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Brandon S.

Bloomfield Hills, MI

$75/hr

Master Certified Coach for Exam Prep, Mathematics, & Physics

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Background check passed as of 10/15/14
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Helped to change the way I approach my life.
— Rene, Sterling Heights, MI on 11/17/13

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University of Michigan
Pre-Med
Wayne State University - Physics
Master's
Wayne State University - Applied Mathematics
Master's

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University of Michigan (Pre-Med)

Wayne State University - Physics (Master's)

Wayne State University - Applied Mathematics (Master's)

About Brandon

Students and Parents,

It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, and I am elated you have found interest in my profile! The following is an extremely detailed description of my credentials, services, and mission. I want you to be able to make informed decisions and to receive the best service possible! I look forward to working with you!

Credentials:

You and your loved ones will receive support from a coach who is well-educated. I am the recipient of dual Master's degrees: Master of Science in Physics and Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics with a focus in computation and theory.

You and your loved ones will receive support from a coach who is formally trained and experienced. I have six consecutive years of Master Gold Certification from the American Tutoring Association (ATA) verifying my background, education, teaching expertise, and 1800+ hours of academic coaching in addition to my hours through WyzAnt.

You and your loved ones will receive support from a coach who has developed insight having taught middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. I have 13+ years of teaching and mentoring experience: 3+ years part-time as a private undergraduate tutor, 3+ years full-time as a graduate teaching assistant/private graduate tutor, and 6+ years full-time as an Academic Coach.

You and your loved ones will receive detailed answers to any and all questions you may have. I am qualified to teach high school, college, and university mathematics and science courses: Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College and/or University Honors coursework. I am also able to assist with undergraduate and graduate admissions.

You and your loved ones will receive the help you need without having to work with numerous "tutors" for disparate subjects and examinations. I am qualified to coach the quantitative (mathematics and science) and verbal (reading and writing) sections of numerous high school, undergraduate, and graduate standardized examinations; I have scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT, SAT, GRE, and GMAT. Princeton Review and Kaplan have also requested my services for the GRE and GMAT on multiple occasions.

Services:

You and your loved ones will be able to learn in a quiet, comfortable, and professional environment. I have an executive office in Bloomfield Hills that accommodates 1-2 students. On weekends, I hold group sessions in a conference room adjacent to my office.

You and your loved ones will receive support when you need it most. I work as an Academic Coach full-time, so I am able to offer flexible scheduling from 9:00am to 10:00pm every day of the week. I am also available mornings, afternoons, and evenings over holiday breaks and during the summer.

You and your loved ones will receive the resources you need to achieve success. I provide countless complimentary materials to support our sessions: textbooks, workbooks, worksheets, equation sheets, practice tests, official resources (College Board, ACT, ETS, GMAC, etc.), and unofficial resources (Manhattan Prep, Kaplan, Princeton Review, Barron, Magoosh, Peterson, Gruber, McGraw Hill, etc.).

You and your loved ones will be appreciated and rewarded for your willingness to invest in your education. I provide additional benefits including tiered scheduling, supplemental online classroom instruction, and detailed solutions to session and homework exercises.

You and your loved ones will find comfort knowing I am able to relate to your circumstances and requirements. I am familiar with curricula from numerous private institutions: Cranbrook, Detroit Country Day, Frankel Jewish Academy, St. Mary's, University of Detroit: Jesuit, Marian, Academy of the Sacred Heart, Brother Rice, Mercy, Roeper, etc., as well as public districts: Bloomfield, West Bloomfield, Birmingham, Novi, Farmington, Rochester, Troy, etc. I also assist homeschool students.

You and your loved ones will feel confident knowing I am able to assist you throughout your academic careers. I am familiar with course content from numerous colleges and universities: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor/Dearborn/Flint), Michigan State University, Lawrence Technological Institute, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Baker College, Schoolcraft College, Wayne County Community College District, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, etc.

Mission:

I act as a teacher, manager, mentor, organizer, counselor, resource expert, educational consultant, and motivational speaker. I create short-term and long-term solutions by utilizing comprehensive, multidimensional approaches. I dedicate my professional life to the success of my students and the satisfaction of their parents.

I build professional relationships based on respect, trust, and cooperation, which allow me to bridge the separation between where students are and where they want to be. I also cultivate self-esteem, confidence, patience, consistency, and problem-solving skills to improve academic performance. I always relate the importance of education to personal and professional pursuits to create interest and passion for learning.

Above all, I help students to relax and to realize their full potentials. Students often tell me they are thankful for my open, honest, and supportive demeanor, which allows them to more easily share their thoughts and feelings. They are also inspired to share positive feedback with their parents, classmates, and educators. Parents often tell me they admire the influence I have on their children and are thankful for the thorough communication I provide.

I create the most meaningful experiences in my life by inspiring students to achieve success. I encourage you to form your own opinion about this opportunity by contacting me now. Let's get to work!
Students and Parents,

It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, and I am elated you have found interest in my profile! The following is an extremely detailed description of my credentials, services, and mission. I want you to be able to make informed decisions and to receive the best service possible! I look forward to working with
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On weekends, I hold discounted group sessions in a conference room adjacent to my executive office.

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Travels within 20 miles of Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Background Check: Passed

"Helped to change the way I approach my life."

- Rene, Sterling Heights, MI on 11/17/13
Brandon replied on 11/26/2013

Thank you so much for your kind words, Rene! It was an absolute pleasure assisting you with your GRE preparation. I am elated that you benefited from our interactions much more than just with your studies.

I am also excited that you passed your job interview and will be starting the new position soon. Good fortune with your relocation and with all of your future endeavors!

"Excellent tutor and teaching style"

- Shaan, Plymouth, MI on 9/1/15

"Very understanding but will push you just enough."

- Reid, Southfield, MI on 8/19/15
Brandon replied on 8/22/2015

Thank you for the positive feedback, Reid! I'm glad you have benefited so much from our interactions. I look forward to more of the same moving forward. Keep up the good work!

"One of the best tutors I've had! "

- Andrew, Troy, MI on 8/19/15

"First Lesson"

- Jonah, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 8/9/15
Brandon replied on 8/10/2015

Thank you for providing feedback so soon, Jonah. I am excited for our future sessions as well. I look forward to working with you!

"Helped me view the content in a more efficient manner "

- Julie, Birmingham, MI on 8/5/15
Brandon replied on 8/6/2015

It is a pleasure working with you, Julie. I look forward to more of the same in the near future! Thank you for providing positive feedback!

"Brandon has the credentials, knowledge, and passion for the subject "

- Brian, Berkley, MI on 7/11/15
Brandon replied on 7/12/2015

Thank you so much for your positive feedback, Brian. I am glad you benefited from our interactions. I look forward to working with you more soon!

"Best Tutor in Michigan, Hands Down. "

- William, Birmingham, MI on 6/19/15
Brandon replied on 6/19/2015

Will, thank you so much for your kind words. I have received many positive remarks about my services over the years, but this is definitely one of the best I have ever had the pleasure to read.

I'm glad you feel our sessions have made such a difference for you! I enjoy every minute of it! I also look forward to continuing to provide the same. Thanks again!

"Knowledgeable "

- Samuel, Birmingham, MI on 6/18/15
Brandon replied on 6/19/2015

Thank you so much for your positive feedback, Sam! You have done very well with the concepts we have reviewed so far. We still have much to do, but I am confident you will greatly improve your understanding of all sections of the GMAT.

Keep up the excellent work!

"Very helpful ACT tutor"

- Julie, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 10/26/14
Brandon replied on 10/26/2014

Thank you very much for your kind words, Julie. It was a pleasure meeting with your daughter over the summer at my residence.

We worked together as much as we could to improve her performance, and I am glad she was able to increase her composite score by 5 points. I too believe she could have improved further, but I feel we made good use of the time we had together.

Please keep me updated about her admissions process. Thank you again for your kind words and for giving me this opportunity!

"Inspired Me to Reach Heights I Didn't Know Were Possible"

- DeVaughn, Farmington, MI on 8/15/14
Brandon replied on 8/17/2014

It was a pleasure assisting you with your accelerated calculus course, DeVaughn. Now that you have completed the course, I am confident you can appreciate how much work it is to manage accelerated mathematics and science courses.

That being said, you responded very well to my instruction and scored much higher than your peers (according to the online statistics); you should be very proud of your results, because calculus causes difficulties for many students.

I wish you good fortune for the future, DeVaughn. Thank you for giving me this opportunity!

"Brandon knows and can teach subject areas--but it was too much drama for us!! (Part 2)"

- Dan, Northville, MI on 8/13/14
Brandon replied on 8/16/2014

Again, I am sorry this situation overall was not positive for you. I want to provide helpful information in hopes that you will feel better about your experience.

I always ask parents and/or students what could be improved before they leave feedback for our sessions (star ratings and/or reviews). I want my services to improve with time, and this gives me an excellent opportunity to learn from those I serve. You and I did this on a few occasions and always reached an understanding. I appreciate your patience and willingness to assist me with this endeavor.

On occasion, scheduling has been challenging this summer, because I have had a few students coming and going due to camps, summer vacations, and personal emergencies. I have not experienced as much of this in the past and apologize for any inconveniences. During the school year I dedicate weekdays, until 9:00 pm, and both Saturdays and Sundays to my students; I want to provide as much flexibility and availability as possible.

I also have a 36 hour cancellation policy listed on my profile, so cancelling one week ahead of time has always been sufficient. The only time cancellations impact the "integrity of my business" is when they occur less than 36 hours before our scheduled times. I believe you are referring to the few times this occurred. My work is very important to me, so I must enforce this policy to sufficiently accommodate all of my students.

By the way, after my first session with Joe I stated, "I will definitely be putting in the good word for you, so I hope you will be putting in the good word for me as well." I said this, because your son is extremely intelligent for his age, and I was thoroughly impressed by his abilities. I wanted to let him know he did an excellent job and to verify that he was satisfied with my coaching. I'm glad that he was, because he and I accomplished great feats together after that time.

Dan passed his Calculus and accelerated Physics courses, Joe passed the first half of his Honors Algebra 2 placement examination with only six weeks of instruction, and I taught Joe almost all of introductory mechanics this summer solely through my own efforts. In my opinion, this is a job well done. I also consider both of your sons exceptional people and believe they will continue to be successful in the future.

Good fortune to you and your children. If you would ever like to discuss this situation further, please contact me. Thank you for this opportunity.

"Brandon knows and can teach subject areas--but it was too much drama for us!! (Part 1)"

- Joe, Northville, MI on 8/13/14
Brandon replied on 8/16/2014

I am sorry you do not feel this was a positive experience overall. I always try my best with parents and students and am usually extremely successful. I have accepted this situation as an inherent part of my work and only wish for it to improve.

Every student, with whom I have met through Wyzant, has met at my residence. I am able to offer extended hours and a quiet learning environment. There are almost always family members at home, and this is why I could not allow Dan to wait for Joe inside my residence; my family deserves some privacy and has household responsibilities. These necessities make it difficult to fulfill such requests, and this is the reason I offer live streaming video. I did not know you felt uncomfortable with our arrangement until now, and had I known, I definitely would have tried to work with you.

Most of my students meet for 2-4 hours/week. Dan was enrolled in university calculus and physics courses simultaneously. He was also enrolled in an accelerated (six week) physics course. These were the only reasons for needing to meet 5-6 hours/week for a couple of demanding weeks and 3-4 hours/week for more manageable weeks. In fact, Dan and I did not meet at all for a few weeks per his request, and even though I did not believe this was advisable at the time, I respected his wishes.

Additionally, I always actively engaged both of your sons with their studies. I am a natural teacher, so it is really impossible for me to watch someone else work without trying to help. I almost always have something to offer and work extremely diligently to serve my students and their parents; I love what I do and take great pride in my work.

I wish you and your children good fortune. If you would like to discuss this situation further, please contact me. There is nothing more I would like than for you to feel as though this was a very positive experience. In my opinion, it definitely was. Thank you.

"Excellent! Thanks for helping my son through Physics and Algebra!"

- Deborah, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 6/9/14
Brandon replied on 6/25/2014

Thank you for your positive feedback, Deb. It has been a pleasure assisting your son with his mathematics and physics. I look forward to helping him in the future as well. Enjoy your summer!

"Helped Me a Great Deal With the GRE"

- Matthew, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 4/2/14
Brandon replied on 4/2/2014

I'm glad you were able to earn the scores you needed, Matt! I thoroughly enjoyed our interactions as well and wish you good fortune with all of your future endeavors!

"Brandon is awesome!"

- Julie, Franklin, MI on 3/4/14
Brandon replied on 3/9/2014

It's wonderful to hear that your son has already received such positive feedback for his efforts, Julie. He has responded very well to my instruction, and I look forward to similar experiences in the immediate future!

I am confident that together we will further improve his Precalculus grade this trimester, ensure high marks in his Precalculus and Physics courses next trimester, and increase his ACT performance for subsequent retakes (he seems to have already perfected the writing portion).

Thank you very much for this opportunity!

"Patient and knowledgeable"

- Elaine, West Bloomfield, MI on 1/27/14
Brandon replied on 4/3/2014

I always appreciate when I receive updated feedback from students and parents, Elaine.

I am ecstatic that Matt was able to perform so well in his course and on his AP examinations. He is an extremely hard-working young man, and it's awesome to see it pay off.

I wish you and your son the best fortune moving forward. Thank you!

"Improved my GRE score."

- Richard, Lake Orion, MI on 7/10/13
Brandon replied on 7/10/2013

Thank you very much for the feedback, Rich. I definitely enjoyed our time together and am elated that you benefited so much from our interactions.

You have what it takes to be very successful in graduate school, so please keep me informed of your progress!

"Great tutor."

- Natalie, Franklin, MI on 6/2/13
Brandon replied on 6/3/2013

Thank you very much for your feedback, Natalie. It is a pleasure assisting your son with his Probability & Statistics course at MSU.

He is doing very well so far, and I look forward to more of the same in the immediate future!

"Highly recommended."

- Nicole, Clawson, MI on 5/14/13
Brandon replied on 5/15/2013

Thank you for the positive feedback, Nicole. It is a pleasure assisting you with your mathematics curriculum. I'm elated that you find our sessions enjoyable, because I do as well. I look forward to helping you create even more success!

"Excellent."

- NASEEM, West Bloomfield, MI on 5/14/13
Brandon replied on 5/15/2013

You're quite welcome, Naseem. Your son is a very intelligent and hard-working young man. I am confident that he performed well on his AP Physics B examination.

This entire experience has been an absolute pleasure. Thank you for this opportunity!

"The Best Decision I've Made"

- Benjamin, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 4/28/13
Brandon replied on 5/15/2013

It it a pleasure to assist you with Honors Physics, Ben. You are a very intelligent young man, and I see very positive experiences for you in AP Physics C next year.

It will be my honor to assist you with that curriculum as well. Keep up the good work!

"The Best Instructor for AP Physics and Mathematics"

- Justin, Troy, MI on 4/8/13
Brandon replied on 4/8/2013

Justin, your comments flatter me! Thank you for your kind and descriptive words about our interactions.

You responded very well to our sessions, and I'm elated that you have found more success with your coursework.

Keep up the good work, and I wish you good fortune on your upcoming AP examination. Thank you!

"Motivating my hard to reach son."

- Pat, Commerce Township, MI on 12/12/12
Brandon replied on 12/14/2012

Thank you so much for your positive feedback, Pat! You must be proud to have such an inspired young man as a son! It is a pleasure to assist him with his physics curriculum, and I look forward to more positive experiences in the future!

Science:
ACT Science,
Physics
Computer:
SPSS
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT,
GRE
Corporate Training:
GMAT,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
SPSS,
Statistics

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

The English section of the ACT gives students forty-five minutes to complete seventy-five multiple choice questions. The section tests usage and mechanics (punctuation, grammar, usage, sentence structure) and rhetorical skills (strategy, organization, style).

During our sessions, we work through official examinations. Students learn numerous concepts including subject/verb agreement, parallel structure/parallelism, nominative and objective pronouns, independent and dependent clauses, punctuation (commas, semicolons, colons, and dashes), active and passive voice, dangling modifiers, verb conjugation of several tenses, appositives, prepositional idioms, etc.

I reinforce concepts learned during our sessions with challenging homework assignments using resources such as Kaplan, The Princeton Review, and McGraw Hill. Students are asked to complete unofficial examinations for additional practice, as well as content-specific assignments to strengthen inconsistencies.

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT: English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have prepared students for the English section of the ACT for more than thirteen years. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Princeton, Brown, University of California: Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.

I look forward to ensuring your success with ACT English!

*I also support the Mathematics, Reading, and Science sections of the ACT*

ACT Math

The Mathematics section of the ACT gives students sixty minutes to complete sixty multiple choice questions. The section tests pre-algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, coordinate geometry, plane geometry, and trigonometry.

During our sessions, we work through official examinations. Students learn numerous concepts including linear equations, quadratic equations, counting methods, combinatorics (combinations and permutations), factoring (difference of squares and perfect square trinomials), inequalities and absolute values, complex fractions, simplifications, rational functions, arithmetic and geometric sequences, rationalizations, translations and symmetry, logarithms, right triangle geometry (Pythagorean Theorem and triplets, basic trigonometric functions, "special" side ratios), circles (general formula, completing the square, circumference, area, sectors), polygons (triangles, parallelograms, trapezoids), basic probability, etc.

I reinforce concepts learned during our sessions with challenging homework assignments using resources such as Kaplan, The Princeton Review, and McGraw Hill. Students are asked to complete unofficial examinations for additional practice, as well as content-specific assignments to strengthen inconsistencies.

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT: English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have prepared students for the Mathematics section of the ACT for more than thirteen years. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Princeton, Brown, University of California: Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.

I look forward to ensuring your success with ACT Mathematics!

*I also support the English, Reading, and Science sections of the ACT*

ACT Reading

The Reading section of the ACT gives students thirty-five minutes to complete forty multiple choice questions. The section covers four types of reading passages: Prose Fiction, Social Studies, Humanities, and the Natural Sciences.

ACT Reading is extremely similar to ACT Science; both sections require students to interpret information that is presented in a variety of ways. Reading and learning vocabulary will improve a student's score, but students must consistently practice and adjust to the way information is presented to find lasting success.

Over the years, I have devised an extremely useful method for reading comprehension that applies to all levels of academics. I reinforce concepts learned during our sessions with challenging homework assignments using resources such as Kaplan, The Princeton Review, and McGraw Hill. Students are asked to complete official and unofficial examinations, so they become proficient at applying the methodology.

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT: English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have prepared students for the Reading section of the ACT for more than thirteen years. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Princeton, Brown, University of California: Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.

I look forward to ensuring your success with ACT Reading!

*I also support the English, Mathematics, and Science sections of the ACT*

ACT Science

The Science section of the ACT gives students thirty-five minutes to complete forty multiple choice questions. The section covers three main areas of comprehension: data representation (the interpretation of graphical and tabular data), research summaries (experimental design and interpretation of results), and conflicting viewpoints (understanding, analysis, and comparison of alternative viewpoints or hypotheses).

ACT Science is extremely similar to ACT Reading; both sections require students to interpret information that is presented in a variety of ways. Learning basic scientific principles will improve a student's score, but students must consistently practice and adjust to the way information is presented to find lasting success.

During our sessions, we work through official examinations. I reinforce concepts learned during our sessions with challenging homework assignments using resources such as Kaplan, The Princeton Review, and McGraw Hill. Students are asked to complete unofficial examinations for additional practice, as well as content-specific assignments to strengthen inconsistencies.

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT: English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have prepared students for the Science section of the ACT for more than thirteen years. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Princeton, Brown, University of California: Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.

I look forward to ensuring your success with ACT Science!

*I also support the English, Mathematics, and Reading sections of the ACT*

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the first dedicated course for algebra. Algebra is a cornerstone of mathematics and is a topic most students will want to master in high school. Solid foundations in algebra will give students the ability to excel with related topics such as the ACT, PSAT(s), SAT, probability, statistics, precalculus, calculus, chemistry, physics, etc.

Students learn numerous concepts including linear equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations, exponential functions, radical expressions, and rational functions.

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Algebra 1 for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Algebra 1 as well!

*I also support Prealgebra and Algebra 2 coursework*

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is the second course dedicated to the study of algebra. Algebra 2 expands upon the foundations created in Algebra 1. Together, Algebra 1 and 2 form a cornerstone of mathematics that most students will want to master in high school. Solid foundations in algebra will give students the ability to excel with related topics such as the ACT, PSAT(s), SAT, probability, statistics, precalculus, calculus, chemistry, physics, etc.

Students learn numerous concepts including linear equations, systems of linear equations and inequalities, matrices (operations and determinants), quadratic functions and inequalities, polynomial functions, radical equations and inequalities, rational expressions and equations, exponential and logarithmic relations, and conic sections.

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Algebra 2 for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Algebra 2 as well!

*I also support Prealgebra and Algebra 1 coursework*

ASVAB

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple choice test, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. It is often offered to American high school students when they are in the 10th, 11th and 12th grade, though anyone eligible for enlistment may take it.

The examination is composed of the following sections:

General Science (GS)
Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
Word Knowledge (WK)
Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
Electronics Information (EI)
Automotive and Shop Information (AS)
Mechanical Comprehension (MC)
Assembling Objects (AO)
Verbal Expression (VE)

There are computerized and written versions of the ASVAB, each having different numbers of questions and varying time constraints.

ASVAB scores are extremely important for the placement of trainees within the structure of the Armed Forces. I have assisted students, from disparate backgrounds, with the ASVAB for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with the ASVAB as well!

*I also support all sections of the GED*

Calculus

Calculus is an expansive part of mathematics that requires two years to learn in high school, college, and university.

Calculus AB covers topics such as functions, graphs, and limits; differentiation and its applications; and integration and its applications.

Calculus BC covers topics such as functions, graphs, and limits; differentiation and its applications; integration and its applications; and polynomial approximations and series.

A university Calculus 1 course cover topics such as limits, differentiation (power rule, product rule, quotient rule, chain rule, implicit differentiation, etc.), applications of differentiation (related rates, Mean Value Theorem, First Derivative Test, Second Derivative Test, Optimization, etc.), and anti-differentiation.

A university Calculus 2 course covers topics such as integration techniques (substitution, trigonometric substitution, integration by parts, L'Hopital's Rule, partial fraction decomposition, tabular identities, etc.), infinite series (geometric, p-series, alternating, power, Maclaurin & Taylor expansions, etc.), infinite series tests (convergence, divergence, integral, comparison, ratio, root, etc.), and Fourier expansions.

A university Calculus 3 course, which offers curriculum not introduced in Calculus AB or BC, covers topics such as vector functions (differentiation, integration, velocity, acceleration, tangent, normal, arc length, curvature, etc.), differentiation of multivariable functions (partial derivatives, differentials, extended chain rule, gradients, tangent planes, normal lines, extrema, etc.), multiple integration (double integrals, volume, polar coordinates, center of mass, moments of inertia, surface area, triple integrals, cylindrical and spherical coordinates, Jacobians, etc.), and Laplace transforms.

Calculus is another cornerstone of mathematics and is one of the more useful branches for high school and undergraduate students to master. Solid foundations in Calculus will allow students to excel with related topics such as differential equations, partial differential equations, physics, engineering, computer science, physical chemistry, etc.

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with all levels of Calculus for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Calculus as well!

*I also support AP Calculus AB & AP Calculus BC College Board examinations*

COOP/HSPT

The Cooperative Admissions exam (COOP), typically administered in October or November, and the Scholastic Testing Service High School Placement Test (HSPT), typically administered in the spring and fall, are given each year to eighth-graders seeking admission to specific Catholic high schools. The COOP measures academic achievement and academic aptitude and is used by high schools to make decisions about admitting applicants and to group prospective ninth-grade students into classes.

The COOP lasts 2.5 hours and contains approximately 180 multiple-choice questions divided into 7 subtests: Sequences, Analogies, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning: Words, Verbal Reasoning: Context, Reading and Language Arts, and Mathematics.

The HSPT lasts approximately 2.5 hours as well and contains 298 multiple-choice questions divided into five sections: Verbal, Quantitative, Reading, Mathematics, and Language Skills. The Scholastic Testing Service also provides a choice of one optional test in Mechanical Aptitude, Science, or Catholic Religion, but these sections typically are not administered.

The exam changes from year to year so that no students are more familiar than others with the test format and content. You may see new question styles, or a different number of questions within a section. However, the content areas that the test covers remain basically the same.

I have assisted students with the COOP and HSPT for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. Most students score between the 80th and 90th percentiles for their composite scores, which is considered a "high" score by the tests' standards. This allows students to easily gain acceptance to prominent educational institutions. I look forward to ensuring your success with the COOP and HSPT as well!

*I also support all sections of the ISEE and SSAT*

Differential Equations

Differential Equations is another cornerstone of mathematics and is a topic physics and engineering students will want to master during their undergraduate tenures. Solid foundations in differential equations will give students the ability to excel with related topics such as partial differential equations, physics, and engineering.

Differential Equations involves solving first-order differential equations (separable, exact, linear, non-linear, Bernoulli, etc.), solving higher order differential equations (linear, homogeneous, non-homogenous, Cauchy-Euler, etc.), and various methods to transform differential equations into forms that can be more easily solved (substitution, reduction of order, superposition, annihilation, variation of parameters, etc.).

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Differential Equations for more than nine years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Differential Equations as well!

Discrete Math

Discrete Mathematics is the branch of mathematics that deals with objects that can assume only distinct, separated values. The term "discrete mathematics" is therefore used in contrast with "continuous mathematics," which is the branch of mathematics dealing with objects that can vary smoothly. Whereas discrete objects can often be characterized by integers, continuous objects require real numbers. Discrete Mathematics includes combinatorics (the ways objects combine and their associated probabilities), graph theory, theory of computation, congruences, and recurrence relations (number theory).

Discrete Mathematics is challenging, because it requires students to understand mathematics from a discrete perspective rather than continuous perspectives typically used in Calculus and associated fields.

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Discrete Mathematics for more than nine years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Discrete Mathematics as well!

*I also support Finite Mathematics coursework*

English

English is an essential language to know for many reasons: English is the language of science (mathematics is the quantitative language, and English is the qualitative language), English speakers earn more money than non-English speakers, English is the most commonly used language among foreign language speakers, English is based on an alphabet making it much easier to learn, and English is the language of the film industry making it easier for English speakers to assimilate new information and to no longer rely on subtitles.

I have supported students with the English, Reading, and Writing sections of the ACT and the critical reading, writing, and essay portions of the PSAT and SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also supported university students with the verbal and essay (issue and argument) sections of the GRE and GMAT for more than nine years. My students substantially increase their scores, and standardized examination preparation continues to be one of my most successful endeavors.

Additionally, I offer in-session assistance with writing (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, sentence structure, organization) and out-session proofreading services. This combination allows students to improve their writing skills, while being able to rely on my expertise as a "safety net". I look forward to ensuring your success with the English language!

*I also support students with Grammar, Editing and/or Proofreading, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Essay Writing*

Finite Math

Finite Mathematics is a course conventionally required of business students, in which the curriculum brings together several mathematical topics including basic probability theory, an introduction to linear programming, some theory of matrices and determinants, and sometimes an abbreviated account of calculus.

Finite Mathematics is challenging, because it requires students to understand mathematics from a discrete perspective rather than continuous perspectives typically used in calculus and associated fields.

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Finite Mathematics for more than nine years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Finite Mathematics as well!

*I also support Discrete Mathematics coursework*

GED

General Educational Development (GED) tests are a group of four subject tests which, when passed, certify that the test taker has American or Canadian high school-level academic skills. Passing the GED test gives those who do not complete high school, or who do not meet requirements for high school diploma, the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency credential, in the majority of the United States.

I have assisted students with the GED for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. Every student I have assisted has passed the examination with ease and has learned additional skills to support further education and/or career pursuits. I look forward to ensuring your success with all sections of the GED!

*I also support all sections of the ASVAB*

Geometry

Geometry is an important branch of mathematics for high school students to master. Other than graphing solutions in algebra, geometry is the first opportunity for students to work with physical representations. Strong foundations in geometry will allow students to excel with related topics: ACT, SAT, trigonometry, calculus, chemistry, physics, etc.

Students learn topics including reasoning and proofs (deductive, inductive, diagrams), parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles (SSS, SSA, SAS, ASA, AAS, HL, isosceles, equilateral, transformations), relationships within triangles (Midsegment Theorem, perpendicular bisectors, angle bisectors, medians, altitudes, inequalities), similarities (ratio, proportions, geometric mean, similar figures), right triangles and trigonometry (Pythagorean Theorem, sine and cosine ratios), quadrilaterals, properties of transformations (translations, reflections, rotations), properties of circles (tangents, arc lengths, inscriptions), length, area, and volumes.

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Geometry for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Geometry as well!

*I also support Trigonometry coursework*

GMAT

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a computer adaptive test (CAT) that evaluates an individual's analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in preparation for admission to graduate management programs, such as an MBA, Master of Accountancy, and Master of Finance. More than 5,900 programs offered by more than 2,100 universities and institutions use the GMAT exam as part of their selection criteria.

An integrated reasoning section was recently introduced and designed to measure a test taker’s ability to evaluate data presented in new formats and from multiple sources.

I use a combination of resources from GMAC, Manhattan Prep, Kaplan, The Princeton Review, GMAT Club, and Aristotle Prep. My approach consists of three tiers of study: prerequisite skills, GMAT fundamentals, and GMAT mastery. I am able to adjust my approach to the abilities of the student to further maximize results.

I earned a verbal score of 46, a quantitative score of 54, and a writing score of 6.0. All of these are in the 99th percentile for the GMAT and translate to an overall score of 780. I have also taken the GMAT three times. Once to submit the scores to prospective graduate programs and twice to gain experience with the integrated reasoning section; I scored an 8 on the section both times. I have also assisted students with the GMAT for over nine years with outstanding results.

I look forward to ensuring your success with all sections of the GMAT!

*I also support all sections of the GRE*

Grammar

Grammar is a crucial skill for students to develop but difficult to master.

Grammar is important for refining communication skills, adhering to national standards, scoring well on standardized examinations, preparing for college and/or university admissions, and showing promise to prospective employers.

I have supported students with the English, Reading, and Writing sections of the ACT and the critical reading, writing, and essay portions of the PSAT and SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also supported university students with the verbal and essay (issue and argument) sections of the GRE and GMAT for more than nine years. My students substantially increase their scores, and standardized examination preparation continues to be one of my most successful endeavors.

My students substantially increase their scores, and standardized examination preparation continues to be one of my most successful endeavors. Please consult my subject descriptions to receive information about specific examinations.

Additionally, I offer in-session assistance with writing (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, sentence structure, organization) and out-session proofreading services. This combination allows students to improve their writing skills, while being able to rely on my expertise as a "safety net". I look forward to ensuring your success with grammar!

*I also support English, Editing and/or Proofreading, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Essay Writing*

GRE

The revised GRE General Test measures verbal and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. These skills have evolved over a long period of time and bare no relation to specific fields of study. Therefore, the main purpose of this examination is to verify that a student is prepared for graduate studies.

I use a combination of resources from ETS, Manhattan Prep, Kaplan, The Princeton Review, and Barron. My approach consists of three tiers of study: prerequisite skills, GRE fundamentals, and GRE mastery. I am able to adjust my approach to the abilities of the student to further maximize results.

On the original scoring scale, I earned a verbal score of 740 (169 on the new scale), a quantitative score of 800 (170 on the new scale), and an analytical writing score of 5.5 (there has been no change to this scoring). All of these scores are in the 99th percentile for the GRE. I have also taken the GRE four times: two times to submit scores to graduate programs and two times to gain experience with the revised content (inclusion of a calculator and section-based scoring). I have also assisted students with the GRE for more than nine years with outstanding results.

I look forward to ensuring your success with all sections of the GRE!

*I also support all sections of the GMAT*

ISEE

The ISEE is an admissions exam to independent and select schools. The Upper Level is for students in grades 8 through 11 who are candidates for grades 9 through 12.

The ISEE consists of three parts: (a) carefully constructed and standardized verbal and quantitative reasoning tests that measure a student's capability for learning; (b) reading comprehension and mathematics achievement tests that provide specific information about a student's strengths and weakness in those areas; and (c) an essay section.

The ISEE essay is timed and written in response to a prompt. The essay is not scored; it is photocopied and sent only to requested schools.

I have helped students gain admission to independent and select schools for more than nine years. On average, my students have scored in the 80th to 90th percentiles on the verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, and mathematics achievement sections of the ISEE (average percentile rankings vary by section). I also help students to become more proficient writers.

I look forward to ensuring your success with all sections of the ISEE!

*I also support all sections of the SSAT, COOP, and HSPT*

Linear Algebra

Linear algebra is the branch of mathematics concerning vector spaces and linear mappings between such spaces. It includes the study of lines, planes, and subspaces, but is also concerned with properties common to all vector spaces. Investigations are initially motivated by systems of linear equations containing several unknowns. Such equations are naturally represented using the formalism of matrices and vectors.

Linear algebra is central to both pure and applied mathematics. Techniques from Linear Algebra are also used in analytic geometry, engineering, physics, natural sciences, computer science, computer animation, and the social sciences. Because Linear Algebra is such a well-developed theory, nonlinear mathematical models are sometimes approximated by linear models.

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Linear Algebra for more than nine years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Linear Algebra as well!

MCAT

The new Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess a student’s problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. The new MCAT includes the concepts and skills that medical educators, medical students, and residents rated as the most important for pre-meds to know, so they are prepared on day one of medical school.

The new MCAT now tests four major components of knowledge: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior; and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. Together, these sections span 230 questions over 6 hours and 15 minutes versus 144 questions in 3 hours 20 minutes for the unrevised version. The new test will require a lot more stamina and focus. The breakdown of these questions is 10 passages with 4 to 7 questions each and 15 stand-alone questions in each of the science sections, and 9 passages in the CARS section.

I use a combination of resources from AAMC, Kaplan, The Princeton Review, ExamKracker, Berkeley Review, and Prep 101. My approach consists of three tiers of study: prerequisite skills and knowledge, MCAT fundamentals, and MCAT mastery. I am able to adjust my approach to the abilities of the student to further maximize results.

As a premed student, I completed all requirements except for those associated with the biological sciences. I chose to self-study for that portion of the MCAT and was still able to score a 37S (this is when the MCAT still had an essay section). This score would have enabled me to attend a reputable medical school, had I chosen to pursue a career as a medical professional. However, I was already accepted to a graduate program for Physics and Applied Mathematics and was finding success with my academic coaching business. I chose this career path, because I love to teach and mentor.

I have assisted students with the Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems (physics and general chemistry) and the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills sections (reading comprehension and synthesis) for more than six years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with the MCAT as well!

*I also support the Quantitative Reasoning, General Chemistry, and Reading Comprehension sections of the DAT*

Physics

Physics is an attempt to describe and explain the physical world, at an extremely fundamental level, through the use of mathematics.

AP Physics 1 & 2 uses algebra and trigonometry to cover topics such as Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.

AP Physics C is divided into two sections: Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism. Both sections use a combination of algebra, trigonometry, and differential & integral calculus to cover a myriad of topics. Physics C: Mechanics introduces Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism introduces electrostatics; conductors, capacitors and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism.

IB Physics SL core requirements cover the following topics: physics and physical measurement, mechanics, thermal physics, oscillations and waves, electric currents, fields and forces, atomic and nuclear physics, energy, power, and climate change. There are also two options a student must take. He/she may choose from sight and wave phenomena, quantum physics and nuclear physics, digital technology, relativity and particle physics, astrophysics, communications, and electromagnetic waves.

IB Physics HL covers all of the core requirements of IB Physics SL and adds the following core concepts: motion in fields, thermal physics, wave phenomena, electromagnetic induction, quantum physics and nuclear physics, and digital technology. Students must also choose two options from astrophysics, communications, electromagnetic waves, relativity, medical physics, and particle physics.

High school, college, and university Physics courses use algebra & trigonometry and differential & integral calculus respectively to cover topics such as measurement; kinematics; vectors, force, and motion; energy and work; center of mass and linear momentum; rotation; rolling; torque and angular momentum; equilibrium and elasticity; gravitation; fluids; waves and oscillations; the Laws of Thermodynamics; electricity & magnetism; circuits; optics; special relativity; and atomic and nuclear physics.

Physics is challenging, because it requires students to describe physical systems using mathematics. I have assisted students with Physics for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Physics as well!

*I also support the AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C: Mechanics, and AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism College Board examinations, as well as IB Physics SL and HL exams*

Prealgebra

Prealgebra serves as a bridge between the static computations of arithmetic and more dynamic calculations of algebra. It is a topic that most students will want to master before they attempt high school mathematics. Solid foundations in prealgebra will give students the ability to excel with related topics: ISEE/SSAT, HSPT/COOP, PLAN, algebra 1, conceptual physics, introductory chemistry, etc.

Students learn topics including number properties and operations, solving equations (using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), multiple step equations, inequalities, polynomials, factors, fractions, exponents, scientific notation, rational numbers and equations, ratios, proportions, percents, non-linear factors, basic geometry, and basic probability.

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Prealgebra for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Prealgebra as well!

*I also support Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 coursework*

Precalculus

Precalculus serves as a bridge between the static understanding of algebra and the more dynamic understanding of calculus. It is a topic that most students will want to master in high school. Solid foundations in precalculus will give students the ability to excel with related topics: ACT, SAT, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, physics, chemistry, etc.

Students learn topics including sets, real numbers, complex numbers, solving inequalities and equations, properties of functions, composite functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, trigonometric functions, inverses, identities, conic sections, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, sequences and series, binomial theorem, vectors, parametric equations, polar coordinates, matrices and determinants, mathematical induction, and limits.

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Precalculus for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Precalculus as well!

*I also support AP Calculus AB & AP Calculus BC College Board examinations, as well as Calculus 1, Calculus 2, and Calculus 3 coursework*

Probability

Probability is the measure of how likely something will happen or the likelihood that a statement is true.

Students are usually first introduced to probability at the end of an algebra course. However, probability can use calculus to expand upon its algebraic formulations.

Probability may also be combined with statistics, and covered in a dedicated course, to provide a student with a more robust understanding of the subject matter.

Scientists must apply probabilities when using quantum mechanics (physicists), using the "threshold approach" (medical professionals), and using thermodynamic probabilities (chemists); engineers must apply probabilities to analyze uncertainty, reliability, and risk; and businesspersons must apply probabilities to analyze scenarios, sales forecasting, and risk evaluation. Therefore, Probability is a very useful and necessary subject. Students must learn it well to be successful in most technical professions.

I have assisted students with Probability & Statistics for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. This is in relation to business (administration and management), economics, psychology, and sociology. I have also assisted engineers with calculus-based Engineering Probability & Statistics for more than ten years. Additionally, I have extensive personal experience using probability and statistics in relation to physics (thermodynamics and quantum mechanics).

Probability is challenging, because although the calculations most times are manageable, the underlying conceptual understanding, leading to these calculations, can be difficult to develop.

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Probability for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Probability as well!

*I also support the AP Statistics College Board examination, as well as Statistics coursework*

Proofreading

Proofreading is a crucial step to the writing process. Before an academic research paper, essay, email, memo, or any other written document can be submitted or published, one must ensure that it is adequately proofread.

There are essentially two phases to the proofreading process. The first phase is called "overview editing". During this phase, the work is read for consistencies in message, structure, and organization. This is necessary to ensure the writing is adequately serving its purpose.

The second phase of the proofreading process is called "detailed analysis". During this phase, the work is read for consistencies in spelling, word usage, grammar, and punctuation. This will ensure that the writing conforms to widely recognized standards of written English.

I have supported students with the English and Writing sections of the ACT and the Writing and Essay sections of the PSAT and SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also supported university students with the Verbal and Essay sections of the GRE and GMAT for more than nine years.

Additionally, I offer in-session assistance with writing (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, sentence structure, organization) and out-session proofreading services. This combination allows students to improve their writing skills, while being able to rely on my expertise as a "safety net". I look forward to ensuring your success with proofreading!

*I also support English, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Essay Writing*

PSAT

The PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and PSAT/NMSQT are tightly aligned with the redesigned SAT and provide educators and students the chance to evaluate student progress. All three exams give students clear focus about the skills and knowledge that matter most for college and career success.

The new suite of PSATs test three content areas: reading, writing and language, and mathematics. As students progress from grade to grade, the tests keep pace, matching the scope and difficulty of work found in the classroom.

Although I graduated high school in three years, my sophomore year I received the following PSAT/NMSQT scores: Critical Reading 75, Mathematics 80, and Writing 75. This was enough to qualify as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. I have prepared students for the PSAT/NMSQT for more than thirteen years. Many of my students have reached the commended, semifinalist, and finalist stages of the selection process.

I look forward to ensuring your success with all sections of the PSAT!

*I also support all sections of the new SAT and ACT*

Reading

Reading Comprehension is a crucial skill for students to develop but difficult to master. Students must be able to understand the context of the words in individual sentences and also understand multiple concepts when reading longer passages.

There are two types of Reading Comprehension: concrete and abstract. Concrete comprehension skills are the easier of the two. They include the ability to answer questions when the information is explicitly stated in the passage. Concrete skills include vocabulary, main idea, fact or opinion, sequencing, following directions, and reading for details.

Abstract comprehension skills include inference, analysis, evaluation, drawing conclusions, and cause and effect. They require the reader to draw on prior knowledge and processing to identify what is not explicitly stated.

Readers must have adequate processing and working memory skills to enable them to take in new information, to identify and to categorize it, to merge it with previously learned concepts, and to adequately respond.

I have supported students with the Reading section of the ACT and the Critical Reading portion of the PSAT and SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also supported university students with the Verbal sections of the GRE and GMAT for more than nine years.

I look forward to ensuring your success with Reading Comprehension!

*I also support English, Grammar, Editing and/or Proofreading, Vocabulary, and Essay Writing*

SAT Math

The redesign of the new SAT affects the way the test is structured, administered, timed, and scored. There is an optional essay, fewer multiple choice questions, and no penalty for wrong answers. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis.

The new SAT Mathematics section gives students fifty-five minutes with a calculator to answer thirty-seven questions. It also gives students twenty-five minutes without a calculator to answer twenty questions. There are multiple choice and grid-in questions, as well as one item set grid-in question.

The questions have a concentrated focus on problem-solving and data analysis (28%), "The Heart of Algebra" (35%), "Passport to Advanced Math" (27%), and additional topic in math (10%). Questions require real-world problem solving strategies and are accompanied by informational graphics.

During our sessions, students learn numerous concepts including linear equations, quadratic equations, counting methods, combinatorics (combinations and permutations), factoring (difference of squares and perfect square trinomials), inequalities and absolute values, complex fractions, simplifications, rational functions, arithmetic and geometric sequences, rationalizations, translations and symmetry, logarithms, right triangle geometry (Pythagorean Theorem and triplets, basic trigonometric functions, "special" side ratios), circles (general formula, completing the square, circumference, area, sectors), polygons (triangles, parallelograms, trapezoids), basic probability, etc.

I scored a 760 in Critical Reading and an 800 in mathematics for a total score of 1560; both of these scores are in the 99th percentile. I have also prepared students for the Mathematics section of the SAT for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. Many of my students have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Princeton, Brown, University of California: Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.

I look forward to ensuring your success with the new SAT Mathematics section!

*I also support all sections of the new PSATs, the Reading and Writing & Language sections of the new SAT, and all sections of the ACT*

SAT Reading

The redesign of the new SAT affects the way the test is structured, administered, timed, and scored. There is an optional essay, fewer multiple choice questions, and no penalty for wrong answers. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis.

The new SAT Reading section is evidence-based and no longer contains sentence completions. Students are given sixty-five minutes to complete questions based on passages of 500-750 words. Excerpts are taken from U.S. and World literature, history and social studies, and the sciences. Compared to the duration of the ACT reading section of only thirty-five minutes, the new SAT Reading section requires students to have prolonged focus and endurance.

Over the years, I have devised an extremely useful method for reading comprehension that applies to all levels of academics. I reinforce this method with challenging homework assignments. Students are asked to complete official and unofficial examinations, so they become proficient at applying the methodology.

I scored a 760 in Critical Reading and an 800 in Mathematics for a total score of 1560; both of these scores are in the 99th percentile. I have prepared students for the Reading section of the SAT for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. Many of my students have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Princeton, Brown, University of California: Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.

I look forward to ensuring your success with the new SAT Reading section!

*I also support all sections of the new PSATs, the Mathematics and Writing & Language sections of the new SAT, and all sections of the ACT*

SAT Writing

The redesign of the new SAT affects the way the test is structured, administered, timed, and scored. There is an optional essay, fewer multiple choice questions, and no penalty for wrong answers. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis.

The new SAT Writing & Language section gives students thirty-five minutes to answer questions with a concentrated focus on "Expression of Ideas" and "Standard English Conventions". Passages take the form of arguments, informative/explanatory texts, or nonfiction narratives and relate to careers, history and social studies, humanities, and science. Passages are also several paragraphs long so students can engage in complex, real-world revision and editing tasks, and students will often need to have a good understanding of one or more paragraphs, or even an entire passage, to answer a particular question.

I scored a 760 in Critical Reading and an 800 in mathematics for a total score of 1560; both of these scores are in the 99th percentile. I have also prepared students for the Writing & Language section of the SAT for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. Many of my students have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Princeton, Brown, University of California: Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.

I look forward to ensuring your success with the new SAT Writing & Language section!

*I also support all sections of the new PSATs, the Mathematics and Reading sections of the new SAT, and all sections of the ACT*

SPSS

SPSS Statistics is a software package used for statistical analysis. Long produced by SPSS Inc., it was acquired by IBM in 2009. The current versions are officially named IBM SPSS Statistics. The software name originally stood for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), reflecting the original market, although the software is now popular in other fields as well, including the health sciences and marketing.

SPSS is a widely used program for statistical analysis in social science. Many university courses require students to have a well-developed understanding of many of the functions of SPSS. It is also used by market researchers, health researchers, survey companies, government, education researchers, marketing organizations, data miners, and others.

I have extensive experience using SPSS in relation to social science courses. I have assisted university students enrolled in various sociology, psychology, and health field programs to better understand the power and simplicity of computational statistics.

SPSS is challenging to learn, because many students lack experience with statistical software and technology in general. I have assisted students with SPSS for more than nine years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with SPSS as well!

*I also support Minitab coursework*

SSAT

The SSAT is designed for students who are seeking entrance to independent schools. The purpose of the SSAT is to measure the basic verbal, quantitative, and reading skills students develop over time—skills that are needed for successful performance in independent schools.

The SSAT measures three main content areas: verbal, quantitative, and reading skills that students develop over time, both in and out of school. It emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential for academic success.

I have helped students gain admission to independent and select schools for the past thirteen years with outstanding results. On average, students have scored in the 80th to 90th percentiles on the verbal, quantitative, and reading comprehension sections of the SSAT (average percentile rankings vary by section). I am also able to help students to become more proficient writers.

I look forward to ensuring your success with all sections of the SSAT!

*I also support all sections of the ISEE, COOP, and HSPT*

Statistics

Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data.

Students are usually first introduced to statistics at the college or university level. Many formulations of statistics rely on algebra. However, Statistics can be combined with Calculus to create more useful and meaningful results.

Statistics may also be combined with Probability, and covered in a dedicated course, to provide a student with a more robust understanding of the subject matter.

Scientists must apply Statistics when using thermodynamics (physicists), using statistical models to guide diagnosis and treatment (medical professionals), and using statistical tools for analytical chemistry (chemists); engineers must apply Statistics to analyze production costs, to maintain parameters in a controlled process, and to ensure quality control; and businesspersons must apply Statistics to make sound decisions in the face of uncertainty (market fluctuations; economic viability; evaluation of competitors, industry, and target customer groups). Therefore, Statistics is a very useful and necessary subject. Students must learn it well to be successful in most technical professions.

Statistics is challenging, because although the calculations most times are manageable, the underlying conceptual understanding, leading to the calculations, can be difficult to develop.

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Statistics for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Statistics as well!

*I also support the AP Statistics College Board examination, as well as Probability & Statistics coursework*

Study Skills

Study Skills are crucial to find success with academics. Many times, it is not the intelligence or disposition of a student that causes difficulties. Instead, it is the approach of the student that needs "fine tuning". This is where effective Study Skills can make the difference.

Throughout my educational pursuits, both as a student and as an academic coach, I have developed organized, logical, and structured approaches. Not only am I able to provide outstanding support for most standardized examinations and mathematics and science courses, but I can also teach effective methods for students to improve their Study Skills.

Together, we will develop productive habits that will benefit your personal and professional lives for years to come. These habits include increasing organization, maintaining focus and attention, improving time management, developing confidence and inspiration for learning, making consistent efforts, being proactive, etc.

I have assisted students for more than thirteen years with standardized examination preparation and supplemental coaching. I truly care about the success of my student and do everything in my power to promote their understanding and growth. I look forward to ensuring your success by solidifying your Study Skills!

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is a somewhat disparate topic when compared to algebra. Most students prefer algebra to trigonometry, because they have more experience manipulating equations. However, trigonometry is an important component of mathematics. Solid foundations in trigonometry will give students the ability to excel with related topics: ACT, SAT, calculus, chemistry, physics, etc.

Students learn topics including angles, degrees, special triangles, trigonometric functions, identities, right triangle trigonometry, radians (measure, conversion, arc length, area, velocities), graphing, inverse trigonometric functions, identities and formulas (sum and difference, double-angle, half-angle), solving trigonometric equations, parametric equations, complex numbers, and polar coordinates.

I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Trigonometry for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Trigonometry as well!

*I also support Geometry coursework*

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is an essential part of a well-rounded education and allows students to increase their proficiencies with English. This includes speaking, listening, reading comprehension (context usage), and writing (sentence variation, style).

Additionally, students who have a well-defined Vocabulary have decisive advantages over their peers at school (independent/select secondary schools and undergraduate/graduate programs).

Typically, students choose to increase their Vocabulary in preparation for standardized examinations. I have assisted students with this endeavor for the past thirteen years in relation to the ISEE, SSAT, ACT, PSAT-NMSQT, and SAT, as well as for the past nine years in relation to the GRE and GMAT.

Improvements will not only allow youto find more success with your academic pursuits, they will also reflect more positively on your efforts and accomplishments. I look forward to ensuring your success with learning Vocabulary!

*I also support English, Grammar, Editing and/or Proofreading, Reading Comprehension, and Essay Writing*

Writing

Writing is an essential part of a well-rounded education. Proficiency with Writing allows students to increase their command of the English language. This includes building confidence through a sense of one's own voice, creating and strengthening identities, fostering emotional growth and coping skills, developing critical thinking skills, and understanding and communicating complicated ideas. Most importantly, Writing leads to guaranteed improvement in academic achievement.

Additionally, Writing is the primary basis upon which students' work, learning, and intellect is evaluated in college/university, in the workplace, and in the community.

Many times, students choose to increase their proficiency with Writing in preparation for standardized examinations. I have assisted students with the essay sections of the ISEE, SSAT, ACT, PSAT-NMSQT, and SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also assisted students with the writing portions of the GRE and GMAT for more than nine years.

Improved Writing will not allow you to find more success with your academic pursuits, but it will also reflect positively on your efforts and accomplishments! I look forward to ensuring your success with Writing!

*I also support English, Grammar, Editing and/or Proofreading, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary*

University of Michigan
Pre-Med
Wayne State University - Physics
Master's
Wayne State University - Applied Mathematics
Master's

Education

University of Michigan (Pre-Med)

Wayne State University - Physics (Master's)

Wayne State University - Applied Mathematics (Master's)

Helped to change the way I approach my life. — I work forty hours each week, plus twenty or more hours of overtime, so I needed someone who could accommodate my hectic schedule. I was also at a crossroad in my life and wanted to retake the GRE. I needed someone to inspire me to success, so I searched “high and low” for a tutor and found Brandon. To prepare, I met with Brandon for approximately four months at his West Bloomfield residence. ...

— Rene, Sterling Heights, MI on 11/17/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

On weekends, I hold discounted group sessions in a conference room adjacent to my executive office.

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