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University of Southern California (B.A, Philosophy)
Columbia University (Other)
I have more than 6 years of tutoring experience, specializing in SAT/ACT verbal preparation and other language-based subjects (see below). Since 2011, I have tutored both independently and for several tutoring and test prep companies, including WyzAnt, Club Z! In-Home Tutoring, Parliament Tutors, and Jump Start Tutoring. Prior to this, I was a writing consultant in the Writing Center at Pace University (New York City) for one year, as well as a peer tutor at both Fordham Preparatory School (Bronx, NY) and Harbor Oaks Boarding School (Mars Hill, NC). I have helped a wide variety of individuals achieve their academic and professional goals, including students attending prestigious and nationally ranked high schools, Ivy League students, and engineers. I have tutored at all levels and age ranges, from elementary school to adult professionals.
SAT/ACT Verbal Tutoring:
For the SAT, I tutor students in the Reading and Writing sections and, for the ACT, in the Reading, English, and Writing (i.e. essay) sections. Since I do not tutor the Math section on the SAT, nor the Math/Science sections on the ACT, the students who stand to benefit the most from tutoring with me are those who either have a separate Math (and Science, if taking the ACT) tutor, or who are already strong in Math/Science but possess incommensurate verbal skills.
I have worked as a test prep tutor for more than 4 years, including as a Master Tutor for a professional test prep company. In this time, I have tutored well over 100 students for the SAT and ACT, many of whom have increased their scores dramatically (see Student Reviews/Testimonials), often even after having a previous tutor or taking classes with a major test prep company. Throughout the tutoring, our sessions are customized to address both the student's strengths and weaknesses, as well as his/her college admissions goals.
My preparation method for the SAT/ACT is heavily practice-oriented, so for each session, students complete practice sections from either a previously administered SAT or an official practice test, in addition to supplementary work (e.g. vocabulary). Unlike many tutors, I keep highly detailed records and breakdowns of the student's scores on a weekly basis so that we can ensure the student is genuinely progressing. This not only allows me to monitor the student's progress and customize future assignments, but also motivates the student to aim for new benchmarks in their scores from week to week and ultimately see the benefits of their hard work.
Latin, College Essays, Writing, & English:
Related to my SAT/ACT verbal tutoring, I teach other aspects of language skills, including Latin, writing (particularly, college admissions/scholarship essays), and English. Many testimonials of my work in these areas can be found under the Student Reviews, and more information about each in the Tutoring Subjects descriptions.
In my tutoring, I employ a unique style that incorporates real-world examples and analogies, making even the densest content more relatable to the student. As I understand that most students are frequently afraid to admit they don't understand something, I always emphasize explaining the material from several perspectives and interacting with the student through further examples until I believe he/she has genuinely grasped the information. Through in-session tutoring and carefully crafted assignments (whether for test prep or general coursework), I aim to build a thorough foundation for the student's understanding, rather than provide short-term fixes and shortcuts.
I earned my bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Southern California in May of 2011. Currently, I conduct neuropsychology research at Columbia University, en route to my PhD. I have more than 6 years of tutoring experience, specializing in SAT/ACT verbal preparation and other language-based subjects (see below). Since 2011, I have tutored both independently and
Sam helped me prepare for the English portions of my ACT exam. Sam was very familiar with the test makers and the ACT's format. His combined English prowess and test insight were invaluable. He helped guide me through each question, and showed me the most efficient way to score well on the exam.
I ended up getting a 35 on the English section, and a 35 on the Reading section because of Sam. He's the best!
Sam was able to pin point exactly what our son needed to bring up his score on the SATs. He saw the areas of weakness and focused on those and our son was able to get top scores which will likely earn him merit scholarships. We are so thankful for Sam's expertise and patience, and we highly recommend him to others.
I contacted Sam after my son, who had made As and Bs for most of his freshman year, suddenly found himself unable to understand Latin grammar having relied on brute memory skills until the final quarter. Sam quickly assessed my son's weak spots and concentrated on having my son understand the underlying concepts of Latin grammar rather than just memorization. It made a tremendous difference, and we plan to continue with Sam once a week during the summer since second year Latin is supposedly harder than the first. I know, however, that with Sam's help my son will succeed in this difficult class.
My son was with Sam for less than 10 sessions for critical reading and writing. His score improved from 1330 to 1490 for those two sections. Sam found out exactly where to focus the help and set realistic goals. We really appreciated.
My son was at a loss as to how to decide between several ideas for his college essay topic. Sam was very patient and spent time discussing the pros and cons of each idea. He never made my son feel as if an idea was "bad", but really helped him to develop each idea and ultimately make his decision. Once the choice was made, he gave guidance and a plan of action, but did not write the essay for him. Sam was prompt and reliable, very easy to communicate with and very pleasant to work with. As an aside, my son was accepted to his first choice college.
Sam teaches the content well, and is very good at ensuring that the student understands and remembers the subject matter covered in each lesson.
Sam was very knowledgeable and so polite! He took the first few minutes to discuss with us what we were hoping to accomplish through the tutoring sessions. Then he spent the remaining time with my son going over some beginner Latin material such as the history of Rome/Latin, Latin names, Roman numerals and noun gender. As soon as Sam left, my son turned to me and said "I really enjoyed that" which great since he was pretty apprehensive about having a two hour lesson. Sam will also be working with my son on his writing which is an area in which he struggles.
Sam gave my son a Latin I course last summer. He did a terrific job, and was able to keep my son focused on the material during lengthy sessions. He was flexible on scheduling and very responsive to the curriculum requirements. We highly recommend Sam to prospective students.
I feel fortunate to have found a great tutor in Sam. He is very professional and flexible. Most importantly, Sam is able to understand the student's needs, prepare the right material, and encourage the student's improvement. I would recommend Sam to any prospective student.
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My tutoring experience in English and writing also extends to ESL (English as a second language), and I have helped many foreign students, including adults, grasp and apply to writing the grammar, syntax, and other necessary principles of the English language.
I have several years of experience tutoring students in various levels of Latin, from middle school through Latin III. I am available to instruct students in the aforementioned levels, as well as for the SAT Subject Test in Latin.
My personal background in Latin includes three full years of high school Latin taken while attending Fordham Preparatory School, as follows:
-Latin II Honors
-Latin III Advanced
In addition, I had one semester of college-level Latin (Latin III), completed at the University of Southern California, in order to fulfill the university language requirement. I earned an "A" in every course of Latin taken from high school through college.
Upon the completion of my third year of Latin study in high school, I was admitted to an upper-division Latin course at Fordham University--the only prep student ever permitted to take a college-level course in Latin at the university.
For each year of high school Latin, I received the following award for my participation in the National Latin Examination:
Freshman-Magna Cum Laude
Sophomore-Summa Cum Laude
Junior-Summa Cum Laude
My score on the SAT Subject Test in Latin was a 760/800.
Finally, for more advanced students, I have extensive experience reading the original works of the following Latin authors:
-Julius Caesar ("The Gallic Wars")
-Catullus (Various "Carmina," or poems)
-Virgil ("The Aeneid")
-Ammianus Marcellinus ("Roman History")
-Suetonius ("The Lives of the Twelve Caesars")
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Southern California (currently ranked 11th nationally for study in Philosophy).
My cumulative GPA in the Philosophy major (total of 10 classes taken) was a 3.83. My studies were diverse and included courses in Ethics, Metaphysics, Formal Logic, the History of Philosophy (Ancient Greek Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, and 19th- and 20th- Century Philosophy), Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Language.
I specialize in verbal preparation for both the SAT and ACT exams, and have worked for elite test prep companies charging as much as $175 per hour for my services.
For the SAT, I tutor students in the Reading and Writing sections and, for the ACT, in the Reading, English, and Writing sections. Since I do not tutor the Math section on the SAT, or the Math/Science sections on the ACT, the students who stand to benefit the most from tutoring with me are those who either have a separate Math (and Science, if taking the ACT) tutor, or who are already strong in Math/Science, but who possess incommensurate verbal skills.
I have tutored well over 100 students for the SAT and ACT, many of whom have increased their scores dramatically, often even after having a previous tutor or after taking classes with a major test prep company. Throughout the tutoring, our sessions are customized to address both the student's strengths and weaknesses. My preparation method for the SAT is heavily practice-oriented, so for each session, students complete practice sections from either a previously administered SAT or an official practice test.
I have experience tutoring students aged 10 to 40 in English, particularly writing. As mentioned above, I worked in the Writing Center at Pace University, assisting college
students in English writing, especially in the context of specific essays and other
written assignments given as undergraduate or graduate coursework across various disciplines.
While an undergraduate, I took three courses in writing and was editor of the Journal
of Law and Society at the University of Southern California.
College Admissions Essays:
I am available to help students with their college admissions essays. I have worked with many students (often applying to highly competitive colleges and universities) to create stellar essays that accentuate the
student's key attributes and complement the more objective criteria (GPA, SAT scores, etc.) that colleges see elsewhere in the applications. Several of my own
admission essays have been purchased by websites in order to be published for prospective students to use as guides.
The process for developing excellent admissions essays typically involves three stages:
(1) an outlining/brainstorming session, in which the student and I choose what the student will be writing about and the general organization of the essay; (2) a review/revision of a rough draft the student creates; and (3) one or more follow-up sessions to perfect subsequent drafts, ensuring that the organization and writing is
clear, and there are no grammatical/spelling errors.
*If you would like to see examples of some of the great essays my past students have written, please email me.