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Simeon S.

Patient and Creative: Writing, Math, Science, SATs, ACTs, etc.

Quakertown, PA (18951)

Travel radius
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Hourly fee
$50.00
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The most important attributes of any teacher are empathy and patience.

I currently attend Harvard University and work as a professional tutor and writer. I've lived all over - Eastern and Western Europe, Scotland, various parts of the United States.

My scores on the SAT and ACT were perfect (2400 and 36 respectively), though I too had to work hard to get there, so I know what it's like when you're just starting out.

I've worked with kids suffering from ADD and ADHD, dyslexia, depression and speech disorders; I personally grew up inured to social anxiety, so I can always empathize.

Nowadays, tutors will tell you they know all the tricks and shortcuts. But really, there are no tricks. No shortcuts. Just hard work and sleepless nights, chocolate and coffee, and talking to yourself while brushing your teeth in the morning trying to remember the quadratics formula.

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I like taking exams, and I enjoy helping others do the same.

I have a decade of experience and a vast collection of study materials that I can share with you for free. I used to work for Kaplan, but I knew that I'd be better able to help students on my own. To date, I've taught everything from debate and creative writing to calculus, physics, and the MCATs. I tutor the ASVAB, LSAT, GRE, GMAT and most of the SAT II exams as well, in case you are headed for a school that requires those.

I absolutely love writing, of course, so I can also teach you how to write an action scene or listen to a poem.


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What I expect from my students: studying is serious business. We'll write essays. We'll analyze passages. We will laugh in the face of all that is boring about standardized tests. Analytical reading and writing can be a lot of fun, actually.

In the end, my paradigm as a teacher has always been to make myself progressively unnecessary.

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Simeon’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Philosophy, Physics
Computer:
General Computer
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, General Computer, GMAT, Grammar, Proofreading

ACT English

The ACT English section will test your ability to write, to read, and to detect subtle errors in various passages. You will need to master both common writing conventions (such as proper use of the comma and semicolon, etc.) and more advanced grammatical concepts (who vs whom, irregular past participles, etc.)

ACT Math

ACT Math is significantly more comprehensive than that of the SAT. Subjects covered include Trigonometry, Algebra 2, Geometry, Probability, and Statistics.

I have all the necessary study materials, including half a dozen actual ACT tests, so you will not need to purchase extra books.

ACT Reading

The ACT reading section is very similar to that of the SAT, with the exception that it doesn't rely as heavily on vocab, and that its time constraints are much stiffer.

I have all the necessary study materials, including half a dozen actual ACT tests, so you will not need to purchase extra books.

ACT Science

The ACT science section covers basic chemistry, physics, and biology. Although technically, you don't actually need to know much about these subjects to be successful on the test.

Every clue you need to solve a problem is provided in the question, and some clever sleuthing is often all you need to get the answer.

Algebra 1

An introduction to algebra includes topics such as linear equations, ratios, quadratic equations, special factorizations, complex numbers, graphing linear and quadratic equations, linear and quadratic inequalities, functions, polynomials, exponents and logarithms, absolute value, sequences and series, and more!

Algebra 2

In addition to the standard Algebra 2 and Precalculus curriculums, I tutor advanced topics, such as problem solving strategies for success on the AMC and AIME competitions.

English

My favorite subject. I've personally read over 1300 books and written more essays than I care to remember.

Geometry

I tutor geometry topics such as quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, funky areas, powers of a point, three-dimensional geometry, transformations, introductory trigonometry, etc.

GMAT

The dreaded GMAT. I've scored nearly perfect on this test, which is significantly tougher than the SAT.

Grammar


Grammar is the math of words; the rules that underlie every conversation; the underpinnings of language itself.

LSAT

My favorite standardized test. I think it's quite fun, actually! Logic, reasoning, and instinct go into solving every problem.

MCAT

The MCAT is by far the toughest standardized test you'll ever take. Over the years, I've accumulated a vast collection of study materials, including the complete ExamCrackers guides, and over 20 complete MCAT (including 7 previously administered tests), which I am happy to share.

I think taking the MCAT can actually be quite fun.

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section is deceptively straightforward, yet subtle. There are tropes of questions that appear again and again, which can be mastered with basic reading and comprehension strategies.

I have all the study materials you would ever need, including half a dozen actual, previously administered SAT tests, so you shouldn't need to purchase extra books.

The SAT Reading section is something of a specialty of mine. I've consistently scored 800 taking the test, often without a single error.

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section will test your ability to read, write, and detect subtle errors in various passages.

You will need to master both common writing conventions (such as proper use of the comma and semicolon, etc.) and more advanced grammatical concepts (subjunctive voice, irregular past participles, etc.)

I have all the necessary study materials, including a dozen actual, previously administered SAT tests, so you will not need to purchase extra books.

The SAT Writing section is my favorite component of the test. I've consistently scored 800, often without a single error.

Vocabulary

As Mark Twain said, "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning-bug."

Writing

Though I go to school and teach for a living, I'm also a writer. Last year I published my first novel. Creative and analytical writing appeal to me especially, not to mention fiction.

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Education

Harvard University Extension School

If you are looking for the best, your search is over... Simeon is one of the most gifted teachers I have ever known. I only wish our school system was full of people with half the talent of this man. Simeon has consistently delivered professional, concise, thorough lessons "on-the-fly" with my twin sons via Skype. Simeon has an innate ability to determine exactly where a student's strengths and weaknesses lie, and to quickly formulate a lesson plan ...

— Gregg from Barto, PA on 7/1/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

I offer steep discounts for multiple students.

Travel policy

Simeon will travel within 40 miles of Quakertown, PA 18951.

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