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Alfred M.

SAT Verbal Specialist

San Antonio, TX (78247)

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While at UIW, I tutored college students in writing for a year and a half and have since tutored the SAT's reading and writing sections independently since declining a job offer from Kaplan.

To tutor for Kaplan, tutors only need to score about 650/800 for each SAT section. That's about 100 points lower than what the Ivy Leagues want.

Since I started tutoring the SAT independently, I've scored 800/800 on the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT. I feel that no SAT book precisely articulates how to tackle the SAT reading section, so I am on-and-off writing an eBook on that area.

NOTE: Both parents and teachers tend to dramatically underestimate how much prep time is necessary to dramatically improve your score on the SAT. In high school, I raised my score by 300 points, but this took something like 100 hours of prep time over the span of four months. If you're in the 1500-2000 score range, you are not likely to see high score increases with just a few hours of prep time. Depending on how far away the test is, you should schedule accordingly.

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Alfred’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Philosophy, Psychology
Adobe Photoshop, General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Photography
Geography, Government & Politics
Adobe Photoshop, Photography
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Law, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling, LSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, General Computer, Grammar, Law, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

College Counseling

Since tutoring the SAT independently after declining Kaplan's job offer, I've had parents frequently consult with me during my tutoring sessions about their child's college application. They might want to know what extracurriculars will help more than others, or how to write an ideal admissions essay, or which colleges they have the best chances at. Having researched extensively the admissions process for friends and family during my final years of college, I've helped families by utilizing what academic knowledge I've gained from studies and reports I have read, from admissions statistics, and from speaking with professors themselves who have direct contact with admissions departments.


Logic is fundamental for philosophy, law, scientific inference, critical thought, and tests that measure reading proficiency. An understanding of informal logic and argumentation will substantially improve one's ability as a reader and writer, while formal logic will aid students in precisely expressing their thoughts. I stress the importance of valid and sound arguments, the agreement of terms, and the avoidance of fallacious reasoning. Most philosophy graduates, such as myself, are required to take at least one course in logic; many further their study outside of their classes.


My BA from UIW was in Philosophy and my concentration (a sort of quasi-major) was in pre-law. I structured my degree plan with courses I thought would be most useful to have, and the constant use of logic in philosophy courses appealed to me. My favorite area of focus in philosophy is informal logic -- specifically argumentation theory.


When I was attending Trinity University, a photography professor of mine (Patricia Simonite) suggested I submit my photography to the Trinity Review, and I was published that subsequent semester. I've staged photoshoots and edited promotional posters for Trinity's theater department and have worked with local photographers on a variety of projects.

Public Speaking

I've taken several intensive public speaking courses in college and have also taken courses that indirectly coach public speaking ability, such as acting and theater. While I tutored college students at UIW's writing center, I had a good number of students come to me for help with their speeches.

SAT Reading

This is my strongest subject area, and the area I specialize in.

When I was in high school, I obsessed over the reading section because, unlike the math section or writing section where you can learn a set of rules and increase your score, the reading section was fuzzy and elusive. Post-college, I looked for a job at Kaplan.

Since I started tutoring the SAT independently, I've scored 800/800 on the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT. To tutor for Kaplan, tutors only need to score about 650/800 for each SAT section.

It occurred to me that (1) I could make more than Kaplan pays by tutoring independently and (2) there is value in cutting through the fuzziness of this subject area. Because I feel no SAT book precisely articulates how to tackle the SAT reading section, I am currently writing an eBook on how to master the SAT's critical reading section.


"Speech" is usually construed as developing a full, projected, General American accent. I've helped many non-native speakers improve the sound of their accents and can give insightful, constructive feedback on general speaking ability when requested.

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UIW (Philosophy)

Initial meeting was fine — Alfred seemed genuine and established good rapport with my son. We will see how much help he can be to my son in his academic endeavors. ...

— Wiliam from San Antonio, TX on 4/8/13

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Standard Hourly Fee: $43.00

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Alfred will travel within 20 miles of San Antonio, TX 78247.

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