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Aleksey S.

Chula Vista, CA

$50/hour

Efficient, experienced, long term focused guidance in GRE and SAT

Background check passed as of 12/16/14
5.0 average from 124 ratings
Dedicated tutor!
— Yi Lan, San Marino, CA on 9/25/15

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Boston University
Phil and Poli Sci
San Diego State University
Graduate Coursework
Boston University Arts & Sciences
Graduate Coursework

Education

Boston University (Phil and Poli Sci)

San Diego State University (Graduate Coursework)

Boston University Arts & Sciences (Graduate Coursework)

About Aleksey

My primary focus are students (online students - I have 8 years of online teaching experience and will happily accommodate you) who require in-depth help with standardized tests, namely the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, LSAT, SAT, and ACT (my scores are below). Having written hundreds of graduate-level coursework, I also teach advanced composition thesis construction (this is strongly recommended for younger students students to ensure that incorrect fundamentals are caught early; however, I am more than happy to assist all levels, including PhD level work). I've started to become very picky with my clients and will always insist on a free introductory lesson as (my) schedule allows. This lesson will ensure that I can meet your needs, and, more importantly, that we are the right fit for each other.

Please keep reading if you are interested in some of my background academic knowledge, most of which I do use as tools and references in helping you learn the fundamental skills that are critical for your overall goals and future successes.

As someone who has scored and continues to score in the top 1% for most of the current standardized tests listed above, I specialize in a plethora of tutoring tests/subjects: In addition to previously mentioned exams, these include tests such as the GED, parts of MCAT, AP English, AP Art History, AP U.S. European and World History, AP Statistics, AP Macroeconomics, and many others (e.g. CBEST). With over five years of experience tutoring these subjects, I have read through almost all of the major prep books that exist, streamlined my tutoring by taking their strongest points and have continued to practice and improve throughout this day. I have graduated from Boston University with a Cum Laude in Philosophy and Political Science, while working as a hand-picked writing tutor; as a result, I am also highly specialized in all aspects of composition, be it ESL, post-graduate paper revision, or advanced forms of grammar.

While my extensive background would take pages to fill, the following is a brief introduction to my credentials and abilities: I possess over 14 years of total tutoring experience, both online and offline. I can offer lessons through Skype or meet you at your house/cafe, library, or you may come to a public library near my location. Two of my years involved working as a Teacher's Assistant for the Assistant to the Chancellor at Boston University. Two more years were spent as the only undergraduate at the Core Curriculum Writing department and a general tutor in subjects such as History, various levels of English, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science and more for the Educational Resource Center. I then went on to freelance (I have acquired a 120-hour ESL certificate) and spent over two years in Mexico and Colombia, where I have provided ESL help within both group and 1on1 settings. I have spent over 5 years catering to students of all ages and levels in K-12 subjects: These subjects included but were not limited to Arithmetic, Writing, Vocabulary, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Social Studies, English, US and World History, Statistics, and so on. Lastly, in addition to standardized aid mentioned above, I have spent those years helping improve study skills, college preparation (personal essays and selection advice), career preparation (resume writing, cover letter creation and interview advice), and scholarship application issues.

I have always admired my mentors and educators, and am more than pleased that I have found my fulfillment in the similar field. As a constant student myself, I both empathize with my students and love helping them to view learning as I do: Essentially, I do my best by showing how everything is connected within a context; I also do my best to show how to solve problems by learning how to actually approach learning itself. The latter allows the student to view seemingly new problems with the same mindset that I have; I have found that these students become excited by the challenges faced, rather than frustrated. Frustration and lack of motivation is what I strive to address the most.
My primary focus are students (online students - I have 8 years of online teaching experience and will happily accommodate you) who require in-depth help with standardized tests, namely the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, LSAT, SAT, and ACT (my scores are below). Having written hundreds of graduate-level coursework, I also teach advanced composition thesis Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

My rate reflects a no-prep/minimal travel session. For special projects, long distances, etc. I offer 24/7 access, and a plethora of other extras.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Chula Vista, CA 91911
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"Dedicated tutor!"

- Yi Lan, San Marino, CA on 9/25/15

"Exceptional!"

- Juan, Los Angeles, CA on 6/26/15

"Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor"

- Christine, San Marcos, CA on 2/4/15
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Philosophy,
Physics, Sociology
Art:
Art History
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, IELTS, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Career Development, CBEST, College Counseling,
Common Core, GED, GMAT, GRE, IELTS, LSAT, MCAT, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, QuickBooks
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
IELTS, Russian,
Spanish, TOEFL
History:
American History, Classics, Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development, Economics, Finance, GMAT, GRE, Marketing, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking,
QuickBooks
Sports/Recreation:
Chess, Poker, Soccer

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

College Counseling

I have hundreds of hours working with students on personal statement essays, career advice, college advice and counseling in general. My focus is always to simplify and answer the prompts asked by the universities/colleges, which most students tend to avoid as they focus on following a vague/generic narrative. I have a proven record over the past 4 years helping students with admission essays to not only undergraduate programs, but graduate schools, law schools, medical schools and scholarship programs.

English

Due to the high number of papers that a philosophy degree requires, I have developed an efficient approach towards creating strong, concise and clear papers. I focus on brainstorming, outline, proper introduction construction and clearly stated thesis before focusing on the rest of the paper. I help the student understand the connection between each topic sentence, the supporting paragraph, the thesis it supports and the transition/conclusion sentences between each paragraph required for a cohesive paper.

This creates a fluid, clear and purposeful composition that avoids the common mistaken belief that the more complicated and 'out there' the paper, the better; on the contrary, I show the student the way in which a clear, simple and direct structure yields much more formidable results in any type of writing, be it fiction, non-fiction, thesis, research, creative or even something as simple as personal correspondence: all (prose) writing is ultimately based on mastering the fundamentals described above and avoiding deviation from them as much as possible.

ESL/ESOL

I have completed an 120-unit TEFL certificate with several dozen hours of classroom and private one-on-one experience working in Mexico and Colombia.

Philosophy

Peter M. Nelson Memorial Award for Distinguished Work by a Junior (for philosophy work performed as a sophomore). MA/PhD level courses (often more than one) on Heidegger, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Hume, Kierkegaard, Aristotle, Kant, Plato, and many others. Most of these were under direct supervision (directed study) with a professor. Have worked as a Teacher's Assistant for two years, leading lectures and discussions. Have spent several years privately tutoring.

Political Science

I have done extensive independent 1-on-1 studies under professors on Hume's politics, Aristotle's politics, Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Rawls, and many others. I have taken a graduate level course on Freedom (US class dealing with Federalist Papers, Hayek, and other-constitution related material), as well as a master's-level IR course on tying political writings of Hobbes and Machiavelli with contemporary events; therefore I have extensive knowledge/background of Plato's Republics, the Great War, WW2 and the Civil War.

Prealgebra

I have been tutoring various forms of math, including Prealgebra for over four years, both to students at my work and to my own (much younger) sisters. I use Arithmetic, visuals, and connections to the practical applications of math within the real world as a way to motivate the student. My qualifications in this particular subject stem from my ability to focus the young learner's attention and to prevent the older student from feeling frustrated or hesitant about learning. I involve the student as much as possible in the work itself without giving out answers, and I often encourage abstaining from using a calculator in order to improve writing out the work, spotting problems and developing a muscle-memory approach to math. Lastly, I have vast experience in GRE, PSAT, SAT and ACT prep and study. All of these use forms of Arithmetic and Algebra which, again, may be used as incentives for students of all ages should they decide to pursue higher education or take standardized tests that involve these aspects of math.

Public Speaking

I am not sure how to prove this as Google shows nothing, but I have participated for three years in several stages of speech competition, reaching the state level in 1995 or 1996 in Missouri. I had a speech coach who has taught me how to properly enunciate, use (and when not to use) flashcards, eye contact, hand gestures and a plethora of other variables. I had also served on the highly competitive Student Senate at my school, have given oral presentations in my graduate courses, and performed lectures as a Teacher's Assistant. Lastly, I have informally studied body language, acting (the Alexander Technique) and other relevant areas for personal pursuits.

Russian

As I was born and raised in Moscow and relocated to the US at the age of 11, I have begun to help friends with basic Russian issues at an early age; however, I have eventually added it as part of my tutoring curriculum. I have provided conversational help, reading/listening aid, English/Russian translations of writers as complex as Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, grammar assistance and basic vocabulary. As a certified ESL tutor, most, if not all, of my training and tutoring has transferred over to my Russian lessons as well. My college transcript shows that I have fulfilled the foreign language requirement as a result of successfully being considered a native in this language; I continue not only to tutor this subject in a professional setting, but also to practice my fluency with both friends and family.

SAT Math

SAT Math is basic at its root as all problems can (and often should) be done without the aid of a calculator; moreover, they require no knowledge of math beyond Algebra 1/basic Geometry. As a result, over the past five years, I have become efficient in helping students approach SAT Math by focusing on understanding the basics, what is being asked, and how to answer the 'tricky' part of the question. This involves a lot of strategies gathered through personal experience of constant practice, professional experience of tutoring, and other experience (outside books/sources/etc. - I combine what I find most helpful in each).

SAT Reading

While vocabulary is important when it comes to SAT Reading, it is, arguably, the least important aspect of this test. What the test makers truly test is not the meaning of the word, but the usage. As a result, critical analysis is crucial when it comes to understanding how to approach this exam, whether doing sentence completions or reading passages. I can help you cut through much of the overwhelming material, explain time management techniques and, of course, provide the crucial strategic study prep. to help you succeed.

SAT Writing

SAT writing includes a lot of analytical thought, which my 120+ units of philosophic graduate work had taught me to master. My own verbal score was fairly low at 700 but having recently taken the official ETS practice test for the GREs, I've scored in the top 1%. I have also scored in the top 2% for LSATs, which also involve reasoning and analysis. Lastly, as someone who had to learn English early on after moving from Russia, I have developed a substantial amount of tricks to accelerate vocabulary learning. That being said, SAT vocabulary is more than just about the definition of words - the test is meant to train the ability to understand how to apply this vocabulary.

Boston University
Phil and Poli Sci
San Diego State University
Graduate Coursework
Boston University Arts & Sciences
Graduate Coursework

Education

Boston University (Phil and Poli Sci)

San Diego State University (Graduate Coursework)

Boston University Arts & Sciences (Graduate Coursework)

Dedicated tutor!

He always makes himself available through email to answer any SAT practice questions. Reached my goals And learned skills applicable to other tests and homework.

— Yi Lan, San Marino, CA on 9/25/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My rate reflects a no-prep/minimal travel session. For special projects, long distances, etc. I offer 24/7 access, and a plethora of other extras.

Travel policy

Aleksey will travel within 25 miles of Chula Vista, CA 91911.