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Nate Y.

Experienced tutor for LSAT, GMAT, SAT/ACT, school subjects, and GRE!

Experienced tutor for LSAT, GMAT, SAT/ACT, school subjects, and GRE!

$70/hour

  • 1,333 hours tutoring

About Nate


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I have ten years and thousands of hours of experience tutoring at private companies in the DC area. Now I am looking to use Wyzant's platform to get a better chance to provide individual instruction and prepare specifically for you. My experience is primarily in the SAT, ACT, school subjects, LSAT, GMAT, and GRE.

Prospective LSAT and GMAT students: please let me know your current score, goal score, and test date! These are the most important things to know when planning a program.

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I have ten years and thousands of hours of experience tutoring at private companies in the DC area. Now I am looking to use Wyzant's platform to get a better chance to provide individual instruction and prepare specifically for you. My experience is primarily in the SAT, ACT, school subjects, LSAT, GMAT, and GRE.

Prospective LSAT and GMAT students: please let me know your current score, goal score, and test date! These are the most important things to know when planning a program.

For school subjects, please bring as much information as possible about the course - the syllabus, recent assignments, upcoming due dates - as different teachers will approach the same subject in very different ways.

I am a 2011 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park (Biology, Ecology and Evolution). From 2011 until 2017, I worked as a tutor at a Fairfax County, VA tutoring company. I began there as an SAT tutor, but soon expanded my repertoire to include a wide range of school subjects, including math, chemistry, physics, biology, composition, college applications, and high school admission prep.

More recently, from 2017 to the 2020, I tutored in the DC area, and I am now available worldwide for online lessons, or locally in the Boulder/Denver area of Colorado.

My teaching philosophy is to get to know the material first, then get to know the student. A tutor needs both mastery of the subject in question and a good understanding of where the student is coming from. I promise to put you in a better position to succeed on your exams and papers, and more importantly to give you a better understanding of the subject and empower you to learn more yourself.

I also have a great source for juggling lessons, so let me know if that interests you!


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University of Maryland, College Park
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Business

GMAT,

GMAT

Quant: learn what fundamental skills are needed to build a base of knowledge that will get you to a solid 500, incorporate advanced skills and combinations to get to 600, then drill the hardest concepts, use estimating strategies, advanced number properties, and creative thinking to go beyond 700! We also spend time going over strategies for Data Sufficiency problems. Verbal: Learn to read quickly and thoroughly and use evidence-based answers for reading comprehension. Find conclusions and evaluate arguments in critical reasoning. For sentence correction, we talk about eliminating and using grammar rules tenaciously to get through the long, winding sentences of the GMAT. Support in integrated reasoning, essay, and the EA version of the exam also available!
GRE

GRE

There are many reasons that you might be taking the GRE -- we can work together to shore up fundamental skills in quant, build a strong vocabulary base for verbal, practice reading comprehension tactics, or explore the toughest concepts in both sections if you are seeking perfection! I have been working with GRE students of all backgrounds for the past few years, and can adjust our focus depending on what you are trying to get out of this exam. Whether you need to hit a score cutoff for a particular program or just want to see the best that you can do, send me a message about your situation and I'll be happy to help.

Corporate Training

GMAT,

GMAT

Quant: learn what fundamental skills are needed to build a base of knowledge that will get you to a solid 500, incorporate advanced skills and combinations to get to 600, then drill the hardest concepts, use estimating strategies, advanced number properties, and creative thinking to go beyond 700! We also spend time going over strategies for Data Sufficiency problems. Verbal: Learn to read quickly and thoroughly and use evidence-based answers for reading comprehension. Find conclusions and evaluate arguments in critical reasoning. For sentence correction, we talk about eliminating and using grammar rules tenaciously to get through the long, winding sentences of the GMAT. Support in integrated reasoning, essay, and the EA version of the exam also available!
Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I base my lessons in ACT English on years of experience with different tutoring companies, and I can bring you the most important rules to know to raise your ACT score, leaving out all the filler sometimes found in prep guides. I have based my lessons on tests out of the official ACT book and companion materials by third party publishers. I can teach you about the most common error types on this section of the test, from punctuation and subject verb agreement to word choice and passage organization.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

ACT Reading is the section that students have the most trouble finishing, in my experience. When I teach this topic, I focus on reading strategies and take a look at what you should expect from the questions. My approach to teaching this subject is not too different from how I teach reading in general - I try to find the author's point (often known as the main idea) first, and then figure out how he or she is using details to support this idea.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

There's more to the SAT reading section than just memorizing vocabulary. I have worked with students on close reading techniques championed by some other independent tutors whom I greatly respect. I can share their techniques with you as well as what I have learned in the past few years working with students of all score levels.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I've been teaching the SAT Writing and Language section since it was reworked in 2015! I can show you the ins and outs of idioms, subject-verb agreement, and diction, while also helping you write an excellent timed essay.
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

History

American History, Geography, World History

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The fundamental concepts of Algebra are essential to the rest of high school math, as well as chemistry, biology, computer science, and physics. You will not only use these ideas in the rest of your time in school, but also in real life. For this reason, it is very important that working with "x" and finding slope become second nature, and I think that my time tutoring Algebra 1 students has given me insight into how to get these ideas across.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

The grab bag of tough new topics that is Algebra 2 can be daunting for any student. Whether you're learning about statistics, probability, algebra, polynomials, or trigonometry, there's usually something that will make you scratch your head. I have taught students who took Algebra 2 at a variety of Fairfax County (VA) schools, working with students who were doing general Algebra 2, honors, and the especially strenuous courses offered at magnet and some private schools. I think that I can help you, whatever version you are taking.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Can you convert from miles to kilometers, and show your work? Do you know what a mole is? Many general chemistry students' troubles begin with these two questions. Once you learn the art of showing your work and figuring out significant figures, you have some firm ground to stand on while you take on more advanced chemistry problems. I have taught students both general chemistry and AP chemistry, and I know that chemistry is a course that some students fear the mere mention of. It doesn't have to be that way; with some intensive study of the basics and a little memorization, chemistry can be just like adding and subtracting - intuitive!
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Calculator allowed? No calculator? The SAT has a little bit of both! I can help work through the layers of complex problems while also building skills in math that can also be useful in school! I have eight years and thousands of hours of experience tutoring SAT math students of all levels.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

There's more to the SAT reading section than just memorizing vocabulary. I have worked with students on close reading techniques championed by some other independent tutors whom I greatly respect. I can share their techniques with you as well as what I have learned in the past few years working with students of all score levels.
Biology, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, Writing

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

ACT Math is more of an endurance test than the SAT - many questions in little time. The good news is that it is more of a broad survey of content, asking simple, direct questions about a wide variety of topics. The same problem types seem to crop up over and over again - a matrix problem here, a parabola question there. I can help you get familiar with the types of questions you can expect on the test.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The fundamental concepts of Algebra are essential to the rest of high school math, as well as chemistry, biology, computer science, and physics. You will not only use these ideas in the rest of your time in school, but also in real life. For this reason, it is very important that working with "x" and finding slope become second nature, and I think that my time tutoring Algebra 1 students has given me insight into how to get these ideas across.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

The grab bag of tough new topics that is Algebra 2 can be daunting for any student. Whether you're learning about statistics, probability, algebra, polynomials, or trigonometry, there's usually something that will make you scratch your head. I have taught students who took Algebra 2 at a variety of Fairfax County (VA) schools, working with students who were doing general Algebra 2, honors, and the especially strenuous courses offered at magnet and some private schools. I think that I can help you, whatever version you are taking.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Calculator allowed? No calculator? The SAT has a little bit of both! I can help work through the layers of complex problems while also building skills in math that can also be useful in school! I have eight years and thousands of hours of experience tutoring SAT math students of all levels.
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The fundamental concepts of Algebra are essential to the rest of high school math, as well as chemistry, biology, computer science, and physics. You will not only use these ideas in the rest of your time in school, but also in real life. For this reason, it is very important that working with "x" and finding slope become second nature, and I think that my time tutoring Algebra 1 students has given me insight into how to get these ideas across.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

The grab bag of tough new topics that is Algebra 2 can be daunting for any student. Whether you're learning about statistics, probability, algebra, polynomials, or trigonometry, there's usually something that will make you scratch your head. I have taught students who took Algebra 2 at a variety of Fairfax County (VA) schools, working with students who were doing general Algebra 2, honors, and the especially strenuous courses offered at magnet and some private schools. I think that I can help you, whatever version you are taking.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Can you convert from miles to kilometers, and show your work? Do you know what a mole is? Many general chemistry students' troubles begin with these two questions. Once you learn the art of showing your work and figuring out significant figures, you have some firm ground to stand on while you take on more advanced chemistry problems. I have taught students both general chemistry and AP chemistry, and I know that chemistry is a course that some students fear the mere mention of. It doesn't have to be that way; with some intensive study of the basics and a little memorization, chemistry can be just like adding and subtracting - intuitive!
Biology, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, Writing

Other

Geography

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

The ACT Science section is the most feared and least understood part of the exam for most students. Let me get the biggest question out of the way first: no, you don't have to be a science expert to do well on this part of the test! Although it uses the language of chemistry, physics, and biology, the exam is really just testing your ability to find trends, read graphs, and draw conclusions. I'll help you focus on what's important for success on this part of the test and adjust your strategy to account for timing and accuracy.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Can you convert from miles to kilometers, and show your work? Do you know what a mole is? Many general chemistry students' troubles begin with these two questions. Once you learn the art of showing your work and figuring out significant figures, you have some firm ground to stand on while you take on more advanced chemistry problems. I have taught students both general chemistry and AP chemistry, and I know that chemistry is a course that some students fear the mere mention of. It doesn't have to be that way; with some intensive study of the basics and a little memorization, chemistry can be just like adding and subtracting - intuitive!
Biology, Ecology

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The fundamental concepts of Algebra are essential to the rest of high school math, as well as chemistry, biology, computer science, and physics. You will not only use these ideas in the rest of your time in school, but also in real life. For this reason, it is very important that working with "x" and finding slope become second nature, and I think that my time tutoring Algebra 1 students has given me insight into how to get these ideas across.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

The grab bag of tough new topics that is Algebra 2 can be daunting for any student. Whether you're learning about statistics, probability, algebra, polynomials, or trigonometry, there's usually something that will make you scratch your head. I have taught students who took Algebra 2 at a variety of Fairfax County (VA) schools, working with students who were doing general Algebra 2, honors, and the especially strenuous courses offered at magnet and some private schools. I think that I can help you, whatever version you are taking.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Can you convert from miles to kilometers, and show your work? Do you know what a mole is? Many general chemistry students' troubles begin with these two questions. Once you learn the art of showing your work and figuring out significant figures, you have some firm ground to stand on while you take on more advanced chemistry problems. I have taught students both general chemistry and AP chemistry, and I know that chemistry is a course that some students fear the mere mention of. It doesn't have to be that way; with some intensive study of the basics and a little memorization, chemistry can be just like adding and subtracting - intuitive!
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Calculator allowed? No calculator? The SAT has a little bit of both! I can help work through the layers of complex problems while also building skills in math that can also be useful in school! I have eight years and thousands of hours of experience tutoring SAT math students of all levels.
Biology, GED, Geometry, Reading, Writing

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I base my lessons in ACT English on years of experience with different tutoring companies, and I can bring you the most important rules to know to raise your ACT score, leaving out all the filler sometimes found in prep guides. I have based my lessons on tests out of the official ACT book and companion materials by third party publishers. I can teach you about the most common error types on this section of the test, from punctuation and subject verb agreement to word choice and passage organization.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

ACT Math is more of an endurance test than the SAT - many questions in little time. The good news is that it is more of a broad survey of content, asking simple, direct questions about a wide variety of topics. The same problem types seem to crop up over and over again - a matrix problem here, a parabola question there. I can help you get familiar with the types of questions you can expect on the test.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

ACT Reading is the section that students have the most trouble finishing, in my experience. When I teach this topic, I focus on reading strategies and take a look at what you should expect from the questions. My approach to teaching this subject is not too different from how I teach reading in general - I try to find the author's point (often known as the main idea) first, and then figure out how he or she is using details to support this idea.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

The ACT Science section is the most feared and least understood part of the exam for most students. Let me get the biggest question out of the way first: no, you don't have to be a science expert to do well on this part of the test! Although it uses the language of chemistry, physics, and biology, the exam is really just testing your ability to find trends, read graphs, and draw conclusions. I'll help you focus on what's important for success on this part of the test and adjust your strategy to account for timing and accuracy.
GMAT,

GMAT

Quant: learn what fundamental skills are needed to build a base of knowledge that will get you to a solid 500, incorporate advanced skills and combinations to get to 600, then drill the hardest concepts, use estimating strategies, advanced number properties, and creative thinking to go beyond 700! We also spend time going over strategies for Data Sufficiency problems. Verbal: Learn to read quickly and thoroughly and use evidence-based answers for reading comprehension. Find conclusions and evaluate arguments in critical reasoning. For sentence correction, we talk about eliminating and using grammar rules tenaciously to get through the long, winding sentences of the GMAT. Support in integrated reasoning, essay, and the EA version of the exam also available!
GRE,

GRE

There are many reasons that you might be taking the GRE -- we can work together to shore up fundamental skills in quant, build a strong vocabulary base for verbal, practice reading comprehension tactics, or explore the toughest concepts in both sections if you are seeking perfection! I have been working with GRE students of all backgrounds for the past few years, and can adjust our focus depending on what you are trying to get out of this exam. Whether you need to hit a score cutoff for a particular program or just want to see the best that you can do, send me a message about your situation and I'll be happy to help.
LSAT,

LSAT

The LSAT is widely considered to be the top admissions factor for law schools, more important than the SATs for college or the GMAT or GRE for other postgraduate work. You can use this to your advantage by taking methodical steps towards understanding the sections of the test and learning how to quickly diagnose and break down seemingly difficult problems. We will work on diagramming methods for Logic Games, formal logic and pattern recognition-based representations of logical reasoning problems, and passage annotation for reading comprehension. I have eight years of tutoring experience and a 173 on record from the January 2019 official LSAT. I also am familiar with dozens of official PrepTests.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Calculator allowed? No calculator? The SAT has a little bit of both! I can help work through the layers of complex problems while also building skills in math that can also be useful in school! I have eight years and thousands of hours of experience tutoring SAT math students of all levels.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

There's more to the SAT reading section than just memorizing vocabulary. I have worked with students on close reading techniques championed by some other independent tutors whom I greatly respect. I can share their techniques with you as well as what I have learned in the past few years working with students of all score levels.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I've been teaching the SAT Writing and Language section since it was reworked in 2015! I can show you the ins and outs of idioms, subject-verb agreement, and diction, while also helping you write an excellent timed essay.
SOL,

SOL

I worked for 3 years tutoring in Northern Virginia, and encountered students who needed help with the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests on several occasions. Every core class in a Virginia public school is associated with certain standards, and the SOL tests are designed to see if students adequately meet those standards. SOLs before high school are not often seen as important, but some public schools use them for placement, especially in math tracks. I have worked with students before to formulate a plan to meet the standards in time for a test. High school SOL tests raise the stakes, because a certain number of SOL tests must be passed to get a high school diploma. I have instructed students on their way to taking Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Biology Chemistry, World History, and US History high school SOL tests.
GED, PSAT, SSAT

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Patient and knowledgeable tutor

Nate has gone above and beyond to help prepare my son for his upcoming Keystone exams as well as getting him up to speed with his current course work. He put together study guides to help my son between tutoring sessions. We highly recommend Nate!

Jenn, 9 lessons with Nate

Through easy going SAT tutor

Nate’s lessons are detailed and specific to my son. He understood quickly where to focus and helped my son feel much more confident with the SAT math. My son requests lessons and feels much more confident about asking the SAT’s next week. Nate is easy to work with and very reliable - he was a great find!!

Carolynn, 12 lessons with Nate

Extremely knowledgeable and patient

Nate zeros in on the areas that need improvement right away, maximizing the quality time spent. He helped our child with SAT Math and a light bulb went off in our child's mind, and the learning became much easier. Nate is also very good at SAT Reading and Writing, and is helping our child with that as well. I highly recommend Nate.

Benny, 7 lessons with Nate

Very thorough!

Nate has been very helpful to my son for ACT prep focusing on English and Math specifics. He has provided a nice review of the information including great tips!

Christine, 7 lessons with Nate

Helpful, encouraging, and easy to work with!

I was very pleased with my lesson with Nate! He was very encouraging and super helpful. He made the information and study techniques easy to understand, and he was easy to talk to and work with. Would definitely recommend and will use again!

Sarah, 1 lesson with Nate

Patient and Fantastic tutor!

Nate is GREAT! My daughter is 17 and said that he was an excellent ACT tutor. I highly recommend Nate for all of your ACT tutorials. Wyzant's process is so insanely easy. It is a perfect set up for ACT tutoring. Hire Nate. He is a fantastic tutor.

Dawn, 4 lessons with Nate

Knowledgeable SAT Math Tutor

Nate took the time to review all areas of SAT math that she needed to improve in. He was patient and worked with her until she had an understanding of how to solve the problems.

Amy, 4 lessons with Nate

Patient and helpful but never overbearing.

I learned i squared = -1 and so many other little nuances that I did not remember from before. His profile made me come in with an open mind and optimism and I can say confidently I wasn't disappointed.

Colleen, 8 lessons with Nate

Awesome Thorough Tutor

I’ve used Nate several times now, and will use him several more over the coming weeks for my LSAT prep. I couldn’t recommend him more!

James, 20 lessons with Nate
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