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Daniel J.

Exprnced HS Tchr (SAT) / Mdcl Rsrchr (AP Bio/Chem) / Engineer(AP Phys)

Woodbridge, NJ (07095)

Travel radius
40 miles
Hourly fee
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MY TEACHING & TUTORING EXPERIENCE
• earned Master’s Degree in HS Science Education while teaching HS Biology in NYC
• developer/teacher of SAT Prep courses for college prep firm in China (Shenzhen) & educational foundation in US (Princeton)
• trains others to tutor SAT Prep
• professional tutor in private learning centers, online, and in homes since 2006
• National Tutoring Association member

MY SCIENCE EXPERIENCE
• scored 100% on general Science content knowledge test required to teach any HS Science in NJ
• trained mechanical engineer (Physics)
• former biomedical researcher (Biology & Chemistry)
• developer of AP Exam Prep (Physics) iPhone app for educational software firm
• trained as MCAT (Physics & Chemistry) instructor by a national test-prep firm

EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, CONFIRMED BY MY OWN EXPERIENCE AS A STUDENT (I HAVE 2 MASTER’S DEGREES), HAS FOUND THAT STUDENTS LEARN BEST IN GROUP STUDY. MY TUTORING THUS SIMULATES GROUP STUDY, BUT WITH AN ADVANTAGE: MY CONTENT EXPERTISE & TEACHING EXPERIENCE ENABLE ME TO ASK STUDENTS CRITICAL CONCEPT-REVEALING QUESTIONS. I THEN SUBTLY GUIDE THE STUDENTS IN THEIR ANSWERS.

Hourly Rate = As Posted
Note: To obtain a rate not posted, the associated tutoring rates listed below are available only if you EXPLICITLY agree (via e-mail) to the conditions listed below for the associated rates.

For $90/hr, the following 1-to-1 tutoring is offered:
Restrictions…………………………None
Available Subjects………………Science (Chemistry, Physics, or Biology. Level = high school, AP, or college general), Math (any high school level, esp Calculus), Test Prep: SAT1/ACT (Math, Science, Reading, Writing), SAT2 (Math1or2, Chem/Phys/Bio), MCAT
Location of Session1…………Public space determined mutually
Subsequent Location…………Wherever You Wish (eg, your home)
Service Area………………………w/i 40 miles of Woodbridge, NJ
Suggested for Science………Over 24 hrs prior to session, student attempts his/her HW problems & e-mails me the ones that he/she needs to review during session
Included:
College Study Skill Development (integrated into tutoring for no extra charge)
College Financial Planning (discounts for certified financial planner)
College Selection & Application (discounts for online & in-person services)

For $45/hr, the following 1-to-1 tutoring is offered:
Restrictions: 1) Student must have attempted his/her HW problems & e-mailed me the ones that he/she needs to review. 2) Student must also coordinate w/ a schoolmate who has same HW. 3) Schoolmate must take the tutoring session immediately after (or before) the student’s. Both of these sessions must take place in the same location, either the student's or the schoolmate's home.
Available Subjects……………………Chemistry & Physics (only AP level)
Location of Session1…………………Public space determined mutually
Subsequent Location…………………Student’s home or schoolmate's home
Service Area……………………………w/i 40 miles of Woodbridge, NJ

For $45/hr per student, the following 1-to-2 (pair) tutoring is offered:
Restrictions: 1) Students must have attempted their HW problems & e-mailed me the ones that they need to review. 2) Students must also coordinate w/ one another. They must both have the same HW.
Available Subjects………………………Chemistry & Physics (only AP or college levels)
Location of Session1…………………Public space determined mutually
Subsequent Location………………Public space, student’s home or schoolmate's home
Service Area………………………………w/i 40 miles of Woodbridge, NJ

Session Lengths
for AP Science………2 hr
for Math…………………2 hr
for MCAT Prep…………2 hr
for SAT/ACT Prep……1.5 hr

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Daniel’s subjects

ACT Math

ACT Math is similar to SAT Math. I helped a recent SAT Math student raise her Math score by 100 points. (Unfortunately, since her tutoring was not through WyzAnt, her feedback is not posted below.) Thanks to my Physics background, I regularly use Math as a tool.

My ACT Math method is based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes.

Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well.

The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Math weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Math workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently.

Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies.

Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Math sections of Practice Tests.

ACT Reading

Most of my ACT Prep methods, including my Reading Prep method, are based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes.

Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes Method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well.

The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Reading weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Reading workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently.

Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies.

Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Reading sections of Practice Tests.
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ACT Science

Though I also tutor Sciences at all levels (including college), the ACT Science test does not test the student's knowledge of Science. Rather, it combines Reading Comprehension, Reasoning, & Analysis of Graphs. Most of my ACT Prep methods, including my ACT Science Prep method, are based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes.

Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well.

The Method: Students first take a diagnostic test, identifying their Reading weaknesses. Afterward they study and practice in an ACT Science workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding.") Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently.

Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies.

Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Science sections of ACT Practice Tests.

Biology

I teach all levels of Biology, including AP Biology (i.e. college Bio taught in high school).

For AP Biology sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using 2 modes of study:
1. acquisition (mostly through reading of the AP text while I pose strategic questions)
AND
2. quality-check of study (mostly through answering multiple choice questions using my "honesty method" and answering interactive questions in a study guide)

During Spring Break, and until the AP Exam, I concentrate on the Essay and practicing strategies for answering Multiple Choice questions.

Chemistry

I teach all levels of Chemistry, including AP Chemistry (i.e. college Chem taught in high school).

For AP Chem sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study.
Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously
-apply concepts
-assess their understanding of concepts
-review concepts as necessary

During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies and practice for the Multiple Choice section of the AP Exam.

MCAT

For 5 years, I've worked as a private tutor of college General Physics, General Chemistry, & General Biology. Before this I taught Biology in NYC. Before that I was a Biomedical Researcher.
(I ran experiments in the early development of an antibiotic.) Before that I worked for an engineering firm.

In 2007, I earned an Master's in Science Education from Hunter College (New York, NY). In 2004 & 2006, a national test prep firm trained me to teach MCAT Physics & Chem. In 1998, I earned a Master's in Environmental Health from University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ / Rutgers (Piscataway, NJ). In 1986, I earned a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering Foundations from The Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA).

Physics

I teach all levels of Physics, including AP Physics (i.e., college Physics taught in high school).

The methods and schedule that I use to tutor Physics are similar to those used for the other Science I tutor that is based on quantitative HW problems: Chemistry.

Hence, for AP Physics sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study.
Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously
-apply concepts
-assess their understanding of concepts
-review concepts as necessary

During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies & practice for the Multiple Choice (MC) section of the AP Exam. For Physics, the calculator ban for the MC section limits the types of questions that can be asked. These types of questions have inherent weaknesses that the student can exploit.

SAT Math

I helped a recent SAT Math student raise her Math score by 100 points. (Unfortunately, since her tutoring was not through WyzAnt, her feedback is not posted below.) Thanks to my Physics background, I regularly use Math as a tool.

My SAT Math method is based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes Method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well.

The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Math weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Math workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently.

Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Math sections of Practice Tests.

SAT Reading

As the Senior Developer of SAT Prep for a Shenzhen (China) firm that guides high school students through the process of selecting and applying to US colleges, my SAT Prep Reading focus is on problem-solving strategies. Most of my SAT Prep methods, including my Reading Prep method, are based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes.

Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes Method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well.

The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Reading weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Reading workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently.

Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies.

Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Reading sections of Practice Tests.

SAT Writing

I helped a recent SAT Writing student get a perfect Writing score. (On a previous SAT, for which I had been hired to prep her in Math only, the student had raised her Math score by 100 points, but she was unsatisfied w/ her Writing score. Unfortunately, since her tutoring was not through WyzAnt, none of her feedback is posted below.)

SAT Writing is composed of Grammar (i.e., multiple-choice questions) and the Essay. Accordingly, my tutoring is broken up into these 2 separate components. Whether you need both depends upon an OBJECTIVE assessment of your performance on a relatively brief pre-test that I request you take prior to this SAT Prep course.

Grammar Tutoring: Problem-solving strategies are developed via an SAT Prep text, but practiced - and augmented - under my expert guidance in a workbook during our sessions.

Essay Tutoring: A high-scoring SAT Essay is not simply like a well-written standard essay. Hence, strategies for writing SAT Essays are not the same as methods for writing standard essays. Again, using an SAT Prep text, strategies for writing the SAT Essay are developed. Between sessions & during sessions (i.e. under my DIRECT guidance & review), the student will practice these strategies.

Study Skills

I have a Masters in Education, and I teach study skills in the context of problem solving in Science & Math. I developed these study methods for myself when I was a college student studying Math & Science (Pre-Engineering). These methods proved very successful when combined with study partnering. My tutoring, thus, is essentially a support of these independent study methods, combined with my study partnering with the student.

TOEFL

My tutoring preps students for all components of TOEFL: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. I have been trained & certified to score the Speaking component of TOEFL, so I tutor Speaking. Since I'm an experienced (approx. 800 hours) SAT Prep tutor, I also tutor the Reading & Writing components of TOEFL. And of course, I also tutor the Listening component - I'm a native-born American, so I have listened to American English for over 50 years.

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Education

The Evergreen State College (Mech Engnrng Physics)

Rutgers / University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ (Master's)

City University of New York, Hunter College (Master's)

Extremely professional and knowledgeable. SCORE WENT UP 200 PTS! 06/26/13 Latest Update. ACT score just came back. With Dan's help my son got a composite score of 32 on the ACT. On the science portion he got a perfect score of 36. Thank you again Dan!! 5/23/13. I wanted to update the below review because my son received his SAT scores this morning. Under Dan's guidance and help my son raised his SAT scores by 200 points. He is now in the 97% national perc ...

— Linda from Westfield, NJ on 6/26/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $90.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Thru 2014: 33% off 1st session 33% off thereafter for referring other students to me (This discount applies during each week in which your referral(s) also has a session w/ me)

Travel policy

Daniel will travel within 40 miles of Woodbridge, NJ 07095.

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