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Peter A.

New York, NY

$200/hour

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Background check passed as of 10/10/12
5.0 average from 93 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

SAT/ACT | GRE/GMAT | ISEE/SSAT

I help you achieve your best possible score by combining expert instruction with coaching and confidence-building exercises. My process starts with an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, so I can help you decide which tests to take (if you have the option of choosing) and when to take them. Then I design a personalized approach for you that incorporates all the skills and strategies you need to maximize your score: which questions, if any, to skip; when and how to guess; how to avoid common errors; etc.

In addition to my own set of proprietary lesson materials, I have reams and reams of practice exercises, worksheets, quizzes and practice tests, that - rather than having to sift through yourself - I structure for you to help you in the areas you need it most.

I scored in the 99th percentile on all the tests I teach and have been helping students of all ages boost their standardized test scores, both part-time and full-time, since 2010.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Critical thinking skills are the most important skills you will develop. When it comes to critical thinking exercises, the brain is like the body. There are many forms of exercise, and the best results come from taking a holistic, balanced, multi-pronged approach. To stretch the analogy a bit further (pun intended), schoolwork and standardized tests are your core strength training exercises - they build the muscles that make everything else easier!

I am a big believer in “hands-on” learning, so our lessons will generally be more conversation than lecture. Interaction with the material is extremely important. (Unfortunately, the "passive absorption" method does not work!) Personalized structure and active engagement are my overriding philosophies.

ABOUT ME

I graduated early from UC Berkeley (2006-2009) with a degree in Psychology and concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience and Decision-Making. My first job after college was at Goldman Sachs in an institutional sales support role, which I personally found a bit dull. I left and started tutoring informally in 2010 through a friend's company while I thought about what I wanted to do. Then I started working for Kaplan in 2011, and eventually branched out on my own in 2012. In addition to tutoring, I actively trade and invest in the market (mostly equities and equity options, for those who are curious). Many students love to ask - But Peter, come on, when am I ever going to use this? The truth is, more often than you think!
SAT/ACT | GRE/GMAT | ISEE/SSAT

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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:
Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT,
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

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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 makers' logic, and how to approach every question systematically. I also cover important strategies such as: when and how to guess; which questions, if any, to skip; 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 focus on the most important information. I also help students boost their vocabulary with exercises tailored to their reading level and learning style.

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.

GMAT

Many GMAT students have not seen quadratic equations, right isosceles triangles, sentence corrections, etc., since their days in school. I provide a comprehensive review of all the concepts tested on the GMAT, and focus on the specific subjects you remember least well, so that by the time Test Day rolls around you are familiar with what you need to know to do your best.

GRE

For many GRE students, the quantitative reasoning (QR) section is the most intimidating. Sometimes that's because students feel they weren't very good at math in school, or because it has been awhile since they have used formal equations in their everyday life. 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, which were the first two tests I taught. While the material on the ISEE is more age-appropriate for the students taking the test, many of the strategies for quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and reading comprehension are the same. I enjoy helping students prepare for the ISEE because I believe the earlier they develop the critical reasoning skills they need to do well, the more successful they'll be - not only on standardized exams - but in their academic careers in general.

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 makers' logic, and how to approach every question systematically. I also cover important strategies such as: when and how to guess; which questions, if any, to skip; and how to avoid common errors.

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 focus on the most important information. I also help students boost their vocabulary with exercises tailored to their reading level and learning style.

SAT Writing

Since grammar is not regularly taught in many high schools, students often find the Writing multiple choice section particularly challenging - at first. In addition to a comprehensive review of the grammar rules tested on the SAT, I teach students specific strategies for dealing with the two main question types - Improving Sentences and Identifying Sentence Errors - and how to anticipate the kinds of errors they are likely see on Test Day. I also go over how to write a strong essay, supported by clear and relevant examples and written in the format the test makers prefer.

SSAT

In many ways the ISEE and SSAT are miniaturized versions of the ACT and SAT, which were the first two tests I taught. While the material on the SSAT is more age-appropriate for the students taking the test, many of the strategies for quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and reading comprehension are the same. I enjoy helping students prepare for the SSAT because I believe the earlier they develop the critical reasoning skills they need to do well, the more successful they'll be - not only on standardized exams - but in their academic careers in general.

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: $200.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

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