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University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School (MBA)
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.
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.
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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,… Read more
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.
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 with him I was extremely worried about SATs, but with his help, I am extremely confident in my abilities to succeed!
My daughter is in 10th grade and is preparing to take the SATs in the fall. She had her first session with Mason today at his house. She felt that she learned more in 2 hours with Mason than using the study guides and sample tests. Mason quickly focused in on her strengths and weaknesses. He taught her some of the basic "tricks" for answering questions quickly and correctly. Mason is friendly and helps build confidence, helping kids feel like they can succeed. My daughter plans to work over the summer with Mason to continue to improve.
My son found him very knowledgeable and helpful with his SAT preparation. Also, he is very willing to work with a busy high school schedule.
Mason was extremely helpful to me in explaining complex problems in corporate finance. He spent time, was easy to understand and was always punctual. I would highly recommend him to anyone at any level of education in the topic of finance. I know he teaches other subjects and I am sure he is as competent in those as well, but I do not have personal experience with him in other subjects.
Mason provides great tips and tools for SAT preparation - he has a wealth of knowledge about the SAT exam. Mason is on time and flexible, which is helpful for a student with a busy schedule. He gives honest feedback after each lesson and will adjust his lesson as necessary based on the student's progress.
Mason has been working with my daughter for a few weeks now and has proven to be very understanding of her needs. She is preparing for the SAT. After taking the PSAT and SAT my daughter scored much lower than she had expected. Mason has worked with her and has given her many tools to work with to improve. The past few weeks have been tough, lots of stress and tears, but after taking this weeks practice tests her scores have improved! I'm so glad to see her with a new found confidence and excitement for continuing to improve!
Mason provided SAT tutoring for my son. He is well organized and professional in his approach. He connected well with my son, and provided access to additional materials for him to work with. Thus far my son's scores in mock exams have continuously improved. He provides a quality service and I highly recommend him.
I was greeted with the most beautiful smile early this morning, as my daughter shared her SAT scores with me. Her happiness, relief and pride were evident and we are so thankful to Mason - more than we can express - for the time, tools and support he gave her to IMPROVE HER SCORE BY 220 POINTS! Mason is a gifted tutor and we could not be happier with the results of her score, for sure but moreover, we are thrilled with the confidence and skills Mason imparted that she will have for the rest of her life!
I was glad we chose Mason for my Grandson's SAT tutor. He helped him with his strengths and his weaknesses. He was always available to talk to us and he kept us up to date. Thank you!
Even though it was only her first lesson, my daughter really connected with Mason. I think he will be a big help to her.
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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. ;-)
The key to successful application essays is that your essays MUST tell a story. And not just any old story. The story of YOU.
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.
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