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James L.

Schaumburg, IL


180 LSAT Scorer! (Plus physics, calculus, writing, and more)

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— Eileen, Ann Arbor, MI on 8/29/15

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University of Michigan
Political Science
Washington University School of Law


University of Michigan (Political Science)

Washington University School of Law (J.D.)

About James

My greatest specialty is with the law school entrance exam, known (and dreaded) by soon-to-be law students as the LSAT. I've taught the LSAT for 7 years, scored a 180 on the September 2009 LSAT, and several of my students scored in the 99th percentile and moved into LSAT teaching themselves. Not only do I have a perfect score, I also know what it takes to get you where you want to be on the score scale.

In addition to the LSAT, I cover all forms of high school math, chemistry, and physics. Most students see full letter grade improvements after about 2 to 4 hours of tutoring with me.

Regardless of what subject we cover, the explicit and ongoing theme for all my lessons is simplicity. Keep it simple! Do things in feasible and digestible amounts. My primary objective as an instructor is not just to teach you the material itself - what good is that, if the methods and skills you learned evaporate under the stress of a test in class? Making sure that what we learn together is simple and logical enough for you to recall under even the most stressful conditions drives a lot of what I do.

I prefer to have 6 hours notice before cancellation, but that's flexible and I'm more than happy to do makeup sessions.

Contact me today to get ahead in your studies!
My greatest specialty is with the law school entrance exam, known (and dreaded) by soon-to-be law students as the LSAT. I've taught the LSAT for 7 years, scored a 180 on the September 2009 LSAT, and several of my students scored in the 99th Read more

6 hours notice required
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Travels within 40 miles of Schaumburg, IL 60192
Background Check: Passed

"Great LSAT tutor!"

- Eileen, Ann Arbor, MI on 8/29/15

"Very knowledgable and helpful with my son."

- Lisa, Saint Charles, IL on 10/26/15

"Very good"

- Reddy, Elgin, IL on 8/5/15
ACT Science,
Anatomy, Biology,
Philosophy, Physics
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word
ESL/ESOL, German
Elementary Education:
Phonics, Reading,
Special Needs:
GMAT, Law,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
ESL/ESOL, German, GMAT, Grammar,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word, Proofreading,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT English

Although it's been a number of years since I sat for an ACT exam, I scored a 35 on the ACT English section in the early 2000s. Moreover, I am confident I can ace any ACT English question you can put in front of me, and I can help you get closer to that level of confidence, too!

ACT Math

I scored in the low 30s in the ACT Math section a number of years ago when I was still in high school, but now I can ace any ACT Math section you put in front of me.

I'm one of those people who has to work a little at math concepts before they really stick, so if I can get this good, so can you! I can help you get the ACT Math score you need.

ACT Reading

Over a wide variety of tests - including the ACT, SAT, GMAT, and LSAT - I have literally perfected the art of reading for success on standardized tests. My unique method of training students to read for both speed and comprehension is all but guaranteed to increase your performance.

ACT Science

Calling this section "science" might be a tad deceptive. Yes, the topics are indeed scientific, and the section *does* test a certain type of scientific reasoning. However, the central task in ACT Science really boils down to reading carefully and thinking logically, which most students already do well in other areas of the test! My methods will help you put those same logical skills to use, and make the science section easy!

Algebra 1

Algebra is one of those subjects I've never achieved less than an A in throughout my education. Algebra is also one of those subjects that keeps coming back in many of your other classes. I can give you the confidence you need to tackle algebra wherever you see it.

American History

I completed my Bachelor's degree in Political Science, and I took a particular interest in American politics. Therefore, my degree naturally incorporates a wide range of U.S. History topics. I'm also something of a history buff in my personal life.


Biology can be hard - but it doesn't have to be! In fact, this is the one science that all you "I'm not really a science person" folks out there can excel at without getting too "science-y" about it. I can help you get a handle on bio, whether it's just to get an A, or if you want a deeper understanding of the field.


Calculus is less like 'math' and much more like a puzzle game...which is great news! Most of us are far more comfortable with puzzles than college-level math. After starting with me, my calc students haven't scored anything less than an A on their exams. I can cover Calc A, Calc BC, as well as full-on first-year undergraduate calculus.


I struggled with Chem a little bit my sophomore year of high school - so if that's your situation, I was right there with you! However, as I rose through the ranks of AP Chem (and later on, Organic Chemistry as well), things smoothed out for me, and I can ensure the same good results happen for you too!

College Counseling

With almost 7 years in the admissions test-prep industry, I've been right on the front lines of the admissions game. From personal statements to recommendations about when to submit, I am very experienced with helping students navigate the ins and outs of the application process. Also, I've been admitted to 3 elite universities (one of them being an Ivy League school at the undergraduate level), and I am personally familiar with what it takes to submit a competitive application package.


I have a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, which required a great deal of reading a wide variety of works that are not only interesting for their political content, but have also been acclaimed as classic works of literature. In addition to this background, my (admittedly long) undergraduate career includes extensive experience with a wide range of classic works in the Western literary tradition.

European History

I aced my AP European History class, and scored a 5 on the AP exam itself. After high school, I've taken a wide range of history courses touching upon Western, Central, and Eastern European history, as well as a number of courses that included significant chunks of the syllabus devoted to the EU.


Getting ahead, getting a fresh start - whatever drives you to get your GED, I can help you get there faster! Speed isn't everything though; I can ensure that along the way, the concepts that need to stick will get through to you, and you'll be prepared for the tasks you want to achieve after you get through the test.


Geography is one of those subjects I always aced whenever it surfaced in my schoolwork. Although it hasn't been a big part of my college or professional background, I still maintain a very strong hold on geographic concepts, and I can help you become more familiar with our world by teaching you how to use geography tools and resources.


Geometry can be daunting- there are many rules, new notation, and all of it can be quite daunting if you're not ready for it. I can help you split geometry into smaller, more manageable parts, and soon enough geometry will be just another class you can get an A in!

Government & Politics

Not only are government and politics of great personal interest to me, I liked them enough to pursue a 4-year degree in the subject. I graduated from the University of Michigan's political science program with honors, and would love to help you attain success with whatever level of mastery you're looking for in this area.


I try not to correct others' sentences when I see or hear errors... but often I can't resist the teaching moment. Use my interpersonal foibles to your benefit! Allow me to straighten out any grammar or usage issues you might have.


Wrapped up studies at Washington University School of Law less than a year ago. If you're still in law school, or applying... I feel your pain, and I can help! Among other honors, I won the 1L Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy, which covers not just my speaking ability but also the prep work that goes behind it. You'll be in good hands.


I have extensive experience in a wide range of literature at the college level, covering anything from modern American lit to the ancient classics (we're talking Homer, Virgil, Plato, and the like). Anything in between is also fair game.


I've taught the LSAT for 7 years, and I aced an official LSAT in 2009. Not every student can reach the 180 mark, but I can get you surprisingly close - probably a lot closer than you thought.

Microsoft Excel

I've had several jobs where I used Excel daily on a professional level. Beyond the typical workplace application of the program, I've also used Excel for extensive statistical and modeling projects, pushing the boundaries of what Excel (and my poor laptop) is capable of. In short, I can help you learn and master Excel!


I've completed the equivalent of 3 full first-year undergraduate physics courses, and I earned solid A's or better every single time! My greatest strength is in kinematics, but I'm no slouch when it comes to optics, electromagnetism, and other first year topics, either.

Political Science

I graduated with University Honors from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with a B.A. in Political Science, in addition to making it into Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honor society). My focus was in American politics as well as political media/communication.


Precalculus shouldn't scare you. If it does, email me! We'll figure out how to demystify it for you. Essentially, I've been teaching precalculus to many of my students learning trig-based physics and Calculus A. You likely already possess all the math tools you need to succeed! It's just a matter of training you to use them.


Proofreading is one my strongest skills, period. If you require help in polishing something you've already written, I can ensure that the work you ultimately submit will not contain any embarrassing errors.


Although the "P" in PSAT stands for "preliminary," this exam can be far more than just a pre-SAT of sorts. The PSAT is how National Merit Scholars are selected, and could be used to determine other scholastic honors at your own school. Let me help you get the best score you can!

Public Speaking

Who talks more than lawyers? I won the 1L Excellence in Oral Advocacy Award at my top-20 law school, and can help you prepare for public speaking as well.

I'm a natural speaker, and I can help you attain a more confident, even, and powerful tone.


Reading is a skill heavily tested in both my undergraduate- (political science) and professional-level (law) education. Also, I combine these more traditional forms of reading with a great many insights from the test-prep world. If you or someone you know needs help improving reading speed and comprehension, I'm your guy!

SAT Math

I've mastered every part of the SAT, including the Math section. I can help you reduce errors and test with greater confidence, all by teaching you the basic tools you need for the SAT Math (which is not really like school math).

SAT Reading

I have a unique approach to reading on the SAT, which I honed and perfected for years on higher-level tests like the LSAT as well. My methods focus on breaking your old reading habits and teaching you how to read just as much as you need to in order to get the questions right.

SAT Writing

I achieved a perfect 800 score on my SAT Writing section. Writing is also a skill I used heavily in college (thanks to my political science major) and law school as well. I can help you write with greater clarity, strength, efficiency, and style - all while eliminating grammatical errors and other weaknesses.


I've always excelled at this. If I had to guess, it's that I'm naturally talented with pattern recognition, which plays a huge role in proper spelling and other linguistic feats. But enough about me - let's help you learn those same patterns just as thoroughly!


Vocabulary comes naturally to me, as my entire academic and professional career involves a heavy amount of writing at very high standards. I can help give your papers and essays a vocab boost, or assist you in expanding your general vocabulary powers.

World History

Large parts of my transcript read like I'm a history major - every chance I had within my political science education, I made sure to squeeze in a history class. American and European history are my greatest strengths (which should come as no surprise for anyone who grew up in the States), but I've also taken extensive detours into Far East Asian history, as well as Jewish and Islamic history as well.


Writing is something I do both professionally and for personal enrichment. From research-grade papers to more literary pursuits, I bring a healthy dose of practical experience and artistry to the craft. Well-versed in matters of style, tone, and flow, I can help you improve your writing both at school and in the workplace.

University of Michigan
Political Science
Washington University School of Law


University of Michigan (Political Science)

Washington University School of Law (J.D.)

Great LSAT tutor! — James was very organized and prepared for the tutoring session. He went over exactly what I wanted to talk about and I feel that we made a lot of progress in one hour. Highly recommend! ...

— Eileen, Ann Arbor, MI on 8/29/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $80.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

James will travel within 40 miles of Schaumburg, IL 60192.

Background Check Status for James L.

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