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David W.

UCLA Grad. ACT & SAT Expert. Proven Results. Read My Reviews!

UCLA Grad. ACT & SAT Expert. Proven Results. Read My Reviews!

$175/hour

  • 4,037 hours tutoring

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If you're serious about increasing ACT or SAT scores, you've come to the right place. I'm a full-time test prep expert with a strong background in education and a proven track record. I've helped hundreds of students increase SAT scores by 100+ points and ACT scores by 5+ points. Visit the feedback section of my profile to see examples of the results I've helped my students achieve on the SAT & ACT.

BACKGROUND:
I have decades of experience teaching the ACT and SAT, both in classrooms and as...

If you're serious about increasing ACT or SAT scores, you've come to the right place. I'm a full-time test prep expert with a strong background in education and a proven track record. I've helped hundreds of students increase SAT scores by 100+ points and ACT scores by 5+ points. Visit the feedback section of my profile to see examples of the results I've helped my students achieve on the SAT & ACT.

BACKGROUND:
I have decades of experience teaching the ACT and SAT, both in classrooms and as a private tutor. My private test prep students have gained admission to highly selective universities, including schools in the Ivy League.

I took my first tutoring job at Santa Monica College, where I received an award for excellence. As a private business English coach, I worked with executives for companies such as Cathay Bank, LA Philharmonic, Walt Disney, UCLA Medical Center, and the PGA. I also taught English at a private university and at the largest ESL school in Los Angeles, where I served as academic director.

MY APPROACH:
My style is highly interactive. In every session, I show my students how to apply proven strategies to real test questions. I help them feel confident and start making measurable progress right away.

For optimal score gains, and assuming your student needs to improve on two sections, plan on twice-weekly sessions, starting 4 - 6 weeks before the test date. (Four sessions is the bare minimum for a real shot at significant gains on a *single* section. For SAT/ACT Reading and ACT Science, students generally need 6 - 8. For SAT Writing and Language and ACT English, 4 or 5 is usually sufficient.)

Meeting once weekly can work, but consistency of focus drops dramatically, so progress is slower. If your student can only meet weekly, plan on starting 6 - 8 weeks before the test, *per section* (e.g., if your student needs increases on ACT English, Reading, and Science, start 18 to 24 weeks prior).

To find out more about how I can help improve your student’s ACT or SAT scores, contact me!


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English

ACT English,

ACT English

A whopping 65% of the ACT English section tests a relatively small handful of grammar points. For an ACT tutor to help students increase their scores, the tutor must be intimately familiar with these grammar issues. Just as important, the tutor must be skilled in explaining and reinforcing the grammar in simple terms that students can quickly grasp and apply to the test. My 10 years experience teaching both test prep and ESL has enabled me not only to master the grammar, but also to become adept at breaking it down into small, easily digestible bites. (Before becoming a full-time test prep tutor, I taught ESL at Shepherd University, Santa Monica College, and Language Systems, International.) My ability to help students quickly identify the grammar problems presented on the ACT has produced outstanding results. For example, my most improved student on the December, 2015 ACT increased her ACT English score 5 points (from 25 to 30) after two months of weekly online tutoring with me. To find out more about how I can help you or your student crush ACT English, message me!
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have been teaching ACT reading and other standardized reading tests for over ten years, both as a self-employed private tutor and for a highly regarded test prep company. I also have ten years of experience teaching reading and vocabulary at schools such as Shepherd University and Language Systems, International. However, the results I help my students achieve are what truly qualify me as an ACT reading tutor. As just one example, my most improved student on the December, 2015 ACT increased her ACT reading score 7 points (from 20 to 27) after two months of weekly online tutoring with me. One reason my ACT reading students consistently achieve results is that I teach them how to leverage the design of the test. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need an above-average knowledge of the ACT reading subject areas (prose fiction, social studies, humanities, and natural sciences) to do well on the test. I focus my ACT reading lessons on teaching students the specific types of responses the test actually rewards and how to produce those responses quickly and consistently.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

SAT Reading is the SAT section on which many students struggle most to reach their full potential. Thus, the single most important qualification for an SAT Reading tutor is clear: consistently helping test takers produce RESULTS. In my nearly 10 years as a full-time ACT and SAT tutor, I have cracked the code for achieving SIGNIFICANT score increases on SAT Reading. Even better, I can prove it. My WyzAnt profile features page after page of glowing reviews from parents of bright, high-achieving, but formerly frustrated test takers who, with my guidance, broke through the wall to achieve the SAT Reading score of their dreams. To find out how I can help your student crush SAT Reading, drop me a line now!
SAT Writing

SAT Writing

The Writing & Language portion of the redesigned SAT is similar to the ACT's English section. I have been tutoring this section of the exam since the first administration of the redesigned SAT in March, 2016. As a full-time test prep tutor focusing on the verbal sections of the ACT & SAT, I have analyzed this part of the test in-depth and have refined that analysis over the course of hundreds of tutoring sessions. Drawing on my own experience and the work of other test prep experts, I've put together a simple but powerful system for quickly increasing SAT Writing & Language scores.

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SAT Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Reading is the SAT section on which many students struggle most to reach their full potential. Thus, the single most important qualification for an SAT Reading tutor is clear: consistently helping test takers produce RESULTS. In my nearly 10 years as a full-time ACT and SAT tutor, I have cracked the code for achieving SIGNIFICANT score increases on SAT Reading. Even better, I can prove it. My WyzAnt profile features page after page of glowing reviews from parents of bright, high-achieving, but formerly frustrated test takers who, with my guidance, broke through the wall to achieve the SAT Reading score of their dreams. To find out how I can help your student crush SAT Reading, drop me a line now!

Science

ACT Science

ACT Science

A common misconception about the ACT science section is that it is primarily a test of scientific knowledge. It is not. Rather, it is a language and logic quiz involving scientific content. You do not need an above average background in science to do well on this part of the test. If you can make sense of tables and graphs and learn to "deconstruct" the section's language games, you can do well on ACT science! I have 5+ years of experience tutoring ACT science. In that time, I've helped hundreds of students achieve above average score gains. I've done so by enabling them to see past the superficial complexity of the material. The passages and questions in the ACT science section often contain extraneous, highfalutin language that masks their true simplicity. I teach students to ignore the *noise* and get to the heart of the matter. The results speak for themselves!

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

A whopping 65% of the ACT English section tests a relatively small handful of grammar points. For an ACT tutor to help students increase their scores, the tutor must be intimately familiar with these grammar issues. Just as important, the tutor must be skilled in explaining and reinforcing the grammar in simple terms that students can quickly grasp and apply to the test. My 10 years experience teaching both test prep and ESL has enabled me not only to master the grammar, but also to become adept at breaking it down into small, easily digestible bites. (Before becoming a full-time test prep tutor, I taught ESL at Shepherd University, Santa Monica College, and Language Systems, International.) My ability to help students quickly identify the grammar problems presented on the ACT has produced outstanding results. For example, my most improved student on the December, 2015 ACT increased her ACT English score 5 points (from 25 to 30) after two months of weekly online tutoring with me. To find out more about how I can help you or your student crush ACT English, message me!
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have been teaching ACT reading and other standardized reading tests for over ten years, both as a self-employed private tutor and for a highly regarded test prep company. I also have ten years of experience teaching reading and vocabulary at schools such as Shepherd University and Language Systems, International. However, the results I help my students achieve are what truly qualify me as an ACT reading tutor. As just one example, my most improved student on the December, 2015 ACT increased her ACT reading score 7 points (from 20 to 27) after two months of weekly online tutoring with me. One reason my ACT reading students consistently achieve results is that I teach them how to leverage the design of the test. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need an above-average knowledge of the ACT reading subject areas (prose fiction, social studies, humanities, and natural sciences) to do well on the test. I focus my ACT reading lessons on teaching students the specific types of responses the test actually rewards and how to produce those responses quickly and consistently.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

A common misconception about the ACT science section is that it is primarily a test of scientific knowledge. It is not. Rather, it is a language and logic quiz involving scientific content. You do not need an above average background in science to do well on this part of the test. If you can make sense of tables and graphs and learn to "deconstruct" the section's language games, you can do well on ACT science! I have 5+ years of experience tutoring ACT science. In that time, I've helped hundreds of students achieve above average score gains. I've done so by enabling them to see past the superficial complexity of the material. The passages and questions in the ACT science section often contain extraneous, highfalutin language that masks their true simplicity. I teach students to ignore the *noise* and get to the heart of the matter. The results speak for themselves!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

SAT Reading is the SAT section on which many students struggle most to reach their full potential. Thus, the single most important qualification for an SAT Reading tutor is clear: consistently helping test takers produce RESULTS. In my nearly 10 years as a full-time ACT and SAT tutor, I have cracked the code for achieving SIGNIFICANT score increases on SAT Reading. Even better, I can prove it. My WyzAnt profile features page after page of glowing reviews from parents of bright, high-achieving, but formerly frustrated test takers who, with my guidance, broke through the wall to achieve the SAT Reading score of their dreams. To find out how I can help your student crush SAT Reading, drop me a line now!
SAT Writing

SAT Writing

The Writing & Language portion of the redesigned SAT is similar to the ACT's English section. I have been tutoring this section of the exam since the first administration of the redesigned SAT in March, 2016. As a full-time test prep tutor focusing on the verbal sections of the ACT & SAT, I have analyzed this part of the test in-depth and have refined that analysis over the course of hundreds of tutoring sessions. Drawing on my own experience and the work of other test prep experts, I've put together a simple but powerful system for quickly increasing SAT Writing & Language scores.

Ratings and Reviews


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Like how he addresses the weakness!

So far my son took 3 classes with him. He is able to engage him to do the SAT exam process, and point out where he makes mistakes. Also sends follow-up note end of each session. One other thing I like about him is that even student answers correctly he ensures given answer comes from understanding not from the lucky guess.

Jannat, 4 lessons with David

Excellent Tutor who cates to student needs

David is an excellent educator. He was really useful with SAT Reading tips. Provides right, timely, and accurate tips. The supplement he provides is extremely useful for the tests. Also, the feedback he provides is detailed and addresses all the areas that need attention.

Amarnath, 6 lessons with David

SAT Reading and Writing Prep

David is an extremely organized and gifted teacher. He quickly found the areas where my son needed help and was able to focus on key items during sessions and with homework assignments. He also provided detailed notes that my son was able to review and keep for future reference.

Syndy, 3 lessons with David

The best SAT/ACT Reading Tutor. Period.

It is not always easy finding a tutor that perfectly fits what you need. David is an exceptional tutor for SAT/ACT reading and we are lucky to have found him. My daughter thinks he is the best tutor she’s ever had. That says a lot because she’s had quite a few great tutors in subjects like math over the years. David is very sharp and precise and clearly knows what he is doing. Not a single minute is being wasted in his class time. His sessions have been an enlightening experience for my daughter. We're being very hopeful that she will do well in her ACT in February and her SAT in March.

WENDY, 6 lessons with David

Thank you David!

My daughter has taken 7 lessons with David on ACT Reading and English. Her ACT composite score increased from 32 to 35. When she just started her lesson, her English and Reading was around 30 and 32. She got 34 for English and 35 for Reading in her December test. We couldn't be happier and thank enough to David. Thank you! Ann

Ann, 7 lessons with David

David is an SAT reading expert

He helped me increase my reading and writing score by 40 points on the Dec SAT. I’m excited to continue to work with him so I can improve my grasp of some of the techniques associated with reading and analyzing the passages. Thanks David!

Tania, 18 lessons with David

Highly recommend

My daughter had 4 sessions with David to raise her science section score in order to improve her composite ACT score. In those four sessions, David's highly focused recommendations based on his thorough understanding of each student's specific needs and the structure of the test allowed my daughter to get from 32 to 36 in science. Highly recommend!

Julia, 4 lessons with David

Highly Recommended ACT Tutor!

My son recently worked with David for tutoring for the English section on the ACT. He had strong scores, but the English section was a little lower than the rest. In just three sessions, David was able to help him with strategies and tips, as well as an understanding of the test questions to increase his score on the English section by five points and increase his overall score. He was just the help we needed and I highly recommend him!

Karen, 3 lessons with David

Excellent tutor

David has been helping my daughter with ACT reading and English for 6 sessions. He is very knowledgeable and patient. He gives extra practice questions to my daughter for questions that she missed and also help her with testing strategies. After every lesson, he also summarizes what he has taught in the session and how my daughter was doing. It gives insights to parents on how kids are doing as well. My daughter has improved a lot since the lesson started.

Ann, 7 lessons with David
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$175/hour

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Response time: 6 hours