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James W.

TEST PREP SPECIALIST with a PhD!

TEST PREP SPECIALIST with a PhD!

$150/hour

  • 1,439 hours tutoring

  • Hollywood Los Angeles, CA 90068

About James


Bio

Having completed my PhD, I have succeeded at every level of academic achievement; with almost 15 years of teaching experience, I am an expert at helping you or your child do the same.

My focus is on helping your student ace his or her life changing tests!

It's great to watch students succeed beyond their wildest dreams, and it's also wonderful to watch students experience the transformation of character and the growth of self-esteem that can accompany great academic achievement.

I have a...

Having completed my PhD, I have succeeded at every level of academic achievement; with almost 15 years of teaching experience, I am an expert at helping you or your child do the same.

My focus is on helping your student ace his or her life changing tests!

It's great to watch students succeed beyond their wildest dreams, and it's also wonderful to watch students experience the transformation of character and the growth of self-esteem that can accompany great academic achievement.

I have a rare expertise in online tutoring, so students not only get the most cutting edge test prep strategies and tools, they also improve their tech-literacy, which gives them a competitive edge in their future academic and professional lives.

As an educator, my strengths are my creativity, experience, and kind-yet-direct guidance. I've been teaching, coaching, and tutoring for the last 15 years, so my students are able to relax knowing they are in good hands. I have a background in education and performance, and most recently, I earned a PhD in a transdisciplinary program exploring 'human and organizational change', so I am able to work with the student as a complex and unique individual rather than just trying to force them to learn like a machine.

Whether preparing for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL, or HSPT, your student will be well on his or her way to a rich life filled with learning.

Testimonial:

"Dear Dr. Wagner, Thank you very much for being so helpful to Mark in preparing for his March 10 SAT. Thanks in large part to you, his score went up to 1400 (as he told you), which gives him a chance for admission to some colleges he thought he'd never get into. We are grateful to you for getting him to that place, and for all the time and effort you put in to help Mark do so well. It really showed, and it really paid off. Mark liked you a lot. He said you were "really cool," a top compliment! With our sincere appreciation for what you have done for Mark!"


Education

California Insitute of Integral Studies
PhD
California Institute or Integral Studies
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $150
  • Tutor’s lessons: Online
  • Travel policy: Within 5 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90068
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/5/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Theater

Theater

I am extremely qualified to teach anything to do with theatre. I did a BFA and MFA degree, both in theatre and acting. The BFA was a top 20 school and the MFA was a top five school. I have more than 5 years of professional experience as an actor in theatre, TV, and Film in various markets (LA, San Francisco, and Denver) My PhD research was an exploration of various acting pedagogies from around the world. Frankly, I am in the top 1% of people in this field in terms of my qualifications to teach theatre and acting.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

During the last 6 years of teaching at Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area, I specialized in the English portion of the ACT. I have helped students to raise their scores by 5 or 10 points in just a few short months of preparation. I am familiar with a wide variety of test prep strategies and have adapted my approach to students with a broad range of individual needs. Also, I have a PhD and so I have excellent reading and writing skills and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have worked for Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 6 years. I have specialized in the Reading aspects of the test. I have helped students to raise their scores by 5 or 10 points in just a few short months of preparation. I am familiar with a wide variety of test prep strategies and have adapted my approach to students with a broad range of individual needs. Also, I have a PhD and so I have excellent reading and writing skills and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have worked for Top SAT prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 5 years. I help people with all sections of the test, but specialize in the Reading aspects - often helping students to raise their scores by 300 to 400 points in just a few short months of prep. I am familiar with a wide variety of prep strategies and have adapted to students with a broad range of scores and individual needs. Also, I have a PhD and so I have excellent reading and writing skills and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.
SAT Writing

SAT Writing

I have worked for Top SAT prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 5 years. I specialized in the verbal portion of the test - writing and reading - often helping students to raise their scores by 300 to 400 points in just a few short months of prep. I am familiar with a wide variety of prep strategies and have adapted to students with a broad range of scores and individual needs. Also, I have a PhD and so I have excellent reading and writing skills and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.

Homeschool

SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have worked for Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 6 years. I have focused on the math aspects of the test. I have helped students to raise their scores by 5 or 10 points in just a few short months of preparation. I am familiar with a wide variety of test prep strategies and have adapted my approach to students with a broad range of individual needs.
SAT Reading

SAT Reading

I have worked for Top SAT prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 5 years. I help people with all sections of the test, but specialize in the Reading aspects - often helping students to raise their scores by 300 to 400 points in just a few short months of prep. I am familiar with a wide variety of prep strategies and have adapted to students with a broad range of scores and individual needs. Also, I have a PhD and so I have excellent reading and writing skills and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have helped students to raise their Math ACT scores by 5 or 10 points in just a few weeks. Working at Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 6 years, I focused on the math sections of the test, so I know various test prep strategies and have developed my own approach to help students excel and get into their top choice colleges, often with academic scholarships.
SAT Math

SAT Math

I have worked for Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 6 years. I have focused on the math aspects of the test. I have helped students to raise their scores by 5 or 10 points in just a few short months of preparation. I am familiar with a wide variety of test prep strategies and have adapted my approach to students with a broad range of individual needs.

Science

ACT Science

ACT Science

During the last 6 years of teaching at Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area, I help students with every aspect of the ACT. I have helped students to raise their scores by 5 or 10 points in just a few short months of preparation. I am familiar with a wide variety of test prep strategies and have adapted my approach to students with a broad range of individual needs. Also, I have a PhD and so I have excellent reading and writing skills and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.

Summer

SAT Math

SAT Math

I have worked for Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 6 years. I have focused on the math aspects of the test. I have helped students to raise their scores by 5 or 10 points in just a few short months of preparation. I am familiar with a wide variety of test prep strategies and have adapted my approach to students with a broad range of individual needs.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

During the last 6 years of teaching at Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area, I specialized in the English portion of the ACT. I have helped students to raise their scores by 5 or 10 points in just a few short months of preparation. I am familiar with a wide variety of test prep strategies and have adapted my approach to students with a broad range of individual needs. Also, I have a PhD and so I have excellent reading and writing skills and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have helped students to raise their Math ACT scores by 5 or 10 points in just a few weeks. Working at Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 6 years, I focused on the math sections of the test, so I know various test prep strategies and have developed my own approach to help students excel and get into their top choice colleges, often with academic scholarships.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have worked for Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 6 years. I have specialized in the Reading aspects of the test. I have helped students to raise their scores by 5 or 10 points in just a few short months of preparation. I am familiar with a wide variety of test prep strategies and have adapted my approach to students with a broad range of individual needs. Also, I have a PhD and so I have excellent reading and writing skills and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

During the last 6 years of teaching at Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area, I help students with every aspect of the ACT. I have helped students to raise their scores by 5 or 10 points in just a few short months of preparation. I am familiar with a wide variety of test prep strategies and have adapted my approach to students with a broad range of individual needs. Also, I have a PhD and so I have excellent reading and writing skills and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.
ISEE,

ISEE

I am an ISEE test prep expert. At certain times of the year, up to 85% of my students are preparing for the ISEE - so I have a level of experience with this test that is very hard to find. I use world class technology to aid the process: practice tests with fantastic diagnostic tools, online vocabulary and math games, cutting edge whiteboard apps for working out math problems together, etc. I have been teaching ISEE test prep at top Los Angeles Test Prep companies that charge as much as $160/hr for my services. Here on WyzAnt, I can charge less. My students have had strong results and always improve dramatically within 10 to 20 hours of training. Also, I have a PhD and so I have reading and writing skills at the highest levels and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.
PSAT,

PSAT

I have worked for several top test prep companies for almost 4 years. I am highly qualified to help students preparing for the PSAT, especially in critical reading, writing (grammar), and essay preparation. I have helped students qualify for National Merit Scholarships and achieve at the highest level. Also, I have a PhD and so I have excellent reading and writing skills and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have worked for Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 6 years. I have focused on the math aspects of the test. I have helped students to raise their scores by 5 or 10 points in just a few short months of preparation. I am familiar with a wide variety of test prep strategies and have adapted my approach to students with a broad range of individual needs.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have worked for Top SAT prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 5 years. I help people with all sections of the test, but specialize in the Reading aspects - often helping students to raise their scores by 300 to 400 points in just a few short months of prep. I am familiar with a wide variety of prep strategies and have adapted to students with a broad range of scores and individual needs. Also, I have a PhD and so I have excellent reading and writing skills and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I have worked for Top SAT prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 5 years. I specialized in the verbal portion of the test - writing and reading - often helping students to raise their scores by 300 to 400 points in just a few short months of prep. I am familiar with a wide variety of prep strategies and have adapted to students with a broad range of scores and individual needs. Also, I have a PhD and so I have excellent reading and writing skills and have used those expertise to teach ACT, PSAT, ISEE, CAT, and SAT Test Prep at top test prep companies for the last six years.
SSAT

SSAT

I am an SSAT test prep expert. At certain times of the year, a large portion of my students are preparing for the SSAT - so I have a level of experience with this test that is very hard to find. I use world class technology to aid the process: practice tests with fantastic diagnostic tools, online vocabulary and math games, cutting edge whiteboard apps for working out math problems together, etc. I have been teaching for SSAT test prep at top Los Angeles Test Prep companies that charge as much as $160/hr for my services. Here on WyzAnt, I charge much less. My students have had strong results and always improve dramatically within 10 to 20 hours of training. I have helped many students prepare for the SSAT over the past three years. Most students raise their scores by 30% or more within a few short months of working with me. Most of my SSAT students are relieved when I clearly break down the test structure and give them simple practical strategies for optimizing their score no matter what.

Ratings and Reviews


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5.0 (527 ratings)
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Reviews


Great tutor!

My 13-year old daughter had a great first session with Dr. W. to begin ISEE prep. Dr. W. seemed knowledgeable, resourceful and very competent. She looks forward to her next session.

Amy, 3 lessons with James

Amazing learning experience.

James is extremely resourceful individual with result oriented approach. I would highly recommend James if you want to achieve your goal of highest score. Thank you James.

Rupali, 6 lessons with James

SAT Tutor

James was fantastic with my son assisting him with preparations for the SAT. HE was very knowledgeable, engaging and zeroed in on the exact areas that my son needed help. Appears he knows exactly what is doing and has my son motivated to accomplish more!

Gina, 7 lessons with James

Thank you

Mr. Wagner, I just want to thank you for everything you have done with Shania. I know it has been a lot of scheduling challenges but you pushed through and stuck with us. Last night before Shania's lesson she took a practice test and her score went up 200 points and we owe all the gratitude to for helping us get to this point. I'm so proud of Shania and her progress. Thank you for everything. Saroya Hardaway

Saroya, 22 lessons with James

Knowledgeable and helpful tutor

He is very good at what he does. He explains skill and concepts so they are easy to understand. I highly recommend him for anyone who needs useful tips for taking the SAT.

Min, 10 lessons with James

Great ACT prep

James kept working with my son over many months and really kept him busy with homework between tutoring sessions...it was tiring at times but at the end of the day, my son's ACT scores greatly improved and a couple weeks ago he was admitted Early Decision into his dream school, University of Michigan! Thank you, James!!

Holly, 18 lessons with James

Awesome High-Tech Online Tutoring!

James had a great first ISEE tutoring session with our 8th grade son! He really knows what he's doing and took advantage of digital tools so they could work on solving practice test questions together on an iPad while video chatting.

Timonie, 14 lessons with James

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

We are just starting out with James for ISEE tutoring and I can tell he is going to be great. He has great resources, covers a lot of material and is great with kids.

Christina, 27 lessons with James

Helpful ACT prep

James has been great. He has accommodated my sons busy schedule to get lessons in which is greatly appreciated. He explains the lessons and is good with explaining why my son got something wrong so he doesn't make the same mistake. My son feels allot more confident with the upcoming test and strategies needed. James is great at communication and keeping me in the loop on my sons progress. My son went up by 19 points in his reading section and he went up by a 10 points on his composite score by the time he was done working with James. Thanks

Carol, 30 lessons with James
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$150/hour

James W.

$150/hour

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