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Jack B.

Acton, MA

$110/hour

Experienced Ivy League Test-Prep Tutor and College Admissions Advisor

Background check passed as of 9/18/16
5.0 average from 52 ratings
Excellent and patient SAT tutor
— Margaret, Lexington, MA on 3/15/14

$110/Hour


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Columbia University, B.A. Degree
Political Science
University of Michigan Law School
J.D.
Bronx High School of Science (High School, Not Graduate School)
Other

Education

Columbia University, B.A. Degree (Political Science)

University of Michigan Law School (J.D.)

Bronx High School of Science (High School, Not Graduate School) (Other)

About Jack

I have tutored hundreds of students, individually and in classroom settings, in the full range of subjects tested on standardized exams. These subjects include math, reading comprehension, writing, and analytical ability. I have helped students compose their college and graduate school application essays and personal statements. My tutoring experience began in my undergraduate years, when I was employed by the Columbia University Tutoring Service. Since then, I have helped students prepare for the SSAT, ISEE, PSAT (my very first pupil improved his scores by 130 points), SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. My personal best scores are 800 Verbal, 800 Math, and 760 Analytical Ability on the GRE. I have trained students of all ages and backgrounds, from high-school and college students, to college graduates, and from adult learners to working professionals. I have taught for test-prep companies as well as the University of Massachusetts, and have also taught for several adult and community education centers. I routinely tutor my children in test-taking and continue to enjoy sharing my expertise in standardized tests. I have tutored students in high school math and English, and have developed concrete and practical strategies for avoiding the myriad pitfalls of standardized tests. I have extensive experience and demonstrated skills in algebra 1 and 2, essay-writing, and a wide variety of academic subject areas, in addition to paralegal and legal subjects. I have tutored hundreds of students, individually and in classroom settings, in the full range of subjects tested on standardized exams. These subjects include math, reading comprehension, writing, and analytical ability. I have helped students compose their college and graduate school application essays and personal statements. My tutoring Read more

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3 hours notice required

Lessons over two hours are discounted by 10%. This discount also applies to lessons held within five miles of Acton.

Travel Radius
Travels within 26 miles of Acton, MA 01720
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent and patient SAT tutor"

- Margaret, Lexington, MA on 3/15/14

"Excellent and Kind"

- Sophia, Wayland, MA on 10/31/16

"Encouraging and down to earth"

- Christine, Marlborough, MA on 4/16/16

"Enthusiastic and patient"

- Nichole, Fitchburg, MA on 6/27/14

"Patient and Positive"

- Lisa, Bolton, MA on 10/7/13
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT,
GRE,
Law,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

I have personally tutored, over the course of three decades, dozens of students in ACT English, in addition to tutoring students in reading comprehension (including ACT Reading and SAT Critical Reading) for virtually every college and graduate-level standardized exam administered.

In addition to personally achieving verbal scores in the top 1% or 2% on standardized exams, including a perfect score of 800 on the GRE's verbal section, I have developed a proven approach to test preparation that easily adapts to a student's unique strengths and weaknesses. Based on the strategies I impart to my students, they have been able to markedly improve their verbal scores on the ACT English and similar tests.

ACT Math

I have personally tutored, over three decades, many students in ACT math, in addition to tutoring students in math for virtually every other college and graduate-level standardized exam administered. In addition to attaining math scores in the upper percentile on many standardized exams, including a perfect score of 800 on the GRE's math section, I have developed a proven approach to test preparation that is readily adaptable to a student's unique strengths and weaknesses. Based on the strategies I impart to my students, they have been able to improve their math scores by significant amounts.

ACT Reading

I have personally tutored, over the course of three decades, dozens of students in ACT reading, in addition to tutoring students in reading comprehension (including SAT Critical Reading) for virtually every other college and graduate-level standardized exam.

I have personally achieved verbal scores in the top 1% or 2% standardized exams, including a perfect score of 800 on the GRE's verbal section, and have developed a proven approach to test preparation that easily adapts to a student's unique strengths and weaknesses. Based on the strategies that I impart to my students, they have been able to markedly improve their verbal scores on the ACT Reading, ACT English, and similar tests.

Algebra 1

I have lots of experience teaching Algebra 1 to students of all skill levels. Algebra 1 is the cornerstone of every math sections on standardized exams, and my students (of all ages) and my children have all benefited from my algebra tutoring. My approach to teaching math is not to merely repeat the subject material in a student's textbook, but to collaborate with the student to develop strategies that address each student's unique concerns.

Algebra 2

I have lots of experience teaching Algebra 2 to students of all skill levels. Algebra 2 is a cornerstone of most math sections on standardized exams, and my students (of all ages, from high school pupils to college graduates), and my children, have all benefited from my algebra tutoring. I have not only scored an 800 (a perfect score) on the math section of the GRE, but I have practiced my math abilities over the years.

My approach to teaching algebra is not merely to restate the material that's in a student's textbook but to collaborate with the student to develop strategies that build upon his or her unique strengths. I take the time to discover each student's unique academic strengths, and then adapt my teaching style accordingly.

ASVAB

The ASVAB tests a wide range of subject knowledge, which includes the four ASVAB subscores in Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK), Paragraph Comprehension (PC), and Word Knowledge (WK). I have personally taught hundreds of students, in both classroom settings and individually, in these subject areas for virtually every national standardized test that is administered. I am also well qualified to teach the General Science material tested on the ASVAB exam (25 out of the total of 225 questions) inasmuch as I have taught students general science in a variety of academic settings.

Bar Exam

In addition to over 35 years of experience in preparing students to perform well on virtually the full range of standardized exams, from high school through graduate school, I have prepared students to take the multistate bar exam - simply another form of standardized test - and have personally passed two of the most difficult bar exams administered, California and Massachusetts. My considerable test-prep teaching experience, combined with my knowledge of Massachusetts law after practicing here for three decades, affords me a perspective on the bar exam that has enabled me to develop a practical curriculum that is directed at the one goal that matters most: passing the bar exam (a pass-fail test where no score is reported). My approach to preparing for the bar exam includes a wide variety of practical and easy-to-apply strategies for issue-spotting, drafting successful essays, and avoiding the "decoy choices" on the multiple-choice parts of the bar exam.

College Counseling

Even since my undergraduate years, I have worked closely with students of all ages and backgrounds to help them compose strong applications and personal essays. While in graduate school, I was employed by a test-prep company, and worked closely with high school and college graduates to help them climb the next step on the ladder of academic achievement. As a tutor and counselor, and in the years since, I become proficient at matching students with prep school programs and colleges. I have offered mock interviews to students to thoroughly prepare them to make a strong impression during their admissions interviews. I've offered comprehensive college counseling to many students, including guidance on course selection, extra-curricular activities, and standardized test preparation. My clients have achieved considerable success in being admitted to the colleges and graduate programs that were among their most preferred choices. I have also worked with students in Massachusetts applying to preparatory schools at all levels. I have personally interviewed college applicants and prepared interview reports detailing the unique strengths of applicants. Among my clients' successes are the acceptance by my clients into such well-regarded programs as the B.U. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, the Bentley Master's Program in Business Analytics, and the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

English

I have tutored students in the basic and advanced principles of English grammar, vocabulary, and syntax for the last three decades. My tutoring has enabled my students to pass ESL exams and score in the very highest percentiles on standardized exams that assess the verbal abilities of high school, college, and even graduate school students. Personally, I have obtained a perfect score on the GRE's verbal section.

GED

I have taught literally hundreds of students how to perform well on the GED and a variety of other standardized tests that assess the test-taker's skills in the same material covered by the GED. In math and verbal sections of such tests, I have personally achieved a perfect score (800 on the Verbal and Math sections of the Graduate Record Examination, also known as the GRE), and I have imparted to my students numerous strategies in the tested GED subjects (social students, science, math, reading, and writing) that have enabled them to improve their scores well beyond the acknowledged "practice effect" that follows from simply retaking any standardized exam. My approach to tutoring is to adapt my teaching style to the individual needs of my students. Rather than merely restating the answers and explanation available in any test preparation book, I make certain that my students understand precisely what kinds of response are being asked for by the test-maker.

Geometry

I have been preparing students to perform well on standardized exams such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE ever since my college days. The scores of the very first student I taught increased by 80 points on the verbal section and 30 points in math on the PSAT, to the delight of his parents. The SAT and the ACT test a student's test-taking abilities - his or her ability to reason through a problem, whether in a math or verbal section, and that often requires test-takers to essentially invent their own creative problem-solving shortcuts on the spot. My lessons are aimed at teaching students how to feel comfortable doing just that, and how to use the choices themselves to give them clues to finding the right answer.

GMAT

Over the past three decades, I have prepared dozens of students for the GMAT and hundreds more in other, similar standardized exams (such as the LSAT, GRE, SAT, and PSAT). I have been employed by test preparation companies, the University of Massachusetts, and local adult and community education centers. I've taken every one of the College Board's standardized exams (except for the MCAT) and consistently scored in the top 1% of test-takers.

Grammar

In addition to personally scoring in the top 1% on the critical reading and writing skills sections of nationally administered standardized exams such as the GRE, SAT, ACT, and PSAT, I have considerable experience editing legal documents, college applications, and other written materials prior to publication. My academic background includes intensive coursework in writing, and I have taken additional post-graduate courses to enhance my knowledge of grammar even as a working professional. I also review and revise the written work of professionals who have three years of post-graduate education.

GRE

I have more than three decades of experience tutoring students in virtually every standardized test administered to students and college graduates. My experience dates back to my employment as a tutor for the Columbia University Tutoring Service. My first student increased his combined verbal and math SAT scores by 110 points, and my personal best scores were 800 verbal, 800 math, and 760 on the GRE's Analytical Ability section. My approach to teaching test-taking skills includes far more than subject area instruction. I teach my students strategies that enable them to quickly recognize and eliminate wrong answers that are deliberately designed to trick test-takers into selecting them. I also offer advice on mentally and physically preparing for the test in advance of the test date and on the day of the exam itself.

ISEE

I have prepared literally hundreds of students to take standardized exams, including all three levels of the ISEE, as well as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE. I have tutored students individually and in group settings, and have been employed by test preparation companies, universities, and adult and community education centers. My demonstrated teaching proficiency extends beyond merely imparting the math, reading, and writing skills necessary to do well; I teach my students a variety of concrete test-taking strategies that they have successfully relied upon to perform well on the ISEE and similar tests. These test strategies, which enabled my first student's math and verbal PSAT scores to increase by 110 points, are easy to grasp and (more importantly) easy to apply.

Law

As a practicing lawyer who scored in the top 1% of LSAT test-takers, and someone who has prepared students for more than two decades to perform well on virtually all of the standardized tests offered, I am uniquely qualified to prepare my students to do well in their legal subjects. My approach is not merely to teach the right answers but also how to recognize and avoid the wrong answers. I have a great deal of experience teaching my students to "think like a lawyer" and recognize the historical and philosophical antecedents of our legal system.

LSAT

Since college, I have tutored students in virtually every standardized test offered, including not only the LSAT but also the ISEE, the SSAT, the GRE, and the GMAT. As a practicing attorney who has scored in the top 1% of LSAT test-takers, I bring a uniquely successful background to LSAT test preparation. I am quite diligent about tailoring my curriculum to each of my students' individual concerns and challenges, and my approach to tutoring is threefold: 1) to provide guidance on approaching every variety of question students may come across; 2) to prepare students to thoughtfully pace themselves so as to have a chance to consider as many questions as possible; and 3) to teach students how to increase their scores by eliminating the numerous pesky decoy choices that are the bane of every test-taker. The LSAT is different from most other standardized tests, but the nature of the test makes it possible to predict - and prepare for - the ways that the test's developer will try to trick test-takers into picking superficially appealing choices rather than the correct ones.

Prealgebra

I am an academic tutor with a proven track record of over twenty-five years. I have tutored students of all ages and skill levels for subject tests (such as math) as well as for nationally administered and statewide standardized tests. My mathematics experience and expertise includes tutoring students in prealgebra, algebra, geometry, and precalculus. I have taught math to students of all ages and skill levels, from elementary school pupils to university graduates, and individually as well as in classroom settings. My approach is very student-centered, adaptable to each student's unique academic capabilities.

Proofreading

I have considerable experience proofreading a wide variety of academic and other written materials. Based on my demonstrated verbal skills, I have been employed to proofread research papers, college and graduate school admissions statements, articles prior to publication, legal briefs, and virtually any document that bear no typographic or grammatical errors. I also have nine years of supervisory experience, and during that time proofread hundreds of highly esoteric and complex documents.

PSAT

For almost three decades, I have been teaching students seeking to improve their scores on standardized exams such as the PSAT. I began tutoring as an undergraduate at Columbia University Tutoring Service, and the very first student I ever tutored improved his combined math and verbal SAT scores by 110 points. With experience, I have become quite familiar with the typical - and typically predictable - variety of questions presented on the PSAT. My curriculum is unique, and I work quite diligently to tailor my lessons to the particular needs of my students. My approach to tutoring includes not merely teaching students how to arrive at the right answers but also pointing out how to recognize and avoid the deliberately and misleadingly appealing - but incorrect - choices that serve no purpose other than to distract test-takers from the correct answers. The strategies I teach my students can also be applied to their high school exams as well as to the SAT.

Reading

I have over three decades of experience teaching students how to improve their reading comprehension skills and how to prepare for virtually every standardized exam that assesses reading and writing aptitude. I have tutored students in grammar, proofreading, and essay organization, as well as in making their written work more persuasive and memorable. I have consistently scored in the top 1% of test-takers, including receiving a perfect score of 800 on the verbal section of the GRE. Since minoring in English at Columbia University, I have helped high school students prepare their college applications, and worked with college graduates in drafting their resumes and graduate school applications.

SAT Math

Over the past 25+ years, I have tutored students in almost every standardized test that's offered, from the SSAT to the PSAT to the SAT to the GRE. I have taught students to prepare for their tests as an independent contractor of different test-prep companies, including the Columbia University Tutoring Service, the Amityville Testing Institute, and the University of Massachusetts. My unique - and uniquely effective - curriculum focuses on a lot more that just memorizing the principles tested on the SAT's Math section. My curriculum also includes such test-taking skills as strategies for eliminating wrong choices and avoiding common test-taking traps. I have taken the PSAT, SAT, LSAT, GMAT, and the GRE, with my highest scores being 800 Verbal, 760 Analytical Ability, and - even though I am not a mathematician - a perfect score of 800 on the GRE's math section. I do not believe that "one size fits all," and I work extremely hard to adapt my curriculum to the strengths and weaknesses of every one of my students.

SAT Reading

With over three decades of experience preparing students for the SAT's reading sections, as well as for similar sections of such exams as the PSAT, ACT, and GRE, I am extremely familiar with the numerous tricks and traps that can trip up unwary test-takers. As a practicing attorney, I am also uniquely qualified to prepare students for the kinds of questions that appear on the newly redesigned SAT, which relies so heavily on evidence-based analysis. I teach my students a host of proven test-taking strategies, easy to understand and apply, and which enable them to substantially improve their scores. I have been employed by several test-preparation companies, as well as by the University of Massachusetts and local adult and community education centers. My expertise has equipped me to prepare hundreds of students to perform better on the SAT's reading section, and I have personally scored in the top percentiles of the SAT's verbal sections, as well as attained a perfect score of 800 on the GRE's Verbal section. I make it a point to tailor my lessons to my student's individual test-taking needs, including his or her subject matter strengths, knowledge gaps, and comfort level with the unique and arbitrary format of standardized exams.

SAT Writing

I have over three decades of experience teaching students how to prepare for standardized tests, including hundreds of hours tutoring students for the SAT. I have been employed by a number of standardized test-preparation companies, as well as the University of Massachusetts and adult education centers. I have prepared dozens of students to perform better on the SAT Writing section, and have personally scored in the top one percentile on the SAT's Verbal sections.

SSAT

I have almost three decades of experience teaching students how to perform well on standardized tests. I began tutoring students as a sophomore at Columbia University, and have taught classes for test preparation companies, universities, and adult education centers, as well as individually tutoring students. I have taught all subject areas on virtually every major standardized test, from the SSAT, PSAT, and SAT to the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. I have studied the manner in which these tests are designed and developed a variety of test-taking strategies easily adaptable to a student's unique strengths and weaknesses.

Study Skills

In the course of a tutoring career that has spanned more than 25 years, I have developed considerable expertise in improving my students' study skills. Having worked with students of all ages and ability levels, I have developed the ability to identify a student's unique barriers to studying, whether attributable to difficulty in organization, a lack of motivation, or a lack of practice in discipline, and I have devised proven methods of advising students how to study more effectively. My curriculum includes teaching students how to take small but concrete steps to improve their study skills, and then how to build on those skills. I am careful to tailor my guidance to my students' unique academic needs and family circumstances.

Vocabulary

I have over three decades of experience teaching students how to prepare for virtually every single standardized exam that assesses verbal abilities. I was an English minor at Columbia University and have scored as high as an 800 (a perfect score) on standardized tests. On a daily basis, I am a professional who exercises high-level reading and writing skills.

Writing

I have over three decades of experience teaching students how to prepare for numerous exams that assess writing ability. I have been employed to teach writing skills (among other skills) by a variety of standardized test-preparation companies, as well as the University of Massachusetts and adult education centers. I have proofread, edited, and generally supervised the written work of attorneys, prepared dozens of students to improve their scores on the SAT, the GRE, and the GMAT's Writing sections, and have personally scored in the top one percentile on the Verbal sections of every standardized exam I have taken.

Columbia University, B.A. Degree
Political Science
University of Michigan Law School
J.D.
Bronx High School of Science (High School, Not Graduate School)
Other

Education

Columbia University, B.A. Degree (Political Science)

University of Michigan Law School (J.D.)

Bronx High School of Science (High School, Not Graduate School) (Other)

Excellent and patient SAT tutor

Jack worked with my daughter to help prep her for the SATs. She had taken a general big-company course, and wanted some help focusing on those areas where she felt weakest. Jack was an excellent tutor and very flexible in his approach - he listened to her concerns and adjusted his teaching accordingly. Jack is also extremely knowledgeable about the test itself and what the examiners are looking

— Margaret, Lexington, MA on 3/15/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $110.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Lessons over two hours are discounted by 10%. This discount also applies to lessons held within five miles of Acton.

Travel policy

Jack will travel within 26 miles of Acton, MA 01720.