Master Tutor for Test Prep (SAT/ACT), Physics with Customized Lessons
Master Tutor for Test Prep (SAT/ACT), Physics with Customized Lessons
I cover ALL areas of test prep (including SAT/ACT) and Physics using my amazing talent to customize my lessons to match each student's needs. Work with a Ph.D., who understands how to pass concepts on to you, is patient but persistent, and explains things until you tell me you get it. I have 18 years' experience tutoring including close to 900 hours with WyzAnt. With WyzAnt I have worked with about 100 different students including 50+ in all areas of ACT/SAT prep. I am able to customize...
I cover ALL areas of test prep (including SAT/ACT) and Physics using my amazing talent to customize my lessons to match each student's needs. Work with a Ph.D., who understands how to pass concepts on to you, is patient but persistent, and explains things until you tell me you get it. I have 18 years' experience tutoring including close to 900 hours with WyzAnt. With WyzAnt I have worked with about 100 different students including 50+ in all areas of ACT/SAT prep. I am able to customize sessions to address each individual student's needs, boiling down the material to efficiently increase student scores and therefore students' confidence. I tutor at your home, public venue, or online depending on your preference.
For test prep, if you are working from typical books, they need to cover all students' levels. Are you finding with time you do not continue to increase your scores? Most books you have looked at are designed to only get you to SAT 650 (1300) or ACT 29-30. I have demonstrated repeatedly with WyzAnt over the last five years that I exceed these scores--by a lot--and in a relatively short time. With my Ph.D. in physics and 25 years of practical experience in business, I also am a great tutor for physics , all maths through calculus and early college levels and do have experience tutoring AP areas, SAT subject tests, and Math including college levels. With me, students have all improved their scores for the SAT and/or the ACT, some to 1550 SAT and 36 ACT. My goal is for you to have more increase in test scores than you expect from me when you start. To buttress that, I have an extensive library of "advanced" test prep books with titles like SAT 800 or 1600 and ACT 36. Working these level of problems is essential in getting the last 50-150 points (SAT) or 2-3 points on the ACT. I do not just claim I can do this, I have proved it with real students that had real problems. I have an ability to ferret out at what stage of solving test problems or questions you as a student get lost or confused. Then it becomes a relatively simple task to determine the kind of practice exercises which will overcome the roadblock you have had in taking previous tests. I consistently work to improve your test taking confidence, and show you how to lesson the feeling of time crunch, especially in the Critical Reading tests or (in ACT) Science Reasoning.
For physics I work with high school and college level students. I use your text and the additional texts I have including Halliday/Resnick/Krane and Hewitt's Conceptual Physics (which gets the concept across with much reduced math.)
For a first contact, I will provide a free 20 minute discussion to learn about each student, Q&A time, and roll out a plan after a test tutoring session of about 20 minutes. This is so the student (and I) can see if we are a good match. Wyzant does have tutors that charge less than I do, but they are not going to be able to give you the score progress that I historically have shown. I work on only the things I see are needed by the student. I assign students homework to bring back questions for me at the next session or to analyze why they missed a particular question. I typically meet one session a week, but will adjust that if time is short or the student feels they need it for a quick increase in confidence.
My ratings by Wyzant over the last 4+ years have been consistently high (I show up in Wyzant's rated listings as #1 or #2 for most of my subjects based on a 40-mile radius against over 1000 Wyzant-qualified tutors in the San Jose region).
I have done tutoring now for almost 16 years as an independent tutor and with private companies and schools. My passion about tutoring and about my students is quite noticeable to my tutor parents. I am having more fun now than I have had in 20 years of high tech work. My specialty is all test preps and physics, but I love the importance and usefulness of study skills--especially with ADHD students. Sadly, study skills are not taught anywhere locally in schools. They help students organize their entire life and school approach so that they gain back an hour or 2 daily they no longer need to spend on studying for school and can use that time on things they love to do.
I am a patient and caring as well as persistent tutor. My educational background is in physics (through Ph.D.) and math. My approach with students is first to get them enjoying the way we work and their newly found competence/confidence. Then I zero in on specific individual needs and learning styles. I intentionally spend time increasing each student's self confidence in the subject and in test taking in general. I give help when a student is stuck. But I almost never give all the steps of the entire exercise, rather letting students struggle a bit to do as much as they can, enhancing their confidence and learning. I frequently work by questioning the student to see where their understanding limit is before explaining a concept as needed. I assign homework so tutoring time is not used on things students already know or can do fine on their own. Tutoring time is valuable and costly--I use it efficiently and strategically. My greatest joy is in seeing a student progress and take control of their studies.
When I switched from semiconductor industry manager and engineer, I discovered that I am passionate about tutoring and about my students. I get extraordinary happiness out of seeing a student progress. For me, the greatest pleasure comes when I have explained a concept three different ways and finally the light goes on. The student says "I get it!" or "That's easy, why didn't you say that the first time?" I'd love to do that for your student too. We ought to at least talk or meet.
With Lewis, you WILL pass the CBEST!
I have never been good at math. In fact - I've been downright awful at it. So imagine my fear when I discovered after moving to Los Angeles that I had to take a California Basic Skills Test, in order for my credential to be valid. This - after teaching special education for almost twenty years. Sure, the reading and writing were a piece of cake to pass, so shouldn't math be as well - seeing that it is BASIC math? Addition and subtraction? Multiplication and division? Yeah, right...more like Algebra, geometry, and word problems asking you what time Train X arrives at the station after Train B arrives within X+Y=c234 minutes. You know - stuff we use in our everyday lives! Needless to say, I bombed the Math CBEST with a 27 (needed at least a 37 to pass). With a 45-day window to pass the test, before I was about to look at a new career where I ask if you'd like fries with today's meal, Lewis saved my hide. Seven lessons later (and a lot of studying and hard work on my end as well), last week I went from a 27...to a whopping 46! This, coming from a guy who seriously does not even GET math! Lewis not only shows you how to solve these problems, but gives you the confidence you need to pass. He is an expert in passing the CBEST, and his track record proves it. If you need any more convincing from me, please ask Lewis to give you my contact info. Thanks to him, I still have my career - and a knowledge of math I thought I'd never have. By the way - the train arrives 15 minutes later, thanks to C divided by Y...Lewis taught me that!Craig, 7 lessons with Lewis
Lewis is a wonderful Tutor. Lewis has helped my daughter with her APSAT for National Merit Scholarship. He is punctual, trusted, knowledgeable, and kind. My daughter is very happy to study with Lewis.Tiffany, 15 lessons with Lewis
Lewis is very patient with his students. He understands and identities what areas students need the most help with. His lesson planning consists of going through each section with his students and spending more in-depth time with the sections students need the most help with.Matthew, 43 lessons with Lewis
Knowleadgeable and efficient
Lewis stepped into help my daughter with AP physics within a day or so of requesting help from Wyzant. He was efficient, knowledgeable and the session write ups were excellent. I would recommend him for AP physics tutoring.Sarah, 3 lessons with Lewis
Knowleagable and patient tutor
Lewis did a great job with tip and tricks for ACT Science. He is able to access different materials which give a wider learning base. He reviews areas of weakness by accessing these different questions from different books. This is helpful.Lara, 8 lessons with Lewis
We just had one session with Lewis and it is clear that he takes genuine interest in his students. I will add more to this review in a few more weeks after more sessions.Bhawna, 9 lessons with Lewis
Attentive, thorough, knowledgeable, capable, informative and caring
After 2 study sessions with our son, a few of my observations about Mr. Lewis are described in the review title. There hasn't been any metrics to compare tutoring efficiency and effectiveness, maybe the most important characteristics, so I will leave that assessment to a follow-up review once I have something to compare against. Mr. Lewis is attentive and a good listener because he takes the time to ask the right questions and listens without judging for a meaningful and respectful dialog. This is important especially for teenagers like my son. It creates an open and safe environment for our son to voice his concerns without feeling ashamed or embarrassed. He will usually recap and provide detailed, actionable strategies and plans for moving forward. It's very nice to receive regular and appropriate communication from Mr. Lewis. This is different compared with many other tutors. Some tutors may or may not provide any feedback or canned, feel-good feedback. Mr. Lewis provides both a summary of tutoring session as well as plans for what our son should do next to achieve his goals.Pete, 9 lessons with Lewis
Lewis teaches both Math and English. He is very passionate teacher, and always work with parents feedback. He is also very friendly with students. Seems to understand strength and weakness of the students and works towards excellence.Abu, 64 lessons with Lewis
Very patient and calming
Lewis is teaching me how to master the math section of the CBEST test. He is relaxed, patient, and is leading me down a path to success.Missy, 5 lessons with Lewis
Very knowleadgeable about the ACT exam
Lewis seems to have great knowledge on how to crack the ACT and we feel confident that he will help our child secure a good score on the ACTs.Sujatha, 9 lessons with Lewis
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