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Allen E.

Perfect Scoring SAT / ACT Expert. 15+ Years Experience.

Perfect Scoring SAT / ACT Expert. 15+ Years Experience.

$145/hour

  • 2,772 hours tutoring

About Allen


Bio

I help my students improve their SAT/ACT scores, get into the colleges of their dreams, and win scholarships. I've coached hundreds of students to their ideal scores, and I'm here to guide you every step of the way...all while making the process as painless as possible. (Or - if you're short on time - I can help give your scores - and your confidence - that much-needed boost).

What you’ll get when you tutor with me:

*More than just "tips & tricks" – proven strategies for every math,...

I help my students improve their SAT/ACT scores, get into the colleges of their dreams, and win scholarships. I've coached hundreds of students to their ideal scores, and I'm here to guide you every step of the way...all while making the process as painless as possible. (Or - if you're short on time - I can help give your scores - and your confidence - that much-needed boost).

What you’ll get when you tutor with me:

*More than just "tips & tricks" – proven strategies for every math, grammar, and reading (plus science) question the test will ever throw at you.

*How to outsmart the test-writers on every possible question. Every. Single. Time.

*How to master the test by changing your approach (Hint: consistency is the key! Especially for those of you trying for a perfect 1600 or 36, or near-perfect score).

*Tons of practice on real SAT and ACT materials – so you know how you might score if you took the test tomorrow – but ONLY the practice you need, NOT mindless busywork on stuff you already know.

*A realistic daily study plan - a schedule you can easily add to your favorite calendar app with reminders to keep you on track.

*Exclusive access to my essential checklists for every section of the test – so you know exactly what you still need to study.

*A free pdf of my most popular resource: my Formula Page with every math formula you will ever need on the test, all in one place.

*24/7 access to your tutor (that's me!) – I’m always only a text away. Stuck on a hard math problem? Take a pic of it, shoot me a text, and I’ll help you out. (Okay, let’s make that 24/6 because I do take Friday nights and Saturdays off).

*A newfound confidence - AND the immensely satisfying feeling that you have made the best possible use of your time and energy.

Studying for the SAT or ACT can be stressful, but I’ve got you. You've got this.

Please message me with questions or to get started!


Education

Smith College, Northampton, MA
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Subjects

Business

GRE

GRE

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the daunting task of studying for the GRE, I can help. From breaking your plan of study into manageable pieces to practicing the concepts you need to improve on, I can guide you through the process of achieving your personal best GRE score. I tutor all sections of the GRE, including the essay, quant, and verbal.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native speaker of English with excellent grammar and communication skills. I have more than five years of experience tutoring students in ESL/ESOL. I have taught students individually and in groups of eight or more in a classroom setting, specializing in English for Latinos. I am sensitive to the needs of ESL/ESOL learners of various nationalities, having worked with students from many different countries, including adults from Korea, Japan, China, Peru, and Mexico. Depending on where you are on your journey to learn English, I can teach you the basics or take you to the next level in gaining English fluency. I speak English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, so I am familiar with the unique needs of language learners.
Grammar

Grammar

I have always had a natural talent for grammar. I use my unflagging enthusiasm for grammar to help motivate students who are otherwise not interested in the subject. I work with students who need to improve their English grades, and ESL/ESOL students who are seeking mastery of Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced concepts in English grammar.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

I have always had a natural talent for grammar. I use my unflagging enthusiasm for grammar to help motivate students who are otherwise not interested in the subject. I work with students who need to improve their English grades, and ESL/ESOL students who are seeking mastery of Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced concepts in English grammar.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Using proven techniques, I empower students to be active learners of vocabulary, especially in preparation for the PSAT, SAT/ACT, GRE/GMAT, or TOEFL. Most students in either English or foreign language classes are required to assimilate a large amount of vocabulary which must be remembered for a long period of time. I show students how to access long-term memory rather than short-term memory to learn new words more efficiently and remember words longer.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

The ACT English section tests knowledge of specific grammar rules and rhetorical skills. I can teach you the 15-20 specific grammar and punctuation rules you need to know in order to maximize your score on this section. I provide detailed notes with examples and use authentic test materials for practice. Mastering the ACT English section is a great way to boost your overall ACT score, since this section requires the least amount of specialized knowledge of the four sections of the ACT.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading section is much more fast-paced than the SAT Reading. It measures your ability to quickly read 4 medium-length passages and answer 10 questions per passage. I can share tips and strategies for recognizing correct and incorrect answers, and proven methods for tackling every question type. Your score on ACT Reading depends not only on mastery of question types, but also on reading speed and vocabulary knowledge.
English,

English

Whether a student is struggling in English literature or composition, I am able to work with the student to maximize their potential and improve academic performance. I have also worked with adult learners of English as a Second Language with great results for over ten years. A native speaker of English with an acquired proficiency in various other languages, I am familiar with the needs and challenges of language learners of all ages. I strive to make the learning process engaging, effective, and efficient. Whatever the student's goal, I am here to help him/her meet and exceed expectations.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native speaker of English with excellent grammar and communication skills. I have more than five years of experience tutoring students in ESL/ESOL. I have taught students individually and in groups of eight or more in a classroom setting, specializing in English for Latinos. I am sensitive to the needs of ESL/ESOL learners of various nationalities, having worked with students from many different countries, including adults from Korea, Japan, China, Peru, and Mexico. Depending on where you are on your journey to learn English, I can teach you the basics or take you to the next level in gaining English fluency. I speak English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, so I am familiar with the unique needs of language learners.
Grammar,

Grammar

I have always had a natural talent for grammar. I use my unflagging enthusiasm for grammar to help motivate students who are otherwise not interested in the subject. I work with students who need to improve their English grades, and ESL/ESOL students who are seeking mastery of Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced concepts in English grammar.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section is not as straight-forward as it used to be. Among other changes, the SAT Reading section now includes primary source documents, literature from the 1700s and 1800s, and charts, tables, and graphs along with science-based passages. The good news is there are still just 10-12 question types that repeat throughout the test, and it is more about analyzing the questions and answers than it is about deeply comprehending the material. I can help you better navigate this section and teach you the strategies you need to improve your Reading score.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section now closely resemble the ACT English section, testing knowledge of specific grammar rules and rhetorical skills. I can teach you the 15-20 specific grammar and punctuation rules you need to know in order to maximize your score on this section. I teach tips and strategies, provide detailed notes with examples, and use authentic test materials for practice.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

I am familiar with the TOEFL and the best methods in order to raise scores on this test. I use authentic, official test materials for diagnosis, practice, and gauging student progress. I have worked with TOEFL students from a wide variety of backgrounds and countries such as Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. I help students improve their performance on all sections of the TOEFL.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Using proven techniques, I empower students to be active learners of vocabulary, especially in preparation for the PSAT, SAT/ACT, GRE/GMAT, or TOEFL. Most students in either English or foreign language classes are required to assimilate a large amount of vocabulary which must be remembered for a long period of time. I show students how to access long-term memory rather than short-term memory to learn new words more efficiently and remember words longer.
Writing

Writing

I have more than ten years of experience as a writing tutor. I have helped both native speakers of English and foreign students who are learning English as a second language. I can help students who need to polish an essay to improve their grades, and I also know how to help students who need help organizing their ideas into complete, grammatical sentences and paragraphs.

Homeschool

English,

English

Whether a student is struggling in English literature or composition, I am able to work with the student to maximize their potential and improve academic performance. I have also worked with adult learners of English as a Second Language with great results for over ten years. A native speaker of English with an acquired proficiency in various other languages, I am familiar with the needs and challenges of language learners of all ages. I strive to make the learning process engaging, effective, and efficient. Whatever the student's goal, I am here to help him/her meet and exceed expectations.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native speaker of English with excellent grammar and communication skills. I have more than five years of experience tutoring students in ESL/ESOL. I have taught students individually and in groups of eight or more in a classroom setting, specializing in English for Latinos. I am sensitive to the needs of ESL/ESOL learners of various nationalities, having worked with students from many different countries, including adults from Korea, Japan, China, Peru, and Mexico. Depending on where you are on your journey to learn English, I can teach you the basics or take you to the next level in gaining English fluency. I speak English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, so I am familiar with the unique needs of language learners.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught elementary math both one-on-one and in a classroom setting. It is extremely rewarding to me to help give younger students a firm grounding in the basic principles of arithmetic and basic number concepts that will carry them through subsequent years of math classes. I readily adapt my teaching style and curriculum to suit the needs and individual learning styles of each child.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

With the recent revisions to the test, SAT Math just got harder. Never fear! Whether you are close to your score goal or starting from scratch, I can share with you tips to make studying for this section less painful, leading you step-by-step through all of the math concepts and strategies you need to know in order to master SAT Math. I have helped students achieve some of the highest score improvements nationwide. Content knowledge and practice are the keys to cracking the SAT Math section.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section is not as straight-forward as it used to be. Among other changes, the SAT Reading section now includes primary source documents, literature from the 1700s and 1800s, and charts, tables, and graphs along with science-based passages. The good news is there are still just 10-12 question types that repeat throughout the test, and it is more about analyzing the questions and answers than it is about deeply comprehending the material. I can help you better navigate this section and teach you the strategies you need to improve your Reading score.
Writing

Writing

I have more than ten years of experience as a writing tutor. I have helped both native speakers of English and foreign students who are learning English as a second language. I can help students who need to polish an essay to improve their grades, and I also know how to help students who need help organizing their ideas into complete, grammatical sentences and paragraphs.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native speaker of English with excellent grammar and communication skills. I have more than five years of experience tutoring students in ESL/ESOL. I have taught students individually and in groups of eight or more in a classroom setting, specializing in English for Latinos. I am sensitive to the needs of ESL/ESOL learners of various nationalities, having worked with students from many different countries, including adults from Korea, Japan, China, Peru, and Mexico. Depending on where you are on your journey to learn English, I can teach you the basics or take you to the next level in gaining English fluency. I speak English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, so I am familiar with the unique needs of language learners.
TOEFL

TOEFL

I am familiar with the TOEFL and the best methods in order to raise scores on this test. I use authentic, official test materials for diagnosis, practice, and gauging student progress. I have worked with TOEFL students from a wide variety of backgrounds and countries such as Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. I help students improve their performance on all sections of the TOEFL.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

The ACT Math section is a comprehensive review of math concepts you may have learned from early elementary school through junior high and high school, so the earlier you begin to review the better! Short on time? I can guide you through the most important methods and strategies to master, and provide timing and pacing strategies to help you make the most out of the time you have left before your official test.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught elementary math both one-on-one and in a classroom setting. It is extremely rewarding to me to help give younger students a firm grounding in the basic principles of arithmetic and basic number concepts that will carry them through subsequent years of math classes. I readily adapt my teaching style and curriculum to suit the needs and individual learning styles of each child.
SAT Math

SAT Math

With the recent revisions to the test, SAT Math just got harder. Never fear! Whether you are close to your score goal or starting from scratch, I can share with you tips to make studying for this section less painful, leading you step-by-step through all of the math concepts and strategies you need to know in order to master SAT Math. I have helped students achieve some of the highest score improvements nationwide. Content knowledge and practice are the keys to cracking the SAT Math section.

Most Popular

English,

English

Whether a student is struggling in English literature or composition, I am able to work with the student to maximize their potential and improve academic performance. I have also worked with adult learners of English as a Second Language with great results for over ten years. A native speaker of English with an acquired proficiency in various other languages, I am familiar with the needs and challenges of language learners of all ages. I strive to make the learning process engaging, effective, and efficient. Whatever the student's goal, I am here to help him/her meet and exceed expectations.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native speaker of English with excellent grammar and communication skills. I have more than five years of experience tutoring students in ESL/ESOL. I have taught students individually and in groups of eight or more in a classroom setting, specializing in English for Latinos. I am sensitive to the needs of ESL/ESOL learners of various nationalities, having worked with students from many different countries, including adults from Korea, Japan, China, Peru, and Mexico. Depending on where you are on your journey to learn English, I can teach you the basics or take you to the next level in gaining English fluency. I speak English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, so I am familiar with the unique needs of language learners.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have taught elementary math both one-on-one and in a classroom setting. It is extremely rewarding to me to help give younger students a firm grounding in the basic principles of arithmetic and basic number concepts that will carry them through subsequent years of math classes. I readily adapt my teaching style and curriculum to suit the needs and individual learning styles of each child.
Writing

Writing

I have more than ten years of experience as a writing tutor. I have helped both native speakers of English and foreign students who are learning English as a second language. I can help students who need to polish an essay to improve their grades, and I also know how to help students who need help organizing their ideas into complete, grammatical sentences and paragraphs.

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I am a native speaker of English with excellent grammar and communication skills. I have more than five years of experience tutoring students in ESL/ESOL. I have taught students individually and in groups of eight or more in a classroom setting, specializing in English for Latinos. I am sensitive to the needs of ESL/ESOL learners of various nationalities, having worked with students from many different countries, including adults from Korea, Japan, China, Peru, and Mexico. Depending on where you are on your journey to learn English, I can teach you the basics or take you to the next level in gaining English fluency. I speak English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, so I am familiar with the unique needs of language learners.

Science

ACT Science

ACT Science

The ACT Science section may, at first, seem overwhelming. I know from experience that you do not have to be a "science person" in order to get a great ACT Science score. I can teach you how to decipher the science passages, charts, and graphs more quickly and easily. Improving your score on ACT Science is less about deeply comprehending science topics and more about finding the data the questions ask for and analyzing the answer choices.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I am a native speaker of English with excellent grammar and communication skills. I have more than five years of experience tutoring students in ESL/ESOL. I have taught students individually and in groups of eight or more in a classroom setting, specializing in English for Latinos. I am sensitive to the needs of ESL/ESOL learners of various nationalities, having worked with students from many different countries, including adults from Korea, Japan, China, Peru, and Mexico. Depending on where you are on your journey to learn English, I can teach you the basics or take you to the next level in gaining English fluency. I speak English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, so I am familiar with the unique needs of language learners.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

With the recent revisions to the test, SAT Math just got harder. Never fear! Whether you are close to your score goal or starting from scratch, I can share with you tips to make studying for this section less painful, leading you step-by-step through all of the math concepts and strategies you need to know in order to master SAT Math. I have helped students achieve some of the highest score improvements nationwide. Content knowledge and practice are the keys to cracking the SAT Math section.
Writing

Writing

I have more than ten years of experience as a writing tutor. I have helped both native speakers of English and foreign students who are learning English as a second language. I can help students who need to polish an essay to improve their grades, and I also know how to help students who need help organizing their ideas into complete, grammatical sentences and paragraphs.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

The ACT English section tests knowledge of specific grammar rules and rhetorical skills. I can teach you the 15-20 specific grammar and punctuation rules you need to know in order to maximize your score on this section. I provide detailed notes with examples and use authentic test materials for practice. Mastering the ACT English section is a great way to boost your overall ACT score, since this section requires the least amount of specialized knowledge of the four sections of the ACT.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

The ACT Math section is a comprehensive review of math concepts you may have learned from early elementary school through junior high and high school, so the earlier you begin to review the better! Short on time? I can guide you through the most important methods and strategies to master, and provide timing and pacing strategies to help you make the most out of the time you have left before your official test.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading section is much more fast-paced than the SAT Reading. It measures your ability to quickly read 4 medium-length passages and answer 10 questions per passage. I can share tips and strategies for recognizing correct and incorrect answers, and proven methods for tackling every question type. Your score on ACT Reading depends not only on mastery of question types, but also on reading speed and vocabulary knowledge.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

The ACT Science section may, at first, seem overwhelming. I know from experience that you do not have to be a "science person" in order to get a great ACT Science score. I can teach you how to decipher the science passages, charts, and graphs more quickly and easily. Improving your score on ACT Science is less about deeply comprehending science topics and more about finding the data the questions ask for and analyzing the answer choices.
ASVAB,

ASVAB

I tutor several sections of the ASVAB, including Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Mathematics Knowledge. I have worked with many ASVAB students to help improve their scores on these sections. I can share with you the specific tips and strategies you need to get your scores where you need them to be.
GRE,

GRE

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the daunting task of studying for the GRE, I can help. From breaking your plan of study into manageable pieces to practicing the concepts you need to improve on, I can guide you through the process of achieving your personal best GRE score. I tutor all sections of the GRE, including the essay, quant, and verbal.
PSAT,

PSAT

I am a trained PSAT test prep professional with over 10 years of experience and a track-record of success helping students increase confidence and improve scores. As the lead tutor at a private test preparation tutoring company, I helped my students achieve some of the highest score increases nationwide. Using methods proven to optimize students' potential on all three sections of the PSAT, I teach students the specific concepts and strategies they need in order to do well on the test.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

With the recent revisions to the test, SAT Math just got harder. Never fear! Whether you are close to your score goal or starting from scratch, I can share with you tips to make studying for this section less painful, leading you step-by-step through all of the math concepts and strategies you need to know in order to master SAT Math. I have helped students achieve some of the highest score improvements nationwide. Content knowledge and practice are the keys to cracking the SAT Math section.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section is not as straight-forward as it used to be. Among other changes, the SAT Reading section now includes primary source documents, literature from the 1700s and 1800s, and charts, tables, and graphs along with science-based passages. The good news is there are still just 10-12 question types that repeat throughout the test, and it is more about analyzing the questions and answers than it is about deeply comprehending the material. I can help you better navigate this section and teach you the strategies you need to improve your Reading score.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section now closely resemble the ACT English section, testing knowledge of specific grammar rules and rhetorical skills. I can teach you the 15-20 specific grammar and punctuation rules you need to know in order to maximize your score on this section. I teach tips and strategies, provide detailed notes with examples, and use authentic test materials for practice.
TOEFL

TOEFL

I am familiar with the TOEFL and the best methods in order to raise scores on this test. I use authentic, official test materials for diagnosis, practice, and gauging student progress. I have worked with TOEFL students from a wide variety of backgrounds and countries such as Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. I help students improve their performance on all sections of the TOEFL.

Ratings and Reviews


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very helpful

Allen and I went over the TOEFL speaking section with me. He exactly pointed out my weakness and gave me some solutions to it. He really strengthened my weakness. He also taught me how to strategize the speaking section.

Kaz, 1 lesson with Allen

Customized tutoring - exactly what was needed

Allen's approach was perfect for my daughter who was becoming over-anxious about the SAT. They worked together to make my daughter more comfortable with the types of problems she would encounter and it really helped! Allen recommended terrific resource books too so my daughter could continue to practice on her own. She felt much more confident on her latest SAT!

Judi, 8 lessons with Allen

Great at analyzing

Allen was good at analyzing where my daughter needs help and pinpointing strategies that she can work. It was a good experience.

Anna, 9 lessons with Allen

SAT

Allen showed her areas that she needs to work on and helped her with concepts where needed. She enjoyed the lessons and felt she became more comfortable with tests after she started the lessons. Thanks

Indira, 6 lessons with Allen

Highly Recommended

Allen was excellent in everyway. Pleasant to discuss the testing issues with and immediately performed an evaluation to ascertain problem areas. Very easy to work, with. We quickly established a schedule to accomplish improvement. Her depth of knowledge of the subjects was thorough and her ability to educate was solid (my daughter needed mostly math and science support for the ACT). I wish I'd have contacted Allen earlier as the time she spent with my daughter had a very positive impact. I would highly recommend her.

John, 5 lessons with Allen

Wonderful Tutor

Tamara's tutoring allowed me to flourish in my studying. She helped me to sort my way through information and techniques, which made things so much clearer. I am usually timid when it comes being tutored, but Tamara made me feel very comfortable and made it very easy to ask questions!

Lisa, 8 lessons with Allen

Tutor knowledgeable and patient!!

Tamara is very knowledgeable and patient with my son. My son really likes her and he respects her and learns quickly with her. We are very glad that we found her!

Tracey, 12 lessons with Allen

SAT Preparation. She made learning fun.

Tamara stepped right into our home easily coming alongside our son. She quickly assessed his needs and challenged him with making the most of every minute they were together working. She not only answered and explain questions, she made learning fun, and shared helpful, key strategies all along the way. Many thanks Tamara!

Natalie, 6 lessons with Allen

Excellent SAT Tutor - Highly Recommended

Tamara tutored my son for about three months from July through September, 2014. In this short duration, averaging 3 hours of tutoring per week, my son improved his SAT scores from 1990 (SAT taken in March 2014) to 2150 (SAT taken in October 2014). This is an excellent improvement and he could not have achieved the 2150 score without Tamara. Tamara was always professional, punctual, and was easily reachable either by email or phone. She came to each session well prepared with lesson plans and objectives clearly articulated, but was always willing to adjust the agenda at a moment’s notice based on our requests. I attended a few tutoring sessions with my son to gauge their interactions and as well as Tamara’s mastery of the SAT subjects. I am very happy to say that she passed both with flying colors. My son’s SAT score speaks for itself. In the beginning when I did not see significant progress right away based on the practiced SAT tests my son was taking, I became discouraged and reached out to Tamara to let her know my concerns. She was very understanding, did not feel slighted in any way, and worked with me collaboratively to plan the lessons, the additional practiced tests, and to get additional materials for my son to help speed up his progress. Tamara was also very flexible and was willing to re-schedule lessons to accommodate our summer schedule multiple times. Lastly, Tamara was very patient and always had a smile on her face. We are so happy to have found Tamara. We could not have found a better SAT tutor for my son that helped improved his score significantly in just three months. Thank you.

Hang, 22 lessons with Allen
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$145/hour

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