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Alex M.

Expert GMAT, LSAT, and SAT trainer w/ 14 years of experience

Raleigh, NC (27605)

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I have been successfully training students to take the GMAT, LSAT, and SAT for 14 years, including 5 years as an instructor, tutor, and teacher-trainer for a major test-prep company. I am friendly, high-energy, and take test-preparation very seriously.

Please note that I am equally familiar with all elements of each test (GMAT, LSAT, and SAT). I have a specific methodology for each, which is adjusted to the needs of the student.

Using my proven "Training Manuals", I train (rather than merely teach) students to quickly recognize question types and apply the appropriate method. While many of these methods are standard test-taking strategies (picking numbers, using the answer choices, reading the question first, etc.), the majority are original, based on my years of experience with these tests. Many of these methods are unique to standardized testing. For example, the Reading Comprehension section of each test is essentially the same and boils down to the following: the majority of the correct answers merely reflect the basic ideas represented in the passage - regardless of what the question asks. Of course, the trick is how to extract those basic ideas in the time provided (here's a hint: read more quickly than you are comfortable with and take basic notes).

The homework I assign ensures that students have complete mastery over both these methods and the test. Put another way: my students know what TO DO with every question, rather than having a mere understanding of the questions once they are explained. After all, the GMAT, LSAT, and SAT require quick and decisive action. Students don't have to show their work but they do get partial credit(!!) - ask me how. I also focus on the psychology of the test, including confidence issues and time management.

I can provide an entire course or act as a supplement to your current studies; I'm familiar with all of the major courses.

I can't make you smarter, just a whole lot faster.

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GMAT

I've been teaching the GMAT since it first went adaptive. Yeesh I'm old...

LSAT

I'm the reason that a major test-preparation company no longer defines all Assumption question types as Necessary in order for the conclusion to be true. They still won't clarify the difference between a Necessary Assumption question type and a Sufficient Assumption question type (as all other LSAT prep companies do), primarily because they would have to re-write more than 20 years of LSAT explanations.

If the concept above is NOT familiar to you and you have already taken a course, then you do indeed need to learn the difference. Just contact anyone who has taken a different course from you, and they can explain it. Its important.

SAT Math

Everyone knows that students don't have to show their work. But the SAT does give partial credit. Even if a student doesn't know exactly how to do the math, he or she can very often use basic logic and estimation to eliminate answer choices. Despite the mis-named guessing penalty, reducing the number of possible answer choices increases the probability of getting a higher score. Thus, partial credit...

Oh and calculators are for suckers.

SAT Reading

The Reading Comprehension section in all standardized admissions tests follow similar patterns. The most important: most of the correct answers reflect a very basic idea from the passage - regardless of what the question actually asks. The key to extracting these basic ideas is to read the passage at an uncomfortably fast pace, taking notes along the way. Try to focus the notes any opinions (especially the author's), voices (critics, historians, etc.), and theories. Don't worry about the confusing stuff - only on what makes sense.

For each question, try to predict a basic answer before looking at the answers. Use previously taken notes - try NOT to refer back to the passage. Stay away from answers that use extreme language; stay attracted to answers that use a nice & general tone.

Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, I charge $60 an hour for a good reason...

SAT Writing

I love this section. Those students who commit themselves to mastering the concepts in this section will actually see an improvement in their writing skills. Not only will they be able to write more clearly, but also more quickly.

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Education

Oberlin College

Great experience for a fraction of the cost! I'm very glad I decided to do LSAT tutoring with Alex this summer. There are not many tutors in the South Bay where I live, so I decided to look for options further North (near San Francisco) and found Alex's profile. Even though he lives in San Francisco, we found a halfway meeting point for both of us at a Starbucks in San Mateo. Alex has his own packet of study materials that include tips and t ...

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Alex will travel within 25 miles of Raleigh, NC 27605.

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