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Brandon S.

Bloomfield Hills, MI

$125/hour

Master Certified Coach: GMAT, GRE, ACT, (P)SAT, English, Math, Physics

3250+ Hours
5.0 average from 1626 ratings
GMAT: 720 (Q46, V42) & GRE: 328 (Q166, V162)
— Omar, Dearborn, MI on 2/28/17

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University of Michigan
Pre-Med
Wayne State University - Physics (Magna Cum Laude)
Master's
Wayne State University - Applied Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude)
Master's

Education

University of Michigan (Pre-Med)

Wayne State University - Physics (Magna Cum Laude) (Master's)

Wayne State University - Applied Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude) (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. Please also read the "subjects" section for more specific information. I want you 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 and experienced. In addition to my graduate degrees, I haven taken several courses through online venues provided by Stanford, University of California: Berkeley, and Columbia. I also have nine consecutive years of Master Gold Certification from the American Tutoring Association (ATA) verifying my background, teaching expertise, and 2700+ hours of documented coaching in addition to my hours through WyzAnt.

You and your loved ones will receive support from a coach who has developed insight and perspective having taught middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from numerous states and countries. I have 15+ years of coaching experience: 6+ years part-time as a private undergraduate/graduate tutor and 9+ years full-time as an Academic Coach.

You and your loved ones will receive the help you need without having to work with numerous "tutors" for disparate topics. I am qualified to coach the quantitative (mathematics and science) and verbal (reading and writing) sections of every standardized examination I support. I have scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT (35), SAT (1560), GMAT (790: Q51, V47), and GRE (339: 169V, 170Q). Manhattan Prep, Princeton Review, and Kaplan have requested my expertise for the GMAT and GRE on multiple occasions.

Services:

You and your loved ones will learn in quiet, comfortable, and professional environments and will benefit from flexible scheduling. For national and international students, I provide convenient online sessions. For local students, in addition to online sessions, I provide in-person (1-2 students) and small group (3-5 students) sessions at my office/conference room in Bloomfield Hills. I work as an Academic Coach full-time, so I am able to meet with students from 9:00am to 6:00pm EST every day of the week. I am also available mornings, afternoons, and evenings during holiday breaks and summer months.

You and your loved ones will receive the resources you need to achieve success. I provide official materials (GMAC, ETS, ACT, College Board, etc.), unofficial materials (Manhattan Prep, Veritas, Princeton Review, Kaplan, Aristotle Prep, Barron, McGraw Hill, etc.), textbooks, worksheets/workbooks, equation/vocabulary references, etc. I also furnish detailed solutions to session and homework exercises to ensure understanding and completeness.

Mission:

I act as a teacher, manager, mentor, organizer, counselor, resource expert, educational consultant, and motivational speaker. I create both short 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 (when applicable).

I build professional relationships based on respect, trust, and cooperation, allowing me to bridge the separation between the positions in which students find themselves and those in which they prefer 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 both 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 that 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 that they appreciate the thorough communication I provide and admire the influence I have on their children.

Our sessions are an investment in your future; not only will you learn information and techniques necessary to excel at your studies, but you will also gain a firm educational foundation that will serve both your personal and professional lives for years to come. 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. Please also read the "subjects" section for more specific information. I want you to make informed decisions and to receive
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Depending on the time of year and my availability, I provide discounts for students who schedule mornings and early afternoons during the week.

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Travels within 20 miles of Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
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"GMAT: 720 (Q46, V42) & GRE: 328 (Q166, V162)"

- Omar, Dearborn, MI on 2/28/17
Brandon replied on 5/20/2017

Omar, thank you so much for your kind words! It was an absolute pleasure working with you online! I'm so glad we had the opportunity to get to know each other! You definitely earned these scores, and I know you will find even more success in the near future! I wish you nothing but the best! Thank you!

"Great ACT Preparation"

- Scott, Dearborn, MI on 7/14/17

"Knowledgeable & Helpful"

- Garyn, Troy, MI on 6/4/17
Brandon replied on 6/7/2017

Garyn, thank you very much for providing feedback already. I'm glad my instruction is making a difference for you. Your success is extremely important to me, and I look forward to witnessing your growth with time. I also hope you will update your feedback once we have the chance to work more together. Thank you!

"MCAT Coach Who Makes a Difference - 500 to 515"

- Amal, Dearborn, MI on 3/16/17
Brandon replied on 3/16/2017

Amal, you initially came to me for help with the GMAT. I am so glad you chose to revisit the MCAT after learning that I support both exams. You worked extremely hard and deserve these results. I wish you good fortune in medical school. Thank you!

"GMAT Success: Substantial Improvements in No Time at All!!"

- Drew, Royal Oak, MI on 12/16/16
Brandon replied on 3/1/2017

Thank you so much for your kind words, Drew! I'm elated you found so much success, and I wish you good fortune in business school!

"Great teacher"

- Alicia, Townsend, DE on 7/31/16
Brandon replied on 8/2/2016

Thank you for your kind words, Alicia. I hope you find success with your upcoming GRE. Thank you!

"Great ACT prep!"

- Gia, Washington, NJ on 7/10/16
Brandon replied on 7/10/2016

Thank you kindly for your detailed review of my interactions with your daughter, Gia. She was a joy with which to work. I am elated she found so much success with the ACT and her courses. I wish you and your family good fortune. Thanks again!

"Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor!"

- Anisha, Farmington, MI on 7/7/16
Brandon replied on 7/10/2016

Thank you so much for your feedback, Anisha! I always appreciate when students leave feedback promptly. I look forward to an update about our interactions once you find the success you deserve with the GMAT. Thank you for this opportunity!

"Great lesson!"

- Patrick, Sandy, UT on 7/2/16
Brandon replied on 7/10/2016

I very much appreciate your feedback, Patrick! You did very well during our first session and learned much. I look forward to receiving an update from you once you accomplish your goals. Thank you!

"Brilliant tutor!"

- Rabia, Flower Mound, TX on 5/18/16
Brandon replied on 5/18/2016

Rabia, you are so very welcome! I'm glad you found our first session so beneficial. I will continue to do all I can to improve your performance on the GRE. I look forward to our next session!

"Present and Involved Tutor"

- Travis, San Clemente, CA on 4/28/16
Brandon replied on 4/29/2016

Thank you for your feedback. It was my pleasure to assist you with the GMAT last night. I will continue to do all I can to ensure your success and look forward to our future meetings. Thank you!

"GMAT"

- David, Northville, MI on 4/26/16
Brandon replied on 4/27/2016

Thank you for your feedback, David. I look forward to ensuring your success with all sections of the GMAT. Keep up the good work!

"My Dream GRE Scores (V165 Q158)!"

- Ahmad, Dearborn, MI on 4/22/16
Brandon replied on 4/24/2016

What great news, Ahmad! You worked extremely hard and earned the scores you deserve. I'm sure you'll do just as well in graduate school. Congratulations!

"Crushed the GMAT!! – 420 to 710 (92nd Percentile)"

- Andrew, Doylestown, PA on 4/17/16
Brandon replied on 4/19/2016

I am thrilled you were able to score in the 700s, Drew! You worked very hard and responded very well to my instruction. Well done, and keep me updated about where you plan to attend graduate business school. Congrats!

"Great Math Tutor"

- Kelle, Bloomfield Hills, MI on 3/19/16
Brandon replied on 3/21/2016

Thank you for providing feedback so soon, Kelle. I very much look forward to working with Travis in the near future. He has much potential, and I am confident he will find the success he deserves!

"Great tutor!"

- Nekita, Detroit, MI on 3/10/16
Brandon replied on 3/21/2016

You're welcome, Nekita! It is my pleasure to help ensure your success with the GMAT. We have much to do, but I know you will vastly improve your performance with time. Thank you for this opportunity!

"Very knowledgeable in ACT prep!!"

- erika, Sterling Heights, MI on 2/21/16
Brandon replied on 2/22/2016

Thank you for the positive feedback, Daneilla. We definitely had a very productive first session. We still have much to do, but I am confident you will greatly improve your performance. I look forward to our next meeting!

"Brandon aka the GMAT Guru: 630 to 740!!"

- Jake, Birmingham, MI on 12/12/15
Brandon replied on 12/12/2015

Jake, I was so pleasantly surprised when you contacted me the other day to inform me of your 740 score! Thank you so much for giving a detailed description of who I am and what I have to offer potential students. It was an absolute pleasure working with you, and I wish you good fortune with all of your future endeavors!

"Positive beginnings!"

- Chris, New York, NY on 11/23/15
Brandon replied on 11/24/2015

Thank you for your feedback, Chris. Our efforts were productive during our first meeting. I look forward to more of the same in the near future. Thank you!

"The Absolute Best Coach for the GMAT!"

- Benjamin, Berkley, MI on 10/12/15
Brandon replied on 10/14/2015

Ben, thank you so much for your overwhelmingly positive review! I am elated you benefited so much from our interactions! You are a very dedicated and hardworking student, and this is clearly reflected by the scores you were able to earn. Well done, and good fortune to you!

"Very thorough and patient!"

- Jerry, Utica, MI on 9/25/15
Brandon replied on 9/26/2015

Lucy, what a pleasant surprise hearing from you! It was my pleasure to meet with you online yesterday. We definitely had a productive session, and I'm elated you feel more confident and at ease. I look forward to working with you more in the future. Thank you!

"Very knowledgeable and easy to understand."

- Danielle, Birmingham, MI on 9/8/15
Brandon replied on 10/8/2015

Danielle, thank you so much for your feedback. We definitely had a productive session together online yesterday, and I'm glad you found it so beneficial. I look forward to more of the same very soon! Keep up the good work!

"Excellent tutor and teaching style"

- Shaan, Plymouth, MI on 9/2/15
Brandon replied on 11/30/2015

Shaan, thank you for taking the time to update your review of my services! I very much appreciate your willingness to provide such a detailed overview of my coaching. I thoroughly enjoyed our time together and am elated you scored so well in both of your University calculus-based physics courses. Good fortune to you with your pursuits!

"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
Brandon replied on 10/8/2015

Andrew, thank you kindly for your feedback. You worked very hard during our sesssions, and it definitely paid off. I appreciate having the opportunity to support your efforts. Good fortune with your efforts in medical school!

"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 8/6/15
Brandon replied on 8/7/2015

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 7/13/2015

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 6/19/15
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 4/3/2014

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 1/28/14
Brandon replied on 4/4/2014

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!

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

- Rene, Sterling Heights, MI on 11/18/13
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!

"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 5/15/13
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 4/29/13
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, PSAT
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, COOP/HSPT,
GMAT, GRE, ISEE,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT
Language:
Reading,
Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Writing

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 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 fourteen years. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities such as Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California: Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.

During our sessions, we work through official examinations. Students learn numerous concepts including, but not limited to, subject/verb agreement, parallel structure/parallelism, pronouns (nominative, objective, and possessive), independent and dependent clauses, punctuation (commas, semicolons, colons, and dashes), active and passive voice, dangling modifiers, verb conjugation of several tenses, phrases and clauses (apposition, preposition, adjective, adverbial, infinitive), etc.

I reinforce concepts learned during sessions with challenging homework assignments using resources from Kaplan, The Princeton Review, and McGraw Hill. I ask students to complete both unofficial examinations and content-specific assignments for additional practice and to strengthen inconsistencies.

I look forward to ensuring your success with ACT English!

*I also support the Mathematics, Reading, Science, & Enhanced Writing 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, (P)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, Algebra 2, Math Studies, Integrated Mathematics 1, Integrated Mathematics 2, and Integrated Mathematics 3 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, (P)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, Algebra 1, Math Studies, Integrated Mathematics 1, Integrated Mathematics 2, and Integrated Mathematics 3 coursework*

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 and applications in the fields of 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!

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*

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, Math Studies, Integrated Mathematics 1, Integrated Mathematics 2, and Integrated Mathematics 3 coursework*

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. 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*

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*

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 Statistics, Math Studies, Integrated Mathematics 2, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL, Further Mathematics HL, and the AP Statistics College Board examination*

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.

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: Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California: Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.

During our sessions, we work through official SAT 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 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, the SAT Mathematics Levels 1 & 2 subject tests, 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.

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: Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California: Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.

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 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, the SAT Mathematics Levels 1 & 2 and Physics subject tests, 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: Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California: Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.

During our sessions, we work through official SAT 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 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, the SAT Mathematics Levels 1 & 2 and Physics subject tests, and all sections of the ACT*

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 Probability, Math Studies, Integrated Mathematics 2, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL, Further Mathematics HL, and the AP Statistics College Board examination*

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, Math Studies, Integrated Mathematics 1, Integrated Mathematics 2, and Integrated Mathematics 3 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 you to 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 (Magna Cum Laude)
Master's
Wayne State University - Applied Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude)
Master's

Education

University of Michigan (Pre-Med)

Wayne State University - Physics (Magna Cum Laude) (Master's)

Wayne State University - Applied Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude) (Master's)

GMAT: 720 (Q46, V42) & GRE: 328 (Q166, V162)

I needed help with the GMAT and GRE, because I was applying to multiple programs: Masters in Health Administration, Masters in Marketing, and M.B.A. I was initially scoring just above the 35th percentile on both exams. With Brandon’s help, I scored much higher than I ever thought I would: GMAT - 720 (Q46, V42) & GRE - 328 (Q166, V162)! Not only did Brandon teach me the concepts and approaches n

— Omar, Dearborn, MI on 2/28/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $125.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Depending on the time of year and my availability, I provide discounts for students who schedule mornings and early afternoons during the week.

Travel policy

Brandon will travel within 20 miles of Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.