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Daniel J.

Pro TestPrep Dvlpr (AP Phys & SAT) / Mdcl Rsrchr (AP Bio/Chem)

Pro TestPrep Dvlpr (AP Phys & SAT) / Mdcl Rsrchr (AP Bio/Chem)

$75/hour

  • 2,400 hours tutoring

  • Bedminster, NJ 07921

About Daniel


Bio

Though I work by day developing the AP Physics Exam for an internationally renowned testing firm in Princeton, I’m available to tutor on weekday evenings (in-person near Princeton, but online anywhere) and weekends (in-person throughout central and northern NJ, but online anywhere).
MY TEACHING & TUTORING EXPERIENCE
• w/i a few sessions for most students, guides their independent study
• earned Master’s Degree in HS Science Education while teaching HS Biology in NYC
• developer/teacher of...

Though I work by day developing the AP Physics Exam for an internationally renowned testing firm in Princeton, I’m available to tutor on weekday evenings (in-person near Princeton, but online anywhere) and weekends (in-person throughout central and northern NJ, but online anywhere).
MY TEACHING & TUTORING EXPERIENCE
• w/i a few sessions for most students, guides their independent study
• earned Master’s Degree in HS Science Education while teaching HS Biology in NYC
• developer/teacher of SAT Prep courses for college prep firm in China (Shenzhen) & educational foundation in US (Princeton)
• trains others to tutor SAT Prep
• trains Science peer-tutors @ colleges
• developer/director of Hybrid Tutoring (ie, online 1-to-1 sessions w/ an in-person follow-up available for each session) for above-mentioned Princeton educational foundation
• professional tutor in private learning centers, online, and in homes since 2006
• National Tutoring Association member

MY SCIENCE EXPERIENCE
• scored 100% on general Science content knowledge test required to teach any HS Science in NJ
• trained mechanical engineer (Physics)
• former biomedical researcher (Biology & Chemistry)
• developer of AP Exam Prep (Physics) iPhone app for educational software firm
• trained as MCAT (Physics & Chemistry) instructor by a national test-prep firm

EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, CONFIRMED BY MY OWN EXPERIENCE AS A STUDENT (I HAVE 2 MASTER’S DEGREES), HAS FOUND THAT STUDENTS LEARN BEST IN GROUP STUDY. MY TUTORING THUS SIMULATES GROUP STUDY, BUT WITH AN ADVANTAGE: MY CONTENT EXPERTISE & TEACHING EXPERIENCE ENABLE ME TO ASK STUDENTS CRITICAL CONCEPT-REVEALING QUESTIONS. I THEN SUBTLY GUIDE THE STUDENTS IN THEIR ANSWERS.

Hourly Rate = As Posted
Note: To obtain a rate not posted, the associated tutoring rates listed below are available only if you EXPLICITLY agree (via e-mail) to the conditions listed below for the associated rates.

For $90/hr, the following 1-to-1 tutoring is offered:
Restrictions…………………………None
Available Subjects………………Science (Chemistry, Physics, or Biology. Level = high school, AP, or college general), Math (any high school level, esp Calculus), Test Prep: SAT1/ACT (Math, Science, Reading, Writing), SAT2 (Math1or2, Chem/Phys/Bio), MCAT
Location of Session1…………Public space determined mutually
Subsequent Location…………Wherever You Wish (eg, your home)
Service Area………………………w/i 40 miles of Woodbridge, NJ
Suggested for Science………Over 24 hrs prior to session, student attempts his/her HW problems & e-mails me the ones that he/she needs to review during session
Included:
College Study Skill Development (integrated into tutoring for no extra charge)
College Financial Planning (discounts for certified financial planner)
College Selection & Application (discounts for online & in-person services)

For $45/hr, the following 1-to-1 tutoring is offered:
Restrictions: 1) Student must have attempted his/her HW problems & e-mailed me the ones that he/she needs to review. 2) Student must also coordinate w/ a schoolmate who has same HW. 3) Schoolmate must take the tutoring session immediately after (or before) the student’s. Both of these sessions must take place in the same location, either the student's or the schoolmate's home.
Available Subjects……………………Chemistry & Physics (only AP level)
Location of Session1…………………Public space determined mutually
Subsequent Location…………………Student’s home or schoolmate's home
Service Area……………………………w/i 40 miles of Woodbridge, NJ

For $45/hr per student, the following 1-to-2 (pair) tutoring is offered:
Restrictions: 1) Students must have attempted their HW problems & e-mailed me the ones that they need to review. 2) Students must also coordinate w/ one another. They must both have the same HW.
Available Subjects………………………Chemistry & Physics (only AP or college levels)
Location of Session1…………………Public space determined mutually
Subsequent Location………………Public space, student’s home or schoolmate's home
Service Area………………………………w/i 40 miles of Woodbridge, NJ

Session Lengths
for AP Science………2 hr
for Math…………………2 hr
for MCAT Prep…………2 hr
for SAT/ACT Prep……1.5 hr


Education

The Evergreen State College
Mech Engnrng Physics
Rutgers / University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ
Masters
City University of New York, Hunter College
Masters

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $150 for in-person / $75 for online
  • Rate details: 10% off in-person rate for: - over 2 hr session length - referring other students (This discount applies each week during which your referral(s) also has a session w/ me)
  • Travel policy: Within 40 miles of Bedminster, NJ 07921
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/10/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Elementary Education

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have a Masters in Education, and I teach STEM study skills in the context of problem solving in Science & Math. I developed these study methods for myself when I was a college student studying Math & Science (Pre-Engineering). These methods proved very successful when combined with study partnering. My tutoring, thus, is essentially a support of these independent study methods, combined with my study partnering with the student.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

ACT English is composed mainly of 2 types of multiple choice questions: Grammar questions and Style questions. Accordingly, my tutoring is broken up into these 2 separate components. Whether you need both depends upon an OBJECTIVE assessment of your performance on a relatively brief pre-test that I request you take prior to this ACT Prep course. Problem-solving strategies for both types of questions are developed via an ACT Prep text, but practiced - and augmented - under my expert guidance in a workbook during our sessions.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

Most of my ACT Prep methods, including my Reading Prep method, are based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes Method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Reading weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Reading workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Reading sections of Practice Tests. Edit
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As the Senior Developer of SAT Prep for a Shenzhen (China) firm that guides high school students through the process of selecting and applying to US colleges, my SAT Prep Reading focus is on problem-solving strategies. Most of my SAT Prep methods, including my Reading Prep method, are based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes Method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Reading weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Reading workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Reading sections of Practice Tests. RE the new SAT: I've learned to take my lead from Princeton Review's SAT Prep books. These books have now integrated changes for the new SAT. I have thus updated my course accordingly.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I helped a recent SAT Writing student get a perfect Writing score. (On a previous SAT, for which I had been hired to prep her in Math only, the student had raised her Math score by 100 points, but she was unsatisfied w/ her Writing score. Unfortunately, since her tutoring was not through WyzAnt, none of her feedback is posted below.) SAT Writing is composed of Grammar (i.e., multiple-choice questions) and the Essay. Accordingly, my tutoring is broken up into these 2 separate components. Whether you need both depends upon an OBJECTIVE assessment of your performance on a relatively brief pre-test that I request you take prior to this SAT Prep course. Grammar Tutoring: Problem-solving strategies are developed via an SAT Prep text, but practiced - and augmented - under my expert guidance in a workbook during our sessions. Essay Tutoring: A high-scoring SAT Essay is not simply like a well-written standard essay. Hence, strategies for writing SAT Essays are not the same as methods for writing standard essays. Again, using an SAT Prep text, strategies for writing the SAT Essay are developed. Between sessions & during sessions (i.e. under my DIRECT guidance & review), the student will practice these strategies. RE the new SAT: I've learned to take my lead from Princeton Review's SAT Prep books. These books have now integrated changes for the new SAT. I have thus updated my course accordingly.
TOEFL

TOEFL

My tutoring preps students for all components of TOEFL: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. I have been trained & certified to score the Speaking component of TOEFL, so I tutor Speaking. Since I'm an experienced (approx. 800 hours) SAT Prep tutor, I also tutor the Reading & Writing components of TOEFL. And of course, I also tutor the Listening component - I'm a native-born American, so I have listened to American English for over 50 years. FYI: For the education consulting firm at which I tutor SAT Prep in Shenzhen (near Hong Kong), I also teach a TOEFL Prep (Speaking) course I developed.

Homeschool

Biology,

Biology

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching (Biology specialty) & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Biology, including AP Biology (i.e. college Bio taught in high school). For AP Biology sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using 2 modes of study: 1. acquisition (mostly through reading of the AP text while I pose strategic questions) AND 2. quality-check of study (mostly through answering multiple choice questions using my "honesty method" and answering interactive questions in a study guide) During Spring Break, and until the AP Exam, I concentrate on the Essay and practicing strategies for answering Multiple Choice questions.
Calculus,

Calculus

As a student and tutor of Physics, I've long used Calculus as a tool. The methods that I use to tutor Calculus are similar to those I use to tutor Physics. My Calculus tutoring is tailored to students who wish to study Calculus (and perhaps also Chem, Physics, and/or Biology) themselves, but sometimes want discreet hints or conceptual clarification in their independent study. In the context of guiding students through their solving of quantitative problems, I provide such backup strategically. Moreover, thanks to my knowledge of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Calculus (I similarly "StudyPartner" with students in all these subjects, as well as tutoring MCAT Prep), I can also show students connections to these other subjects. For AP Calculus sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies and practice for the Multiple Choice (MC) section of the AP Exam.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Chemistry, including college Chemistry & AP Chemistry (i.e. college Chem taught in high school). For AP Chem sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies and practice for the Multiple Choice section of the AP Exam.
Physics,

Physics

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Physics, including college Physics & AP Physics (i.e., college Physics taught in high school). The methods and schedule that I use to tutor Physics are similar to those used for the other Science I tutor that is based on quantitative HW problems: Chemistry. Hence, for AP Physics sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies & practice for the Multiple Choice (MC) section of the AP Exam. For Physics, the calculator ban for the MC section limits the types of questions that can be asked. These types of questions have inherent weaknesses that the student can exploit.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I helped a recent SAT Math student raise her Math score by 100 points. (Unfortunately, since her tutoring was not through WyzAnt, her feedback is not posted below.) Thanks to my Physics background, I regularly use Math as a tool. My SAT Math method is based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes Method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Math weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Math workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Math sections of Practice Tests. RE the new SAT: I've learned to take my lead from Princeton Review's SAT Prep books. These books have now integrated changes for the new SAT. I've thus updated my course accordingly.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As the Senior Developer of SAT Prep for a Shenzhen (China) firm that guides high school students through the process of selecting and applying to US colleges, my SAT Prep Reading focus is on problem-solving strategies. Most of my SAT Prep methods, including my Reading Prep method, are based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes Method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Reading weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Reading workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Reading sections of Practice Tests. RE the new SAT: I've learned to take my lead from Princeton Review's SAT Prep books. These books have now integrated changes for the new SAT. I have thus updated my course accordingly.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have a Masters in Education, and I teach STEM study skills in the context of problem solving in Science & Math. I developed these study methods for myself when I was a college student studying Math & Science (Pre-Engineering). These methods proved very successful when combined with study partnering. My tutoring, thus, is essentially a support of these independent study methods, combined with my study partnering with the student.

Language

TOEFL

TOEFL

My tutoring preps students for all components of TOEFL: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. I have been trained & certified to score the Speaking component of TOEFL, so I tutor Speaking. Since I'm an experienced (approx. 800 hours) SAT Prep tutor, I also tutor the Reading & Writing components of TOEFL. And of course, I also tutor the Listening component - I'm a native-born American, so I have listened to American English for over 50 years. FYI: For the education consulting firm at which I tutor SAT Prep in Shenzhen (near Hong Kong), I also teach a TOEFL Prep (Speaking) course I developed.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

ACT Math is similar to SAT Math. I helped a recent SAT Math student raise her Math score by 100 points. (Unfortunately, since her tutoring was not through WyzAnt, her feedback is not posted below.) Thanks to my Physics background, I regularly use Math as a tool. My ACT Math method is based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Math weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Math workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Math sections of Practice Tests.
Calculus,

Calculus

As a student and tutor of Physics, I've long used Calculus as a tool. The methods that I use to tutor Calculus are similar to those I use to tutor Physics. My Calculus tutoring is tailored to students who wish to study Calculus (and perhaps also Chem, Physics, and/or Biology) themselves, but sometimes want discreet hints or conceptual clarification in their independent study. In the context of guiding students through their solving of quantitative problems, I provide such backup strategically. Moreover, thanks to my knowledge of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Calculus (I similarly "StudyPartner" with students in all these subjects, as well as tutoring MCAT Prep), I can also show students connections to these other subjects. For AP Calculus sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies and practice for the Multiple Choice (MC) section of the AP Exam.
Physics,

Physics

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Physics, including college Physics & AP Physics (i.e., college Physics taught in high school). The methods and schedule that I use to tutor Physics are similar to those used for the other Science I tutor that is based on quantitative HW problems: Chemistry. Hence, for AP Physics sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies & practice for the Multiple Choice (MC) section of the AP Exam. For Physics, the calculator ban for the MC section limits the types of questions that can be asked. These types of questions have inherent weaknesses that the student can exploit.
SAT Math

SAT Math

I helped a recent SAT Math student raise her Math score by 100 points. (Unfortunately, since her tutoring was not through WyzAnt, her feedback is not posted below.) Thanks to my Physics background, I regularly use Math as a tool. My SAT Math method is based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes Method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Math weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Math workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Math sections of Practice Tests. RE the new SAT: I've learned to take my lead from Princeton Review's SAT Prep books. These books have now integrated changes for the new SAT. I've thus updated my course accordingly.

Most Popular

Biology,

Biology

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching (Biology specialty) & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Biology, including AP Biology (i.e. college Bio taught in high school). For AP Biology sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using 2 modes of study: 1. acquisition (mostly through reading of the AP text while I pose strategic questions) AND 2. quality-check of study (mostly through answering multiple choice questions using my "honesty method" and answering interactive questions in a study guide) During Spring Break, and until the AP Exam, I concentrate on the Essay and practicing strategies for answering Multiple Choice questions.
Calculus,

Calculus

As a student and tutor of Physics, I've long used Calculus as a tool. The methods that I use to tutor Calculus are similar to those I use to tutor Physics. My Calculus tutoring is tailored to students who wish to study Calculus (and perhaps also Chem, Physics, and/or Biology) themselves, but sometimes want discreet hints or conceptual clarification in their independent study. In the context of guiding students through their solving of quantitative problems, I provide such backup strategically. Moreover, thanks to my knowledge of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Calculus (I similarly "StudyPartner" with students in all these subjects, as well as tutoring MCAT Prep), I can also show students connections to these other subjects. For AP Calculus sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies and practice for the Multiple Choice (MC) section of the AP Exam.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Chemistry, including college Chemistry & AP Chemistry (i.e. college Chem taught in high school). For AP Chem sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies and practice for the Multiple Choice section of the AP Exam.
Physics,

Physics

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Physics, including college Physics & AP Physics (i.e., college Physics taught in high school). The methods and schedule that I use to tutor Physics are similar to those used for the other Science I tutor that is based on quantitative HW problems: Chemistry. Hence, for AP Physics sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies & practice for the Multiple Choice (MC) section of the AP Exam. For Physics, the calculator ban for the MC section limits the types of questions that can be asked. These types of questions have inherent weaknesses that the student can exploit.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have a Masters in Education, and I teach STEM study skills in the context of problem solving in Science & Math. I developed these study methods for myself when I was a college student studying Math & Science (Pre-Engineering). These methods proved very successful when combined with study partnering. My tutoring, thus, is essentially a support of these independent study methods, combined with my study partnering with the student.

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have a Masters in Education, and I teach STEM study skills in the context of problem solving in Science & Math. I developed these study methods for myself when I was a college student studying Math & Science (Pre-Engineering). These methods proved very successful when combined with study partnering. My tutoring, thus, is essentially a support of these independent study methods, combined with my study partnering with the student.

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

Though I also tutor Sciences at all levels (including college), the ACT Science test does not test the student's knowledge of Science. Rather, it combines Reading Comprehension, Reasoning, & Analysis of Graphs. Most of my ACT Prep methods, including my ACT Science Prep method, are based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students first take a diagnostic test, identifying their Reading weaknesses. Afterward they study and practice in an ACT Science workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding.") Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Science sections of ACT Practice Tests.
Biology,

Biology

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching (Biology specialty) & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Biology, including AP Biology (i.e. college Bio taught in high school). For AP Biology sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using 2 modes of study: 1. acquisition (mostly through reading of the AP text while I pose strategic questions) AND 2. quality-check of study (mostly through answering multiple choice questions using my "honesty method" and answering interactive questions in a study guide) During Spring Break, and until the AP Exam, I concentrate on the Essay and practicing strategies for answering Multiple Choice questions.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Chemistry, including college Chemistry & AP Chemistry (i.e. college Chem taught in high school). For AP Chem sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies and practice for the Multiple Choice section of the AP Exam.
Physics

Physics

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Physics, including college Physics & AP Physics (i.e., college Physics taught in high school). The methods and schedule that I use to tutor Physics are similar to those used for the other Science I tutor that is based on quantitative HW problems: Chemistry. Hence, for AP Physics sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies & practice for the Multiple Choice (MC) section of the AP Exam. For Physics, the calculator ban for the MC section limits the types of questions that can be asked. These types of questions have inherent weaknesses that the student can exploit.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have a Masters in Education, and I teach STEM study skills in the context of problem solving in Science & Math. I developed these study methods for myself when I was a college student studying Math & Science (Pre-Engineering). These methods proved very successful when combined with study partnering. My tutoring, thus, is essentially a support of these independent study methods, combined with my study partnering with the student.

Summer

Biology,

Biology

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching (Biology specialty) & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Biology, including AP Biology (i.e. college Bio taught in high school). For AP Biology sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using 2 modes of study: 1. acquisition (mostly through reading of the AP text while I pose strategic questions) AND 2. quality-check of study (mostly through answering multiple choice questions using my "honesty method" and answering interactive questions in a study guide) During Spring Break, and until the AP Exam, I concentrate on the Essay and practicing strategies for answering Multiple Choice questions.
Calculus,

Calculus

As a student and tutor of Physics, I've long used Calculus as a tool. The methods that I use to tutor Calculus are similar to those I use to tutor Physics. My Calculus tutoring is tailored to students who wish to study Calculus (and perhaps also Chem, Physics, and/or Biology) themselves, but sometimes want discreet hints or conceptual clarification in their independent study. In the context of guiding students through their solving of quantitative problems, I provide such backup strategically. Moreover, thanks to my knowledge of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Calculus (I similarly "StudyPartner" with students in all these subjects, as well as tutoring MCAT Prep), I can also show students connections to these other subjects. For AP Calculus sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies and practice for the Multiple Choice (MC) section of the AP Exam.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Chemistry, including college Chemistry & AP Chemistry (i.e. college Chem taught in high school). For AP Chem sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies and practice for the Multiple Choice section of the AP Exam.
Physics,

Physics

I have a Master's Degree in Science Teaching & scored 100% on the Science exam for Science teachers in NJ. I teach all levels of Physics, including college Physics & AP Physics (i.e., college Physics taught in high school). The methods and schedule that I use to tutor Physics are similar to those used for the other Science I tutor that is based on quantitative HW problems: Chemistry. Hence, for AP Physics sessions prior to Spring Break, I concentrate on concepts, using problem-solving as the context for deeper study. Through the solving of problems, and the associated study required, students simultaneously -apply concepts -assess their understanding of concepts -review concepts as necessary During Spring Break, through until the AP Exam, I concentrate on test-taking strategies & practice for the Multiple Choice (MC) section of the AP Exam. For Physics, the calculator ban for the MC section limits the types of questions that can be asked. These types of questions have inherent weaknesses that the student can exploit.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I helped a recent SAT Math student raise her Math score by 100 points. (Unfortunately, since her tutoring was not through WyzAnt, her feedback is not posted below.) Thanks to my Physics background, I regularly use Math as a tool. My SAT Math method is based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes Method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Math weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Math workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Math sections of Practice Tests. RE the new SAT: I've learned to take my lead from Princeton Review's SAT Prep books. These books have now integrated changes for the new SAT. I've thus updated my course accordingly.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have a Masters in Education, and I teach STEM study skills in the context of problem solving in Science & Math. I developed these study methods for myself when I was a college student studying Math & Science (Pre-Engineering). These methods proved very successful when combined with study partnering. My tutoring, thus, is essentially a support of these independent study methods, combined with my study partnering with the student.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

ACT English is composed mainly of 2 types of multiple choice questions: Grammar questions and Style questions. Accordingly, my tutoring is broken up into these 2 separate components. Whether you need both depends upon an OBJECTIVE assessment of your performance on a relatively brief pre-test that I request you take prior to this ACT Prep course. Problem-solving strategies for both types of questions are developed via an ACT Prep text, but practiced - and augmented - under my expert guidance in a workbook during our sessions.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

ACT Math is similar to SAT Math. I helped a recent SAT Math student raise her Math score by 100 points. (Unfortunately, since her tutoring was not through WyzAnt, her feedback is not posted below.) Thanks to my Physics background, I regularly use Math as a tool. My ACT Math method is based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Math weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Math workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Math sections of Practice Tests.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

Most of my ACT Prep methods, including my Reading Prep method, are based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes Method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Reading weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Reading workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Reading sections of Practice Tests. Edit
ACT Science,

ACT Science

Though I also tutor Sciences at all levels (including college), the ACT Science test does not test the student's knowledge of Science. Rather, it combines Reading Comprehension, Reasoning, & Analysis of Graphs. Most of my ACT Prep methods, including my ACT Science Prep method, are based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students first take a diagnostic test, identifying their Reading weaknesses. Afterward they study and practice in an ACT Science workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding.") Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Science sections of ACT Practice Tests.
MCAT,

MCAT

Since 2007, I've worked as a private tutor of college General Physics, General Chemistry, & General Biology. Before this I taught Biology in NYC. Before that I was a Biomedical Researcher. (I ran experiments in the early development of an antibiotic.) Before that I worked for an engineering firm. In 2007, I earned an Master's in Science Education from Hunter College (New York, NY). In 2004 & 2006, a national test prep firm trained me to teach MCAT Physics & Chem. In 1998, I earned a Master's in Environmental Health from University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ / Rutgers (Piscataway, NJ). In 1986, I earned a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering Foundations from The Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA).
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I helped a recent SAT Math student raise her Math score by 100 points. (Unfortunately, since her tutoring was not through WyzAnt, her feedback is not posted below.) Thanks to my Physics background, I regularly use Math as a tool. My SAT Math method is based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes Method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Math weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Math workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Math sections of Practice Tests. RE the new SAT: I've learned to take my lead from Princeton Review's SAT Prep books. These books have now integrated changes for the new SAT. I've thus updated my course accordingly.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As the Senior Developer of SAT Prep for a Shenzhen (China) firm that guides high school students through the process of selecting and applying to US colleges, my SAT Prep Reading focus is on problem-solving strategies. Most of my SAT Prep methods, including my Reading Prep method, are based upon students solving problems in such a way that they methodically learn from their mistakes. Though I've since earned a Master's in Education, I initially developed this learn-from-your-mistakes Method myself as a Physics student in college. I've since found that other successful college students developed this method for themselves, as well. The Method: Students 1st take a diagnostic test, identifying their Reading weaknesses. Accordingly they study and practice in a Reading workbook. Initially this is done in tutoring sessions, in which I serve as an academic coach. (In the education biz, this is called "scaffolding".) Soon, however, students also do this study/practice themselves during independent study between sessions. During the session that follows an independent study, I review only the problems with which the student had difficulty. Our time is thus used most efficiently. Moreover, during these sessions, in the context of reviewing these difficult problems, I also introduce test-taking strategies. Next, this learn-from-your-mistakes process, which I merely coach, is applied beyond the workbook. It is applied to the Reading sections of Practice Tests. RE the new SAT: I've learned to take my lead from Princeton Review's SAT Prep books. These books have now integrated changes for the new SAT. I have thus updated my course accordingly.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I helped a recent SAT Writing student get a perfect Writing score. (On a previous SAT, for which I had been hired to prep her in Math only, the student had raised her Math score by 100 points, but she was unsatisfied w/ her Writing score. Unfortunately, since her tutoring was not through WyzAnt, none of her feedback is posted below.) SAT Writing is composed of Grammar (i.e., multiple-choice questions) and the Essay. Accordingly, my tutoring is broken up into these 2 separate components. Whether you need both depends upon an OBJECTIVE assessment of your performance on a relatively brief pre-test that I request you take prior to this SAT Prep course. Grammar Tutoring: Problem-solving strategies are developed via an SAT Prep text, but practiced - and augmented - under my expert guidance in a workbook during our sessions. Essay Tutoring: A high-scoring SAT Essay is not simply like a well-written standard essay. Hence, strategies for writing SAT Essays are not the same as methods for writing standard essays. Again, using an SAT Prep text, strategies for writing the SAT Essay are developed. Between sessions & during sessions (i.e. under my DIRECT guidance & review), the student will practice these strategies. RE the new SAT: I've learned to take my lead from Princeton Review's SAT Prep books. These books have now integrated changes for the new SAT. I have thus updated my course accordingly.
TOEFL

TOEFL

My tutoring preps students for all components of TOEFL: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. I have been trained & certified to score the Speaking component of TOEFL, so I tutor Speaking. Since I'm an experienced (approx. 800 hours) SAT Prep tutor, I also tutor the Reading & Writing components of TOEFL. And of course, I also tutor the Listening component - I'm a native-born American, so I have listened to American English for over 50 years. FYI: For the education consulting firm at which I tutor SAT Prep in Shenzhen (near Hong Kong), I also teach a TOEFL Prep (Speaking) course I developed.

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Well prepared and knowledgeable

Daniel covers test taking strategies not previously learned in other SAT preparation courses. He has a good rapport with his students and good follow-up with parents. He is reliable in scheduling sessions and communicates in a timely fashion.

Teresa, 8 lessons with Daniel

Daniel is an amazing, responsive, hands-on tutor

We have been through a lot of tutors both between my 17 year old who Daniel is tutoring for the SAT's (mainly math which is not her strong point) and with my older daughter. I have to say, as a mother, that Daniel has been amazing. He consistently reaches out beyond actual tutoring sessions to make sure my daughter is on track. He literally was on a biking marathon and stopped every break to check in on her during a sample test. Daniel has a light and airy way about him that relaxes my daughter and allows difficult obstacles to transform to simpler ways of her to view them. In addition, he is always available via email/text/or zoom when extra help is needed. While our main goal is to help my daughter prepare for the SAT's, Daniel is also helping her with her math moving forward into her senior year of high school and beyond. We highly recommend Daniel as a tutor!!

Shari, 10 lessons with Daniel

Excellent tutor

Daniel helped me understand what problems I need to fix in tutoring and I hope we can do more tutoring.

Matthew, 25 lessons with Daniel

Helpful and Knowledgeable Tutor

We thank Dan, he helped our son to increase his ACT score from 26 to 30 and he is accepted to all the colleges he applied. Dan always know how to analyze the needs our son and how he can teach him.

Gulten, 19 lessons with Daniel

Knowledgeable and thorough

Dan is preparing my 17 years old son for the SAT2 subjects tests in math/physics. Their sessions seem very productive and helpful. Danny gets the explanation provided and seem to.undetstand the materials.

Ronit, 6 lessons with Daniel

Good

my son understands everything and clear your doubts I help for your exam I thank you for your help thanks

Jose, 1 lesson with Daniel

Smart and Methodic

Daniel systematically plugged holes in my son's knowledge in math and science. He does not teach you how to do tests; he teaches you the fundamentals of the subject. You will do better in the tests as a result, but more importantly you will have a better understanding of how the world works.

Ying, 8 lessons with Daniel

Great tutor

I failed chemistry three times before getting this tutor. With Daniel's help, this time I passed! He sets you up with a more effective way to study and is available to you when you need more help

Courtney, 5 lessons with Daniel

Experienced and Patient Tutor

Dan is very understanding of the problems my son has with Math. He is very patient his teaching methodologies are very unique and are helping my son improve his math skills.

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