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Peter A.

New York, NY

$180/hour

Top-Tier SAT/ACT | SSAT/ISEE| GRE

400+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/10/12
5.0 average from 155 ratings
Very Grateful for Peter's Help!
— Deirdre, New York, NY on 3/7/17

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University of California, Berkeley

Education

University of California, Berkeley

About Peter

I scored in the 99th percentile on all the tests I teach, 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 the tests I teach, 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 Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of New York, NY 10019
Background Check: Passed

"Very Grateful for Peter's Help!"

- Deirdre, New York, NY on 3/7/17

"Amazing Tutor"

- Katia, New York, NY on 3/9/17

"Very Helpful"

- Erica, Astoria, NY on 2/27/17

"Great Tutor"

- Jillian, New York, NY on 1/19/17

"Knowledgeable and Patient!"

- Elissa, Brooklyn, NY on 1/16/17

"Great Tutor! Great Experience!"

- Amy R, New York, NY on 1/9/17

"Always prepared!"

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

"Peter is a thoughtful and thorough tutor"

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

"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

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

I scored a 36 on the ACT English Test. In addition to a comprehensive review of the grammar rules tested, 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

I scored a 36 on the ACT Math Test. 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. 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 how to manage your time and how to avoid common errors.

ACT Reading

I scored a 36 on the ACT Reading Test. This portion of the ACT can be challenging because many of the passages are long, dull, and/or full of unhelpful details. I help students learn how to read actively, and provide concrete strategies for correctly identifying main ideas and key details. Active reading is essential to doing well, and the good news is anyone can learn how to be an active reader!

ACT Science

I scored a 35 on the ACT Science Test. While it is easy to assume you have to be a science enthusiast to do well on this portion of the test, that's actually not true. It is more of a reading comprehension and time management test than anything else. I teach students how to sift through data and scientific jargon to find what they need to score points, and to do so quickly so they are able to get through all of the passages in the allotted time.

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

I scored a 800 on the SAT Math section. Many students struggle on this portion of the test, 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 how to avoid common errors, how to manage your time, and how to use the information in the answer choices to determine your problem-solving strategy.

SAT Reading

I scored a 780 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion of the SAT. 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 actively, and provide concrete strategies for correctly identifying main ideas and key details. Active reading is essential to doing well, and the good news is anyone can learn how to be an active reader!

SAT Writing

I scored a 780 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion of the SAT. Since grammar is not regularly taught in many high schools, students often find the Writing multiple choice questions challenging at first. However, for most students, as soon as they learn how to 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. So the upshot is that this part of the test is very learnable!

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

Very Grateful for Peter's Help!

Peter helped me so much for studying for the SAT/ACT. He highlighted the topics that are really important for the tests. He also showed me which strategies might be most effective, filled in any gaps I had in math, and helped me with my time management while taking the test. My score improved a lot with him, and I am very grateful for all of his help!

— Deirdre, New York, NY on 3/7/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $180.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Peter will travel within 10 miles of New York, NY 10019.