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Sam H.

Mount Kisco, NY

$100/hour

Expert SAT/ACT Tutor, plus Latin, College Essays, English, and Writing

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 11/11/12
4.9 average from 111 ratings
Very knowledgeable!
— Grace, New Rochelle, NY on 6/24/15

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University of Southern California
B.A, Philosophy
Columbia University
Other

Education

University of Southern California (B.A, Philosophy)

Columbia University (Other)

About Sam

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.

Tutoring Methodology:

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.

My Background:

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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very knowledgeable!"

- Grace, New Rochelle, NY on 6/24/15

"Sam knows how to target needs and get results"

- Christian, West Harrison, NY on 11/3/14

"Amazing Latin tutor"

- Anne, White Plains, NY on 6/12/14

"Exceptional program and great tutor"

- Jimmy, Ardsley, NY on 2/21/13

"Excellent Tutor"

- Cathryn, Stamford, CT on 1/22/13

"Great tutor, very thorough"

- Lynette, Larchmont, NY on 7/25/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Karen, Cortlandt Manor, NY on 6/14/12

"Excellent tutor!"

- Marky, Old Greenwich, CT on 9/13/11

"Great Tutor!"

- Renata, Greenwich, CT on 8/9/11
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math, Prealgebra, Statistics
Science:
Philosophy,
Psychology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, SSAT
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Latin
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ESL/ESOL

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.

Latin

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 I
-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")

Philosophy

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.

SAT Reading

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.

Writing

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:
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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.

University of Southern California
B.A, Philosophy
Columbia University
Other

Education

University of Southern California (B.A, Philosophy)

Columbia University (Other)

Very knowledgeable! — 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 ...

— Grace, New Rochelle, NY on 6/24/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $100.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sam will travel within 20 miles of Mount Kisco, NY 10549.