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Charles S.

Math, Science, Maker Tutor

Math, Science, Maker Tutor

$47/hour

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I entered a profile here in response to two people looking for help with the GRE. One mentioned concerns about test anxiety. My summary suggestion: Kaplan. By my mid 20’s I had horrible test anxiety. I scored in the top 500 low 600 without any prep during my last year of college. In my 30’s I decided to try again. With Kaplan I scored in the 700s. At that time that was in the high 90 percentile. Now the scoring is 130 – 170. Then 200-800. I have taken the LSAT and passed the Patent...

I entered a profile here in response to two people looking for help with the GRE. One mentioned concerns about test anxiety. My summary suggestion: Kaplan. By my mid 20’s I had horrible test anxiety. I scored in the top 500 low 600 without any prep during my last year of college. In my 30’s I decided to try again. With Kaplan I scored in the 700s. At that time that was in the high 90 percentile. Now the scoring is 130 – 170. Then 200-800. I have taken the LSAT and passed the Patent Bar exam. My LSAT score enabled acceptance a very good CBA school and Southwestern wanted an interview. I passed the Patent Bar the first time.

I view the LSAT and the GRE as weird IQ tests. My wife tested IQ’s earlier in her career as a psychologist. She found that a person’s IQ score can drop 20 points if they are not calm. She mentioned doing a lot of work with people beforehand to get their anxiety down so that she could get an accurate result. At the time I took Kaplan they offered two important things: a lot of prior exam practice tests, and simulated (proctored) exams. These greatly lessened my anxiety. Exam day was less of a shock. Most tutors cannot offer the exam simulation (I cannot). Kaplan assembled a list of 200 uncommon words from prior tests. I recorded these words, with pauses with their definitions and synonyms. I also made flash cards. Making these is part of the learning process (and helped my anxiety). I had a 30 minute commute to work (each way), listened to that tape and said the definitions out loud during the pauses. Kaplan also had an excellent instructor that taught math and geometry tricks to quickly analyze these problems. You need to answer these almost by rote. The paper exam enables more test taking strategies but now only simulate computer exams are offered. I do not feel there is a short cut. Expect to spend over 100 hours studying. With Kaplan, 21 hours class, 7 x 3hrs practice tests, 1hr/day x 30-60 days words plus review prior test results.

California Institute


Education

Harvey Mudd College
Physics
Caltech
PhD

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Hourly Rate: $47
  • Travel policy: Within 15 miles of Arcadia, CA 91007
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Homeschool

SAT Math

Math

SAT Math, Trigonometry

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SAT Math

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SAT Math

$47/hour

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Charles S.

$47/hour

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