If you are looking for a patient, knowledgeable SAT instructor, you have found him! My composite score on the SAT was a 2280. I attended Duke University, and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Mathematics. I have over 100 hours of private tutoring experience, and have taught SAT Math and SAT English for several test prep companies and learning centers. Finally, I have written a complete explanation guide to an SAT exam for an established test prep company in Manhattan.
With regard to teaching philosophy, I believe strongly in two ideas. The first is the importance of involving the student as much as possible, so that tutoring is a dynamic, two-way process. After all, students do not learn much simply by listening; they only truly internalize material by working through it themselves. To that end, I often employ strategies such as having students "teach back" to me concepts that I have just introduced to them. This a fun way for students to actively participate in the learning process. It also gets students to truly grapple with the material.
I also believe it's important to be accessible not only as a teacher but as a "person." When possible, I try to insert bits of humor in tutoring. After all, small bits of comedic relief can go a long way when studying misplaced modifiers, comma-splice errors, and parallelism. (Believe it or not, there is some humor to be found in standardized test questions!) Creating a rapport between student and tutor, whether through humor or sincere investment in a student's success, is essential for successful learning.
Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, or if you'd like to discuss an SAT prep plan for your student.
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