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Super cool tutor who is super good at test prep. Loves superlatives.
Steven W.

8 hours tutoring

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Hourly Rate: $80

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Steven W.'s Photo

Super cool tutor who is super good at test prep. Loves superlatives.
Super cool tutor who is super good at test prep. Loves superlatives.
Steven W.

8 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

8 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

About Steven


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There are a LOT of tutors on here, and they all seem super smart. In fact, they are!

I am also smart, but I took a different path than most of the tutors here. I struggled through school. I'd lose attention in class, forget to hand in homework, and was very uncomfortable asking questions (lest the teachers find out how little I've paid attention!)

It turns out, classroom teaching is… not great. You take a smart kid, bore them to death, and then quiz them; they do badly, of course, and then...

There are a LOT of tutors on here, and they all seem super smart. In fact, they are!

I am also smart, but I took a different path than most of the tutors here. I struggled through school. I'd lose attention in class, forget to hand in homework, and was very uncomfortable asking questions (lest the teachers find out how little I've paid attention!)

It turns out, classroom teaching is… not great. You take a smart kid, bore them to death, and then quiz them; they do badly, of course, and then you repeat this cycle for years. Students fail to develop strong foundations. Instead, they develop a deep loathing for education. It's tragic!

And in case you're wondering, I AM qualified to be a tutor! I have a Bachelor's degree in Math. And Physics. And Religion. And a Masters in Pure Mathematics. And I'm getting my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience (literally studying learning, attention, and memory). Also, I do neural engineering research.

Not convinced? Well, I got perfect scores on both the SAT Math and the GRE math, which is basically the SAT for grad school. (I missed one question on the GRE English, and I'm still not over it.)

I’ve been working professionally as a tutor for about 10 years, and have worked with hundreds of students. It’s mostly been SAT, SHSAT and APs, but I also teach other middle-school/high-school/college classes - check out my “subjects” for what I cover. I've gotten many students into Ivy Leagues and Specialized High Schools - so test prep has become my so-called "specialty".

Just a heads-up: I’m a “long-term tutor”! I tend to work with students over the course of weeks or months. I'm not some "rando" math tutor who will do your Calc take-home final for you. (There are other tutors for that!) I build relationships with students, and make sure they grow intellectually… It's a whole process, but a fun process - promise!


Education

Hunter College
Physics, Mathematics, Religion
Hunter College
Masters
C.U.N.Y Graduate Center
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $80
  • Rate details: Please contact me to discuss discounts for multiple hour lessons!
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/20/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE,

GRE

I've prepared many graduate students for this test and helped them achieve top percentile scores. The first (and only) time I took it, I got a perfect score on the math (170/170), a near perfect score in the English (169/170), and a near perfect score in the writing (5.5/6)
GMAT

Computer

Python

Corporate Training

GMAT, Statistics

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

I have tutored many students in Common Core material. I have read in-depth about the changes between common core and regents, and I understand the way that students must think to succeed on the Common Core. I've taught common core at every level, particularly in Math, but also in English as well.
Elementary Math, Elementary Science

English

SAT Reading

SAT Reading

I have tutored dozens of students to +750 scores in SAT reading and grammar sections. I created SAT reading curriculum for an after-school SAT Prep program, and personally scored in the 99th percentile on the reading portion of the test. I have a unique approach to teaching the section, and have experience working with both slow readers and students struggling with comprehension. I focus on question mechanics as opposed to straightforward reading in order to generate answers, and then work on comparing from there. This unique strategy has been singularly and significantly helpful for my students, and I hope it can help future SAT students!

History

Philosophy

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've been working with students for Algebra I for 5+ years, and I know how the test has transformed from the Regents to Common Core curriculum. I am able to build up students skills so that they ace Algebra I and do well in future math courses as well!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I received a Master's Degree in Pure Mathematics, and I've been tutoring college-level mathematics for around 7 years
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have been tutoring students in SAT Math for several years, and have ALWAYS produced positive score increases. I teach SAT content, and can cover all topics from the ground up, but I also teach the mindset that's required to ace the test. The SAT is a beatable test, and I promise that you will do better on it than you thought possible.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have tutored dozens of students to +750 scores in SAT reading and grammar sections. I created SAT reading curriculum for an after-school SAT Prep program, and personally scored in the 99th percentile on the reading portion of the test. I have a unique approach to teaching the section, and have experience working with both slow readers and students struggling with comprehension. I focus on question mechanics as opposed to straightforward reading in order to generate answers, and then work on comparing from there. This unique strategy has been singularly and significantly helpful for my students, and I hope it can help future SAT students!
Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I specialize in test prep, including the ACT! I've taught it for many years, and know the key differences between this test and the SAT - including the different strategies to tackle it.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've been working with students for Algebra I for 5+ years, and I know how the test has transformed from the Regents to Common Core curriculum. I am able to build up students skills so that they ace Algebra I and do well in future math courses as well!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I received a Master's Degree in Pure Mathematics, and I've been tutoring college-level mathematics for around 7 years
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have been tutoring students in SAT Math for several years, and have ALWAYS produced positive score increases. I teach SAT content, and can cover all topics from the ground up, but I also teach the mindset that's required to ace the test. The SAT is a beatable test, and I promise that you will do better on it than you thought possible.
Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've been working with students for Algebra I for 5+ years, and I know how the test has transformed from the Regents to Common Core curriculum. I am able to build up students skills so that they ace Algebra I and do well in future math courses as well!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I received a Master's Degree in Pure Mathematics, and I've been tutoring college-level mathematics for around 7 years
Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Statistics

Other

Philosophy

Science

ACT Science, Philosophy, Physics

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I've been working with students for Algebra I for 5+ years, and I know how the test has transformed from the Regents to Common Core curriculum. I am able to build up students skills so that they ace Algebra I and do well in future math courses as well!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I received a Master's Degree in Pure Mathematics, and I've been tutoring college-level mathematics for around 7 years
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have been tutoring students in SAT Math for several years, and have ALWAYS produced positive score increases. I teach SAT content, and can cover all topics from the ground up, but I also teach the mindset that's required to ace the test. The SAT is a beatable test, and I promise that you will do better on it than you thought possible.
Calculus, GED, Geometry, Physics, Statistics

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I specialize in test prep, including the ACT! I've taught it for many years, and know the key differences between this test and the SAT - including the different strategies to tackle it.
Common Core,

Common Core

I have tutored many students in Common Core material. I have read in-depth about the changes between common core and regents, and I understand the way that students must think to succeed on the Common Core. I've taught common core at every level, particularly in Math, but also in English as well.
GRE,

GRE

I've prepared many graduate students for this test and helped them achieve top percentile scores. The first (and only) time I took it, I got a perfect score on the math (170/170), a near perfect score in the English (169/170), and a near perfect score in the writing (5.5/6)
Regents,

Regents

I have tutored students personally in the Regents for both Physics and Algebra II/Trig. In preparing for the Regents, I focus only the things that will be on the exam, and assign lots of drills for homework. I take real Regents questions from the tests they post online and have students go through 30-40 of these questions in weak areas. I also spend time on topics that is proportional to the occurrence of the topic on the exam, so that we can maximize the benefit of the session with the little time we have. I also design long-term curriculum plans for students when possible to show them how "on-track" we are.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have been tutoring students in SAT Math for several years, and have ALWAYS produced positive score increases. I teach SAT content, and can cover all topics from the ground up, but I also teach the mindset that's required to ace the test. The SAT is a beatable test, and I promise that you will do better on it than you thought possible.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have tutored dozens of students to +750 scores in SAT reading and grammar sections. I created SAT reading curriculum for an after-school SAT Prep program, and personally scored in the 99th percentile on the reading portion of the test. I have a unique approach to teaching the section, and have experience working with both slow readers and students struggling with comprehension. I focus on question mechanics as opposed to straightforward reading in order to generate answers, and then work on comparing from there. This unique strategy has been singularly and significantly helpful for my students, and I hope it can help future SAT students!
ACT Science, GED, GMAT, PSAT, SSAT

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Calculus

Very knowledgeable and excellent tutor . Very flexible with timing and class duration . His classes have been highly recommended and I look forward to working with him again.

Denis , 1 lesson with Steven

Experienced and very personable

Steven is a wonderful tutor that is great at making the necessary connection with his students that enables them to learn. Within just one session he was able to gauge my daughters needs and learning style. The fact that he was also able to make a meaningful connection really helped her feel comfortable enough to actually speak up when she didn't understand something. He is very patient and is also upbeat. I would highly recommend Steven!

Cassandra, 1 lesson with Steven

Knowledgeable,patient,good listener

Steve is preparing me for my LCSW exam. He is very patient, knowledgeable and a good listener. He helped me go through questions practice and for me to learn how to pick the right answer and knowing why not to pick the others.

Cruz, 1 lesson with Steven

More confident after just an hour!

My son's first lesson with Steven was great! He seems to be finally picking up some math concepts that he's been struggling with for ages. I'm very impressed with how well Steven was able to convey these ideas to my son; he's always struggled with math, so for this rapid of progress to happen in just an hour is something I'm very happy about. I think a lot of this came from the fact that he was so personable. In the past, my son has felt uncomfortable with his tutors, so he wasn't really able to communicate his confusion fully and wouldn't be fully engaged. Steven, however, put in the extra effort to keep my son engaged and comfortable, which I really appreciate. If you're looking for a tutor, I would highly recommend Steven. I have booked him at least two more time, and I plan to continue to work with him in the future!

Dylan, 2 lessons with Steven
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