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We hired Randy to prepare our high school junior to retake the SAT. Armed with good first scores, we wanted help getting the scores even higher. In only 5 sessions, Randy helped us reach and exceed our SAT score goals (from 2080 to 2310). I was impressed with Randy's ability to quickly assess my student's strengths and focus in on the areas of improvement; he then structured the rest of the lessons to make full use of every minute in a friendly and encouraging way. After the SAT we added 3 lessons to prepare for the SAT II Math subject exam (scores improved from 680 to 750 ). Randy's calming manner and the test taking skills he taught also translated into lowered anxiety on the AP exams (5s on all three exams including Calculus BC, Physics I, and US History). I highly recommend Randy as a tutor. He is professional, responsive and a nice calming presence in what could be a very stressful pre-college process.

Randy reviewed the broad strokes of the ACT exam and immediately began by throughly explaining ways in which you can tackle different aspects of it in a way that made sense to my daughter and connected with her. It was kind of extraordinary. He took his time and was very clear in his explanations. By the time the first hour was up, she had completed many problems with a thorough understanding of what was being asked and how to approach the work. We couldn't be happier.

Randy is great! We talked through lots of physics concepts and he showed me how to choose and apply the correct equation. He was extremely helpful and knew exactly how to convey the ideas in a clear manner.

Randy was great with my son... helping him with his Calculus BC AP test and his final. My son felt more confident and secure going into those tests because of the two sessions that he had with Randy. It was a very good experience.

Randy is helping my 7th grade son prepare for the ISEE. As a result my son is doing excellent work in all of his classes. His vocabulary is consistently becoming more sophisticated and he is excelling beyond his classmates in math. Thanks, Randy! My daughter will be up next!

Worked with three of our grandkids yesterday on a 6 hour notice - all three were very impressed with his knowledge and his ability to impart it to them in a personal and professional manner - excellent!

He was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to research how to solve some of my AP physics problems.

Randy was very communicative, concise, and punctual. He was able to break down not jut the way my son approached his AP Calculus work but gave him strategies to complete and gain a deeper understanding of why he was doing what he was doing. We will definitely continue to seek tutoring with Randy on a regular basis.

We really appreciated Randy's direct, clear and concise way of teaching. He absolutely knew the material and was very helpful in teaching our son all new material the night before the quiz. Highly recommend Randy!!

I'm currently taking College Algebra, and he is very helpful and patient. If you do not understand one way he will take his time and help you until you do understand it. Also, he makes sure you write tips to remember what you've learned from your session.

Randy knows the subject very well and is patient with clients and is asking the good questions so they can think and solve the problems on their own.

Every session he is so attentive and recognizes my daughters strengths and weaknesses. He gets into right away, and not a minute is wasted.

Randy is awesome. He is very patient and knowledgeable. He knows how to ask the right questions and allow my daughter to do her own critical thinking and builds on her strengths and improves her weaknesses. My daughter has done tutoring with others but has enjoyed her time with Randy the best. He pushes her to feel confident about the subject they go over and gives her tools to help get her there. We are working on the SAT prep now and it's going great! He is doing great in assessing the strong and weak points in her study habits along with test taking methods. A+++++++

Randy impressed right from the start with his quick response to our tutoring request and proved to be super reliable - quick to work out and confirm dates and times and very punctual. He went right to work with the student and did an admirable job getting the student focused and organized in her very last minute prep for the the SAT and ACT respectively, managing in only two double sessions to work through all of the test materials and boosting his student's confidence 100%. Student was very impressed with some of the techniques Randy had available for her to speed up her process of working through the tests, helping her to focus on the essentials. Still waiting for the SAT / ACT results, but very confident that whatever they are they wouldn't have happened without Randy's very efficient and knowledgeable help.

Randy was fantastic with my daughter - patient, encouraging and supportive. He really tailored the classes to exactly what she needed, and her confidence and ability has increased remarkably. He was also punctual and reliable. Highly recommended.

After working a couple weeks with Randy, it is extremely clear he is experienced and attentive. In addition to his ability to clearly convey the lessons and answer questions, he takes a closer look at the process leading to the answer. This is really helpful because besides getting the correct answer, I have been able to reduce my careless errors after he has helped me improve my problem solving process. Overall very pleased beyond expectations.

A great tutor. We went through several math tutors, but he is better than the other tutors we tried.

I had gone through 6+ tutors before I met Randy, and I can confidently say that he is one of the best you will find. The money that you pay is absolutely worth it considering the output. I highly, highly recommend Randy. This is the first and only review I've ever cared enough to produce. 5 stars!

Randy was great! He connected with my daughter quickly and was able to motivate her to learn right away. She really liked him and enjoyed her lesson. Randy seemed to be super knowledgeable about preparing our child to take the ISEE in a few months. Very satisfied so far!

Randy is a great tutor. He know his subjects and knows how to explain them. He is very easy to work with and to reach. I would highly recomend him!

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Having tested these strategies in the January 2016 ACT and scoring a perfect 36, I know that the key to excelling in ACT English is to test for objectively correct choices by plugging in and noting specific mechanics, including subject-verb agreement, proper verb tense, proper adjective/adverb usage, pronoun/antecedent matching, etc.

Having tested these strategies in the January 2016 ACT and scoring a perfect 36, I know that the key to excelling in ACT Math is being able to efficiently & accurately model details within each problem. Proper modeling & organization are the key to answering early questions quickly without losing accuracy. Students who manage to efficiently answer early questions will have a time advantage when attempting the more difficult questions in the latter half of the section.

With 8+ years as an ACT Tutor, I have plenty of experience tutoring students to excellent scores, including some students to the 95%+ percentile.

The key to excelling in ACT Reading is to understand how passages are structured as to highlight and identify key information quickly, accurately matching clues from the questions with evidence in the passage, and quickly eliminating answer choices that are clearly out-of-scope or opposite of what is mentioned in the passage.

ACT Reading (like ACT Science) is a section where students often feel time pressure, having to read 4 long passages & answer 40 questions within 35 minutes.

Having tested these strategies in the January 2016 ACT and scoring a perfect 36, I know that excelling in ACT Science means learning how to quickly identify and highlight key information in both in passages and graphs, uncovering the relationship between variables (i.e. when one variable increases, does the other variable increase or decrease), and logically eliminating wrong answer choices.

Algebra I provides all the foundations for future Math courses: solving equations, isolating variables, understanding functions, etc.

Because the subject is so fundamental, I focus on building good Math habits that will serve the student in throughout high school, including properly copying a problem, clearly listing each step of the solution, and good organization and legibility.

Algebra 2 focuses on learning advanced functions like advanced quadratic, higher degree polynomial, exponential, & logarithmic functions. The key to mastering Algebra 2 is becoming familiar with the shapes of graphs, and knowing how the graphs evolve as we tinker with the different aspects of each function.

Calculus is a challenging subject, even for experts. The key to mastering Calculus is to properly "clean up" problems with the appropriate substitutions and cancellations. I scored 5's on both the AP Calculus AB & BC tests, and excelled in my engineering math courses at UCLA.

I took the CBEST in 2007 with no prep and scored a 222 (123 is passing): 74 Reading, 73 Mathematics, 75 Writing, with highest performance indicators in all skill areas. The test focuses on high school topics in a standardized setting, so as with any standardized test, the key to excelling at the CBEST is understanding how each question is constructed to maximize your time & energies.

Geometry can be challenging for students because:

A) It introduces proofs, which require more writing than in other Math classes, and

B) It adds shapes and other two-dimensional figures which require spatial thinking that is not exercised as greatly in other Math classes.

The key to Geometry is to understand both how the theorems provide a gateway between Algebra & Geometry, and how to create Algebraic models off of Geometric figures.

Often considered the most challenging of the science classes, the key to mastering physics is to both create accurate diagrams and properly labeling variables. It's also important to understand the difference between diagrams that describe the "Net action" (which describe the physical result, or what one "sees") vs. those that describe the "Natural forces" (which describes the physical forces that contribute to the action).

Prealgebra provides the foundation for all high school math: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Calculus. It's important to establish good math habits in this class early: learning how to define variables, writing out general equations, writing out each step when isolating a variable, etc. Mastering Prealgebra gives a student a great head start and the confidence to tackle more advanced Math.

Precalculus provides all the "mechanics" required for calculus. Often this subject is the most difficult for high school students, as it requires them to become familiar with Trigonometric functions, the unit circle, identities, and functions with discontinuities such as asymptotes & holes. While challenging, the students who manage to master the major themes of the subject and stay organized will have a tremendous advantage in navigating the nuances of calculus.

Mastering Probability requires knowing how to count all possible desired outcomes out of all possible outcomes. Understanding how to utilize the combination & permutation equations (nCr & nPr, respectively) and knowing how to avoid overcounting or undercounting will be valuable.

With more than 8 years as an SAT Tutor, I have tutored many a student to higher math scores, including several to a 98+%ile.

The key to excelling in SAT Math is to properly translate the word problems to math equations, and make sure all the information in a question is accounted for. Many errors in math are caused by simple misinterpretations of the problem or by missing basic calculations (i.e. forgetting a negative), so much of my work involves practicing simple yet effective habits to avoid silly mistakes.

With more than 8 years as an SAT Tutor, I have plenty of experience tutoring students to excellent scores, including some students to the 95%+ percentile.

The key to excelling in SAT Reading is two-fold:

1) Find evidence in the passages quickly. Learning how to parse a passage, notate it, and bringing the evidence back to the questions is the key to mastering this section.

2) Using clues in the sentence completions to eliminate & eventually select the best answer. Often a student will run into a word that is unknown; the key is using the context that a student does know & using elimination strategies & understanding of roots, prefixes, & suffixes to select the best possible choice.

With more than 8 years as an SAT Tutor, I have plenty of experience tutoring students to excellent scores, including some students to the 95%+ percentile.

The key to SAT Writing is two-fold:

1) For the multiple choice section, one must understand the mechanics of English. Which words need to match, what rules to understand, knowing relationships are the basis for a strong Writing score.

2) For the essay, one must know construct an argument with strong evidence in a 25 minute period. We will learn how to create a strong thesis, make an effective outline, & finally writing an impactful essay with a clear, thoughtful argument.

A good organizational system will ensure that the most important information (ex: homework assignments, the latest lesson notes, due dates) is easily accessible. So the first step to good organization is to first eliminate any papers that will not be referenced in the near future by putting them in a folder archive (ex: old handouts, graded assignments). We then work creating simple but effective sections where items are to be placed (ex: notes, unfinished assignments, etc.). We also write out all our events/activities into a calendar in order to better account for our time. After all that work, what should remain in the bookbag is only the most absolutely important information relevant to academic & personal excellence.

Trigonometry requires understanding right triangles, the unit circle, the six trigonometric functions (sin, cos, tan, csc, sec, & tan), and the shape of their graphs. Keys to mastering Trigonometry include accurately identifying how sin & cos provide the foundation for the other four functions, how to read & properly orient right triangles within the unit circle, and understanding the behavior of the sinusoidal curves.

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