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Alex T.

Garfield, NJ

$200/hour

Yale grad focused on helping top students pursue top SAT/ACT scores.

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/16/16
4.9 average from 35 ratings
Very successful lesson
— Patricia, Cortlandt Manor, NY on 1/26/17

$200/Hour


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Yale University
Political Science

Education

Yale University (Political Science)

About Alex

I'm an extremely specialized SAT/ACT full time tutor focused on helping students who are at or near the top of their class to pursue scores in the 99th percentile. Many of my recent students currently attend the top colleges in the world. With a willingness to put in work and with the right tutor, a top score is not so far-fetched... particularly for the straight A student who believes that he/she is a poor test taker.

I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where I write SAT/ACT practice curriculum and manage/train other test prep tutors.

My approaches to the SAT are based on a deep familiarity with the test. Although the Redesigned SAT features an extremely high reading comprehension level, the test is very repetitive and can be cracked quite easily.

My outlook on the ACT consists of specific approaches to the four different sections. On reading, for instance, I find that most students I meet are approaching the test in an entirely wrong manner.

My students take advantage of many digital resources, such as an online notebook containing all of our tutoring lesson notes, as well as optional lesson videos.

If you've got your eyes on the Ivy League or an extremely competitive college, then I'm the right tutor for you. Your dreams are my dreams.
I'm an extremely specialized SAT/ACT full time tutor focused on helping students who are at or near the top of their class to pursue scores in the 99th percentile. Many of my recent students currently attend the top colleges in the world. With a willingness to put in work and with the right tutor, a top score is not so far-fetched... particularly Read more

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Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Garfield, NJ 07026
Background Check: Passed

"Very successful lesson"

- Patricia, Cortlandt Manor, NY on 1/26/17

"Great ACT review"

- Pam, Suffern, NY on 12/3/16

"Very thorough, supportive tutor"

- Aidan, New York, NY on 11/7/16
Science:
ACT Science
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT 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

With my clients, I've shown an exceptional ability to boost ACT English scores. In fact, I believe English is the easiest ACT subject to improve upon, because it consists of concepts that we don't encounter in school or everyday life, and the test questions are written based on mistakes that are acceptable in everyday life. In other words, there's no reason to know these things unless you're studying for a prep test, and once you know them, you can simply look out for them on tests. Success in English comes from being able to shift quickly between grammar considerations and main-idea-based considerations; surprisingly, the main-idea based questions are the ones that students miss more often, because they're not looking out for them.

ACT Math

Math is my natural talent and is the reason I got into tutoring in the first place. I started at Yale University at 16 years of age, and the main reason I got there is because of my math performance on the SAT. I pride myself on being on the cutting edge of new developments in math on both tests, and regularly compose instructional videos for SAT and ACT math for use with my students and for use as a free resource on Youtube. Before expanding my Youtube operation, my SAT math Youtube page had more than 350 subscribers and 21,000 views.

ACT Reading

It has taken me many years to develop some incredibly powerful teaching strategies on the ACT reading section. The ACT has a certain style, and a great reader, if unaware of that style, can still struggle on this test; at least 37 of the 40 questions can be answered simply by locating quotes throughout the passage that answer each of those particular questions. Scanning quickly through the passage requires some getting used to, but is incredibly easy to do once you're used to it (you don't have to be an amazing reader to do this... remember, you've been reading almost your whole life). The true difficulty lies in adopting practices that allow you to have enough time to utilize this method to its fullest extent.

SAT Math

Math is my specialty -- as I mentioned when discussing ACT Math, I am a highly specialized test prep math teacher with an instructional Youtube page that has more than 350 subscribers and 21,000 views. More importantly, I have been an intense student of the redesigned SAT math sections since the inception of the new test, and I can share with you cutting-edge insights into the tests that even many of the prep books haven't yet caught up with. For example, many don't realize that a graphing calculator is absolutely essential, because it's an advantage that places you above students who don't have one, and because the SAT calculator section throws lots of big numbers at you within a single problem; the student who has to write these numbers down and continually re-enter them into his or her calculator is at a severe disadvantage. On other high-level math concepts, such as logarithms, permutations, rational equations, and imaginary numbers, I have developed tricks over the years that make each of these subjects so much easier, and I've done all of the real work so that you don't have to.

SAT Reading

Being a tutor who focuses ONLY on SAT and ACT, I have studied every aspect of the new SAT, including reading, so that I can develop insights into the section that can allow you to have an edge over the competition; I regularly lecture on these insights to groups of 25 or even 60 students at once. When you compare the new SAT to the old SAT or even the ACT reading section, what you'll notice is that the reading comprehension level being presented is much higher, more sophisticated, and more intimidating. What I teach students is the ultimate surprise: while this new test might make you feel like the key is to read more slowly and thoroughly, the opposite is actually true. The more complex the style of writing, the more you should breeze through it, ignoring minor details and focusing instead on big ideas, which is what the grand majority of the questions will be about (realizing the truth of what I'm saying has de-stressed countless high school students, and I'm hoping you'll be one of them).

Yale University
Political Science

Education

Yale University (Political Science)

Very successful lesson

Alex's explanations are easy to understand. I felt that I Left the session feeling confident on subjects that I was weak on prior to the session. This makes me very happy.

— Patricia, Cortlandt Manor, NY on 1/26/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $200.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alex will travel within 40 miles of Garfield, NJ 07026.