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Nick S.

The College Guy - Leading SoCal Test Expert & Essay Consultant

The College Guy - Leading SoCal Test Expert & Essay Consultant

$128/hour

  • 388 hours tutoring

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Hey!

I'm Nick. The College Guy.

For almost 10 years now, I've been a leading test prep guru and essay specialist in sunny Southern California.

I'm the author of the legendary "College Guy" curriculum and the tutor of choice for students who are committed to hitting 1500+ on SAT or 34+ on ACT.

This is the first time I'm offering tutoring or materials online.

I've tutored on-set with some of America's brightest young on-screen talent, and, as "Hollywood's Tutor", I've presented on...

Hey!

I'm Nick. The College Guy.

For almost 10 years now, I've been a leading test prep guru and essay specialist in sunny Southern California.

I'm the author of the legendary "College Guy" curriculum and the tutor of choice for students who are committed to hitting 1500+ on SAT or 34+ on ACT.

This is the first time I'm offering tutoring or materials online.

I've tutored on-set with some of America's brightest young on-screen talent, and, as "Hollywood's Tutor", I've presented on application essays and test strategy to parents and students all over the Los Angeles area.

Year in and year out, my students earn admission to every Ivy League school, Stanford, MIT, Georgetown (my alma mater), Duke, Northwestern, and other top-ranked institutions.

I want to get you there too.

By booking at least two sessions, you'll get a free copy of my curriculum, as well as access to my library of prep materials including a question-by-question analysis of the official published SAT and ACT practice tests.

Looking forward to getting started!


Education

Georgetown University
Econ and English

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English

ACT English,

ACT English

If you want to crack 34 on ACT, look no further. For the past six years, I've scored a perfect 36 on ACT English and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to break 34 on ACT English by only trusting "what sounds right" or "what flows well". Many students have a solid "ear" for grammar rules, but on this test, what sounds right is not always right. Solid knowledge of just a few key grammar rules goes a long way towards consistency and is one of the most efficient ways to improve your overall score fast. We'll also work on strategies to crack the 'style' and 'organization' questions on ACT English. A common misconception about ACT is that multiple answers "could" work. This is not true. The wrong answers are simply wrong. In order to make the test "objective", the ACT plants small, but specific, technical errors in the wrong answers so that there's no room for debate. We'll learn to identify those small cues to simplify even the hardest questions on ACT English. ACT English is often overlooked as a way to improve your overall "composite" score since even high scorers can pick up a few extra points by sharpening grammar knowledge.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

If you want to crack 34 on ACT, look no further. I've scored a perfect 36 on ACT Reading for the past four years and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to score over 34 on ACT Reading until you learn how to stop trying to interpret and start scanning efficiently then applying process of elimination. ACT Reading is easy to overthink. Most of the questions simply ask you to efficiently locate details in the passage, not interpret or analyze. We'll work on a good method search passages quickly and accurately to be sure you get through all four passages in time. A common misconception about ACT Reading is that multiple answers "could" be right. This isn't true. The wrong answers are wrong. So, I encourage my students to approach ACT Reading using thorough Process of Elimination based on the 3 types of wrong answers every ACT Reading question falls into.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

If you want to crack 1500 on SAT, look no further. For the past six years, I've scored a perfect 800 on SAT verbal and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. SAT Reading is challenging but consistent. You will struggle to break 750 verbal if you approach SAT Reading by only 'looking for the right answer'. We flip the script. A common misconception about SAT is that multiple answers "could" work, but this is not true. The wrong answers are wrong. In order to make the test "objective", the SAT plants small, but specific, technical errors in the wrong answers so that there's no room for debate. Every single wrong answer on SAT Reading is wrong for one of the same three reasons over and over again. Even those tricky 'Evidence' questions. We'll learn to break down questions and find the best answer using process of elimination driven by those three reasons.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

If you want to crack 1500 on SAT, look no further. For the past six years, I've scored a perfect 800 on SAT verbal and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to break 750 verbal if you approach SAT Writing & Language by only trusting "what sounds right" or "what flows well". Many students have a solid "ear" for grammar rules, but on this test, what sounds right is not always right. Solid knowledge of just a few key grammar rules goes a long way towards consistency and is one of the most efficient ways to improve your overall score fast. We'll also work on strategies to crack the 'style' and 'organization' questions on SAT Writing & Language. A common misconception about SAT is that multiple answers "could" work. This is not true. The wrong answers are simply wrong. In order to make the test "objective", the SAT plants small, but specific, technical errors in the wrong answers so that there's no room for debate. We'll learn to identify those small cues to simplify even the hardest questions on SAT Writing & Language.
Writing,

Writing

If you need help with application essays, look no further. Year after year, my college essay students gain acceptance to every Ivy League school, MIT, Stanford, Georgetown (my alma mater), Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, and more. A huge part of this success is that my students end up with top-notch application essays. I can help you perfect your personal statement, "why our school", extracurricular activities, and other types of college application essays. My own writing has been published in over a dozen publications and my years of experience writing web copy have taught me how to apply that punchy style to college essays in order to grab a reader's attention. I don't simply write or edit essays for my students; I teach them writing strategies that will be valuable far beyond their years in college.
English, Literature

History

American History, European History, World History

Homeschool

SAT Math,

SAT Math

If you want to crack 1500 on SAT, look no further. I've scored a perfect 800 on SAT Math for the past six years and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to break 750 on SAT Math until you learn how to hack questions you don't really know how to set up. We'll focus on how to handle those questions you're not sure how to do by leveraging the multiple choice format of the test to test out numbers and work with the answer choices. It's also essential to keep improving math knowledge in the course of your SAT Math prep, so we will review key rules and formulas, especially those old ones from pre-algebra, geometry etc.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

If you want to crack 1500 on SAT, look no further. For the past six years, I've scored a perfect 800 on SAT verbal and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. SAT Reading is challenging but consistent. You will struggle to break 750 verbal if you approach SAT Reading by only 'looking for the right answer'. We flip the script. A common misconception about SAT is that multiple answers "could" work, but this is not true. The wrong answers are wrong. In order to make the test "objective", the SAT plants small, but specific, technical errors in the wrong answers so that there's no room for debate. Every single wrong answer on SAT Reading is wrong for one of the same three reasons over and over again. Even those tricky 'Evidence' questions. We'll learn to break down questions and find the best answer using process of elimination driven by those three reasons.
Writing,

Writing

If you need help with application essays, look no further. Year after year, my college essay students gain acceptance to every Ivy League school, MIT, Stanford, Georgetown (my alma mater), Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, and more. A huge part of this success is that my students end up with top-notch application essays. I can help you perfect your personal statement, "why our school", extracurricular activities, and other types of college application essays. My own writing has been published in over a dozen publications and my years of experience writing web copy have taught me how to apply that punchy style to college essays in order to grab a reader's attention. I don't simply write or edit essays for my students; I teach them writing strategies that will be valuable far beyond their years in college.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English, Geometry, Prealgebra

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

If you want to crack 34 on ACT, look no further. I've scored a perfect 36 on ACT Math for the past four years and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to score over 34 on ACT Math until you learn how to hack questions you're not sure how to set up. We'll focus on how to handle those questions you get stuck on in three ways: 1. Leveraging the multiple choice format of the test to test out numbers 2. Apply logic and the 'rules' of ACT to use process of elimination on answer choices 3. Use the calculator to maximum effectiveness (Most students know how to do basic and intermediate functions on their calculators but don't know that the hardest problems can also be easily solved with some of the advanced graphing and matrix functions) We'll also focus on how to improve timing by optimizing the order you do questions in and spend time on content review with a special emphasis on all those old rules and tricks from pre-algebra, geometry, etc.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

If you want to crack 1500 on SAT, look no further. I've scored a perfect 800 on SAT Math for the past six years and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to break 750 on SAT Math until you learn how to hack questions you don't really know how to set up. We'll focus on how to handle those questions you're not sure how to do by leveraging the multiple choice format of the test to test out numbers and work with the answer choices. It's also essential to keep improving math knowledge in the course of your SAT Math prep, so we will review key rules and formulas, especially those old ones from pre-algebra, geometry etc.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Writing,

Writing

If you need help with application essays, look no further. Year after year, my college essay students gain acceptance to every Ivy League school, MIT, Stanford, Georgetown (my alma mater), Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, and more. A huge part of this success is that my students end up with top-notch application essays. I can help you perfect your personal statement, "why our school", extracurricular activities, and other types of college application essays. My own writing has been published in over a dozen publications and my years of experience writing web copy have taught me how to apply that punchy style to college essays in order to grab a reader's attention. I don't simply write or edit essays for my students; I teach them writing strategies that will be valuable far beyond their years in college.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English, Geometry, Prealgebra

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

Many students and parents have the college game backwards. They try to conform to what they think colleges want, but what colleges want is unique students with profiles of specific talents and interests. Colleges don't want a class full of high-achieving, all-around good students. They want a class of specialists and budding niche experts. With my comprehensive knowledge of the special "backdoors" many accepted students use to get an edge at top schools, I can help you identify a specialty and tailor your profile through essays/extracurriculars/majors to a niche that will maximize your chances of admission at top-ranked schools. Year after year, my college counseling students gain acceptance to every Ivy League school, MIT, Stanford, Georgetown (my alma mater), Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, and more. A huge part of this success is that my students end up with top-notch essays. My own writing has been published in over a dozen publications and my years of experience writing web copy have taught me how to apply that punchy style to college essays in order to grab a reader's attention. I don't simply write or edit essays for my students; I teach them writing strategies that will be valuable far beyond their years in college. The earlier we can start the better - building out a resume, writing great essays, and maximizing test scores all take time.

Science

ACT Science

ACT Science

If you want to crack 34 on ACT, look no further. I've scored a perfect 36 on ACT Science for the past four years and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to score over 34 on Science until you learn how to hack the wording of answer choices. Many students start out finding ACT Science intimidating because they think of it as an actual science knowledge test rather than a reading comprehension test. Though the wording can be confusing and the content rather dense, the questions on ACT Science require only superficial understanding of the passages. I teach my students to break down answer choices in parts so they can apply process of elimination efficiently to avoid the traps and tricks ACT Science likes to use. We'll also work on timing. A common misconception is that the best way to handle the tough timing constraints of ACT Science is to rush. This is not true. You will get faster by getting more familiar and comfortable with the questions. Once you learn how to compare and work through answers, you'll find that you're getting through ACT Science in plenty of time.

Summer

SAT Math,

SAT Math

If you want to crack 1500 on SAT, look no further. I've scored a perfect 800 on SAT Math for the past six years and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to break 750 on SAT Math until you learn how to hack questions you don't really know how to set up. We'll focus on how to handle those questions you're not sure how to do by leveraging the multiple choice format of the test to test out numbers and work with the answer choices. It's also essential to keep improving math knowledge in the course of your SAT Math prep, so we will review key rules and formulas, especially those old ones from pre-algebra, geometry etc.
Writing,

Writing

If you need help with application essays, look no further. Year after year, my college essay students gain acceptance to every Ivy League school, MIT, Stanford, Georgetown (my alma mater), Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, and more. A huge part of this success is that my students end up with top-notch application essays. I can help you perfect your personal statement, "why our school", extracurricular activities, and other types of college application essays. My own writing has been published in over a dozen publications and my years of experience writing web copy have taught me how to apply that punchy style to college essays in order to grab a reader's attention. I don't simply write or edit essays for my students; I teach them writing strategies that will be valuable far beyond their years in college.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

If you want to crack 34 on ACT, look no further. For the past six years, I've scored a perfect 36 on ACT English and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to break 34 on ACT English by only trusting "what sounds right" or "what flows well". Many students have a solid "ear" for grammar rules, but on this test, what sounds right is not always right. Solid knowledge of just a few key grammar rules goes a long way towards consistency and is one of the most efficient ways to improve your overall score fast. We'll also work on strategies to crack the 'style' and 'organization' questions on ACT English. A common misconception about ACT is that multiple answers "could" work. This is not true. The wrong answers are simply wrong. In order to make the test "objective", the ACT plants small, but specific, technical errors in the wrong answers so that there's no room for debate. We'll learn to identify those small cues to simplify even the hardest questions on ACT English. ACT English is often overlooked as a way to improve your overall "composite" score since even high scorers can pick up a few extra points by sharpening grammar knowledge.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

If you want to crack 34 on ACT, look no further. I've scored a perfect 36 on ACT Math for the past four years and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to score over 34 on ACT Math until you learn how to hack questions you're not sure how to set up. We'll focus on how to handle those questions you get stuck on in three ways: 1. Leveraging the multiple choice format of the test to test out numbers 2. Apply logic and the 'rules' of ACT to use process of elimination on answer choices 3. Use the calculator to maximum effectiveness (Most students know how to do basic and intermediate functions on their calculators but don't know that the hardest problems can also be easily solved with some of the advanced graphing and matrix functions) We'll also focus on how to improve timing by optimizing the order you do questions in and spend time on content review with a special emphasis on all those old rules and tricks from pre-algebra, geometry, etc.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

If you want to crack 34 on ACT, look no further. I've scored a perfect 36 on ACT Reading for the past four years and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to score over 34 on ACT Reading until you learn how to stop trying to interpret and start scanning efficiently then applying process of elimination. ACT Reading is easy to overthink. Most of the questions simply ask you to efficiently locate details in the passage, not interpret or analyze. We'll work on a good method search passages quickly and accurately to be sure you get through all four passages in time. A common misconception about ACT Reading is that multiple answers "could" be right. This isn't true. The wrong answers are wrong. So, I encourage my students to approach ACT Reading using thorough Process of Elimination based on the 3 types of wrong answers every ACT Reading question falls into.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

If you want to crack 34 on ACT, look no further. I've scored a perfect 36 on ACT Science for the past four years and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to score over 34 on Science until you learn how to hack the wording of answer choices. Many students start out finding ACT Science intimidating because they think of it as an actual science knowledge test rather than a reading comprehension test. Though the wording can be confusing and the content rather dense, the questions on ACT Science require only superficial understanding of the passages. I teach my students to break down answer choices in parts so they can apply process of elimination efficiently to avoid the traps and tricks ACT Science likes to use. We'll also work on timing. A common misconception is that the best way to handle the tough timing constraints of ACT Science is to rush. This is not true. You will get faster by getting more familiar and comfortable with the questions. Once you learn how to compare and work through answers, you'll find that you're getting through ACT Science in plenty of time.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

Many students and parents have the college game backwards. They try to conform to what they think colleges want, but what colleges want is unique students with profiles of specific talents and interests. Colleges don't want a class full of high-achieving, all-around good students. They want a class of specialists and budding niche experts. With my comprehensive knowledge of the special "backdoors" many accepted students use to get an edge at top schools, I can help you identify a specialty and tailor your profile through essays/extracurriculars/majors to a niche that will maximize your chances of admission at top-ranked schools. Year after year, my college counseling students gain acceptance to every Ivy League school, MIT, Stanford, Georgetown (my alma mater), Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, and more. A huge part of this success is that my students end up with top-notch essays. My own writing has been published in over a dozen publications and my years of experience writing web copy have taught me how to apply that punchy style to college essays in order to grab a reader's attention. I don't simply write or edit essays for my students; I teach them writing strategies that will be valuable far beyond their years in college. The earlier we can start the better - building out a resume, writing great essays, and maximizing test scores all take time.
ISEE,

ISEE

I've worked with dozens of ISEE students for all three levels of ISEE in the LA area. I specialize in high scorers who are looking to consistently hit the 7-9 range in all subjects. By reviewing not just material, but also strategies for moving quickly, I can help students improve their scores fast.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

If you want to crack 1500 on SAT, look no further. I've scored a perfect 800 on SAT Math for the past six years and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to break 750 on SAT Math until you learn how to hack questions you don't really know how to set up. We'll focus on how to handle those questions you're not sure how to do by leveraging the multiple choice format of the test to test out numbers and work with the answer choices. It's also essential to keep improving math knowledge in the course of your SAT Math prep, so we will review key rules and formulas, especially those old ones from pre-algebra, geometry etc.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

If you want to crack 1500 on SAT, look no further. For the past six years, I've scored a perfect 800 on SAT verbal and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. SAT Reading is challenging but consistent. You will struggle to break 750 verbal if you approach SAT Reading by only 'looking for the right answer'. We flip the script. A common misconception about SAT is that multiple answers "could" work, but this is not true. The wrong answers are wrong. In order to make the test "objective", the SAT plants small, but specific, technical errors in the wrong answers so that there's no room for debate. Every single wrong answer on SAT Reading is wrong for one of the same three reasons over and over again. Even those tricky 'Evidence' questions. We'll learn to break down questions and find the best answer using process of elimination driven by those three reasons.
SAT Writing

SAT Writing

If you want to crack 1500 on SAT, look no further. For the past six years, I've scored a perfect 800 on SAT verbal and helped my high-scoring students finally reach the 99th percentile to be competitive at top colleges. You will struggle to break 750 verbal if you approach SAT Writing & Language by only trusting "what sounds right" or "what flows well". Many students have a solid "ear" for grammar rules, but on this test, what sounds right is not always right. Solid knowledge of just a few key grammar rules goes a long way towards consistency and is one of the most efficient ways to improve your overall score fast. We'll also work on strategies to crack the 'style' and 'organization' questions on SAT Writing & Language. A common misconception about SAT is that multiple answers "could" work. This is not true. The wrong answers are simply wrong. In order to make the test "objective", the SAT plants small, but specific, technical errors in the wrong answers so that there's no room for debate. We'll learn to identify those small cues to simplify even the hardest questions on SAT Writing & Language.

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An outstanding tutor

Nick has given Leon a very good overview of SAT and practical suggestions on preparation. Knowledgeable, right-to-the-point and empathic, he has gained total trust and has motivated Leon to give his best. Many thank!

Haiyin , 1 lesson with Nick

Great tutor

Nick rocked! I watched Hon connect with my daughter and go through questions from college board SAT’s and how to tackle them. Nick went over reading and grammar and how to think in a way that was different and unique to the way my kid thinks. My kid was receptive and excited about the next lesson.

Kelly, 2 lessons with Nick

Excellent tutor

Nick gives critical pointers during the session and the score actually moves due to his feedback. Highly recommended for anyone seeking to improve their scores.

Rajat, 2 lessons with Nick

excellent help with college essay

excellent help with college essay Helped editing college application essays. Gave pointers and suggestions on the essay. Nick did a fantastic job.

David, 2 lessons with Nick

Great teacher and communicator

Our son has had two ACT prep sessions with Nick so far and it’s going exceptionally well. Nick communicates well and has a breadth of knowledge on many topics. Our son says it’s easy to discuss his difficulties and feels motivated to do the homework for the next session. Among many other things, Nick is helping him identify wrong answers, along with ways to stop overthinking questions.

Mary Lou, 6 lessons with Nick

Awesome tutor!!

Was a bit hesitant at first with hiring a tutor for help with writing my personal statements for grad school but after our first session Nick helped TREMENDOUSLY and changed my perspective in structuring statements/essays. Im more science inclined so writing itself has never been easy for me. I will definitely keep choosing him as my tutor for any and all future english tutoring needs.

Federico, 5 lessons with Nick

great tutor!!

The few lessons I have had with Nick have been extremely helpful, and he makes sure to simplify the material so that the content is easy to retain. I personally enjoy how Nick makes an effort to familiarize himself with my strengths and weaknesses, and his personalized feedback has helped me greatly when I go back to study on my own. He responds in a timely manner and is super flexible when arranging lesson times. I highly recommend trying him out!

Alexia, 4 lessons with Nick

Energized my daughter

I have a rising 10th grader who needs an outside perspective on how to ladder up to the lofty goals she has. Nick did a good job of engaging her from the start (she was reluctant) and will be following up. If you have a headstrong teen who doesn't want to listen to you, try Nick!

Alicia, 1 lesson with Nick

Great Tutor!

Knows a lot about different subjects and material and he is a great tutor! I would definitely recommend him for any subject.

Shawn, 4 lessons with Nick

Very Knowledgeable!

Nick and I went over a LSAT reading comprehension passage and he helped me drastically improve my reading skills by breaking down the sentence structure and grammar.

Winnie, 4 lessons with Nick
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$128/hour

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Response time: 35 minutes