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****PLEASE NOTE****At present, I am unavailable to do house calls or long commutes - I will ONLY meet students who can meet at one of the following locations:

-Barnes & Noble at Menlo Mall

-Barnes & Noble at Rutgers University (New Brunswick/Piscataway)

-Any and all libraries and student centers on the Rutgers campuses (New Brunswick/Piscataway)

-North Edison Public Library

-Metuchen Public Library

BACKGROUND

-7+ years worth of experience in test prep for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and AP exams.

-Extensive experience in privately tutoring students of varying levels of ability and all grade levels for placement exams, standardized tests, homework and essay help, etc.

-Developer of content-based techniques and writer of high yield materials for SAT prep.

-Graduate of the Rutgers Engineering Honors Program with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering.

-Rutgers University Dean's List, National Honors Society, National Latin Honors Society, recipient of JP Stevens "Best Math Student" "Best Calculus Student" and "Study of Classical Languages" awards.

HOW STUDENTS DO (ON AVERAGE) WITH MY TUTORING

SAT (Math, CR, Writing): Average improvement to overall score by the end of a course: 350+ points. Recent students have improved by as much as 480 - 600 points.

AP Calculus: 100% of students receive a perfect 5.

For ALL High school subjects - students improve test grades by a minimum of 1-2 full letter grades.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM ME

- (For SAT prep/AP students) High yield strategies, techniques and lessons to boost scores quickly and build speed.

- (For High school subjects) Uniquely tailored lesson plans to help you overcome problem areas in school.

- All necessary curriculum/materials for each lesson brought to the lesson - FREE of charge! (inquire for details)

- Diagnostics/Assessments - FREE of charge! (inquire for details)

- Detailed reviews of each lesson, after each lesson, highlighting areas for improvement and tracking your progress.

TUTORING STYLE AND METHODS

1.) CREATING A FRAMEWORK - Pretend that you are about to learn Spanish. Would you memorize all the forms of the verb "tener = to have" such as "tengo = I have" or "tiene = he/she/it has" or "tenido = had", etc and then do the same for every verb? Of course not - you would learn the basic rules of grammar/conjugation and then apply them to different verbs so that you can generate the forms yourself rather than memorizing them! In other words, you would use basic principles and themes to create a system or framework into which you can enter all new knowledge.

In the same way, I prefer to transform the learning a new subject into an act of applying basic principles to new situations instead of an act of rote memorization. When teaching a subject, (whether it is calculus, biology or SAT prep) I always work on creating a knowledge framework from basic principles and root concepts in that subject.

2.) TRAINING STUDENTS TO SEE WHAT THE GENIUSES SEE - Students often ask questions such as "How do I know when to use equation A or Formula B" and are baffled when their "smarter" classmates grasp new subject matter and application so easily and intuitively. What they do not realize is that strong students often pick up on clues/indicators that other students miss and know how to use that information.

As an analogy, tennis champions do not watch the ball when an opponent prepares to serve - they watch the body mechanics of their opponent and learn to use this information to predict the path of the ball. Since most people tend to watch the ball, they assume that the tennis players have amazing reflexes that the rest of us could never have!

In a similar fashion, I teach my students how to spot the clues or indicators that high achieving students intuitively look for and find so readily. I show students how to use this information to know what to do when solving math/science problems and develop smarter, more efficient problem solving strategies to put them ahead of their peers.

3.) TARGETING & ELIMINATING WEAKNESSES - By targeting their specific weaknesses and focusing on improving specific aspects of their performance, high achieving students achieve far better results than students who do not do this.

Few students are able to identify their weaknesses in a way that helps improve their performance. For example, if a student reviews his/her practice SAT and notices that they tend to get % questions wrong, they have only skimmed the surface of the problem - they have not asked themselves WHY they get those questions wrong or how they can avoid that error so as not to repeat it. They have not identified the specific aspect of their performance that needs improvement - i.e. setting up an equation incorrectly, evaluating the numbers accurately, knowing what to do with the information in a problem, etc.

When working with students one-on-one, I focus rigorously on targeting and eliminating the specific weaknesses in a students performance in order to achieve the best results in the least amount of time.

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Please peruse my feedback/testimonials page and subject descriptions for more information. If you still have any lingering questions, do not hesitate to inquire. I am here to help you achieve your educational needs and I appreciate your business!

Math:

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry

English:

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Literature, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

Science:

ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology

Computer:

General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

History:

Social Studies, World History

Elementary Education:

Business:

Homeschool:

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing

Test Preparation:

ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, MCAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Corporate Training:

General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Algebra is the basic language of all higher math, and that is exactly how I teach it - as a language of symbols. By teaching students to recognize key words and verbal cues in word problems, I students to "translate" the problems into equations with relative ease and solve the problem! From the weakest math students to the most advanced, the results of my method are always apparent from the very first lesson. Students learn to think of algebra intuitively and logically resulting in sustainable long-term improvements in their performance which in turn translates into increased confidence in future math courses.

I also offer algebra review for test prep, including SAT Math and the SAT Subject Test in Math.

Algebra 2 focuses on advanced mathematical operations, such as those pertaining to complex numbers, factorization, linear systems, matrices and elementary functions, which comprise the essential knowledge base for trigonometry and precalculus. Often times, students struggle because they lack the essential foundational knowledge or skills to work through the problems with speed and fluency. When teaching Algebra 2, I first focus on instilling proper technique and effective problem-solving habits that are not always covered thoroughly in standard high school courses. I then work with the student to improve their speed and confidence without sacrificing accuracy resulting in significant improvements in relatively short time.

I also offer algebra 2 review for test prep, including SAT Math and the SAT Subject Test in Math.

I have taken anatomy courses at the collegiate, pre-medical and graduate school levels and am familiar with the general scope and content of the subject matter as it is relevant to aspiring medical students and nursing students. When tutoring anatomy, I often tie the material back to relevant examples and applications in medicine and biology to ensure optimal retention and comprehension. by emphasizing the classic "form-fits-function" theme. As much as possible, I try to explain the material using visual analogies to emphasize how anatomical "form" fits biological, evolutionary and physiological "function".

Due to my Biomedical Engineering background, you can expect a strong mastery and grasp of Biology. What I bring to my tutoring sessions for Biology sessions is a new way of looking at every aspect of the subject.

With the extensive use of analogies and examples, I transform even the most advanced concepts and intricate details into an easily understood and readily recallable framework of knowledge. I emphasize visualization and creating connections between new material and old material to better store information and enhance understanding at the deepest level.

My lessons will cover a lot in each session, but it will never feel that way. I will show you superior strategies and ways to organize information into a hierarchy that makes learning meaningful and enjoyable.

I have experience tutoring for both the AP and SAT Subject tests in Biology with great success stories.

I have tutored students in calculus at the regular, AP, and collegiate levels and scored a perfect 5/5 myself on the AP exam when I took it in high school. Factoring in my engineering background, I am well qualified to tutor in this subject and have received many positive reviews and testimonials for doing so.

My lessons will reinforce the conceptual side of calculus by relating everything I teach you to real-world applications in physics, biology, business, and economics. I also teach students to see calculus as a "visual" science by demonstrating how every concept has a graphical interpretation that is useful for deriving formulas, retaining information, and essential for understanding which concept to use in which problems.

In addition, I will show you superior problem solving strategies to solve problems with greater speed and accuracy that makes Calculus easier than you ever thought it could be!

(I also provide intensive review for prerequisite math subject matter including algebra, geometry, algebra 2, trigonometry and precalculus.)

Due to my Engineering background, you can expect a strong mastery and grasp of Chemistry. What I bring to my tutoring sessions for Chemistry sessions is a new way of looking at every aspect of the subject.

With the extensive use of analogies and examples, I transform even the most advanced concepts and intricate details into an easily understood and readily recallable framework of knowledge. I emphasize visualization and creating connections between new material and old material to better store information and enhance understanding at the deepest level.

My lessons will cover a lot in each session, but it will never feel that way. I will show you superior strategies and ways to organize information into a hierarchy that makes learning meaningful and enjoyable.

I have experience tutoring for both the AP and SAT Subject tests in Chemistry with great success stories.

I have taught geometry to students at the regular, accelerated, and honors levels as well as for the SAT, the SAT Math Subject test and the GRE general test. Success in geometry relies on the ability to recall and combine specific concepts given geometric clues such as parallel sides, related angles, proportionality and more. I teach students how to "read" a geometry problem so that they will know instantly which concepts to apply and how to reason their way through the problem using the given information. I also show them intuitive math tricks and content-based strategies to work faster and more effectively.

I took the GRE myself back in 2010 with a combined score of 1430/1600.

Due to the numerous similarities between the GRE and the older SAT out of 1600, many of the same tips and strategies apply although of course with many modifications.

In some ways, it is easier to rapidly raise someone's score in the GRE simply by adopting better test-taking strategies and learning how to use the test's format to your advantage.

I took the MCAT in the summer of 2009 after 1.5-2 months of studying for only a few hours a day. I received a composite score of 31 with section scores of 11 PS, 10 BS, 10 VR. On practice tests, my verbal scores always ranged from 10-12.

I believe I can help you increase your score regardless of your level; I have a Biomedical Engineering background so you can expect a strong grasp of physics, chemistry (organic and general) & biology from me coupled with the ability to dissect and simplify complex topics via practical and applicable anecdotes & real world examples, mnemonics & helpful analogies. An example of how I would run our lessons is go through an outline of the science topic and then provide guided practice on a sample passage for that topic to help you apply what you learned and illustrate the difference between solving a science problem for your professor's exam and for the MCAT.

However, bear in mind that there are many that there are many great review books out there for MCAT science. What I believe I can provide you with, which no MCAT prep book can, is a rhythm and method to help you glean the most out of your studying. Keep in mind that studying for the MCAT is unlike studying for exams in school (although the science material is the same). Studying hard is no substitute for studying smart and efficiently when it comes to the MCAT. As a former pre-med student myself, I have plenty of friends who were in the same boat once, and between all of us, I could share with you a wealth of anecdotes, success & failure stories. I am familiar with the popular misconceptions surrounding the test and how so many people often try to prepare for it.

Physics is often a challenge for students because it requires them to think of the world in a new and often abstract way. Through the use of intuitive examples and visual analogies, I teach students to see physics as a sort of "language" to describe the physical world quantitatively and qualitatively.

For those struggling with the mathematical side of physics, I provide intensive review of any and all relevant algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. For advanced physics courses, a good understanding and integration of calculus is essential.

I have taken anatomy and physiology courses at the collegiate, pre-medical, and graduate school levels and am familiar with the general scope and content of the subject matter as it is relevant to aspiring medical students and nursing students. When tutoring these two intertwined subjects, I often tie the material back to relevant examples and applications in medicine and biology to ensure optimal retention and comprehension. As much as possible, I try to explain the material using visual analogies to make the material seem as intuitive as possible.

Through visual methods emphasizing the interpretation of graphs and conceptual methods built around easy-to-understand analogies, I teach students powerful and effective ways to master precalculus and retain their knowledge. Precalculus is cumulative in many ways and is a gateway to calculus and higher math; therefore conceptual understanding is key.

For those struggling with prerequisite math subject matter for precalculus, I also provide intensive review of relevant concepts for algebra, geometry, algebra 2 and trigonometry. I also provide test-prep oriented review for the SAT Math subject test.

Too often, SAT students make the mistake of viewing the SAT as a "trick" test which can be "gamed" or a test which can only be beaten if they learn to be better test-takers. As a result, they invest in expensive courses and prep books filled with empty "tricks" or generic test-taking strategies that are in turn recycled from different test prep books and most of which are highly ineffective. This is both a waste of time and money.

I have written SAT math programs for test prep companies, and have developed my own content-based curriculum built especially for the unique types of questions seen on the SAT. I know EXACTLY which materials, techniques, and concepts are relevant how to apply them to the SAT. As a result, I have had numerous success stories including several perfect 800 students.

Too often, SAT students make the mistake of viewing the SAT as a "trick" test which can be "gamed" or a test which can only be beaten if they learn to be better test-takers. As a result, they invest in expensive courses and prep books filled with empty "tricks" or generic test-taking strategies that are in turn recycled from different test prep books and most of which are highly ineffective. This is both a waste of time and money.

For the SAT Reading section, I have developed a highly effective set of content-based strategies that utilize important textual clues hidden in the passage and the question stem to 1) arrive at the correct answer before looking at the answer choices 2) effectively eliminate "trap" answers. Students will see their speed, confidence and accuracy improve tremendously as they learn to literally "pull" the answers out of the passage!

Used correctly my methods will save a great deal of time and energy when taking the SAT Reading sections and allow you to see immediate improvements in score through the proper application of strategy.

The SAT Writing section is actually the easiest of the three sections in terms of achieving score increases. It consists of a holistically graded essay + a multiple choice grammar test.

Unlike the flat formulaic essays that result from forcing students to merely follow a formula, the essay I teach a student to write develops a mature voice and distinct style.

First, I teach students instead about the components of any good essay (thesis statement, attention grabbing headline, transitions, flow, creative language and compositional risks) and how to properly edit and revise to tighten up the language and tone of the essay.

I then show them how to properly integrate supporting examples into an argument and how to develop an argument to demonstrate critical thinking skills.

For the grammar sections, I teach students how to rapidly and easily eliminate wrong answers and recognize the most commonly tested types of grammatical errors to choose the correct answer.

The keys to success in trigonometry are a strong grasp of 3-4 basic concepts (such as the unit circle, the concept of inverse functions, periodicity, and the pythagorean identity) and learning how to apply them to various situations. Too often students struggle with trigonometry because of the sheer number of different formulas and identities involved; under my tutelage, students learn how to generate and derive knowledge rather than simply memorizing and regurgitating it. I show them effective and reliable substitutions and content-based strategies to enable them to solve trigonometry problems with greater speed and accuracy.

I also offer intensive review for prerequisite math subject matter such as algebra, geometry and algebra 2. For physics students, I provide thorough coverage of trigonometry as it pertains to vector math as well as test-prep oriented review for students taking the SAT Math Subject test.

The more you do with a word, the more likely you are to remember it. I use only the most up-to-date and cutting edge approaches to improve vocabulary. Traditional study methods such as flashcards, mnemonics and verbal puns are combined with the latest theories on learning and cognition to maximize retention and optimize recall on a test.

Rutgers University - School of Engineering

M.A. University of Denver (Graduate Coursework)

Long Island University (Brooklyn NY) Doctor of Physical Therapy (Graduate Coursework)

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After working with Meeraj for about 6 weeks and receiving a perfect 800 on the math section of the SAT, I knew I had to come back and receive additional tutoring for Critical Reading and Writing. His well-organized methods and formulaic structure for every type of question are very effective, especially for a student that responds well to direct approaches. Definitely would recommend for anyone wa
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