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Meeraj P.

Edison, NJ

$100/hour

Top 100 Tutor out of 75,000+ | Test Prep (SAT/ACT/GRE - all sections)

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— H, Roselle Park, NJ on 6/9/15

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Rutgers University - School of Engineering Honor's Program
Biomedical Engineering
University of Denver (Creative Writing)
Master's

Education

Rutgers University - School of Engineering Honor's Program (Biomedical Engineering)

University of Denver (Creative Writing) (Master's)

About Meeraj

FREE SERVICES: For active and continuing SAT/ACT/GRE students, I offer materials + practice tests free of charge (restrictions apply - please inquire for details). | For prospective clients, I offer a single trial lesson - you will only pay if you intend to continue lessons afterwards. As part of this trial, you are entitled to one complimentary diagnostic test and analysis.

RATES/LOCATIONS: Hourly rate is $100.| I ONLY meet clients at: Rutgers University New Brunswick/Piscataway; Barnes & Noble at Menlo Mall; Public libraries in Edison, Metuchen, Iselin; or ONLINE.

ABOUT ME
For 10+ years, I have worked as a professional tutor. After beginning as an SAT instructor & curriculum developer at Integrated Educational Services located in Metuchen, NJ, I went on to work as an independent tutor. In that capacity, I have enjoyed a premier rank on Wyzant (where I have been consistently ranked as their top tutor in Central New Jersey) for 5 years. In 2014 I ranked among the top 0.5% of 75,000+ tutors nationwide; in 2015 I ranked in the top 100. For my expertise, I have either been hired or actively pursued by Veritas Prep, the TutorVerse, Ivy Global, Y2, C2, Ivy Test Prep, Princeton Review, Kaplan & others. As of Spring 2016, I work full-time for SummitPrep.

I teach virtually all of high school math (from algebra to calculus) and assist students with essays (for both school and college applications) with great success. However, standardized test preparation - particularly for the SAT/ACT/GRE (all sections) - remains my specialty. I hold 99th percentile scores on both the SAT & GRE, have written my own SAT curriculum, and have taught countless students of varying ability with outstanding results. I also teach the NEW SAT and revised ACT.

MY SUBJECTS, APPROACHES, & AVERAGE RESULTS

*SAT/ACT/GRE PREP - Old SAT (all sections): Average improvement to overall score is 350+ points & sometimes as much as 480 - 600 points. Many perfect 800's across all 3 sections | ACT: Average improvement to overall score is 6-7 points | GRE (revised test - all sections): improvements typically range from 8-16 points overall

SEE WHAT THE "GENIUSES" SEE - Students often ask "How do I know when to use equation A or Formula B" & are baffled when their "smarter" classmates can apply new subject matter so easily. Yet these "smarter" students are simply those who spot clues/indicators that other students miss & intuit how to use that information. My teaching paradigm for standardized tests reduces to "If you see X, do Y". My students learn to identify & interpret verbal/visual clues, recruit relevant knowledge/facts from their memory, & apply it using smarter, more efficient approaches to gain a competitive edge.

CONTENT + STRATEGY - On one side, the test prep industry is flooded with tutors/test prep companies that employ empty guessing tricks & needless general strategies that are no substitute for a true understanding/mastery of content. On the other side lie the tenured teachers/professors who advocate tired-out academic pedagogy & teacher-like presentation of the material that rarely helps anyone. I teach students the essential content (math/grammar, etc) in an intuitive, non-technical style and combine it with high-yield, content-based strategies that allow them to apply the content in a practical and relevant way.

ELIMINATE WEAKNESSES - Studying on their own, few students can accurately identify their biggest weaknesses in ways that actually improve their performance. For example, if a student reviews a practice SAT & notices that he or she tends to get percent questions wrong, he or she has only skimmed the surface of the problem. Students rarely understand WHY they get certain questions wrong or how to avoid such errors. In other words, they don't identify the specific aspect of their performance that needs improvement - i.e. setting up an equation, evaluating/solving correctly, interpreting the information in a problem, recognizing the problem-type, etc. When working with students, I target specific weaknesses in a student's performance to achieve the best results.

*Math/Science (including Subject Tests and AP exams) - RESULTS: AP Calc/Bio: 100% have received a perfect 5 out of 5 | SAT Subject Tests in Math/Bio: 95% have scored 700+ with many perfect 800's| For High school math/science courses - students improve test grades by at least 1-2 full letter grades.

CREATE KNOWLEDGE FRAMEWORKS: Suppose that you are learning Spanish. Would you memorize all the forms of the verb "tener = to have" such as "tengo = I have" or "tiene = he/she/it has" or "tenido = had", etc & then do the same for every verb? Of course not - you would learn the basic rules of grammar/conjugation, apply them to different verbs, & generate the forms yourself. In other words, you would use basic principles & themes to create a system or framework to process new knowledge. In the same way, I approach the learning a new subject as an act of applying basic principles to new situations instead of an act of rote memorization. When teaching a subject, (whether it is calculus or biology) I always create knowledge frameworks built on overarching principles & root concepts to promote both holistic thinking an intuitive "big picture" view of the material.

*Essay Writing/Editing: Recommended Approach: 2 sessions - 1 to create an outline/essay plan, & another to proofread your first draft & improve grammar, clarity/force of verbal expression, & flow/continuity.
FREE SERVICES: For active and continuing SAT/ACT/GRE students, I offer materials + practice tests free of charge (restrictions apply - please inquire for details). | For prospective clients, I offer Read more

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$100 per hour for all services. Fees assessed for any lesson missed/not cancelled with 24 hour notice. You are charged from the scheduled start - finish time, so be on time and stay the entire time.

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Travels within 1 miles of Edison, NJ 08820
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"Knowledgeable and experienced tutor"

- H, Roselle Park, NJ on 6/9/15

"Very knowledgeable and great tutor!"

- Luann, Englishtown, NJ on 7/28/16

"Knowledgeable"

- Jasmin, Elizabeth, NJ on 3/1/16

"Great tutor!"

- Nate, Howell, MI on 2/22/16

"Excellent results"

- Francisco, New Providence, NJ on 2/2/16

"Up to an A in 6 sessions. Very good"

- Melissa, Carteret, NJ on 1/26/16

"Great tutor for GRE"

- Cynthia, Belle Mead, NJ on 1/25/16

"Very knowledgeable and easy to understand!"

- Lisa, Spotswood, NJ on 1/16/16

"Great tutor!"

- Jasmin, Dunellen, NJ on 9/29/15

"An Excellent, Attentive Tutor!"

- Lori, Edison, NJ on 6/30/15
Meeraj replied on 7/1/2015

Clarification: the ACT score was in the 99th percentile, not 9th

"Professional"

- Luz, New Brunswick, NJ on 6/13/15

"Very knowledgeable tutor."

- Qingyi, Belle Mead, NJ on 6/10/15

"Very knowledgeable and was able to get my daughter enthusiastic about SAT's!"

- Nicolette, Edison, NJ on 6/4/15

"Intelligent and experienced tutor"

- Wai, Englishtown, NJ on 6/1/15

"Extremely Competent Professional Tutor"

- Michelle, Piscataway, NJ on 2/21/15

"Excellent SAT Tutor"

- Sasidevi, Marlboro, NJ on 10/24/14

"Great Tutor"

- Sruti, Edison, NJ on 9/25/14

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Brooke, Edison, NJ on 9/1/14

"Simple the best!"

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"Great tutor - very knowledgeable"

- Sheila, Westfield, NJ on 5/11/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Tracy, Metuchen, NJ on 4/26/14

"Excellent and Effective!!"

- Denise, Westfield, NJ on 3/3/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Hema, Kendall Park, NJ on 12/31/13

"Great tutor"

- Toni, Woodbridge, NJ on 9/29/13
Meeraj replied on 10/1/2013

The topics were from human biology/physiology.

"Great tutor"

- Revati, Flemington, NJ on 9/14/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- RATNA, East Brunswick, NJ on 9/6/13

"Great tutor."

- Veena, Westfield, NJ on 8/2/13

"Great SAT Teacher!"

- Parveen, Edison, NJ on 7/16/13

"Great tutor."

- Anna, Edison, NJ on 5/11/13

"Patient Tutor, won't quit until you fully understand."

- Vaishali, Fanwood, NJ on 7/16/12

"Excellent!"

- Fareez, East Brunswick, NJ on 5/26/12

"Great Tutor"

- Brittney, Piscataway, NJ on 8/2/11

"extremely dedicated"

- Marina, Middlesex, NJ on 5/30/11
Meeraj replied on 6/9/2012

The AP tests were AP Calculus and AP Biology

"Very knowlegeable and Organized Tutor"

- Gagan, Edison, NJ on 5/10/11
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
College Counseling, Common Core, GMAT, GRE,
ISEE, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Grammar, Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I teach students the grammatical material they will need for the ACT English in an intuitive, easy-to-understand way by avoiding formal grammatical terminology and pedagogy and relying instead upon visual cues, common sense, and simply stated precepts. I also teach them cutting-edge strategies (including many of my own invention) that will boost accuracy, speed, and confidence. Results are often noticeable immediately upon completion of the content coverage.

ACT Math

Through years of tutoring math for the ACT as well as for courses such as trigonometry, precalculus, and algebra 2, I have not only become intimately familiar with all the content and problem types that appear on the ACT, but am able to teach all this content in an intuitive, logical way with faster-attained and far superior results to the competition.

ACT Reading

I have identified the common trends/clues that appear in each of the four types of ACT passages (Prose Fiction, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences) and can teach students how to spot this information to enhance their understanding. Used correctly my methods enable students to attain greater accuracy and confidence than they ever thought possible.

ACT Science

Despite the name, the ACT Science section is actually a modified reading comprehension test. This unique test incorporates graphics such as charts, tables, graphs and diagrams to test certain skills relating to data interpretation, trend prediction, etc. Many of these passages overwhelm and intimidate students; however, I teach my students an innovative strategy that dramatically simplifies the test and results in drastic improvements in accuracy and confidence.

Algebra 1

Algebra is the basic language of all higher math, and that is exactly how I teach it - as a language of symbols. By teaching students to recognize key words and verbal cues in word problems, I students to "translate" the problems into equations with relative ease and solve the problem! From the weakest math students to the most advanced, the results of my method are always apparent from the very first lesson. Students learn to think of algebra intuitively and logically resulting in sustainable long-term improvements in their performance which in turn translates into increased confidence in future math courses.

I also offer algebra review for test prep, including SAT Math and the SAT Subject Test in Math.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 focuses on advanced mathematical operations, such as those pertaining to complex numbers, factorization, linear systems, matrices and elementary functions, which comprise the essential knowledge base for trigonometry and precalculus. Often times, students struggle because they lack the essential foundational knowledge or skills to work through the problems with speed and fluency. When teaching Algebra 2, I first focus on instilling proper technique and effective problem-solving habits that are not always covered thoroughly in standard high school courses. I then work with the student to improve their speed and confidence without sacrificing accuracy resulting in significant improvements in relatively short time.

I also offer algebra 2 review for test prep, including SAT Math and the SAT Subject Test in Math.

Anatomy

I have taken anatomy courses at the collegiate, pre-medical and graduate school levels and am familiar with the general scope and content of the subject matter as it is relevant to aspiring medical students and nursing students. When tutoring anatomy, I often tie the material back to relevant examples and applications in medicine and biology to ensure optimal retention and comprehension. by emphasizing the classic "form-fits-function" theme. As much as possible, I try to explain the material using visual analogies to emphasize how anatomical "form" fits biological, evolutionary and physiological "function".

Biology

Due to my Biomedical Engineering background, you can expect a strong mastery and grasp of Biology. What I bring to my tutoring sessions for Biology sessions is a new way of looking at every aspect of the subject.

With the extensive use of analogies and examples, I transform even the most advanced concepts and intricate details into an easily understood and readily recallable framework of knowledge. I emphasize visualization and creating connections between new material and old material to better store information and enhance understanding at the deepest level.

My lessons will cover a lot in each session, but it will never feel that way. I will show you superior strategies and ways to organize information into a hierarchy that makes learning meaningful and enjoyable.

I have experience tutoring for both the AP and SAT Subject tests in Biology with great success stories.

Calculus

I have tutored students in calculus at the regular, AP, and collegiate levels and scored a perfect 5/5 myself on the AP exam when I took it in high school. Factoring in my engineering background, I am well qualified to tutor in this subject and have received many positive reviews and testimonials for doing so.

My lessons will reinforce the conceptual side of calculus by relating everything I teach you to real-world applications in physics, biology, business, and economics. I also teach students to see calculus as a "visual" science by demonstrating how every concept has a graphical interpretation that is useful for deriving formulas, retaining information, and essential for understanding which concept to use in which problems.

In addition, I will show you superior problem solving strategies to solve problems with greater speed and accuracy that makes Calculus easier than you ever thought it could be!

(I also provide intensive review for prerequisite math subject matter including algebra, geometry, algebra 2, trigonometry and precalculus.)

Chemistry

Due to my Engineering background, you can expect a strong mastery and grasp of Chemistry. What I bring to my tutoring sessions for Chemistry sessions is a new way of looking at every aspect of the subject.

With the extensive use of analogies and examples, I transform even the most advanced concepts and intricate details into an easily understood and readily recallable framework of knowledge. I emphasize visualization and creating connections between new material and old material to better store information and enhance understanding at the deepest level.

My lessons will cover a lot in each session, but it will never feel that way. I will show you superior strategies and ways to organize information into a hierarchy that makes learning meaningful and enjoyable.

I have experience tutoring for both the AP and SAT Subject tests in Chemistry with great success stories.

Geometry

I have taught geometry to students at the regular, accelerated, and honors levels as well as for the SAT, the SAT Math Subject test and the GRE general test. Success in geometry relies on the ability to recall and combine specific concepts given geometric clues such as parallel sides, related angles, proportionality and more. I teach students how to "read" a geometry problem so that they will know instantly which concepts to apply and how to reason their way through the problem using the given information. I also show them intuitive math tricks and content-based strategies to work faster and more effectively.

GRE

I hold a 99th percentile score on the revised GRE and have extensive knowledge of the layout and content of each section of the test.

My strategies for the verbal and AWA sections along with my content coverage of the quantitative section are bound to boost scores and alleviate test anxiety if applied diligently.

Physiology

I have taken anatomy and physiology courses at the collegiate, pre-medical, and graduate school levels and am familiar with the general scope and content of the subject matter as it is relevant to aspiring medical students and nursing students. When tutoring these two intertwined subjects, I often tie the material back to relevant examples and applications in medicine and biology to ensure optimal retention and comprehension. As much as possible, I try to explain the material using visual analogies to make the material seem as intuitive as possible.

Precalculus

Through visual methods emphasizing the interpretation of graphs and conceptual methods built around easy-to-understand analogies, I teach students powerful and effective ways to master precalculus and retain their knowledge. Precalculus is cumulative in many ways and is a gateway to calculus and higher math; therefore conceptual understanding is key.

For those struggling with prerequisite math subject matter for precalculus, I also provide intensive review of relevant concepts for algebra, geometry, algebra 2 and trigonometry. I also provide test-prep oriented review for the SAT Math subject test.

Proofreading

As a tutor, I have extensive experience proofreading/editing student papers and have often provided critical support and feedback on term papers and college application essays.

SAT Math

Too often, SAT students make the mistake of viewing the SAT as a "trick" test which can be "gamed" or a test which can only be beaten if they learn to be better test-takers. As a result, they invest in expensive courses and prep books filled with empty "tricks" or generic test-taking strategies that are in turn recycled from different test prep books and most of which are highly ineffective. This is both a waste of time and money.

I have written SAT math programs for test prep companies, and have developed my own content-based curriculum built especially for the unique types of questions seen on the SAT. I know EXACTLY which materials, techniques, and concepts are relevant how to apply them to the SAT. As a result, I have had numerous success stories including several perfect 800 students.

SAT Reading

Too often, SAT students make the mistake of viewing the SAT as a "trick" test which can be "gamed" or a test which can only be beaten if they learn to be better test-takers. As a result, they invest in expensive courses and prep books filled with empty "tricks" or generic test-taking strategies that are in turn recycled from different test prep books and most of which are highly ineffective. This is both a waste of time and money.

For the SAT Reading section, I have developed a highly effective set of content-based strategies that utilize important textual clues hidden in the passage and the question stem to 1) arrive at the correct answer before looking at the answer choices 2) effectively eliminate "trap" answers. Students will see their speed, confidence and accuracy improve tremendously as they learn to literally "pull" the answers out of the passage!

Used correctly my methods will save a great deal of time and energy when taking the SAT Reading sections and allow you to see immediate improvements in score through the proper application of strategy.

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section is actually the easiest of the three sections in terms of achieving score increases. It consists of a holistically graded essay + a multiple choice grammar test.

Unlike the flat formulaic essays that result from forcing students to merely follow a formula, the essay I teach a student to write develops a mature voice and distinct style.

First, I teach students instead about the components of any good essay (thesis statement, attention grabbing headline, transitions, flow, creative language and compositional risks) and how to properly edit and revise to tighten up the language and tone of the essay.

I then show them how to properly integrate supporting examples into an argument and how to develop an argument to demonstrate critical thinking skills.

For the grammar sections, I teach students how to rapidly and easily eliminate wrong answers and recognize the most commonly tested types of grammatical errors to choose the correct answer.

Trigonometry

The keys to success in trigonometry are a strong grasp of 3-4 basic concepts (such as the unit circle, the concept of inverse functions, periodicity, and the pythagorean identity) and learning how to apply them to various situations. Too often students struggle with trigonometry because of the sheer number of different formulas and identities involved; under my tutelage, students learn how to generate and derive knowledge rather than simply memorizing and regurgitating it. I show them effective and reliable substitutions and content-based strategies to enable them to solve trigonometry problems with greater speed and accuracy.

I also offer intensive review for prerequisite math subject matter such as algebra, geometry and algebra 2. For physics students, I provide thorough coverage of trigonometry as it pertains to vector math as well as test-prep oriented review for students taking the SAT Math Subject test.

Vocabulary

The more you do with a word, the more likely you are to remember it. I use only the most up-to-date and cutting edge approaches to improve vocabulary. Traditional study methods such as flashcards, mnemonics and verbal puns are combined with the latest theories on learning and cognition to maximize retention and optimize recall on a test.

Writing

I attained a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Creative Writing.

Rutgers University - School of Engineering Honor's Program
Biomedical Engineering
University of Denver (Creative Writing)
Master's

Education

Rutgers University - School of Engineering Honor's Program (Biomedical Engineering)

University of Denver (Creative Writing) (Master's)

Knowledgeable and experienced tutor — Meeraj is very knowledgeable and is an excellent tutor. He tutored my child for the SAT and helped to increase his score by almost 350 points. He scored over 2200 which put him in the 99th percentile. Meeraj is very organized and showed effective strategies for the SAT. He is always on time and easy to reach via email and phone. I highly recommend Meeraj for SAT tutoring. ...

— H, Roselle Park, NJ on 6/9/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $100.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$100 per hour for all services. Fees assessed for any lesson missed/not cancelled with 24 hour notice. You are charged from the scheduled start - finish time, so be on time and stay the entire time.

Travel policy

Meeraj will travel within 1 miles of Edison, NJ 08820.