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Mike S.

Experienced Private Tutor for the SAT and ACT

Experienced Private Tutor for the SAT and ACT

$120/hour

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Hi! My name is Mike, and I specialize in private tutoring for the SAT and ACT. When I was in high school, I only took the SAT once and got a 2310 out of 2400, but I've also earned multiple perfect scores on the test since then. I'm a Johns Hopkins University graduate, and I have over a decade of professional experience working for a test prep company. During that time, I gave private lessons, ran prep courses, trained dozens of tutors, helped hundreds of families navigate the testing process,...

Hi! My name is Mike, and I specialize in private tutoring for the SAT and ACT. When I was in high school, I only took the SAT once and got a 2310 out of 2400, but I've also earned multiple perfect scores on the test since then. I'm a Johns Hopkins University graduate, and I have over a decade of professional experience working for a test prep company. During that time, I gave private lessons, ran prep courses, trained dozens of tutors, helped hundreds of families navigate the testing process, and spent more hours than I can count researching the tests, designing lessons, and writing test prep materials. I recently published my very own SAT Math Packets study guide, and there's a Reading/Writing guide on the way. I live and breathe the SAT and ACT!

If you choose to work with me, I will design a personalized plan that focuses specifically on the student's weaknesses. Whether we have 2 weeks to cram for the test or the full 8 weeks that I recommend, I believe in using our session time efficiently. Based on PSATs or other prior scores, I create mini-lessons for each session that focus on one or two particular topics so that students are more likely to absorb and remember the material. This also boosts confidence because we set small, achievable goals, rather than taking on the entire test all at once.

In between sessions, I assign homework so students can continue practicing, and I follow up with feedback so they can actually learn from their mistakes. You pay for the sessions, but the full-time support is free. That's why I say that I'm more than a tutor - I'm a coach!

In addition to the SAT and ACT, I also tutor students for the PSAT and the Math SAT Subject Tests. (I can help with the other Subject Tests, but for students who need significant prep, I recommend finding a tutor who specializes in the needed subject.) I also have several years experience teaching a college admission workshop, so I can help students with their college essays. While I'm happy to help students with their school work, I prefer to focus on the SAT, ACT, and related standardized tests, mostly because I believe these tests are unique and deserve a specialized approach.

If you have any questions about me, my experience, or the SAT/ACT process in general, please don't hesitate to contact me. I know that this can be stressful, but managing that stress is essential for good scores. For students with test anxiety, I promise you that the SAT and ACT are predictable and that your practice will pay off! You may even want to think about prepping over the summer so that you aren't adding to an already stressful school year. Whatever the case, I can help you make the plan that's right for you. I hope to hear from you soon!


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Johns Hopkins University
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English

SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have earned multiple perfect scores on the SAT Reading section. I've also written SAT Reading study guides for several tutoring companies. I am currently in the process of publishing my own SAT Reading study guide. I use the prototype for this guide when I work with my students.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I have earned multiple perfect scores on the SAT Writing section. I designed the Writing curriculum for a tutoring company, and I will soon be publishing my own SAT Writing test prep guide. My first tutoring job was as an SAT Writing instructor way back in 2006!
ACT English, ACT Reading

Homeschool

SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have personally earned multiple perfect scores on the SAT Math section. In addition to tutoring students of all abilities in the SAT Math for over a decade, I've recently published my own SAT Math Packets study guide. I've also ghost written SAT Math questions for other tutoring companies, so you may have used my materials without even realizing it!
SAT Reading

SAT Reading

I have earned multiple perfect scores on the SAT Reading section. I've also written SAT Reading study guides for several tutoring companies. I am currently in the process of publishing my own SAT Reading study guide. I use the prototype for this guide when I work with my students.

Math

SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have personally earned multiple perfect scores on the SAT Math section. In addition to tutoring students of all abilities in the SAT Math for over a decade, I've recently published my own SAT Math Packets study guide. I've also ghost written SAT Math questions for other tutoring companies, so you may have used my materials without even realizing it!
ACT Math

Science

ACT Science

Summer

SAT Math

SAT Math

I have personally earned multiple perfect scores on the SAT Math section. In addition to tutoring students of all abilities in the SAT Math for over a decade, I've recently published my own SAT Math Packets study guide. I've also ghost written SAT Math questions for other tutoring companies, so you may have used my materials without even realizing it!

Test Preparation

SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have personally earned multiple perfect scores on the SAT Math section. In addition to tutoring students of all abilities in the SAT Math for over a decade, I've recently published my own SAT Math Packets study guide. I've also ghost written SAT Math questions for other tutoring companies, so you may have used my materials without even realizing it!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have earned multiple perfect scores on the SAT Reading section. I've also written SAT Reading study guides for several tutoring companies. I am currently in the process of publishing my own SAT Reading study guide. I use the prototype for this guide when I work with my students.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I have earned multiple perfect scores on the SAT Writing section. I designed the Writing curriculum for a tutoring company, and I will soon be publishing my own SAT Writing test prep guide. My first tutoring job was as an SAT Writing instructor way back in 2006!
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, PSAT

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He has been awesome!!

As a parent I appreciate his thoroughness and detailed feedback for each session. He did a good job assessing where my son’s weaknesses were and addressed them through lessons and tailored homework assignments. Thank you!!

Evan, 12 lessons with Mike

Proffesionally Prepared

Mike had my previous practice test analyzed and knew exactly what my problems were and taught me appropriately how to attack them with strategies. He takes his job seriously and he is abundantly helpful! He is the best!

Jeannie, 7 lessons with Mike

Positive and knowledgable tutor

Mike's methods and thorough knowledge of the SAT made my daughter feel much more comfortable with the idea of taking the SAT. She is confident her scores will improve.

Jill, 11 lessons with Mike

$120/hour

Mike S.

$120/hour

  • No subscriptions or upfront payments

  • Only pay for the time you need

  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

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