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Sam F.

Newton Center, MA

$150/hour

Full-Time Private SAT/ACT Tutor, Yale Graduate

4.7 average from 19 ratings
Very organized, dedicated, and knowledgeable.
— Saule, Chicago, IL on 9/2/14

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Yale University
English

Education

Yale University (English)

About Sam

First and foremost, while the amount listed in my profile is my usual fee, I sometimes can be flexible depending on a family's circumstances and my own schedule. So even if money's tight, please get in touch--maybe we can work something out.

I suppose I've been a tutor ever since I was old enough to help my sister with her homework, but I didn't tackle the SAT and ACT professionally until after college. All in all, I have eight years of tutoring experience, including four as a full-time (40-90 hours per week) site director at TestTakers, a top tier tutoring company based in Greenvale, NY. After my own training, I assisted other teachers in improving their methods and presentation, oversaw hundreds of students each semester, and worked personally with many of them to raise their scores. I've also gotten a perfect score on an officially administered SAT (and on plenty of unofficial SAT and ACT practice tests).

If you're interested in my opinion of standardized testing in general (and/or if you haven't formed your own opinion yet), I recommend Googling the recent and very thorough NACAC-supported study, "Defining Promise: Optional Standardized Testing Policies In American Colleges And Universities." The gist: there's no point to it.

But since a lot of folks can't avoid standardized tests, I want to provide fun, goal-oriented prep for students at every level, complete with periodic progress assessment and, crucially, open lines of communication with parents and students at all times. I have a car, so I can come to you. Since the tutor/student relationship depends on the student's feelings of comfort and trust, I'm happy to meet with any prospective student for a free hour-long trial session. References and recommendations are certainly available upon request.

Picking a tutor (or class, or self-training program) can be difficult and frustrating. Here's my honest perspective: a motivated student could accomplish as much with a tutor, in a classroom, or out of a book--so long as it's the *right* tutor, classroom, or book. Preparing for your crazy exam of choice involves only two steps: a) learning a number of specific techniques and b) practicing the heck out of them until they become habits. Each step needs the other, and no prep path provides a perfect balance. The virtue of classes is *enforced* practice drills; a dynamic teacher draws students' attention so they also learn. The virtue of private tutors is personalized (and therefore somewhat *enforced*) learning; a charismatic tutor makes students want to succeed so they'll also practice on their own time, which is to say, do the homework they're assigned (The virtue of books, of course, is that they don't charge by the hour. There are even some extraordinary free websites that provide professional-grade advice and instruction to all!).

What I can offer as a tutor is legitimate, proven expertise, constant guidance, the ability to excite and inspire my tutorees, and even advice for *parents,* too, on matters ranging from the merits of the ACT (it's fine) to the maximum number of times you should take a test (there really isn't one, if you're preparing for 'em all, but let's not go crazy), to the relative weight given to the writing section (short answer: it depends), to which test dates will produce scores that meet admission deadlines (more than you'd think). But please, schedule a free session with me and decide for yourself. And no matter what the future holds, I wish your student the best of luck in his or her testtaking career.
First and foremost, while the amount listed in my profile is my usual fee, I sometimes can be flexible depending on a family's circumstances and my own schedule. So even if money's tight, please get in touch--maybe we can work something out.

I suppose I've been a tutor ever since I was old enough to help my sister with her homework, but
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Newton Center, MA 02459
Background Check: Passed

"Very organized, dedicated, and knowledgeable."

- Saule, Chicago, IL on 9/2/14

"Good progress"

- Elias, Hyde Park, MA on 2/23/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science
English:
ACT English, Literature, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Science, PSAT,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT

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PSAT

Standardized test prep is my full time job, and I have the most experience by far with the SAT. The PSAT is just the SAT with slightly simpler questions and no essay (for now - changes are coming in March). In general I'm against prepping for it, since the time could be better spent on school and the money could be better spent . . . well, practically anywhere. Even the much-vaunted National Merit Scholarship the PSAT can (VERY VERY RARELY) provide isn't much more than a token amount--a feather in your cap for college apps. But if someone feels like she's within reach of the NMS, or wants PSAT prep for some other reason, I can do a bang-up job improving that score.

Writing

I majored in English Language & Literature at Yale. College afforded me many opportunities to hone my essay writing skills. Since graduation I haven't found too much of a need to bang out ten original typed pages on John Milton or fifteen on the relationship between Futurist rhetoric and food metaphors, but I've been proofreading friends' work, helping students improve their standardized test essays, and providing another pair of eyes on college entrance essays, too. Writing is all about expressing yourself; it should be just as freeing as shaking maracas or smearing fingerpaints! And as long as you can follow a few simple rules, your reader will share in the fun, too.

Yale University
English

Education

Yale University (English)

Very organized, dedicated, and knowledgeable. — I would highly recommend Sam to anybody who needs practical results soon. He was first to respond to our request, and suggested a detailed plan for the time period we had and kept the classes structured. He has also immediately built a rapport with our son, so that the short breaks he made were greatly enjoyed. Very professional and knowledgeable. ...

— Saule, Chicago, IL on 9/2/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $150.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sam will travel within 20 miles of Newton Center, MA 02459.