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Lewis H.

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Master Tutor for Test Prep (SAT/ACT), Physics with Customized Lessons

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Oberlin College
Wayne State University, Physics


Oberlin College (physics)

Wayne State University, Physics (PhD)

About Lewis

I cover ALL areas of test prep (including SAT/ACT) and Physics using my amazing talent to customize my lessons for each student's needs. Work with a Ph.D., who understands how to pass concepts on to you. I have 12 years' experience tutoring including 650 hours with WyzAnt. With WyzAnt I have worked with about 70 different students including 40 in all areas of ACT/SAT prep. I have been able to boil down to efficiently increase your scores. I tutor both at your home or online.

For test prep, if you are working from typical books, understand these books need to cover all students' levels. Are you finding with time you are not increasing your scores? These books are designed to only get you to SAT 680 (1360) or ACT 29-30. I have demonstrated repeatedly with WyzAnt over the last three years that I exceed these scores--by a lot. My proven results are also better than you will find on the websites of Kaplan, Princeton Review, Excel Test Prep, and others who offer only "your score will increase" or "+200 point increase in SAT score." Guess what? These "guarantees" are not very useful. 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 SAT AP Physics and Math 2 SAT Subject Tests. With me, students have all improved their scores for the SAT and/or the ACT, some to 1550 SAT (or 2300+ with the old test) and 35+ ACT. My goal for you is to have more increase in test scores than you expect from me at the start. To buttress that, I have an extensive library of "advanced" test rep books with titles like SAT 800 or 1600 and ACT 36. Working these kinds of problem 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 a student gets lost or confused. Then it is simple to determine what kind of practice exercises will overcome the roadblock the student has had in taking previous practice tests. I consistently work to improve students' test taking confidence, and show them 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 always provide a free 20-30 minute discussion, Q&A time, and roll out a plan after a test tutoring session of about 20 minutes. Then, if you wish, I would provide (for a fee) 30-60 minutes of actual tutoring, so the student can see if we are a good match. If you don't like the first session or don't think there is a good match between tutor and student, you do not pay. This is WyzAnt's "Good Match" guarantee and mine also. WyzAnt does have tutors that charge you 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. The rest I assign students as homework to bring back questions for me at the next session. 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 2+ years have been consistently high (I show up on the first page of WyzAnt listings for most of my subjects) and am top 5 within 40 miles of my ZIP in many.

I have done tutoring now for 12 years as an independent tutor and with private companies and schools. My passion about tutoring and my students are quite noticeable to my tutor parents. I am having more fun now than I have had in 20 years of high tech work. I work mostly with high school students, but have had students ranging from K (phonics) through adult, My specialty is all test preps and physics, but I love the importance of study skills. This area is not taught anywhere locally in schools. It helps students organize their entire life and school approach so that they gain back time they no longer have to spend on studying for school.

I am a patient and caring as well as persistent tutor. My educational background is in physics and math (through Ph.D.) My approach with students is first to get them to enjoy the way we work and their newly found competence. Then I zero in on the student's individual needs and learning styles. I intentionally spend time increasing each student's self confidence in the subject and in test taking in general. Initially I check which of the 3 main ways of learning they mostly use (seeing, hearing, or action/kinesthetic). I give help when a student is stuck. But I almost never give all the steps of the entire exercise, rather letting them 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 manager and engineer, I discovered 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.
I cover ALL areas of test prep (including SAT/ACT) and Physics using my amazing talent to customize my lessons for each student's needs. Work with a Ph.D., who understands how to pass Read more

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ACT Math,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
SPSS, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT Science,
Physical Science, Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
Common Core, COOP/HSPT, GED, GMAT,
Regents, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science

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ACT English

I am up to date and informed about the changes to the new ACT and SAT tests installed the past year, especially the major changes to the essay parts.And with 35 past students for these test preps, I know the materials well, practically by heart. And I have learned what you need to learn to increase your scores and your confidence and can do it in the minimum of time.

I help prepare students for all sections of the ACT and SAT tests. I teach not only the subjects, but provide you with and train you on the best techniques to upgrade your score. Now, you will find that these techniques are different from those you are good at in school classes and tests, no, it will need a paradigm shift from you if you are willing. Even both the ACT and SAT test making companies have agreed that their tests to not measure how much you learned in school or know about the subjects. Or that they are even tests that measure how well you will do in college in college-level classes. No, these are tests to see how well you do on the ACT or SAT. The changes in both tests over the last year are attempts to align what they test more closely with Common Core goals for 11th and 12th graders.

For ACT English, I like to start with a practice test to be able to analyze the weaker areas and then focus on them with basic review and additional practicing of solution techniques. Then I follow up with assigning additional test questions or entire practice tests. This allows practicing of the techniques and keeping focus on the areas most needing attention. Finally I love to give a final practice test the week before the official test to measure the improvement that has been made in test taking and to bring your confidence to its highest level.

Relative to the new 2015-6 ACT version--
Basics: there are 5 text passages with about 15 questions each for a total of 75 questions in 45 minutes. That is 36 seconds for each question. Average score is 21. Students in silicon valley are looking for 30-34+ to get admitted to their colleges of choice. I can get you there while most of the private test prep companies will not. (They concentrate on the average student to get as many paying customers as possible.) In fact, 3 or 4 of my students that first paid and worked with the local Excel Test Prep company were told that anything above 30 on ACT was "pure luck. Nonsense. That is where I shine and can help you. The grammar section (38-42 questions) is about 15-18 rules. So just like math, it is clear cut. Review and learn these rules and see correct and incorrect sentences and you are fine. The "Productive Writing" part (22-24 questions) is about the organization (unity and coherence),; topic development; and precise, consistent style.

Important points:
Don't take too long on any questions. You have 30 seconds per questions; do the easier question in less time.
Choose your order of answering questions (easy ones first, leave harder ones for later)
For approximately 20% (15-18 questions) of the questions, NO CHANGE is correct. Don't assume you have to find an error.
Normally these tests will be limited by the allowed time. So it requires keeping focused and using the techniques you have been taught.
To be successful on ACT preparation, the student must be prepared for a significant commitment and effort. A tutor can help the improvement process and keeping focus on the end concern--improving the test score. I recommend a minimum tutor time of 6 hours or 4 sessions of 1 1/2 hours.

Please contact me to answer any questions or concerns you have in particular.

ACT Math

I am up to date and informed about the changes to the NEW ACT and SAT tests installed this past year. With 35+ past students for these test preps, I know the materials well and what it takes to increase a student's scores and confidence using a minimum of time. In fact, I am an expert at showing students how to increase their score the last few points where one missed answer results in a drop of their score by one point. Most of the private test companies do not even attempt to focus on increasing scores above 30-31.

I help prepare students for all sections of ACT and SAT and am highly rated by WyzAnt in each of them. ACT claims to measure academic achievement. The test makers themselves admit that a student can increase their score by preparing for the test. They also have stated in the past that these are not tests to measure how much you know or have learned in high school, or even tests to see how well you will do in college. No, they are tests to see how well each student takes the ACT or SAT tests. Period. To increase scores substantially, requires extensive dedication, practice time and hard work to become fluent with these techniques. Working with an experienced tutor for 6-8 hours per subject will streamline a student's quest for a better score.

Techniques to get more correct answers include: identifying just what information is given, using that information to solve by back-solving (or plugging in the answers), using process of elimination, strategic guessing, reading each question twice, and straightforward math. I also have visual figures for ration/proportion problems and for finding averaging problems (number of tests/ average score/ total points) which will allow a student to turn off their mind for these problems and automatically get the right answer. Using process of elimination, strategic guessing, and intelligent estimating also help.

There are often easier ways of solving problems that the normal straightforward way. As an example, there are several techniques to solve 2-variable, 2 equation algebra problems WITHOUT using any algebra--arithmetic only. Truly amazing. This is especially valuable during the test because your mind may (unusual I am sure) become mush/jello. On tests I like using my brain less when I can get away with it. Are you interested?

60 multiple-choice questions in 60 minutes
Calculators (approved) allowed
PRE-ALGEBRA (12-14 Questions)
TRIG (4-5 q)

I am an experienced tutor with the ACT and SAT tests. I would be pleased to help you reach your goal for test scores and increase your confidence and comfort when test day comes.The national average score for the ACT is 20. Here in Silicon Valley, I am normally getting students starting with me at around 27-28 composite score. Typically they will finish at 32-33 with less than 2 months tutoring with me-- one session a week.

My confidence is such that no matter where you are starting, you will make more score improvement than you would taking classes or individual tutoring (more expensive) from Excel Test Prep, Princeton Review, or Kaplan. And I have proved that to my satisfaction over the past three years with WyzAnt.

My normal procedure is to start with a practice test to analyze weak areas and focus on them with additional selected personal problems. I give homework each week and use tutoring time to learn from any incorrect answers and to further explain areas still not solid for a student. A final practice test the week before the actual SAT test will show the progress the student has made and help increase the student's confidence going into the test.

As you can see, I am an experienced tutor with the SAT and ACT tests. I would be pleased to help you reach your goal for test scores and increase your confidence and comfort when test day comes.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

ACT Reading

I am up to date and informed about the new ACT and SAT tests installed this past year. And with 35 past students for these test preps, I know the materials well and how to increase your scores and confidence in the minimum of time.

Several techniques I use are: 1) Pick your preferred order to work the 4 reading sections. 2) Change the order in which you answer the questions for your benefit (Not the benefit of the test makers). 3) Read the questions before reading the passage to have a better idea what to be looking for as you read the passage, and 4) spend only 30-60 (90 max) seconds skimming the passage before answering the questions--you are looking for the overall idea, not lots of details that may not be needed to answer the questions. This is a very difficult transition for students to make and it makes a big difference.

Students often are time limited on the Reading test.
The average test score is 20. For the schools students want to apply to, Silicon Valley students often start at 28, but want scores to be 33-36. I usually get them there.

I have helped prepare students for all the sections of ACT as well as the SAT. I teach those skills and techniques which help them to score higher. Extensive practice is required and hard work to become fluent with these techniques and to internalize the techniques so they can be accessed on the test.

Focus and use of the best techniques will be critical in scoring as high as your confidence and abilities take you. A tutor can help you zero in on efficient use of your time. I recommend a minimum time with your tutor of 6 hours or 4 sessions of 1 1/2 hours. But two months of weekly tutoring session is more reasonable. However, I have done last minute work with students, starting a week before the test. Homework is assigned so we cover in tutoring sessions the problem areas leading to faster score increases instead of reviewing areas where the student already is confident and knowledgeable.

At the initial session, I like to assign as homework a practice test. Then it becomes easy to analyze where the student presently is and analyze the weak areas. This is so I can focus in on the weak areas with basic reviews and practice of additional questions or further practice tests.

The ACT Reading section lasts 35 minutes with 40 questions. There are four reading passages of about 800 words each: one section each of prose fiction, social science, humanities, and natural science. After reading each passage, about 10 questions to answer follow.

I have observed some consistently difficult questions types: inference, author's purpose, author's tone, and even vocabulary in context.

Finally I love to give another practice test the week before the official ACT test to see how much the student has improved, to maximize confidence going to the test, and to have additional missed questions to work over.

ACT Science

The ACT Science Reasoning Test requires NO specific scientific knowledge. (Surprised?) You will be asked to understand and make sense of six sets of scientific information that will be presented in graphs, charts, tables, and research summaries. Also you will have to make sense of one disagreement between a couple of scientists. These are qualities or techniques that will be useful the rest of your life because as an informed reader you will have to analyze scientific articles written in newspaper or on the web. Taking this test normally will be limited by the time allowed. (I always wanted more time.) So it requires judgment skills of the approach and techniques to use.

I help prepare students for all sections of ACT. I will train you to chose the best techniques and increase your score. My background is in science (physics, Ph.D.) and math where I have all through my life used these skills. This test does require extensive practice, hard work, and commitment to become fluent with these techniques.

A tutor can help you focus in on improvement with explanations, strategies, and various techniques. I like to start by assigning a practice test so I can analyze weak areas. Then, by giving additional questions or practice tests, we can focus in the areas where you missed a question. Last I love to give an ending test to measure how much a student has improved. It also gives me additional missed questions to focus on.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is a state college and university requirement. So it's very important to get a good grade in this class.

It introduces trigonometry. Topics include equations and functions, factoring, graphing, conics (including quadratics), matrices, polynomials, and logarithms.

I have helped in tutoring a number of students in Algebra 2. And have used it as a way to prepare for trigonometry and calculus.


I have taught test preparation for the CBEST for two years. I am CBEST certified, having passed on the first try with no problems on any of the three sections. The CBEST was designed to test basic proficiency in math, reading, and writing.

I have become an effective coach and tutor. I will review with you the full set of basic skills required to pass the test on your first try. Testing strategies will be covered. For example, I will give you 3 novel approaches to different types of math word problems that don't require you to do the algebraic equations in the problem.

I have just finished working with a student on the math part of CBEST. She had taken the test twice and had passed the reading and writing portions, but failed the math part both times. She needed extensive review of the basics required for the test because it was some time since she had studied any math. In six sessions we finished reviewing all the individual areas covered in the test, finished an initial practice test and a "final" practice test to show improvement, and did multiple example problems in areas such as word problems where she was having difficulties. Results: 60% correct answers required to pass the test, she moved from 54% up to 70% and passed the test easily.

Elementary (K-6th)

In my 6 years of tutoring I have helped numerous students in G1-6. I have helped a 2nd grader in math to progress 2 1/2 years in 30 sessions. (As measured by pre- and post-testing.) One of my specialties is study skills which often helps students get organized when they are having trouble in several subjects at one time. This usually helps raise confidence once the student gets in control. I have found that I am extremely passionate about tutoring and my students.

I am experienced working with students in many areas, including math, science, history, geography, English/grammar and reading. My approach is often the same independent of the subject. I explain the problem or concept carefully and then explain it a 2nd and 3rd way until the student says "I get it!" That is one of the best feeling I have as a tutor.

Reviewing the material covered in class and asking directed questions also helps students remember what they have covered. Reviewing and questioning before tests also helps.

I am familiar with many of the textbooks being used in elementary grades. I also have an extensive library of additional materials, especially in math, to augment the classroom text including workbooks for additional practice. If I don't have extra materials for your grade, I will get it from the bookstores.

Elementary Science

My educational background is in physics and math. I love helping my students understand and grow to love science. I have found that I have am strongly passionate about tutoring and my students.

Starting with homework assignments, I check how well they understand and can recite back to me what they have gone over in class. My driving goal is to make learning both informative and fun. A student having fun in their work is going to learn much faster than one plodding through the same work.


Geometry is really fun to learn and I like it as a tutor. A good grounding in geometry is very useful in everyday life. It is a stepping stone to taking higher level math classes like calculus. It is also a high school graduation requirement in California schools so it is important to pass this class. I took geometry in high school and have been using it ever since. I have successfully tutored geometry for the last six years. I am very passionate about tutoring and my students.

If you are struggling to make it through a geometry class, then I have the tools and experience to help you. Geometry is second nature to me and I can show you how. My tutoring will include help with homework as well as preparation for tests.

Geometry is the study of objects and its measures. One of the keys to this class is memorizing all of geometry's vocabulary. Proofs are one of the main focuses of this class, aside from learning the actual properties of geometrical figures.

Extensive use of practice problems helps with understanding concepts and committing formulas to memory. With caring guidance, reworking of the school lessons, and finding the point of confusion, I can help the student to truly understand the concepts and solve problems with much more confidence.

My educational background is in math and physics. My most rewarding experience is when a student says "I get it!" after my third explanation of a concept.


The quantitative portion of GMAT involves math (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and word problems. If it has been a while since you learned this material, it only requires review of the covered areas. I am an expert at this and have the needed material at hand. This same review is done for CBEST (as well as ACT and SAT if required.) The geometry is very basic plus no trig or calculus is required. The data sufficiency portion is found in no other test, so I teach the approaches and techniques needed, along with giving you quizzes and tests until you have the confidence to do well here.

Because of my extensive tutoring backgound in test prep (all different types, even including TOEFL, CBEST, GRE, as well as lots of ACT/SAT) you should feel very confident that with me behind you, you will easily pass the GMAT. And that includes the Verbal as well as the Analytic Writing and Integrated Reasoning graded portions of the test.


The GRE is use is to compare students from different colleges so admissions has a better idea what your GPA means. A major difference from most other tests is that this test is done on a computer, so all your scratch work needs to be done on the 6 pages of scratch paper you are provided. (It you need more, it may take a while before the administrators get to you.) The big difference is that the computer looks at what you do on the first section of a test to determine whether in the second section you will be given easy, medium, or hard questions. So the first part is very important in determining whether you can increase your score with the second section.
There are two analytical writing essays. I will work that with you if you need the help. The 2 sections are an issue essay and an argument essay. They are graded 0-6. So I work with my students until they are confident of getting a 5 (at least). I don't consider getting a 6 worth the extra time and effort--if you are already good at writing essays, you should be able to get a 6 grade.

The math in the Quantitative Reasoning section is very basic only going through geometry (no trig, no calculus). So a basic review is all that most of my students require. The math on the GRE is clearly easier than that found on the SAT. But then how does the GRE differentiate between students on the math? Easy--they word the questions in a tricky manner so that you must be very careful you have answered what the problem is asking you to do. The first 7 or 8 questions in each of the two sections are quantitative comparisons which may require some work to be comfortable with answering this slightly different kind of question.

For the verbal session, there are no longer analogies or antonyms as was the case on earlier versions. For sentence equivalence you need to choose the two best answer credit for only putting down 1 answer. I consider the reading comprehension questions (about half the verbal questions) to often need the most work. The questions often do not hinge on finding the correct detail, but determining the authors point of view or their tone, or their assumptions and premises they base their writing on. These are all things that I'm sure you can do. But it will help you to have a tutor evaluate what you are doing and provide you with personalized practice work to improve your GRE score.

I can and will do that for you. My normal plan is to do weekly sessions in which I leave for your homework things that we should not spend time on during the tutoring hour. Then you come back with any confusion or questions on the quiz or test that you did during the week and we will explore your thought process to get to the correct answer. There is a huge advantage in this and I have found that most of the private test prep classes lose much of this learning opportunity. They normally just tell you which questions you missed and what the correct answer was. I do not let you correct your own tests. Then we can go back and if I tell you one of your answers was wrong, you then will need to examine it and tell me why you now think your answer choice was wrong. Then, eliminating that answer, can you now tell me which answer you think is the best answer.


I am well qualified to tutor Physics at any level through college for students wanting to clarify areas or to move ahead in their understanding of physics. My background is a B.A. in physics and a Ph.D. in solid-state physics (experimental). I worked in the semiconductor industry as engineer and manager for 25 years and have now been tutoring for the last 12 years. I have tutored some students to increase their confidence in physics and have taken several students through the SAT Physics Subject Test.

I am comfortable that my knowledge of physics is excellent, but also that I have the experience and know-how to explain concepts, analyze solutions to difficult problems, and tutor students in this area. (There is a difference, as I'm sure you know, between people who have solid knowledge of physics and those who can actually transfer that knowledge and confidence to their students.) I put myself in that last category.

I have a library of about 10 physics texts and backup books, including the longstanding college favorite by Resnick, Halliday, and Krane. On the other side, I have conceptual physics texts that approach each physics area with minimum math and maximum figures, word explanations and examples from the real world. These book help immensely with students who get confused by all the math and lose focus on what the real physics is. I also have books for AP physics, so I am quite confident that I can help you. As an aside, I think we will have fun working on this material, because physics is such an interesting subject.


I did well enough when I took the PSAT to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship semi finals. I have worked successfully with a number of students preparing for the PSAT. I also have several books giving practice tests and reviewing the knowledge areas needed to do well on the test. Taking a practice pre-test and another one at the end of tutoring helps to see what areas need the most work and progress made during the tutoring. It helps to advance confidence and reduce the stress level when taking the actual exam.

SAT Math

I understand how frustrating math can be for many students. And I especially aim to make the SAT/Math test questions easier to attack. I have taught SAT prep to a number of students (over 35 for SAT/ACT test prep), teaching not only the subjects found in the SAT math test, but also the techniques needed to maximize a student's SAT score. I help them to recognize the categories of problems and to choose the best techniques from their "memory bank".

To be successful in preparing for SAT/Math, the student must be willing to put in a consistent and significant commitment and time effort. That's why I recommend a minimum of 6-8 hours with a tutor to prepare. For the SAT math test, students normally find themselves time-limited so it requires judgment skills of what techniques to use rather than just plodding along doing extra time-consuming work.

An experienced tutor can immediately identify any problem a student is having and quickly give them what they need to succeed. I teach not only the subjects found in the SAT/Math test, but also the techniques needed to maximize SAT scores.

Now let me introduce the changes made to this test in 2016. The NEW SAT/Math test is now 58 questions to be completed in 80 minutes. But part of this is a no-calculator section (20 Q in 25 minutes). And part is where you can use a calculator and has 38 Q to be done in 55 minutes.

There is more emphasis on problem solving, data analysis, algebra, with some newly added areas including simple trig, complex numbers, and some statistics, plus interpretation of graphs and tables, making inferences based on the data. There will be multiple-choice questions (46 Q each with 4 answers) and "grid-in" questions with no answer choices given (12 Q).

Some other things to keep in mind: there is no longer any penalty for incorrect answers--so fill in every question on the answer sheet even if you need to guess; for part of the test you cannot use a calculator; for the grid-in section, you must provide your own answer. The previous SAT/Math test worded their problems in a tricky manner--the idea was to make it hard for the student to figure out what they were being asked and the wording of the problem was often the reason why--this is now mostly gone.

The changes to the SAT are partly to make it more like the ACT (because the ACT has had more students taking it since 2012) and partly to follow the new Common Core requirements for high school juniors and seniors. You can be certain that I am up to date and informed about the changes to both the new SAT and ACT tests installed this past year. I know the materials well (some practically memorized) and what it takes to increase a student's score and confidence in the minimum of time.

Some of these techniques include: identifying just what information is given, double-verifying what the problem is asking you to find, using that information to solve by back-solving (plugging in the answers, picking numbers, process of elimination, strategic guessing or estimation, and straightforward math. I also have visual figures for ratio/proportion problems and for number of tests/average/sum total of all the tests that make them much simpler and speeder to answer (and also leave you with more gas in your tank.) For almost every SAT/Math problem there is in fact an easier way of doing it than the usual straightforward way the College Board expects and wants you to solve these questions--which is the normal way a student is taught in school . In fact, there are several techniques--widely taught--on solving 2-variable, 2 equation algebra problems WITHOUT using any of the more time-consuming algebra. Truly amazing. This is especially valuable during the test because your mind may become mush and on tests I like using my brain less when I can get away with it. Are you interested?

I give homework each week and use tutoring time to learn from any incorrect answers and to further explain areas still not solid for a student.

As you can see, I am an experienced tutor with the SAT and ACT tests. I would be pleased to help you reach your goal for test scores and increase your confidence and comfort when test day comes.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

SAT Reading

I help prepare students for all sections of the SAT by teaching those skills and techniques which prepare them to score higher. This does require some time to do reasonably extensive practice, an effort to become fluent with the techniques I teach, and a desire to do better on the SAT. I have tutored over 25 student at WyzAnt in SAT and ACT test prep. And I am highly rated by WyzAnt in their listings of WyzAnt tutors within 40 miles of me. Like current bank interest, I am at the top 0.01% level (I am listed as the top 1 or 2 tutor out of 400-900 Wyzant tutors).

The total number of questions a student can finish on SAT tests will normally be severely limited by the time allowed. Areas I incorporate in my SAT tutoring: cutting a minute spent off each passage in the reading section; purposely choosing the order in which you do the questions to benefit you and reduce time stress; only spending 60 seconds or less reading through each passage; reading each question twice; eliminating 2 or more of the answers, then going deeper in your analysis of the remaining answers to find the best and most logical answer.

I am most comfortable with a minimum of 6 tutoring hours per test or 18 hours if you are doing all 3 tests. The amount of time really depends on how many of the tests you want to work on and how high a score your goal is.
With some students I was only allowed 2 sessions, others a month or 4-6 sessions, and others 2-3 months.

I much prefer using the Princeton Review/Cracking the SAT book. But Princeton, Kaplan, and local private companies like Elite and Kings Academy need to reach the most students they can, so are configured to raise your score only to 660- 680 (or 1800-2000). If you want to score higher, I have available, and have used, advanced books designed to bring you up the last 50-200 difficult points.

At the start, I assign a practice test for homework (or use a test you have taken) so I can analyze the weak and strong areas and then personalize how the tutoring work will be done for you. Subsequently I focus on the weak areas with basic reviews and strategies and then practice with additional examples or tests.

A major portion of my tutoring time is taken analyzing the problems students missed on their tests, but without the student knowing which was the right answer. So we talk through why their wrong answer was wrong and which answer they now think is correct--and why. I have not seen any of the private test prep companies that do a good job of this and a lot of learning possibilities are lost.

At least at the end of our sessions I will assign a second practice test. This will show both you and me the amount your student has improved and helps to raise their confidence before they take the actual proctored test.

The critical reading test is 70 minutes long in 3 sections. The type of questions are sentence completion and passage-based reading comprehension. The passages range in length from about 100 to 850 words and cover subjects in the humanities, social studies, natural sciences, and literary fiction. The sentence completion questions are in order of difficulty. They have three categories: definition/similar meaning; contrast/cause and effect; makes sense in context. The passage-based reading questions are not in order of difficulty.

I am not a fan of spending many hours learning a set of SAT Vocabulary cards. I think that time can be much better put to use to improve your SAT score. The "New" SAT will have a more accessible vocabulary. Instead I have students spend time reviewing word roots, prefixes, and suffixes. These will allow you to relate to the meaning of an unfamiliar word by connecting it to another word with the same root. For SAT it is not necessary to have an exact definition, but only a general idea of the meaning.

My background is in physics and math. But I have taught useful SAT/ACT techniques to over 25 students. And I have had success with students learning Critical Reading techniques. If you need a recommendation of my expertise and experience, I can connect you to the parents of previous students. I have been tutoring for 10 years. In that time I have discovered that I have a strong passion for tutoring and for my students. And I am currently having more fun than I have had in 20 years.

SAT Writing

Here is an overview of the Writing test. The current SAT Writing test takes 60 minutes, has one essay (25 minutes) and two sections of multiple choice questions (25 min. and 10 min.). The multiple choice sections have three types of questions: identifying sentence errors (18); improving sentences (25); and improving paragraphs (6). The multiple choice questions are mainly concerned with grammar rules and rhetorical skills.

Writing is a skill needed for success in both college and throughout your lifetime in the workplace. for the SAT, you will write a first draft of an short, original, persuasive essay under timed conditions. It will assess your ability to develop and express ideas effectively. It also attempts to evaluate your ability to do the kind of writing required in college. This should be writing that develops a point of view, presents ideas logically and clearly, has at least 2 examples illustrating your thesis statement, and uses precise language. The essay counts 30% toward the final score. The scoring takes into account that you are writing a first draft, not a final draft, and that you are writing under extreme time constraints.

The Writing section of the SAT is being combined with the Reading section in 2016 as the Verbal section. And the top SAT score will revert back to 1600, the way it was before the writing test was included in 2006. The essay will be continued separately as an option (not required).

The multiple choice sections require you to: recognize sentence errors, choose the best version of a piece of writing, and improve paragraphs within a writing context. They will include 49 questions on grammar, usage, paragraph organization, and multi-paragraph coherence. It assesses your ability to improve a piece of writing through revision and editing. These sections count 70% toward the final Writing score.

Since the Writing section involves 70% multiple choice questions testing grammar and rhetoric and there are only 16-17 grammar rules tested, the Writing section should be the easiest to advance to a high score. All my students I expect to get 10 out of 12 on the essay (using my pointers) and enough of the grammar to get to over 700 on that test.

I help prepare students for all sections of the SAT. It requires extensive practice time and hard work to become fluent with these techniques. A tutor can help you focus in on improvement with explanations, strategies and various techniques. I recommend a minimum of 6 one-hour sessions with a tutor when preparing for the SAT Writing test. If your goal is higher than the 650-675 score that Kaplan, Princeton Review, and local companies like Elite and Kings Academy are designed for, I have several advanced books that are written to take you the last 75-150 difficult points in your score.

I start by assigning for homework a practice test including writing an essay under time-limited test conditions. (Or if you have already taken a practice test, I use that.) From this it is usually easy to see where to concentrate. Additional practice problems and essays help increase confidence and ability to react more quickly. An ending practice test helps document the progress that has been made by the student and give them added confidence.


Trigonometry can be a fun class. It links with precalculus. It is crucial that all the techniques we explore here connect directly with the techniques we see in precalculus and then calculus. Trig has many applications in physics and engineering.

Approached properly it is relatively easy to learn. I've been a tutor for six years and have had success in raising students' grades and their focus and interest in the subject. I tell my students that this is maybe the easiest and most fun math class they will take. I believe that everyone can pass or get a good grade in this class and move on with that confidence into precalculus and calculus.

Oberlin College
Wayne State University, Physics


Oberlin College (physics)

Wayne State University, Physics (PhD)

Incredible, Patient, Flexible, Creative! — Studying for the ACT and SAT can be very overwhelming on your own with those huge books! Studying for them can be easily postponed or forgotten about as you already have so many essays, tests, and projects during your junior year. Having the appointments scheduled with Lewis kept me accountable for getting my work done. Lewis kept me right on track, motivating and guiding me through each area that ...

— Julia, San Jose, CA on 6/29/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $120.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

My online tutoring rate is currently $75/hour. For more than one student, my group rates are negotiable and attractive.

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Lewis will travel within 25 miles of San Jose, CA 95132.