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Steven R.

Livingston, NJ

$70/hr

Ivy League SAT and ACT tutor

Background check passed as of 1/25/14
Usually responds in about 2 hours

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I am a finance and engineering professional that will help high school students achieve their full potential on college entry exams. Preparing for these test can be a daunting hurdle for many students. I find that teenagers generally know more than they think they know; the challenge is showing what they can do on a mind-numbing four-hour test on a Saturday morning. Most high school students have very busy schedules, so I always try to tailor tutoring and test practice in areas where the student will achieve that greatest impact.

The one-size-fits-all concept from the big test prep companies tends to bore the students in the areas where they excel and move too quickly in the areas where individuals need more instruction and practice. For SAT and ACT test prep, I like to give a lot practice tests and then use the results to hone the weaker skills and work on test taking strategies. In addition to college admissions test prep, I also have a strong background in mathematics, physics and statistics and can tutor in these subjects.

I have been helping high school students prepare for the SAT and ACT for over three years.

Testimonials

"Great direction and guidance"

- Kim, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 12/1/12

"Very Patient"

- John, Caldwell, NJ on 10/23/14

"Good first experience on short notice"

- Barbara, Pine Brook, NJ on 10/3/14

"Excellent tutor"

- Ranjeet, Butler, NJ on 2/26/14

"Knows his stuff"

- Neeta, Livingston, NJ on 11/24/13

"Nice tutor."

- Lisa, Livingston, NJ on 8/14/13

"My son really likes his tutor Steve"

- Diane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ on 2/8/13

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Xing Li, Westfield, NJ on 12/2/12

"Nice Patient Guy"

- Brian, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 11/28/12

"Fabulous tutor"

- Ingrid, Fairfield, NJ on 11/21/12

"Big improvement in scores! Very patient!"

- Harry, New Providence, NJ on 9/4/12

" Great working with Steven, very reliable"

- Lee, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 5/30/12
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science,
Physics
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Business:
Economics, Finance, Microsoft Excel
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Economics, Geometry, Physics,
Precalculus, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
Statistics
Corporate Training:
Economics, Finance, Microsoft Excel, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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

ACT English

The ACT English section is about working quickly and efficiently. I like to practice using timed conditions and review grammar rules as needed.

ACT Math

The ACT Math section requires speed and endurance because of its length. Test taking skills for the ACT Math are different from the SAT Math. The ACT Math section require some pre-calculus (albeit at a basis level) that I can teach. The ACT test has few distracting/trick questions, so most student only will need to focus on the math concepts.

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading test differs from the SAT Reading test in that it only has passage-based questions: There are no sentence completion questions. The ACT Reading test has less emphasis on vocabulary than the SAT Reading test. The main difficulty that student have with the ACT Reading test is its relative length. Students have just 35 minutes to read 4 passages and answer 40 questions. Practice is key so that students are able to effectively complete this test section. I like students to try different test taking strategies in order to find the ones that work best for them.

ACT Science

The ACT Science Test is an exercise in test-taking technique rather than a measure of science aptitude. The test consists of 7 passages and 40 questions in 35 minutes. In order to complete the test, students must learn which parts of the test to skip reading, which parts to skim and which parts to read carefully.

Algebra 1

Algebra II is often difficult for students because they have trouble seeing the link between the equations (which are abstract) and the real world. I try to bridge the gap to show how the math represents the real world and also to look at alternatives in teaching and visualizing the key concepts.

Algebra 2

Algebra II is often difficult for students because they have trouble seeing the link between the equations (which are abstract) and the real world. I try to bridge the gap to show how the math represents the real world and also to look at alternatives in teaching and visualizing the key concepts.

Physics

I have a strong background in physical sciences and can help students with mechanics, electrical circuits, solid state physics, optics, as well as astro-physics.

PSAT

The PSAT is a shorter version of the SAT without the essay. I can help students with practice tests and test-taking techniques. For more details, so my subjects descriptions for SAT Math, SAT Reading and SAT Writing.

SAT Math

The SAT Math section covers material through Algebra II yet the College Board makes this test difficult through trick questions and distractors. I can help students recognize the distractors and provide techniques for working through the harder questions.

SAT Reading

The SAT Critical Reading is a difficult test for high school students to improve their scores. I can work on techniques to handle the vocabulary-intensive sentence completion questions. I like to work with students to improve their initial reading to get a good grasp of the central ideas of the passages. A solid understanding of the main points of any passage goes a long way to efficiently and correctly answering the questions.

SAT Writing

The multiple choice section of the SAT Writing test places a great deal of emphasis on grammatical rules. I can help students brush up their grammar. I find that lots of practice helps students hone their grammar skills. The test also looks for parallelism in sentence structure which is less familiar to high school students. Students also need to know idioms and word usage. For the essay section, I like students to write a lot of practice essay to learn how to quickly organize their thoughts and write effectively.

Steven’s Resources

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

The limit of sin(30x)/x as x goes to 0 is 30. It has infinity since 1/x goes to infinity as x goes to 0. Any limit that is a non-zero rational number can be scaled to equal 30.

Students are allowed to bring very sophisticated calculators to the SAT exam. The only restrictions (beyond being cell phones) are that they do not have alphabetical keyboards and they cannot do algebraic equations. But is the sophistication of the calculator an aid in scoring well on the SAT Math section or are these high powered graphing calculators just another distraction? The answer... read more

Yale College, Yale University
Electrical Eng.
Princeton University
Master's
New York University Stern School of Business
MBA

Education

Yale College, Yale University (Electrical Eng.)

Princeton University (Master's)

New York University Stern School of Business (MBA)

Great direction and guidance — Steven really gave my son clear direction and guidance on how to take his very good SAT scores and bring them to the next level. The lessons were focused on the writing and reading sections. In fact he ended up with a perfect score in Critical Reading and brought his writing score up 70 points. This was with only 4 lessons and was clearly attributed to the very pointed lessons and reviewing on ...

— Kim, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 12/1/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Special Rates for practice tests and scoring.

Travel policy

Steven will travel within 10 miles of Livingston, NJ 07039.


About Steven

I am a finance and engineering professional that will help high school students achieve their full potential on college entry exams. Preparing for these test can be a daunting hurdle for many students. I find that teenagers generally know more than they think they know; the challenge is showing what they can do on a mind-numbing four-hour test on a Saturday morning. Most high school students have very busy schedules, so I always try to tailor tutoring and test practice in areas where the student will achieve that greatest impact.

The one-size-fits-all concept from the big test prep companies tends to bore the students in the areas where they excel and move too quickly in the areas where individuals need more instruction and practice. For SAT and ACT test prep, I like to give a lot practice tests and then use the results to hone the weaker skills and work on test taking strategies. In addition to college admissions test prep, I also have a strong background in mathematics, physics and statistics and can tutor in these subjects.

I have been helping high school students prepare for the SAT and ACT for over three years.

Testimonials

"Great direction and guidance"

- Kim, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 12/1/12

"Very Patient"

- John, Caldwell, NJ on 10/23/14

"Good first experience on short notice"

- Barbara, Pine Brook, NJ on 10/3/14

"Excellent tutor"

- Ranjeet, Butler, NJ on 2/26/14

"Knows his stuff"

- Neeta, Livingston, NJ on 11/24/13

"Nice tutor."

- Lisa, Livingston, NJ on 8/14/13

"My son really likes his tutor Steve"

- Diane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ on 2/8/13

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Xing Li, Westfield, NJ on 12/2/12

"Nice Patient Guy"

- Brian, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 11/28/12

"Fabulous tutor"

- Ingrid, Fairfield, NJ on 11/21/12

"Big improvement in scores! Very patient!"

- Harry, New Providence, NJ on 9/4/12

" Great working with Steven, very reliable"

- Lee, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 5/30/12
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Education

Yale College, Yale University
Electrical Eng.
Princeton University
Master's
New York University Stern School of Business
MBA

Education

Yale College, Yale University (Electrical Eng.)

Princeton University (Master's)

New York University Stern School of Business (MBA)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
12 hours notice required

Special Rates for practice tests and scoring.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Livingston, NJ 07039

Steven’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science,
Physics
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Business:
Economics, Finance, Microsoft Excel
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Economics, Geometry, Physics,
Precalculus, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
Statistics
Corporate Training:
Economics, Finance, Microsoft Excel, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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


Steven’s Resources

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

The limit of sin(30x)/x as x goes to 0 is 30. It has infinity since 1/x goes to infinity as x goes to 0. Any limit that is a non-zero rational number can be scaled to equal 30.

Students are allowed to bring very sophisticated calculators to the SAT exam. The only restrictions (beyond being cell phones) are that they do not have alphabetical keyboards and they cannot do algebraic equations. But is the sophistication of the calculator an aid in scoring well on the SAT Math section or are these high powered graphing calculators just another distraction? The answer... read more


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