times I submitted the scores to prospective graduate programs and three times I attempted the examination by choice to gain experience with the revised content. I have also assisted students with the GRE, GMAT, and MCAT for over eight years and continue to create exceptional results.

Let's work in unison to build experience and confidence with the verbal, quantitative, and writing portions of the GRE. By utilizing over thirty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you will feel at ease with the GRE and will find the success you deserve!

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 the past eight 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, GMAT, and MCAT. 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!

Physics

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

AP Physics B 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.

A student of physics must learn to use his/her powers of observation and understanding of mathematics to critically analyze physical phenomenon. These endeavors can be extremely challenging, because physics is a highly conceptual and computational science. A student must be able to apply what he/she has learned to new and engaging concepts.

Towards the end of my undergraduate tenure, I decided to pursue master degrees in physics and applied mathematics with a focus in computation and theory. Since that time, I have developed a fondness for all quantitative disciplines, but my passion still resides with mathematics and physics.

Let's work together to build experience and confidence with physics. Using guided repetition, I will help you and/or your loved ones to develop an understanding of applied mathematics, dimensional analysis, and the conceptual basis of physics. In no time at all, you and/or your loved ones will feel at ease with the curriculum and will find the success you deserve!

*I also support AP Physics B & C College Board examinations*

Prealgebra

Prealgebra covers topics such as number properties and operations, solving equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, multiple step equations and inequalities, polynomials, factors, fractions, exponents, scientific notation, rational numbers and equations, ratios, proportions, percents, non-linear factors, basic geometry, and basic probability.

A student of Prealgebra must adjust his/her thinking from static arithmetic computations to manipulating expressions and equations to solve for variables. This endeavor can be challenging, because Prealgebra is dramatically different from previous mathematics courses.

Towards the end of my undergraduate tenure, I decided to pursue master degrees in physics and applied mathematics with a focus in computation and theory. Since that time, I have developed a fondness for all quantitative disciplines, but my true passions still reside with mathematics and physics. Mathematics is the language of physics, so I am extremely qualified to support all mathematics courses through partial differential equations.

Let's work together to build experience and confidence with Prealgebra. Using guided repetition, I will help you and/or your loved ones to develop an understanding of prealgebraic concepts. In no time at all, you and/or your loved ones will feel at ease with the curriculum and will find the success you deserve!

Precalculus

Precalculus, otherwise known as Algebra 3, covers topics such as 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.

A student of Precalculus must adjust his/her thinking from more advanced algebraic manipulations and computations to similar concepts geared towards introducing students to Calculus. This endeavor can be challenging, because a student must combine his/her knowledge of both algebra and trigonometry to be successful. A student must also learn mathematical induction and limits, which are transitional concepts and difficult to initially grasp.

Towards the end of my undergraduate tenure, I decided to pursue master degrees in physics and applied mathematics with a focus in computation and theory. Since that time, I have developed a fondness for all quantitative disciplines, but my true passions still reside with mathematics and physics. Mathematics is the language of physics, so I am extremely qualified to support all mathematics courses through partial differential equations.

Let's work together to build experience and confidence with Precalculus. Using guided repetition, I will help you and/or your loved ones to develop an understanding of Precalculus concepts. In no time at all, you and/or your loved ones will feel at ease with the curriculum and will find the success you deserve!

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 extensive personal experience using probability with quantum mechanics, which is one of the more complex fields of physics. I have assisted engineers with calculus-based Engineering Probability & Statistics for over eight years. I have also assisted countless students with probability for business (administration and management).

Let's work together to build your confidence with concepts such as distribution functions; uniform, exponential, normal, gamma and beta distributions; conditional probability; Bayes theorem; law of large numbers; central limit theorem, etc. In no time at all, you and/or your loved ones will feel at ease with the curriculum and will find the success you deserve!

*I also support 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 over a decade. I have also supported graduate students with the Verbal Reasoning and Essay sections of the GRE, GMAT, and MCAT for the past eight 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/or your loved ones to write with confidence. With my assistance, you and/or your loved ones will improve your proficiencies and find the success you deserve!

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 received 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 over a decade. Many of my students have reached the commended, semifinalist, and finalist stages of the selection process.

Let's work together to build experience and confidence with the structure of the PSAT/NMSQT and/or SAT. Let's also work towards solidifying your opportunity to receive substantial merit-based financial support. By utilizing over twenty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you will feel at ease with the PSAT/NMSQT and will find the success you deserve!

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 over a decade. I have also supported graduate students with the Verbal Reasoning sections of the GRE, GMAT, and MCAT for the past eight 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.

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

SAT Math

The 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.

Students must not only be aware of the structure and content of the Mathematics section of the SAT, but they must also learn the approaches and tactics necessary to achieve exceptional performance. This can be difficult when a student has limited experience with the examination.

I scored a 1560 on the SAT (99th percentile). My sectional scores were Critical Reading 760 and Mathematics 800. I have also prepared students for the Mathematics section of the SAT for over a decade; this is in addition to preparing students for the quantitative sections of the ACT, GRE, and GMAT.

Let's work together to build experience and confidence with the rules and subtleties of mathematics. By utilizing over forty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you will feel at ease with the Mathematics section of the SAT and will find the success you deserve!

*I also support the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT*

SAT Reading

Students are given 70 minutes to complete 67 multiple-choice questions on the Critical Reading section of the SAT. This section tests the ability to read passages, to answer comprehension questions, and to complete sentences.

Students must not only be aware of the structure and content of the Critical Reading section of the SAT, but they must also learn the approaches and tactics necessary to achieve exceptional performance. This can be difficult when a student has limited experience with the examination.

I scored a 1560 on the SAT (99th percentile). My sectional scores were Critical Reading 760 and Mathematics 800. I have also prepared students for the Reading section of the SAT for over a decade; this is in addition to preparing students for the English/verbal sections of the ACT, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT.

Let's work together to build experience and confidence with the approaches and tactics necessary to improve your reading speed and comprehension. By utilizing over forty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you will feel at ease with the Critical Reading section of the SAT and will find the success you deserve!

*I also support the Mathematics and Writing sections of the SAT*

SAT Writing

The 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.

Students must not only be aware of the structure and content of the Writing section of the SAT, but they must also learn the approaches and tactics necessary to achieve exceptional performance. This can be difficult when a student has limited experience with the examination.

I scored a 1560 on the SAT (99th percentile). My sectional scores were Critical Reading 760 and Mathematics 800. I took the SAT before the Writing section was introduced in 2005. However, I have supported students with the SAT Writing section for eight years with outstanding results; this is in addition to the English/verbal sections of the ACT, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT.

Let's work together to build experience and confidence with the rules and subtleties of written English. By utilizing over forty practice examinations, from several reputable sources, in no time at all you will feel at ease with the Writing section of the SAT and will find the success you deserve!

*I also support the Critical Reading and Mathematics sections of the SAT*

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 the past eight 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, GMAT, and MCAT. 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!

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 extensive personal experience using statistics with thermodynamics, which is one of the most relevant fields of physics. I have assisted engineers with calculus-based Engineering Probability & Statistics for over seven years. I have also assisted countless students with statistics for business (administration and management).

Let's work together to build your confidence with descriptive and inferential statistics: graphical displays of multiple variables; numerical summaries of variation, symmetry, and skewness; random sampling; the normal distribution; the Central Limit Theorem; hypothesis testing with confidence intervals; measuring variance, goodness-of-fit, and independence contingency relations; linear regression, etc. In no time at all, you and/or your loved ones will feel at ease with the curriculum and will find the success you deserve!

*I also support Probability 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.

Together, we will develop productive habits that will benefit the personal and professional lives of you and/or 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, simplifying quiz/exam preparation, and many more.

These changes will lead to the success you and/or 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 over eight 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!

Trigonometry

Trigonometry covers topics such as 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.

A student of Trigonometry must adjust his/her thinking from algebraic manipulations and computations to trigonometric manipulations and computations. This endeavor can be challenging, because although algebraic and trigonometric expressions conform to the same sets of rules, a student lacking familiarity with trigonometry may find the manipulations difficult.

Towards the end of my undergraduate tenure, I decided to pursue master degrees in physics and applied mathematics with a focus in computation and theory. Since that time, I have developed a fondness for all quantitative disciplines, but my true passions still reside with mathematics and physics. Mathematics is the language of physics, so I am extremely qualified to support all mathematics courses through partial differential equations.

Let's work together to build experience and confidence with Trigonometry. Using guided repetition, I will help you and/or your loved ones to develop an understanding of trigonometric concepts. In no time at all, you and/or your loved ones will feel at ease with the curriculum and will find the success you deserve!

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

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 (other times for composition courses). I have assisted students with this endeavor for the past 8-12 years in relation to the ISEE/SSAT, PLAN/ACT, PSAT-NMSQT/SAT, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT.

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

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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. ...

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