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Derek B.

Chicago, IL

$70/hour

Learn to ace the test from a professional test developer

Background check passed as of 6/12/14
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Florida State University
English
Florida State University
Master's
Northwestern University
PhD

Education

Florida State University (English)

Florida State University (Master's)

Northwestern University (PhD)

About Derek

I am a test developer--this means I make the standardized exams that you are trying to ace. I can teach you how to think like a test maker and beat the exam. I hold a doctorate from Northwestern and have been an educator for over 15 years.

I've taught German privately and at universities for nearly a decade, and offer instruction at all levels. I also "wrote the book" on test prep, literally! An SAT guide I authored is still being used by students of one of the major test prep companies, and I've taught test prep for Kaplan. I can prepare you for just about any exam, including SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.

I lived and trained in Germany in the Berlitz method of communicative language instruction. My lessons are fun and interactive, with minimal grammar drills or memorizing tables. You will learn to speak, read, and write in a way that is natural and promotes fluency. As for test prep, I can teach you strategies that will give you an edge on test day. Whatever your goals, I can help you reach them, and have fun doing it!
I am a test developer--this means I make the standardized exams that you are trying to ace. I can teach you how to think like a test maker and beat the exam. I hold a doctorate from Northwestern and have been an educator for over 15 years.

I've taught German privately and at
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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required

I'm willing to come to you and will adjust my rates to cover commute time. I prefer a minimum session length of two hours when traveling.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60640
Background Check: Passed
Math:
ACT Math,
SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
ESL/ESOL,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
GMAT,
GRE,
LSAT,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
German
Business:
GMAT,
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT English

I'm a former Kaplan instructor and have helped many students improve their scores on a wide range of standardized exams. I can help you with test-taking strategies and with reviewing the kinds of grammar you need to know for the ACT English assessment.

ACT Math

I'm a former Kaplan instructor and have helped many students improve their scores on a wide range of standardized exams. I can help you both with test taking strategies and with a comprehensive review of ACT-level math skills.

ACT Reading

I'm a former Kaplan instructor and have helped many students improve their scores on a wide range of standardized exams.

ACT Science

I am trained to teach with one of the major test prep companies, and have helped students improve their scores on ACT science for many years. I myself scored in the 99th percentile on the science test. I am also a test developer and helped create a science exam for the state of Florida. I know the insider secrets that will help you ace the test.

ESL/ESOL

While living in Germany, I worked at Berlitz, teaching English to adults and children. I was trained in communicative language instruction, using only the target language and a conversational approach.

German

I hold an MA in German and have taught it at the college level for nearly a decade. I learned the language while living in Dresden and have been trained in the Berlitz method of communicative language learning.

GMAT

I'm a former Kaplan instructor and have helped many students improve their scores on a wide range of standardized exams. I've taught GMAT classes for years, and can show you both how to use strategies for predicting right answers as well how to brush up on the content-area knowledge you need.

GRE

I scored in the 99th percentile on the GRE, and it got me into a top PhD program. A former Kaplan tutor, I know the content of the test and winning strategies to help you maximized your score. I am also a test developer, which means I've created standardized exams for some of the big companies, and have an insider perspective on what it takes to beat the exam.

LSAT

I scored in the 96th percentile on the LSAT and have taught LSAT prep, helping students substantially increase their scores and get into better law schools. But my biggest qualification is my career as a test developer: I know the inside secrets of exams that can help give you the edge over your competition, cause I made the exams!

Florida State University
English
Florida State University
Master's
Northwestern University
PhD

Education

Florida State University (English)

Florida State University (Master's)

Northwestern University (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

I'm willing to come to you and will adjust my rates to cover commute time. I prefer a minimum session length of two hours when traveling.

Travel policy

Derek will travel within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60640.