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James W.

Los Angeles, CA

$120/hour

TEST PREP SPECIALIST with a PhD!

5.0 average from 241 ratings
AMAZING!!!
— Ben, Chicago, IL on 12/8/15

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UC Santa Barbara
BFA
American Conservatory Theatre
Master's
California Institute or Integral Studies
PhD

Education

UC Santa Barbara (BFA)

American Conservatory Theatre (Master's)

California Institute or Integral Studies (PhD)

About James

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 am one of the rare tutors who is an EXPERT at online tutoring. Student 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.

I've been teaching, coaching, or tutoring for the last 15 years; 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 transdiciplinary program exploring 'human and organizational change'. As an educator, my strengths are my creativity, experience, and kind-yet-direct guidance.

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:

"James is one of the most gifted teachers I have ever encountered: perceptive, kind, challenging, knowledgeable, patient, and no-nonsense all at the same time. He has the unusual ability to see [the student] as a whole person and guide accordingly."
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
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90068
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"AMAZING!!!"

- Ben, Chicago, IL on 12/8/15

"Awesome Tutor"

- Celeste, State College, PA on 9/7/16

"Knowledgable and professional ..."

- Mary, Van Nuys, CA on 8/27/16

"Thorough"

- Sharon, Tuscaloosa, AL on 6/3/16

"Knowledgeable and patient. Very professional. A great experience."

- Stephanie, Los Angeles, CA on 5/31/16

"I cannot recommend him highly enough."

- David, Cathedral City, CA on 2/6/16

"Very patient and resourceful!"

- Arminda, Dallas, TX on 1/8/16

"My picky son was very pleased"

- Jo, Berkeley, CA on 12/9/15

"Our scores drastically improved!"

- Dan, Los Angeles, CA on 10/17/15

"Great tutor!"

- Yana, San Francisco, CA on 10/9/15

"Great tutor"

- Angie, Ross, CA on 2/26/15

"Great, Skilled Tutor!"

- Daisy, Lawndale, CA on 1/3/15

"Great Organized Tutor!"

- Rachel, La Canada Flintridge, CA on 11/1/14

"Confidence Building"

- Steve, Culver City, CA on 10/22/14

"Great Find"

- Megan, Pacific Palisades, CA on 9/4/14
Science:
ACT Science
Art:
Theatre
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science, ISEE,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT
Business:
Public Speaking

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.

ACT English

During the last 6 years of teaching at Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area, I specialized in the Reading portion of the ACT. I have helped students to raise their Reading 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

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

I have worked for Top Prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 6 years. I have specialized in the English and 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.

ISEE

I am an ISEE test prep expert. 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 charge much less. My students have had strong results and always improve dramatically within 10 to 20 hours of training.

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.

Public Speaking

Much of my skill set comes from the speech and vocal skills I gained in my 6 years of professional actor training at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, I worked as a professional speaker for Tony Robbins, self help guru and one of the greatest public speakers on the planet. I learned to model his style of speaking and went on to speak to over 50K high school students in presentations ranging from 100 to 1000 kids over the course of 3 years for a company called Making-it-Count, a subsidiary of Monster.com. I have also taught public speaking at Elite Prep - an SAT prep institution in the Los Angeles Area.

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

I have worked for Top SAT prep companies in the Los Angeles Area for the past 5 years. I specialized in the verbal aspects of the test - 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.

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.

SSAT

I am an SSAT test prep expert. 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.

Theatre

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.

UC Santa Barbara
BFA
American Conservatory Theatre
Master's
California Institute or Integral Studies
PhD

Education

UC Santa Barbara (BFA)

American Conservatory Theatre (Master's)

California Institute or Integral Studies (PhD)

AMAZING!!! — James goes beyond as a tutor to the point where you can really tell he actually cares about the end result for the child. He follows through and you can tell he has his own internal standards that says he wants to make sure you get what you paid for. I have used WyzAnt for a year now and he is THE best tutor we have had. My son said he has taught him more than any teacher (and we go to a great pr ...

— Ben, Chicago, IL on 12/8/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $120.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

James will travel within 5 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90068.