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I am a professional SAT tutor. This is not my hobby; it is my career. I have invested years of thought and experience into being able to produce the best results in the field.
I love being an SAT tutor because I love empowering young people. I genuinely enjoy helping students reach their academic goals, and no one class or extracurricular influences a student's college opportunities more than does this one three hour-test.
My Bachelor of Arts degrees are in political science and economics from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke, where I attended on a full scholarship and graduated with the highest honors. After college, I worked in business consulting before earning a Masters degree at St. John's College, where I studied Math and Science, Philosophy, Literature, and the ancient Greek language.
I scored perfect on the SAT and the GRE, which is the graduate school version of the SAT.
My SAT tutoring program combines my deep knowledge of SAT teaching with my technological expertise. Here's how it works:
My students take one of the many officially available SAT tests. They then submit their answers to me in person or over the internet. Next, I use my own personal test analysis software to identify all of an individual student's weaknesses at the most detailed and helpful level. Here are just a few of the more basic -- but still powerful -- insights I can generate:
--Missed 5 of 7 questions on mathematical functions
--Missed 3 of 6 questions about the 'tone' of a reading passage
--Missed 5 grammar questions that deal with sentence fragments
After I analyze a real test in this way, I know EXACTLY the areas to focus in on for each particular student. In my first session with the student above, I would teach him or her to master functions, tone questions, and sentence fragments. As my students repeat the process by taking more tests, I continue to hold them accountable for areas that we have already mastered so that they truly carry their knowledge forward.
The end-result is the most personalized and effective SAT tutoring program out there.
It is my experience that most students are far more intimidated by the SAT than they should be. Their awe toward the test and their lack of confidence in themselves prevents them from feeling motivated to take the many gradual steps that lead to substantial improvement.
My first job as a tutor, therefore, is to motivate and inspire self-confidence. I do this by "de-mystifying" the test for students -- I show them that I have identified every "type" of content and question that appears on the SAT. In all the sections combined -- reading, writing, and math -- there are "only" about 200 of these types. Perhaps this seems like a lot, but remember that most students will know 100 of these cold. It's all about finding and mastering the concepts that are difficult for a particular student. Once a student has them all down, they see that the SAT test is just using the same 200 familiar types in slightly different ways. After this, the test becomes refreshingly manageable and controllable!
As a teacher, I help students to believe in themselves by showing that I believe in them. I do this by never just "telling" a student the answer, but always guiding them with questions to show that they have the answers within themselves. My goal is to produce as many "Ah-ha!" moments as possible -- to cause a student to say "Wow, that makes so much sense! How did I not see that before?" For when students see how things work for themselves, they can carry it with them to test day and beyond.
Finally, it is worth saying that students find me very relatable and caring. At the end of the day, I truly care about my students' well-being, not just their performance on this test. My students can sense my genuine care for them, and it gives them even more confidence and motivation to perform well.
Most of my one-on-one students improve between 10 and 30 points for every hour of class we have together. (The variation is due to difference in starting score, ability, and -- most importantly -- effort.) This means that for 10 hours of tutoring, the average student can expect an increase between 100-300 points.
Is this meaningful? Yes. To see how, look at the difference in the average SAT scores for students at some top schools (the leading numbers are US News and World Report ranks):
1. Princeton: 2200
15. Cornell: 2100
33. NYU: 2050
55. Syracuse: 1850
--. CUNY schools: 1650
As you can see, a couple hundred points makes a HUGE difference in the quality of school a student is competitive for. 150 points can be the difference between NYU and Princeton, or Syracuse and NYU.
A final thing to remember about my results: They're real. Big companies talk about big increases, but they are almost never talking about what students did on actual SAT tests, but rather on phony tests that the company made themselves. A Wall Street Journal recently exposed this misleading practice and cited an objective study that found that the big companies are only actually getting about 30 points of improvement on average! Their big claims are not to be trusted.
I offer my students not only in-person tutoring but also webcam tutoring. While nothing beats face-to-face tutoring, I want to offer webcam tutoring since some families are too far away for me to travel to, and my technology allows me to do this better than most.
Before beginning, we will discuss whether webcam or in-person is better for your particular student and your budget. Whatever the case, I can usually make my first visit in person in order to develop a relationship with the student and parent.
Great tutor, great score! — Timothy is extremely patient, well organized, efficient and personable. He taught my daughter skills that were not only useful for the SAT but they helped her in the subject tests as well. His enthusiasm for learning and teaching is evident and contagious. My daughter had a 240 point increase. I would definitely recommend Timothy for anyone looking for a knowledgeable and effective SAT tutor. ...
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