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Peter A.

New York, NY

$120/hour

Expert Test Prep for the SAT, ACT, & GRE

Background check passed as of 10/10/12
5.0 average from 114 ratings
Peter is a thoughtful and thorough tutor
— Hilary, Brooklyn, NY on 11/12/13

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University of California, Berkeley

Education

University of California, Berkeley

About Peter

I scored in the 99th percentile on all three tests, and, perhaps more importantly, have many years of experience helping students prepare for standardized tests. My system works. Standardized tests aren't easy, but they are predictable. Over the years I've developed my own set of proprietary lesson materials that complement the material I use from other sources, and have worked out a process that has helped every student I've ever worked with increase his/her score.

My favorite analogy is to liken being a tutor to being a personal trainer. My job is to provide you with expertise, coaching, and structure to help you reach your goals. All three are essential.

I graduated in three years from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology and concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience. Test taking has always been one of my strengths, particularly standardized tests. I tutored throughout college, worked for Kaplan for a year, and have been teaching on my own for several years. I know how important these tests are, and how big of an impact they can have on admissions decisions. That's why I like doing this - the ability to have an impact. Your success is important to me.

I'm available to tutor anywhere in Manhattan and sometimes in Brooklyn or Queens depending on the specific location. Feel free to send me a message and we can go from there.

I look forward to hearing from you!
I scored in the 99th percentile on all three tests, and, perhaps more importantly, have many years of experience helping students prepare for standardized tests. My system works. Standardized tests aren't easy, but they are predictable. Over the years I've developed my own set of proprietary lesson materials that complement the material I use from Read more

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24 hours notice required
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Travels within 5 miles of New York, NY 10022
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"Peter is a thoughtful and thorough tutor"

- Hilary, Brooklyn, NY on 11/12/13

"Always prepared!"

- Courtney, New York, NY on 4/13/14

"Great tutor"

- Isabel, New York, NY on 5/10/13

"Excellent tutor; excellent results!"

- Caryl, Hoboken, NJ on 1/2/13

"Very prepared and conscientious"

- Molly, Brooklyn, NY on 10/23/12

"Outstanding"

- Dana, Fair Oaks, CA on 3/14/12

"Best tutor from Wyzant!"

- LISA, El Dorado Hills, CA on 2/22/12

"Excellent !"

- Sandra, El Dorado Hills, CA on 1/23/12

"Great Find!!"

- Liz, Granite Bay, CA on 1/6/12

"Great tutor!"

- Clayton, Lincoln, CA on 11/7/11
Science:
ACT Science
Elementary Education:
Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

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Approved subjects

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ACT English

The ACT English Test is designed to measure your ability to revise and edit a given piece of writing. Since grammar is not regularly taught in many high schools, students often find this part of the ACT to be quite challenging - at first. In addition to a comprehensive review of the grammar rules tested on the ACT, I teach students specific strategies for dealing with questions in the two areas tested - Usage/Mechanics and Rhetorical Skills - as well as how to anticipate and identify the kinds of errors they are likely see on Test Day.

ACT Math

Many students struggle on the ACT Math section, not because they lack the particular skills being tested, but because they have trouble understanding what the questions are asking them to do. In addition to a comprehensive review of all the math concepts tested on the ACT, I teach students how to understand the test maker's logic, and how to approach every question systematically. I also cover important strategies such as when and how to guess and how to avoid common errors.

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading section can be challenging because many of the passages are long, dull, and/or full of unhelpful details. I help students learn how to read critically and correctly identify main ideas and key details.

ACT Science

It is easy to assume that you have to be good at science to do well on the ACT Science test, but you actually do not need to have vast science knowledge to get a top score. It is more of a reading comprehension test than anything else: the only difference is the presence of charts, tables, and graphs. I teach students how to sift through data and scientific jargon to find only what they need to score points.

GRE

I scored 169 VR/170 QR. I know what works. For many GRE students, the quantitative reasoning (QR) section is the most intimidating. I help students prepare for the QR section by reviewing all the concepts tested, spending the most time on the ones likely to show up on a given student's test (remember, the test adapts based on performance). I also cover specific strategies for working with GRE multiple choice questions. For Verbal Reasoning, I teach students how to identify main ideas and key details, and how to reason logically about the presented arguments. I also cover common wrong answer traps and how to avoid them.

ISEE

In many ways the ISEE and SSAT are miniaturized versions of the ACT and SAT. However, since students have had far less schooling prior to taking these exams, it does not make sense to begin preparing a month or two before. Many concepts will be completely new. A thorough prep process should begin at least a year ahead of time, and will likely include lessons devoted to students' homework from their regular classes as well. Test taking strategies are less important on these exams than content knowledge, and the latter takes more time to develop.

Prealgebra

Math is a challenging subject for many students, but by beginning early and working hard, I believe every student can acquire a powerful foundational set of math skills that will serve them well their entire lives. Prealgebra lays the groundwork for everything that follows - all the way through calculus. I enjoy helping students develop the skills that will help them succeed for many years to come.

SAT Math

Many students struggle on the SAT Math section, not because they lack the particular skills being tested, but because they have trouble understanding what the questions are asking them to do. In addition to a comprehensive review of all the math concepts tested on the SAT, I teach students how to understand the test maker's logic, and how to approach every question systematically. I also cover important strategies such as: when and how to guess; how to avoid common errors; and how to use the information in the answer choices to determine your problem-solving strategy.

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section can be challenging because many of the passages are long, dull, and/or full of unhelpful details. I help students learn how to read critically and correctly identify main ideas and key details.

SAT Writing

Since grammar is not regularly taught in many high schools, students often find the Writing multiple choice questions particularly challenging - at first. However, for most students, as soon as they learn how to formally articulate the errors (e.g. Subject-Verb Agreement, Misused Pronoun, Wordiness, etc), they become much easier to confidently identify. As for the essay, the revised SAT has actually made it much easier for you - all the information you need to write your essay is now included in the prompt, and the directions are the same every time.

Study Skills

I studied Psychology in college and my focus was on Behavioral Neuroscience. I have a strong understanding of how students learn, and the kinds of techniques that work. My blog entries offer examples of my approach in specific contexts, and of techniques I think work best. I base what I teach on what has empirically been shown to be most effective.

University of California, Berkeley

Education

University of California, Berkeley

Peter is a thoughtful and thorough tutor — I had Peter help me while I prepped for my GRE test. We focused on math only, as this was my weakest area. Peter helped me achieve a score at the very top of my goal score range. He was extremely patient and really made an effort to explain all topics and problems in a way that was easy to remember and retain. Additionally, the structured lessons and homework were extremely helpful for me. There w ...

— Hilary, Brooklyn, NY on 11/12/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $120.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Peter will travel within 5 miles of New York, NY 10022.