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K Mason S.

North Wales, PA

$65/hr

Columbia BA+Wharton MBA = Exceptional SAT/ACT/College Admissions Coach

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Background check passed as of 4/27/12
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Columbia College
University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School
MBA

Education

Columbia College

University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School (MBA)

About K Mason

Standardized tests are weird. They are neither intelligence tests nor knowledge tests.

- They are GAMES.

Mastery comes from coaching and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

There is no magic to any of these tests, and they have changed little over the past 30 years. I focus my teaching on both strategies and tactics, many of which have been used successfully for decades (and will continue to be useful on the new "Revised SAT" in 2016).

I teach subject matter as well, of course, but in most cases I find that students are far weaker on process than on knowledge. In other words, while many students know the reading, writing, math, etc, they don't know the test. And hence their knowledge doesn't pay off the way it should.

If you find you aren't particularly good at standardized tests, that means you don't get it. YET. It doesn't mean you're stupid; it just means that you need more practice.

If you find you are quite good at such tests, yet still fail to get perfect scores, that also means that you don't get it. YET. I have had many students who truly know ALL of the relevant material. However, through the course of a 3+ hour exam, most humans will make mistakes. If you are unfamiliar with techniques for error avoidance and recognition, then those mistakes will remain uncorrected and will keep you from a perfect score.

My students span the full range of skill levels, from below average to perfect scorers. I enjoy working with any and all students who are dedicated to their own self improvement.

Personally, I missed 5 questions on the SAT, 3 questions on the GMAT, received a perfect score on the LSAT and scored in the 99th percentile on every standardized test I can recall since early childhood. I took each test only once.

A note on admissions counseling: Admissions counseling is a more complicated subject than test prep, but a few key points to note:
- 1. Admissions decisions are not random
- 2. Like standardized testing, the application process is also a game, with its own rules
- 3. Fewer people understand this game than do the testing game. I was among the five youngest in my Wharton MBA class of 780 students. My grades weren't the best, nor was my work experience, but I did, and do know how to play the admissions game.

***VERY IMPORTANT***

All sessions are two (2) hours. Most students need one or two lessons per week + 4-8 hours of weekly homework/self-study for a period of 10-16 weeks. Students striving for perfect or near perfect scores typically require more time.

Also, I do not travel to you! You must travel to me! I have many students and can no longer spare the time needed for commuting.

Approved subject areas include:

ACT English
ACT Math
ACT Reading
ACT Science
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
College Counseling
English
Finance
Geometry
GMAT
Grammar
GRE
Literature
LSAT
Microsoft Excel
Prealgebra
PSAT
Reading
SAT Math
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
SSAT
Vocabulary
Writing
Standardized tests are weird. They are neither intelligence tests nor knowledge tests.

- They are GAMES.

Mastery comes from coaching and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

There is no magic to any of these tests, and they have changed little over the past 30 years. I focus my teaching on both strategies and tactics,…
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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

All sessions are TWO (2) hours. I reserve the right to charge for late cancellations; however, I STRONGLY prefer to reschedule lessons within the same week.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of North Wales, PA 19454
Background Check: Passed

"Brilliant Tutor"

- Anton, Lafayette Hill, PA on 12/25/12

"Both a great tutor and advisor on college application process"

- Roger, Warrington, PA on 4/15/15

"Great"

- Lucia, Hatboro, PA on 2/9/15

"OUTSTANDING"

- Neville, Bedminster, PA on 2/4/15

"Great tutor - very knowledgeable about SAT test."

- Teri, Warminster, PA on 5/1/13

"Understands my daughters needs"

- Elissa, Doylestown, PA on 4/22/13

"Highly recommend"

- Len, Blue Bell, PA on 4/21/13

"Couldn't be more pleased!"

- Michelle, Telford, PA on 10/25/12

"Great tutor!"

- Janet, Hatfield, PA on 10/6/12

"Great start"

- Phyllis, Warminster, PA on 9/18/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Finance, GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling,
GMAT, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
Finance, GMAT, Grammar, Microsoft Excel

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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College Counseling

Although I assist students with college selection, my primary focus is ensuring that my clients produce applications that maximize their chances of earning admission to the school(s) of their choice.

Sadly most of the first draft applications that I see are simply awful. Truly, absolutely, terrible. Especially the essays.

This isn't surprising (to me at least).

After they get past the initial shock, I ask my clients a few simple questions. If you don't know where (or even what) your goal is, how then can you possibly expect to hit your target? Do you know WHY you are writing an essay? Or what EXACTLY your essay must accomplish in order to strengthen your application?

Because they fail to understand the goal, many students unknowingly craft uninspiring (BORING!!) college essays that merely list their wants and rehash their accomplishments. Such essays accomplish almost NOTHING.

Sometimes they are actually worse than blank paper.

My college application essays helped get me into Columbia, and my graduate application essays helped me to become one of the youngest students in my MBA class (I was admitted to Wharton at age 22, and graduated on my 25th birthday).

Why am I certain that my essays were critical? Simple. Although my test scores were exceptional, my grades were merely very good. I wasn't a straight A student, or even close.

But, I know how to tell a story. ;-)

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The key to successful application essays is that your essays MUST tell a story. And not just any old story. The story of YOU.
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Use your essays to your advantage: reveal your passions, goals, intentions and actions. Let me help you craft essays that satisfy what admissions officers truly seek. I can almost guarantee that your story is better than you think.

Note: Initial essay prep lessons are two (2) hours; subsequent lessons are usually one (1) hour. You should allow 3-4 weeks to develop, craft and refine application essays.

Columbia College
University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School
MBA

Education

Columbia College

University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School (MBA)

Brilliant Tutor — When I took a practice SAT for the first time in September, I did not do well; I scored in the low 600s on average in each section. Over the past several months, thanks to Mason, I have seen my scores increase to the mid 700s, on average in each section. Mason is a brilliant reading, math, and writing tutor for the SAT who teaches you everything you need to know for the test. Before I tutored wit ...

— Anton, Lafayette Hill, PA on 12/25/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

All sessions are TWO (2) hours. I reserve the right to charge for late cancellations; however, I STRONGLY prefer to reschedule lessons within the same week.

Travel policy

K Mason will travel within 40 miles of North Wales, PA 19454.

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