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Carl W.

Experienced Tutor: SAT Reading, Math, Writing and Much More

Manassas, VA (20110)

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I am a professional writer, editor and photographer in Northern Virginia and have extensive experience working with students in many subject areas: SAT prep (all subjects), PSAT prep (all subjects), SSAT, GED, Writing, Reading Comprehension, Geometry, Algebra I, Photography, Computer Skills and more.

Above all else, one of my areas of expertise is tailoring educational plans to the individual student. You are an individual and have individual needs, and a customized approach to your education should reflect that. A regular academic curriculum is a good starting point, but is only good for a few students. Some get left behind and others get bored because they are unchallenged. Tailoring an educational program takes into account the individual student, not the middle 80% of the classroom.

If you need something specific that you do not see here, please get in touch and I will see if I can give you a hand. Education is the highest good and you need a tutor who can help you achieve your goals.

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Carl’s subjects

Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GRE, ISEE, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Photography, Video Production
Elementary Education:
ACT Science
DOS, Dreamweaver, General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Photography, Video Production
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

Algebra 1

Algebra I is one of the first conceptual math classes students encounter. Getting through this with a good grade is crucial for learning higher math. In addition, algebra has lots of hidden gems for real life.


More than ten years of experience as a professional writer and editor have given me the tools to see language and literature in their proper light.


I taught GED classes for two years and had many successful students. Give yourself the best chance at success with tutoring before you attempt the exam.

General Computer

Knowing how to use a computer is critical in today's technology-driven world. I have taught a number of computer skills classes over the years and helped lots of people jump the barrier that technology knowledge presents.


Geometry is more than just a set of rules. It is a basic and practical introduction to the study of logic. It is a tricky subject, but don't let that discourage you. Get the help you need to master this important discipline.


Good grammar can mean the difference between effective and ineffective communication. My experience with grammar comes from having studied English and having worked as a writer and editor for a long time. That makes me a professional grammarian.


HTML is the language used to make most web pages. Although many CMS platforms exist to make websites easier to create and manage, most of them do not quite do everything you want, or perhaps do not format things quite perfectly for your application. Knowing HTML can help you better format and create web pages, and help you navigate the complicated code so you can see how a web page works.

Microsoft Access

I have made a number of Access databases for clients and employers over the years and worked to integrate these into existing systems and other Microsoft applications.

Microsoft Excel

Excel is a basic and indispensable tool for business applications and many other purposes. It looks like a simple spreadsheet but its many functions, along with the ability to reference various sheets and cells, create equations, and sort data, make it a powerhouse of a tool.

Microsoft Outlook

My experience with Outlook goes back to the late 1990s. Outlook can be used for email management but also has an integrated calendar, to-do list, and contact list. users can drag and drop items from one spot to another, creating to-do items or calendar entries from emails, for example.

Microsoft Windows

I have been using Windows since version 3.0, nearly 20 years ago. I have configured it and modified it numerous times in my years building custom computers for clients.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a good word processor, but can be much more than that. It is a sophisticated tool that can help you accomplish many tasks in the office or at home. Mastering the various options in Word can help you become a true Word master. Unlock the functions hidden in this tool and be more efficient with your work.


I have been a professional photographer for about ten years. I have studio equipment and have taught photography as a craft many times.


I took the Praxis 1 tests recently and got these scores: Math - 181, Reading - 183, and Writing - 181.


Prealgebra gives you the foundation of your higher math pursuits. It take the basic arithmetic you have been studying and turns it sideways to introduce new concepts you may not have thought about before. Don't let this subject get the best of you. Get the help you need to succeed.


Proofreading is the cornerstone to effective copy editing. Being able to ensure your manuscript is correct is the most basic level of editing and a very important step. Learn not only how to make corrections, but also how to annotate the manuscript with the proper proofreader's marks.


The PSAT is the gateway to the college preparation and admissions test world. Even though this test is seen by many as a practice SAT, it can be a stressful but important step to take for a student. Be prepared for this test and get the best possible score. Getting a leg up on the competition by starting test preparation early will ensure the best possible chance for an advantage when it comes time to apply to colleges.


Reading skills are important so you can effectively communicate with the rest of the world. Learning to read critically is important so you can pick out nuances from written pieces and fully understand what the write is trying to say.

SAT Math

Any high school student can tell you that SAT math is pretty difficult. However, much of what students struggle with is how tricky the test is, in addition to the math content itself. Knowing both how to solve the problem quickly and to see the hidden tricks is the combination students need to do well on this tough exam.

SAT Reading

The reading portion of the SAT is tough but there are many tricks a student can use to succeed and get to his or her target score. Don't be beaten down by this test. Success is closer than you think!

SAT Writing

The writing portion of the SAT is tough but there are many tricks a student can use to succeed and get to his or her target score. The essay is particularly problematic for most students and requires a simple strategy most English teachers do not teach. Don't be beaten down by this test. Success is closer than you think!

Study Skills

I have worked in the past with a number of students who simply needed help getting organized in their studies and figuring out how to structure and manage their time. A little work and structure with organization can make a world of difference when it comes to staying on top of everything and getting the grades you need.


More than ten years of experience as a professional writer and editor have given me the tools to see language and literature in their proper light.


Writing is an important skill to master so you can effectively communicate with the rest of the world. Master the use of language and see opportunities open up to you! Whether you need help with technical writing, business writing, report writing, or general writing for school, I can help you with what you need.

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North Carolina State University (English)

Top notch tutor We were very pleased with the tutoring sessions our son had with Carl. He was very knowledgeable and patient and our son is feeling more confident about his SAT preparation. Thanks Carl. ...

— Maria from Manassas, VA on 10/3/13);

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