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John M.

SAT Reading Expert: Expect Ivy League Scores

SAT Reading Expert: Expect Ivy League Scores

$225/hour

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Most recent PSAT/SAT/ACT Results:

L.H.: 34 ACT and 219 NMSQT (semi-finalist!?) score for PSAT (only one missed Reading question!)
I.S.: 100 point increase in Reading/Writing on SAT
K.G.: 1590 SAT!!
K.Z.: 1570 SAT — only one missed question on Writing!
M.P.: 1440 PSAT and 1510 SAT (first time as a Sophomore!) with 720 Reading/Writing score!
J.M.: 1370 PSAT composite with 640 Reading/Writing as a Sophomore!
C.C.: 1560 (770 Reading/Writing) SAT - First time!

Way to go!

My students...

Most recent PSAT/SAT/ACT Results:

L.H.: 34 ACT and 219 NMSQT (semi-finalist!?) score for PSAT (only one missed Reading question!)
I.S.: 100 point increase in Reading/Writing on SAT
K.G.: 1590 SAT!!
K.Z.: 1570 SAT — only one missed question on Writing!
M.P.: 1440 PSAT and 1510 SAT (first time as a Sophomore!) with 720 Reading/Writing score!
J.M.: 1370 PSAT composite with 640 Reading/Writing as a Sophomore!
C.C.: 1560 (770 Reading/Writing) SAT - First time!

Way to go!

My students are averaging an increase in their Reading and Writing scores of between 100 to 300 points on the SAT! And that does not include the Math sections...

Think about it this way: would you go to a general surgeon when you need heart surgery? If your son or daughter is in need of a boost in his/her Reading and Writing scores, you need someone who knows exactly how to do that. You’ve found the right “Doctor”. I specialize only on these sections of the test and have a proprietary method that produces real results, really fast.

To Parents:
I prefer to think of us as partners in progress towards your child’s success. Due to the requirements of my SAT program and the amount of outside “homework” that I prescribe, I expect us to work together toward a common goal. Please don’t take this the wrong way, but if your child lacks motivation to raise his/her scores, you may be better off with a different tutor or a local test prep group. However, with motivation and a deep desire to learn, your son or daughter can think of me as the catalyst he/she needs to get over any hurdles in raising scores. I take great pride in working with students who truly want that 1300, 1400, 1500+ score and are willing to put in the time and effort to get there, and it is always my personal burden to get them there as efficiently as possible. We waste no time together, and teamwork is my trademark.

"You don't practice until you get it right; you practice until you can't get it wrong."

Using my own curriculum from hundreds of hours of online, in-person, and group SAT boot camps, I teach directly from the official test materials created by the College Board. I do not recommend anything else — the Princeton Review, Kaplan — none of them. They are no where near as effective (in fact, many of my students come to me after spending 1000s of dollars with these programs with no progress or score increases to speak of...).

Essentially, I break down your son's or daughter's bad habit of first reading the passage and then trying to answer questions by returning to the passage only to become confused question after question while losing precious time. Students learn quickly with me that there is no ambiguity on the test — no inferences to be made, no assumptions, and no opinions to be had. At the same time, they learn to identify the fundamental 7 wrong answer categories on the test, the chronological nature of the test, and the way in which the questions, text, and answers relate to each other (a process I call ‘triangulation’), all while bettering their timing efficiency. The test is not a normal English test and nothing like English class. In other words, there are no good, better, or best answer choices — there is only one correct one. With my bulletproof methods and your student’s hard work, we will no doubt build confidence coming into test day. He/she will become an expert test-taker, removing the mystery and confusion from each question in order to become highly accurate AND efficient at finding the right answers. In fact, my students become so good at identifying correct answers, they could likely create the test themselves (and sometimes they do — a fun exercise we practice occasionally).

The schedule:
I only have time for a handful of students because I put all my effort into each one’s success. I recommend no less than 10 hours, but encourage up to 20hours before test day depending on where your student stands. I assess the student with an authentic practice test each week, whether we go through each passage individually, or I assign the entire test to be completed during the student’s own free time. I don’t like to do this, but occasionally I will accept short-term students cramming for the test on short notice. I don’t recommend doing this at all, despite having some of these students raise scores 50-100 points in just 2-4 lessons.

Pricing:
Our first hour is covered by the Good Fit Guarantee, but if you would prefer, I can offer our first one-hour session for free for you to experience my method. Unfortunately, I can’t offer a free lesson right before a test or on short notice. If you want to commit to 10 or more hours of tutoring after seeing how effective my method is, I’m happy to offer you the 11th hour for free.

About me:
I’m a 99th percentile scorer on the SAT with a perfect Reading score. I have an academic background in English and Applied Linguistics through Birmingham-Southern College and Georgia State University, respectively. I consider myself privileged to be able to say I love what I do. Helping students learn to communicate effectively in English, succeed on college entrance exams, and realize their dreams gives me more joy than any other work I’ve done. In the past, I have worked in journalism, corporate sales, and hospitality. I work part-time as a tutor in a local college writing lab and teach composition to high school students at a local dual-enrollment center and teach local SAT boot camps in the summertime. I have a dog named Sam. :-)

Please have a look at my reviews and reach out if you would like tutoring. I book up quickly in the fall, so please reach out in advance.


Education

Birmingham-Southern College
English
Georgia State University
Masters

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Business

GRE

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a undergraduate degree in English and am currently working on my Master’s in Applied Linguistics. I work at a local community college as an ESL tutor as well. My methods for teaching fluency are very unique and fun. I can help with pronunciation, slang, common idioms, phrasal verbs, modals, etc.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Before becoming a freelance tutor, I’ve held positions as a reporter, columnist and Managing Editor of a small, award-winning newspaper in Birmingham, Alabama. I currently work part time as a writing tutor and composition instructor for a local college and dual-enrollment center. I have extensive experience helping students and professionals with the following: journalism, narrative essays, research essays, literary analysis, brainstorming, organization of ideas, grammar, style, and readability suggestions.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Grammar, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

My students increase their Reading and Writing scores on average by 3-5 points on the ACT. My strategies are fast and effective. I train you how to become an expert test taker, reducing the amount of time it takes for you to find the correct answers and eliminate mistakes.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

My students increase their SAT scores by over 100 points on average and by at least 3 points on the Reading Section of the ACT. I teach with a very effective method that will increase your confidence and success very quickly.
English,

English

I have worked with students and professionals of all ages and backgrounds. I currently work as a professional tutor and learning support instructor for a local community college. I have worked with 5th grade students all the way to college students and adult ESL learners. Whatever your need, be it grammar, reading, writing, or speaking, I can help!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a undergraduate degree in English and am currently working on my Master’s in Applied Linguistics. I work at a local community college as an ESL tutor as well. My methods for teaching fluency are very unique and fun. I can help with pronunciation, slang, common idioms, phrasal verbs, modals, etc.
IELTS,

IELTS

I have a undergraduate degree in English and am currently working on my Master’s in Applied Linguistics. I work at a local community college as an ESL tutor as well. My methods for teaching fluency are very unique and fun. I can help with pronunciation, slang, common idioms, phrasal verbs, modals, etc.
Linguistics,

Linguistics

I am halfway through my Master’s program at Georgia State University for a degree in Applied Linguistics. I have a perfect GPA thus far with coursework completed in General Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Advanced Grammar, Teaching ESL, Intercultural Communication, Educational Psychology, and more. I am also a tutor and learning support instructor in the Writing Lab for a local college and dual enrollment center. I teach English Composition 1101.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

Before becoming a freelance tutor, I’ve held positions as a reporter, columnist and Managing Editor of a small, award-winning newspaper in Birmingham, Alabama. I currently work part time as a writing tutor and composition instructor for a local college and dual-enrollment center. I have extensive experience helping students and professionals with the following: journalism, narrative essays, research essays, literary analysis, brainstorming, organization of ideas, grammar, style, and readability suggestions.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I am a perfect scorer on the new SAT reading section with a score over 1500 (99th percentile) for the entire test. My method is extremely effective at increasing scores on the SAT, ACT, or PSAT Reading and Writing sections. I teach how to approach passages from the questions, saving time and increasing accuracy.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I am a perfect scorer on the new SAT Reading section with a score over 1500 (99th percentile) for the entire test. My method is extremely effective at increasing scores on the SAT, ACT, or PSAT Reading and Writing sections. I teach how to approach passages from the questions, saving time and increasing accuracy.
Grammar, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

Homeschool

English,

English

I have worked with students and professionals of all ages and backgrounds. I currently work as a professional tutor and learning support instructor for a local community college. I have worked with 5th grade students all the way to college students and adult ESL learners. Whatever your need, be it grammar, reading, writing, or speaking, I can help!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a undergraduate degree in English and am currently working on my Master’s in Applied Linguistics. I work at a local community college as an ESL tutor as well. My methods for teaching fluency are very unique and fun. I can help with pronunciation, slang, common idioms, phrasal verbs, modals, etc.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

99th percentile scorer. I teach how to be a great SAT test-taker while improving math skills. You don’t have to be a math genius to score very high marks on the exam. Let me show you my method!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I am a perfect scorer on the new SAT reading section with a score over 1500 (99th percentile) for the entire test. My method is extremely effective at increasing scores on the SAT, ACT, or PSAT Reading and Writing sections. I teach how to approach passages from the questions, saving time and increasing accuracy.
Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a undergraduate degree in English and am currently working on my Master’s in Applied Linguistics. I work at a local community college as an ESL tutor as well. My methods for teaching fluency are very unique and fun. I can help with pronunciation, slang, common idioms, phrasal verbs, modals, etc.
IELTS,

IELTS

I have a undergraduate degree in English and am currently working on my Master’s in Applied Linguistics. I work at a local community college as an ESL tutor as well. My methods for teaching fluency are very unique and fun. I can help with pronunciation, slang, common idioms, phrasal verbs, modals, etc.
TOEFL

Math

SAT Math

SAT Math

99th percentile scorer. I teach how to be a great SAT test-taker while improving math skills. You don’t have to be a math genius to score very high marks on the exam. Let me show you my method!

Most Popular

English,

English

I have worked with students and professionals of all ages and backgrounds. I currently work as a professional tutor and learning support instructor for a local community college. I have worked with 5th grade students all the way to college students and adult ESL learners. Whatever your need, be it grammar, reading, writing, or speaking, I can help!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a undergraduate degree in English and am currently working on my Master’s in Applied Linguistics. I work at a local community college as an ESL tutor as well. My methods for teaching fluency are very unique and fun. I can help with pronunciation, slang, common idioms, phrasal verbs, modals, etc.
Writing

Other

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have a undergraduate degree in English and am currently working on my Master’s in Applied Linguistics. I work at a local community college as an ESL tutor as well. My methods for teaching fluency are very unique and fun. I can help with pronunciation, slang, common idioms, phrasal verbs, modals, etc.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have a undergraduate degree in English and am currently working on my Master’s in Applied Linguistics. I work at a local community college as an ESL tutor as well. My methods for teaching fluency are very unique and fun. I can help with pronunciation, slang, common idioms, phrasal verbs, modals, etc.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

99th percentile scorer. I teach how to be a great SAT test-taker while improving math skills. You don’t have to be a math genius to score very high marks on the exam. Let me show you my method!
Writing

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

My students increase their Reading and Writing scores on average by 3-5 points on the ACT. My strategies are fast and effective. I train you how to become an expert test taker, reducing the amount of time it takes for you to find the correct answers and eliminate mistakes.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

My students increase their SAT scores by over 100 points on average and by at least 3 points on the Reading Section of the ACT. I teach with a very effective method that will increase your confidence and success very quickly.
IELTS,

IELTS

I have a undergraduate degree in English and am currently working on my Master’s in Applied Linguistics. I work at a local community college as an ESL tutor as well. My methods for teaching fluency are very unique and fun. I can help with pronunciation, slang, common idioms, phrasal verbs, modals, etc.
PSAT,

PSAT

I am a perfect scorer on the new SAT reading section with a score over 1500 (99th percentile) for the entire test. Using very unique and effective strategies, my students improve their scores by learning to be highly trained test-takers — quickly recognizing patterns and taking the guess-work out of answering questions.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

99th percentile scorer. I teach how to be a great SAT test-taker while improving math skills. You don’t have to be a math genius to score very high marks on the exam. Let me show you my method!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I am a perfect scorer on the new SAT reading section with a score over 1500 (99th percentile) for the entire test. My method is extremely effective at increasing scores on the SAT, ACT, or PSAT Reading and Writing sections. I teach how to approach passages from the questions, saving time and increasing accuracy.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I am a perfect scorer on the new SAT Reading section with a score over 1500 (99th percentile) for the entire test. My method is extremely effective at increasing scores on the SAT, ACT, or PSAT Reading and Writing sections. I teach how to approach passages from the questions, saving time and increasing accuracy.
GRE, TOEFL

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Super helpful Tutor!

This is our second time using John - Last year he helped my son prep for the PSAT and my son really felt it helped! So, we called John again to help with SAT prep. My son likes his methods and coaching. We would recommend him to others.

Jennifer, 5 lessons with John

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

John is an amazing tutor. He is patient and explains concepts in a way that my daughter understands. In just a few weeks, I’ve seen a dramatic improvement in her scores.

Marisol, 21 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

Marisol, thank you so much for the kind remarks. It has been a pleasure to work with you and your family, and I am thrilled with the progress that Hope is seeing!

Excellent, very targeted tutor

John has really helped my daughter hone her test-taking skills for the SAT (verbal). Additionally, he is very accessible, friendly and easy to work with and makes the lessons enjoyable.

Laura, 4 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

Laura, thank you for the kind words. It has been a pleasure working with your family, and I’ll be looking forward to Xara’s results in April!

John is very helpful

John is the best tutor out of all of the tutors I had for my daughter, my daughter is constantly improving with his help. I am very grateful for him. I highly recommend him as your tutor.

Deshan, 25 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

Thank you for the kind words, Deshan. McKenzie is doing a great job, and I’m proud of her. Going from a 510 to a consistent 780 on the Reading/Writing section is no easy task, and she should be commended for the amount of work she is putting in to achieve this. Hoping for the best on test day!

Great SAT tutor

We booked a few sessions with John and he helped our daughter tackle the reading portion of the SAT. She felt more confident and increased her score by 100 points! Thank you John!

Julie , 2 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

So glad to hear this! Thank you and all the best to you and your family!

Thanks again for your help!

Just received Luke’s PSAT scores. To give you some background, the cut off score was 215 for qualifying for national merit in Oklahoma last year. Last year as a sophomore he scored 192 on PSAT. The projected cut off score for this year is 215. He logged in this morning and was so pumped when he saw 219! Of course we won’t officially know until next September, but it looks extremely promising that he will be a national merit semi-finalist and his ACT score will be high enough to confirm him to finalist the following spring. This opens up a lot of doors for scholarships. Thanks again for your help!

Joni, 2 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much, Joni. I’m glad we were able to boost Luke’s Reading and Writing scores so quickly! And thanks for letting me know he went from a 32 to a 34 on the ACT this time! Best of luck!

Excellent SAT Tutor

My daughter has been preparing for the SAT on her own and refused any group classes or tutoring. Her reading scores on practice tests have been inconsistent, fluctuating in the 700's. She finally agreed to get help. John was very accommodating in fitting in one lesson in his tight schedule before her test. She really liked his lesson and method and felt that she will be able to do much better after his lesson. She will definitely apply his strategies in her upcoming test. We highly recommend John and hope that we found him earlier.

Jan, 2 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much, Jan! I am so glad to hear that she improved her score to a 770 this time around! Congratulations! Let me know if I can further assist you and your family.

Amazing SAT English tutor

Not only was he very flexible with schedules, he managed to teach and show many skills and tips on how’s to tackle reading and writing questions for the SAT within a very short amount of time! I’ve just taken my last SAT today, and though I have only got a 640 in English for the SAT, I felt much more comfortable this time and relaxed time-wise.

Shotaro, 3 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

Wow, thanks so much for the kind words, Shotaro! I hope you were able to increase that 640 to the new score that you wanted this time around, and I look forward to seeing the increase! Best of luck to you!

Great tutor!

John M. was a great tutor! I only had a week before I had to take my SAT, and I did two one hour sessions with John to help me with my reading and english sections. My verbal score went up 50 points in just those two sessions! I highly recommend John if you need a quick score increase. He gave me a lot of extremely useful strategies and tips for taking the reading and english sections of the SAT. His approach really helped me improve my score! I highly recommend this tutor. Tatum B.

Kelly , 2 lessons with John
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much, Tatum! You picked up on everything so quickly, and I am glad you got the results you needed! Good luck at Stanford next year!

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$225/hour

John M.

$225/hour

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