STANDARDIZED TEST PREPARATION
I help students achieve their best possible results by combining expert instruction with a comprehensive practice and feedback system for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, GRE, and GMAT. I provide an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses to help students decide which tests to take and when to take them, and design a personalized approach for each student that incorporates all the skills and strategies needed to maximize his or her score: when and how to guess; which questions, if any, to skip; and how to avoid common errors.
In addition to my own set of proprietary lesson materials, I have reams and reams of practice exercises, worksheets, quizzes and practice tests, that - rather than having to sift through yourself - I structure for you to help you get the most out of your studies. I scored in the top 1 to 3 percent on every standardized test I've taken (SAT 2240 | ACT 36 | GMAT 740 | GRE 167 QR/168 VR) and have been helping students of all ages boost their standardized test scores, full-time for the past 2 years, and part-time since college.
Whether you need help learning the content of a given subject, help developing better study skills, or both, I will work with you to develop the skills you need to achieve the grade you want.
Most of my academic tutoring is in high school math -- particularly Algebra and Precalculus -- and I've found that students' current problems often have their origin in misunderstandings or gaps from previous years. I will work with you to quickly catch up and get on the path to success in your class. If you put in the effort, I can help you excel!
I am a big believer in “hands-on” learning, in which the instructor regularly elicits responses from the student to ensure s/he understands the concepts being discussed and is actively involved in absorbing the material. I think mistakes are great as I see them as learning opportunities, so I always try to create an environment in which my students feel comfortable answering questions, even when they are unsure of the correct response.
I pride myself on being able to deliver results. If you are not completely satisfied with my tutoring on any occasion, I will not bill for that lesson. Your satisfaction is my number one goal!
I majored in Psychology at UC Berkeley, where I completed my degree in three years. After graduating I moved to New York and worked in finance for about 2 years. An illness in my family caused me to move back to California in early 2011, where I ended up getting a job teaching the SAT and ACT for Kaplan. I had tutored part-time while I was in college and really enjoyed helping students become more successful in their academic pursuits; so tutoring full-time turned out to be a great fit. I guess I had the opposite experience of the guys who wrote “I left my heart in San Francisco,” though, as I loved living in New York and really wanted to move back. The opportunity to do so eventually came, and I moved back in October 2012.
If you refer a new student, you will receive your next lesson completely free of charge.
Please send me a message if you any questions or would like to discuss your particular circumstances in more detail. I respond to all messages within 24 hours or less (usually less), and am also available to discuss over the phone.
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