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Steven R.

Livingston, NJ

$70/hour

Ivy League SAT and ACT tutor

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Background check passed as of 4/11/16
4.8 average from 236 ratings
Great direction and guidance
— Kim, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 12/2/12

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Yale College, Yale University
Electrical Eng.
Princeton University
Master's
New York University Stern School of Business
MBA

Education

Yale College, Yale University (Electrical Eng.)

Princeton University (Master's)

New York University Stern School of Business (MBA)

About Steven

I am a finance and engineering professional that will help high school students achieve their full potential on college entry exams. Preparing for these test can be a daunting hurdle for many students. I find that teenagers generally know more than they think they know; the challenge is showing what they can do on a mind-numbing four-hour test on a Saturday morning. Most high school students have very busy schedules, so I always try to tailor tutoring and test practice in areas where the student will achieve that greatest impact.

The one-size-fits-all concept from the big test prep companies tends to bore the students in the areas where they excel and move too quickly in the areas where individuals need more instruction and practice. For SAT and ACT test prep, I like to give a lot practice tests and then use the results to hone the weaker skills and work on test taking strategies. In addition to college admissions test prep, I also have a strong background in mathematics, physics and statistics and can tutor in these subjects.

I have been helping high school students prepare for the SAT and ACT for over four years.
I am a finance and engineering professional that will help high school students achieve their full potential on college entry exams. Preparing for these test can be a daunting hurdle for many students. I find that teenagers generally know more than they think they know; the challenge is Read more

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Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Livingston, NJ 07039
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great direction and guidance"

- Kim, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 12/2/12

"Great Tutor"

- Geeta, West Orange, NJ on 7/27/16

"Repeat hire!"

- Anand, West Orange, NJ on 1/24/16

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Bill, West Milford, NJ on 7/17/15

"Extremely knowledgeable and patient."

- Jeannine, Lake Hopatcong, NJ on 7/10/15

"Steven is reliable, relatable, extremely knowledgeable and has the credentials to back it all up."

- Sallie, Bloomfield, NJ on 6/3/15

"Very Patient"

- John, Caldwell, NJ on 10/23/14

"Good first experience on short notice"

- Barbara, Pine Brook, NJ on 10/3/14

"Excellent tutor"

- Nilanjana, Carlsbad, CA on 2/27/14

"Knows his stuff"

- Neeta, Livingston, NJ on 11/24/13

"Nice tutor."

- Lisa, Livingston, NJ on 8/14/13

"My son really likes his tutor Steve"

- Diane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ on 2/8/13

"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Xing Li, Westfield, NJ on 12/2/12

"Nice Patient Guy"

- Brian, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 11/28/12

"Fabulous tutor"

- Ingrid, Fairfield, NJ on 11/21/12

"Big improvement in scores! Very patient!"

- Harry, New Providence, NJ on 9/5/12

"Great working with Steven, very reliable"

- Lee, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 5/31/12
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science,
Physics
Computer:
Microsoft Excel
Business:
Economics, Finance, Microsoft Excel

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

The ACT English section is about working quickly and efficiently. I like to practice using timed conditions and review grammar rules as needed.

ACT Math

The ACT Math section requires speed and endurance because of its length. Test taking skills for the ACT Math are different from the SAT Math. The ACT Math section require some pre-calculus (albeit at a basis level) that I can teach. The ACT test has few distracting/trick questions, so most student only will need to focus on the math concepts.

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading test differs from the SAT Reading test in that it only has passage-based questions: There are no sentence completion questions. The ACT Reading test has less emphasis on vocabulary than the SAT Reading test. The main difficulty that student have with the ACT Reading test is its relative length. Students have just 35 minutes to read 4 passages and answer 40 questions. Practice is key so that students are able to effectively complete this test section. I like students to try different test taking strategies in order to find the ones that work best for them.

ACT Science

The ACT Science Test is an exercise in test-taking technique rather than a measure of science aptitude. The test consists of 7 passages and 40 questions in 35 minutes. In order to complete the test, students must learn which parts of the test to skip reading, which parts to skim and which parts to read carefully.

Algebra 1

Algebra II is often difficult for students because they have trouble seeing the link between the equations (which are abstract) and the real world. I try to bridge the gap to show how the math represents the real world and also to look at alternatives in teaching and visualizing the key concepts.

Algebra 2

Algebra II is often difficult for students because they have trouble seeing the link between the equations (which are abstract) and the real world. I try to bridge the gap to show how the math represents the real world and also to look at alternatives in teaching and visualizing the key concepts.

Microsoft Excel

I have many years of professional and academic experience working with Excel.

Physics

I have a strong background in physical sciences and can help students with mechanics, electrical circuits, solid state physics, optics, as well as astro-physics.

PSAT

The PSAT is a shorter version of the SAT without the essay. I can help students with practice tests and test-taking techniques. For more details, so my subjects descriptions for SAT Math, SAT Reading and SAT Writing.

SAT Math

While the New SAT Math focuses more on material that is taught in high school Algebra and Geometry courses, the test still includes tricky and off-the-wall questions. I can help average students hone the core math skills and become more familiar with the format and types of question posed by the New SAT Math sections. I can also help students with the non-core skills and the very difficult questions.

SAT Reading

The new SAT Reading is a difficult test for high school students to improve their scores. I like to work with students to improve their initial reading of the passages to get a good grasp of the central ideas. A solid understanding of the main points of any passage goes a long way to efficiently and correctly answering the questions. I also work on techniques such word matching to interpret difficult questions.

SAT Writing

The New SAT Writing is basically a clone of the ACT English section. I have been tutoring the ACT English for over four years and can help your student on the New SAT Writing. The New SAT Writing now includes more skills, including rhetoric, punctuation, style, and usage. While the test no long looks like a collection of grammar puzzles, students still need a good understanding of the fundamentals and need to learn find cleverly disguised grammatical errors. Students also need to practice looking for non-grammatical errors such as redundant and off-topic language.

Statistics

I have both classroom and professional experience with statistics (namely with economic and financial data). I also have extensive experience working with excel to build statistical models as well as some experience with SPSS and similar programs.

Yale College, Yale University
Electrical Eng.
Princeton University
Master's
New York University Stern School of Business
MBA

Education

Yale College, Yale University (Electrical Eng.)

Princeton University (Master's)

New York University Stern School of Business (MBA)

Great direction and guidance — Steven really gave my son clear direction and guidance on how to take his very good SAT scores and bring them to the next level. The lessons were focused on the writing and reading sections. In fact he ended up with a perfect score in Critical Reading and brought his writing score up 70 points. This was with only 4 lessons and was clearly attributed to the very pointed lessons and reviewing on ...

— Kim, Berkeley Heights, NJ on 12/2/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Steven will travel within 10 miles of Livingston, NJ 07039.