I have been tutoring students for many years in many subjects since I have a very broad academic and professional background. I am especially good at helping students prepare for the PSAT and the SAT. My own score on the old SAT was 1580; that is, I missed only one question.
Sometimes students think the SAT is a comprehensive exam on everything they have learned in high school. No, it is not. They are tested on advanced vocabulary and the ability to solve math puzzles at high speed, as well as their skill in writing an entertaining essay and mastery of the mechanics of writing good English.
In tutoring for the SAT, I show students:
- the time-management skills that by themselves can boost their score;
- a painless way to learn and retain a large vocabulary of the kind of abstract words always used in the SAT;
- the two dozen math facts that the SAT always uses in creating their math puzzles;
- the essay structure that the readers expect to see.
One year, when I was teaching for the Berkeley Learning Center in Lakewood, we had 24 seniors in our SAT classes. They all got into college, 12 of them into the best Ivy League colleges and universities in the country. Yes, it was a very good year!
Having been a math major and a science book editor, I can tutor math through precalculus. I can teach writing skills, having written a dozen books and edited more than a hundred. I can also tutor on most of the humanities and social sciences, since my editing and doctoral program covered many of those areas. Please note that I had to pass WyzAnt's tough qualifying exams for each of the 20 subject areas listed above.
I'm also a nice guy. I believe in seeing where a student is beginning from and then helping him or her make as much progress as possible. I support, I help, and I am not negative. Unlike many teachers, I actually like teenagers!
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