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Aalok S.

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Toms River, NJ (08753)

Travel radius
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I can help students who are struggling, students who are looking to excel, and virtually everyone else in between.

I have over five years of experience working as a tutor and teacher - with large test prep companies, local test prep companies, and independently. I know that over five years of experience may not sound like much, but I consider tutoring my full time profession. There are plenty of tutors out there with 15 or more years of experience, but they may only tutor 5-10 hours a week. Feel free to ask other tutors how many students they've tutored and how often they tutor. I have taught/tutored over 1400 students. I've taught over 600 students in a classroom setting (in person) and well over 800 students online (through virtual class rooms). I've privately tutored well over 250 students (in person and online). I am experienced in academic/test prep tutoring from grade school through college.

I have a very diverse educational background. My Behavioral Neuroscience degree consists of courses in Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, English, Psychology, Calculus, and Bio-Statistics, and I also took courses in Japanese Culture, History, Chinese Religion, Philosophy, and Theater.

I also have experience working with students that have ADHD, dyslexia, students with IEP's, and other documented learning disabilities. I do not have formal training in specialized education, but rather successful experience. While other tutors may shy away from students who they think might be challenging to teach, I embrace these opportunities.

Improving grades/test scores has nothing to do with memorizing certain facts or learning obscure rules, equations, and formulas. The key is learning how to think systematically. Once you learn how to learn, you never forget it - because you are learning a SKILL, and it is nearly impossible to learn how to learn from a text-book.

The most important factor when measuring how successful a teacher or tutor is when it comes to teaching material and conveying information is experience. An elementary math teacher of 30 years will time and time again outshine another educator with just a few years of teaching experience: regardless of what content is being taught. Even if the elementary math teacher has never taught advanced math, he or she will approach it the same way and break it down so that it is understandable and meaningful.

That's why I believe myself to be such an effective teacher/tutor: my experience working with students in grade school and simplifying material for them allows me to then do the very same thing for high school, college, and graduate students. So whether it's SAT Math or ACT English or GMAT Argument Analysis or GRE Verbal or MCAT Physics or college level chemistry - I break the material down into simpler concepts.

Standardized Tests:
NJ-ASK, SSAT, HSPA, PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, AP (Advanced Placement) Exams, IB (International Baccalaureate) exams, GED, GRE, MCAT, GMAT, Praxis, etc.

Academic Subjects:
Algebra, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Literature, History, Social Studies, Computers and Networking, Computer Software, etc. If you don't see your subject here - just inquire!

Some Student Successes: 350+ points score improvement on the SAT, several 800s on the SAT and SAT subject tests, 20+ points score improvement on the GRE, 8+ points improvement on the MCAT, 30 point improvement on the Math Praxis, 34+ on the ACT (with 36's in Science, Math, and Reading), and 5's an various AP exams.

While I cannot guarantee scores like the ones above, I do promise my very best to help you get your highest score possible!

I offer discounts for online lessons and sessions longer than 2 hrs.

My cancellation policy is 24 hours in advance due to high demand (You must let me know by 6pm Thursday if you wish to cancel or change a lesson taking place on the weekend). It is best to get in touch with me as early as possible so we have time to coordinate our schedules. I can try to accommodate last minute requests, but cannot guarantee them. I may charge for travel that exceeds 30 minutes, but this would be discussed and confirmed prior to our initial lesson.

Weather policy: In the event of inclement weather (snow, sleet, freezing rain, extreme rain, heavy wind, weather advisories/warnings, road closures, etc) travel can either take much longer than normal or not be advisable. I will make every reasonable effort to keep my commitments and keep on schedule when the weather doesn't necessarily cooperate. I just ask the same in return; please do not wait until the very last second to make a decision when it comes to weather- related changes.

Travel Policy: Minimum session length or travel charge may apply for travel that exceeds 30 minutes, but this would be discussed and confirmed prior to our initial lesson.

Education is an investment. If a student is struggling, it makes perfect sense to get him/her the help needed so that the time spent in school is worthwhile. Great grades and great test scores can open doors that may have been previously closed; so students should have every resource available to him/her to help achieve that goal. Don't forget that grades and test scores are significant factors when determining scholarships, so investing time and effort now can pay off substantially in the future. Finally, let's not forget the most important part in all of this: the student. The confidence that a student regains through effective tutoring can last a lifetime.

If you have any questions - please feel free to ask. I'd be glad to answer them.

THANK YOU for considering me to help you/your family.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch. Every day spent waiting is another class or lecture's worth of material that you potentially fall behind or another low quiz/test/exam score that will only make it harder to recover from.

Contact me today!

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Aalok’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling, GED, GMAT, GRE, MCAT, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, GMAT, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Statistics

Biology

I hold a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience - with an extensive background in Biology, Genetics, Vertebrate Anatomy, Physiology, Neuroscience, etc.

I've taught and tutored Biology at various levels - High School Biology, SAT Subject Test Biology, AP Biology, College Biology, MCAT Biology, and even more.

In addition - I revised content for and led the launch of a newly revised AP Biology Course with a National Test Prep Company.

Chemistry

I have experience tutoring chemistry at both the high school, college, and graduate levels.

Tests: SAT Chem, AP Chem, MCAT Chem

College Counseling

Over the years I have worked with numerous high school students taking the SAT, ACT, and AP exams. With many of those students, I would sit down with them and look at when these exams are offered and how they line up with final exams or other activities.

I also discuss if and when a student should re-take certain standardized exams and when the best time to take certain exams would be (such as end of Junior year or early Senior year).

I also sit down with students and parents and talk about course selection, in addition to extra-curricular activities.

I spend time going over deadlines in detail and talking to them about early decision, early action, and rolling admissions. I tell my students to work on their essays and the Common Application during the summer so that once the school year starts, they have that much less to do.

In addition to that, I discuss with students which teachers and advisers they ask for letter of recommendation. I also help review essays and have helped many students put together applications and edit resumes.

I've had a number of parents tell me that I've been more helpful than their son's/daughter's guidance counselor at school.

Genetics

When it comes to Genetics, I hold a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience - where I've taken many high level biology courses and labs.

Especially for genetics - I've taken Molecular Genetics, Genetics Lab I and II, and Biochemistry.

I've taught and tutored Biology at various levels - High School Biology, SAT Subject Test Biology, AP Biology, College Biology, MCAT Biology, and even more.

In addition - I revised content for and led the launch of a newly revised AP Biology Course with a National Test Prep Company.

GRE

I've had many students improve more than 20 points overall on the GRE exam. I've also had some students improve by more than 12 points in an individual section (when focusing primarily on Verbal reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning).

MCAT

I have a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience, so I have the educational background for all subjects of this test.

In addition, I have over two years of experience teaching/tutoring all MCAT subjects when I worked for a national test prep company. I've taught over 1200 students in the classroom setting and tutored over 110 students one-on-one.

The first thing I identify for MCAT tutoring is if the student needs help with content, pacing, or the format of the exam. From there, I develop a customized plan to help the student bridge any weaknesses and maximize score gains.

Organic Chemistry

I have a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience, so I have the educational background for all subjects in this field.

I have helped many students with Organic Chemistry via MCAT preparation. In addition, I have also lead study groups and review sessions at Queen's College in New York for Organic Chemistry to help students prepare for the National ACS Organic Chem Exam.

Physics

Physics is the very first subject I began teaching - it is without a doubt my favorite subject. I have experience teaching physics at -

College level - Physics I and II - with or without calculus.
High School - Honors Physics and College Prep Physics along with AP Physics (both Mechanics and Electro-magnetics).

Test Prep - SAT Physics Subject Test, MCAT Physics (Medical School Entrance Exam), and AP Physics.

I've had several students get 800's on the SAT Physics Subject test and countless more get a 700+.

Praxis

I have helped several students successfully prepare for the Praxis exam Reading, Writing, and Math. The Praxis is developed by ETS, which is the same organization that develops the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and the GRE. Hence, the material across all those those exams are very similar.

I would make sure the student understood what was on the exam, the format of the exam, and general strategies for the test itself.

SAT Math

I've had several students score an 800 on the SAT Math, SAT Math I subject Test, and the SAT Math II Subject Test.

Study Skills

An integral part of academic and test-prep tutoring consists of making sure students are studying effectively. I've seen too many students study very hard but not learn anything or retain anything.

For study skills, I look to see exactly how the student seems to learn best (writing things down, visually seeing it, or simply by practicing the concept). This yields immediate results and a big boosts in confidence.

I have plenty of experience of working with high school students preparing for high school finals and AP Exams at the end of the year, in addition to working with college students prepare for exams like the GRE, MCAT, and college finals.

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Lehigh University

Great Tutor!! Aalok has given my son his sanity back. He is in eighth grade doing tenth grade geometry and it is very hard and time consuming. Aalok has helped my son better understand the subject and explains it in a way that he can comprehend it. Aalok is an amazing tutor. Smart, patient, understanding, flexible, and kind. I will be using Aalok to tutor all my children until they are finished with all thei ...

— Christya from Barnegat, NJ on 2/21/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $110.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

You must let me know by 6pm Thursday if you wish to cancel/change a lesson taking place on the weekend.

Travel policy

Aalok will travel within 40 miles of Toms River, NJ 08753.

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