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Richard L.

San Francisco, CA

$500/hour

Parent Approved Harvard SAT/ACT Super Tutor

Background check passed as of 10/1/16
5.0 average from 46 ratings
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Harvard University
MEd

Education

Harvard University (MEd)

About Richard

Hi! I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that you have 1,001 questions about the SAT/ACT. But don't worry, because I have 1,001 answers for you! As a 99th percentile scorer, I know how to navigate test prep to ensure maximum score increases with an innovative approach that combines mastery and mindset. For more information, please read below, or feel free to contact me anytime!

The waters are quite muddied with opposing view points on how much SAT/ACT test scores matter, which test to take and when, and even worse: tutors who are not experts in the SAT/ACT testing field.

In addition to a rigorous training schedule that has proven results for score improvement, I place high priority on clearing these waters for my students and their parents. I spend time with parents in a consultative advising role to ensure they--and their students--have the right information on how to prep, what test scores really mean, how to set and reach expectations, and most importantly, how to navigate the tests themselves. As part of any tutoring package, this consultative advising piece is always included for parents, free of charge, and usually occurs before the actual lessons start. This is a crucial piece in the test prep process, and one that is often overlooked.

As a Harvard graduate with a Master's of Education, 99% percentile scores on both the SAT and ACT, and 12+ years of tutoring experience specifically for test preparation (SAT and ACT), I am not only well versed in how to test well, but I am proud to be a skilled teacher in addition.

This is an important combination: you can find a great test taker who can roll out of bed and get a perfect score, but be a terrible teacher. On the contrary, you can a highly rated tutor who might be a good person but really does not have the inside track on test prep for real success. Whether you decide to work with me or another tutor, be sure to find someone who combines testing success with teaching success and you will have found a great test prep tutor.

There are more questions surrounding test prep then there are about which way the stock marking is going to go! Luckily, the SAT and ACT tests can be mastered--by anyone--with my proven concept that combines Mastery and Mindset. Feel free to contact me with any questions, and I will be happy to discuss them with you, as well as chart a course for your student's testing success!
Hi! I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that you have 1,001 questions about the SAT/ACT. But don't worry, because I have 1,001 answers for you! As a 99th percentile scorer, I know how to navigate test prep to ensure maximum score increases with an innovative approach that combines mastery and mindset. For more information, please read below, Read more

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Travels within 40 miles of San Francisco, CA 94123
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"Get in touch with this guy"

- Jack, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA on 11/19/16

"This is the real deal!"

- Carter, Saratoga, CA on 10/27/16

"Perfect SAT course tutor and bonus help with college admissions"

- Fiona, Atherton, CA on 10/25/16

"Took the weight off my shoulders."

- Olivier, Miami Beach, FL on 10/24/16

"Super knowledgeable about the new SAT"

- Aram, Cambridge, MA on 10/24/16

"Great tutor! Motivating, thorough, and knowledgeable."

- Sri, Los Altos, CA on 10/5/16

"Very patient, genius level instruction!"

- Karen, New York, NY on 10/3/16

"Outstanding experience, so glad we found you!"

- Julie, Scottsdale, AZ on 10/1/16

"Joy to work with!! Extremely knowledgeable and friendly."

- Caitlin, San Francisco, CA on 9/30/16
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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

The key to mastering the ACT English section is homing in on what is tested. There are two major areas of focus on this section; the first is Usage and Mechanics and the second is Rhetorical Skills.

In our sessions, I lead students on a path of great familiarity with these two areas. We focus on punctuation, grammar, usage, and sentence structure as well as strategy, organization, and style.

As always, our sessions and homework are marked by significant practice time with the most realistic test questions, which is the cornerstone for testing skill and confidence development.

ACT Math

With 60 questions and 60 minutes for the ACT Math test, there isn't much wiggle room! Having 12+ years of tutoring experience specifically devoted to the SAT and ACT tests, I not only know how to help students navigate the ACT Math section quickly and accurately, but how to instill key strategies and strengthen core content knowledge. As an overview, topics covered in our tutoring sessions mirror the content covered on the test, which is broken down here:

The content breakdown for ACT math is Pre-Algebra (20-25%), Elementary Algebra (15-20%), Intermediate Algebra (15-20%), Coordinate Geometry (15-20%), Plane Geometry (20-25%), and Trigonometry (5-10%).

As always, our sessions and homework are marked by significant practice time with the most realistic test questions, which is the cornerstone for testing skill and confidence development.

ACT Reading

The Achilles' heel of the SAT and ACT Reading section is timing. In actuality, students should be reading through each of the passages, answering all questions, and still have time to spare for extensive review. Tell this to any student who has taken the test and they will laugh! But this is the way is should be, and my students learn how to tackle the SAT or ACT Reading sections exactly in this way, leading to major score increases.

Another crux of the Reading section is the common lament: "I can narrow my choices down to two answers but I just can't decide after that". This, and a host of other SAT/ACT Reading problems are solve and strengthened during our sessions.

As always, our sessions and homework are marked by significant practice time with the most realistic test questions, which is the cornerstone for testing skill and confidence development.

ACT Science

In my many years of tutoring for the ACT, the ACT Science section seems to stump the most students. The interesting aspect of the ACT Science section is that it's not exactly science--it's more of a reading test! If you were never that great with chemistry or physics or earth science, then you can score perfectly on ACT Science--and if you are great at science, then you'll need to make sure your reading and interpretation skills are just as good in order to do well on this section.

The key to navigating the ACT Science section is of course practice, but it is also being familiar with how the section works. There are seven passages and they can contain graphs, charts, experiment summaries, or conflicting viewpoints from scientists. To do well here, you need to be able to quickly but accurately read and understand scientific data, which we practice and review extensively in our sessions.

As always, our sessions and homework are marked by significant practice time with the most realistic test questions, which is the cornerstone for testing skill and confidence development.

SAT Math

Having been redesigned for the new SAT, the SAT Math section actually has a no-calculator and a calculator section. In reality, it surprises many students that even on the calculator section, you really only need a scientific calculator to solve all questions. Of course many students use graphing calculators--which are great, and we do go over how to use them in the best possible way--but the point is that the math is never really that hard.

In teaching SAT math, I take a dual approach of combining key content material practice with proven strategies that help save time and promote accuracy. Even with the redesigned SAT, the 12+ years of tutoring experience I have, have ensure development of tried and true methods that ensure students' test scores meet or exceed their performance in math class and reach the desired score range. This latter point is important as many students find that their test scores are not indicative of their academic performance by a long shot.

The new SAT Math section is broken down into three major sections, and does not test anything beyond trigonometry. The sections are: Heart of Algebra, Passport to Advanced Math, and Problem Solving and Data Analysis.

As always, our sessions and homework are marked by significant practice time with the most realistic test questions, which is the cornerstone for testing skill and confidence development.

SAT Reading

The Achilles' heel of the SAT and ACT Reading section is timing. In actuality, students should be reading through each of the passages, answering all questions, and still have time to spare for extensive review. Tell this to any student who has taken the test and they will laugh! But this is the way it should be, and my students learn how to tackle the SAT or ACT Reading sections exactly in this way, leading to major score increases.

Another crux of the Reading section is the common lament: "I can narrow my choices down to two answers but I just can't decide after that". This, and a host of other SAT/ACT Reading problems are solve and strengthened during our sessions.

As always, our sessions and homework are marked by significant practice time with the most realistic test questions, which is the cornerstone for testing skill and confidence development.

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section is often confused with the SAT Essay. The Essay is a separate portion of the test where students have 50 minutes to respond to a prompt with a well-formed 5-paragraph essay. I do offer complete tutoring for the SAT Essay as part of any package, or individually--feel free to contact if you are looking for this service.

The SAT Writing section itself is more of a grammar and language comprehension section that focuses on four main areas: Command of Evidence, Words in Context, Expression of Ideas, and Standard English Conventions. In our sessions, I help students center on exactly what they need to answer questions correctly with speed and accuracy. The best part of this section--as with the others--is that there is a finite amount of content to learn in order to do very well.

As always, our sessions and homework are marked by significant practice time with the most realistic test questions, which is the cornerstone for testing skill and confidence development.

Harvard University
MEd

Education

Harvard University (MEd)

Get in touch with this guy

...BEST choice you'll ever make for SAT. My son made huge score increase leaps in only one week of intensive lessons. Richard explained to us that he's very selective in who he takes on as students, so make sure your son/daughter is serious about committing to the SAT. Richard had the perfect combination: extremely knowledgable and a great teacher, but also had a 'tough love' approach. He wants hi

— Jack, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA on 11/19/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $500.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Richard will travel within 40 miles of San Francisco, CA 94123.