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Stephen U.

Long Island City, NY


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Background check passed as of 3/11/13
4.9 average from 32 ratings
Extremely knowledgeable not just about subject matter.
— Katie, Great Falls, VA on 5/27/13

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William and Mary


William and Mary

About Stephen

About Me

I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2006 with a BA in History and minors in Political Science and Classics. I am a member of Pi Alpha Theta, the national history honors society as well as a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the honors society for government. I have been involved in tutoring since high school and have been doing it professionally for 5 years. My specialties include test preparation (SAT/ACT), history, government, English, writing, and grammar, amongst others.

SAT Prep
I was professionally trained in SAT prep by The Princeton Review. Hundreds of my students have improved their scores dramatically and have received acceptance letters into the colleges of their choice. Across Math, Reading Comprehension, and Grammar, my students averaged a 350 point improvement within a period as short as 6 weeks. I specialize in showing students not just what the correct answer is, but WHY the answer is correct so that the student can more easily generate a correct response come test time. Any tutor on this site can show your child the correct answer; far fewer can aptly explain the reasoning behind it.

Academic Tutoring
I received a 5 on the US History, Chemistry, US Government, Comparative Government, and World History. As a tutor I have helped clients in these subjects as well as the English APs. All of my students improved their scores during their time working with me and many received the perfect score. In humanities related subjects, the ability to think critically trumps the ability to memorize facts; memorization only helps if that particular question appears on the actual test, whereas if one can think critically, the ability to deduce the answer will come naturally.
About Me

I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2006 with a BA in History and minors in Political Science and Classics. I am a
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Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Long Island City, NY 11101
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Extremely knowledgeable not just about subject matter."

- Katie, Great Falls, VA on 5/27/13

"Did a great job with my son."

- Kenny, Bethesda, MD on 9/4/13

"Outstanding session. My son feels a lot better about taking the SAT next week"

- Chuck, Highland, MD on 4/29/13
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Anthropology, Chemistry
American History, Anthropology, Classics,
Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Public Speaking
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Criminal Justice, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

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I have read tens of thousands of pages on the subjects of the ancient world. I have tutored Rome, Greece, Byzantium, Ancient Egypt extensively. I received a Minor in Classical Civilization from William and Mary.


I received a 192/200 on the PRAXIS I exam and a 200/200 on the PRAXIS II Subject test. I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2006 with a BA in History and minors in Political Science and Classics.

William and Mary


William and Mary

Extremely knowledgeable not just about subject matter. — We lucked out with Stephen! He started with our family for AP World; he helped my child make the necessary connections and really made history come alive because he is so passionate about it. In addition to the content, he was able to help her with the how's and why's of the AP test. I have since referred him out for chemistry (and my friend was VERY pleased) as well as geometry. We fully intend ...

— Katie, Great Falls, VA on 5/27/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Stephen will travel within 5 miles of Long Island City, NY 11101.

Background Check Status for Stephen U.

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